Irene Zoupaniotis assists in the representation of employers in all aspects of litigation, arbitration and mediation. She conducts legal research and analysis, drafts a variety of litigation documents and generally advises employees on an array of workplace issues. These include antidiscrimination law, wage and hour disputes, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) questions and personnel policies.
After practicing personal injury law, Irene earned a LLM degree from Columbia Law School, focusing on labor and employment law courses. A native of Queens, NY, she volunteers her time with local organizations, including mentoring aspiring lawyers with the Cypriot Young Professionals group.
How do you build successful client relationships?
Successful relationships are achieved through honesty, good communication and reliability. Building trust and being available when a client needs you are integral to the attorney-client relationship. It’s also important to be honest in managing your client’s expectations. A client may perceive a situation one way and need candid feedback as a reality check. Honest communication is the best way to head off problems. When clients know you have their best interests at heart and other types of legal needs arise, they trust your judgment in bringing in colleagues to address those needs.
“Success is not a one-time goal, but rather a continuous series of achievements. It’s passionately pursuing further knowledge and improving my practice as an attorney throughout my career.”
Why did you choose to join Farrell Fritz?
I knew Farrell Fritz had a top-notch, reputable labor and employment group. The group has a reputation for being very good at what they do and has the resources to provide full-service representation to their clients. During the interview process, I experienced first-hand how friendly, personable and welcoming the attorneys are—it makes you want to work with good people. I was also impressed by the firm’s community work, particularly in Queens, where I grew up.
How do you give back to the community?
As a Hofstra University law school alumna, I am actively involved in providing guidance to current students through the career center. I am also very involved in the Greek community, specifically as a mentor through the Cypriot Young Professionals organization. I was fortunate to have access to many people within my network who provided me with invaluable guidance and career advice. It’s important to pass on that guidance to future generations.