Brainstorming: pushing the boundaries of thought about the case with no bad consequences. Psychodrama: practicing the client's story told in action. Ideas and introspection can grow into something great to help a judge and jury understand a case. The law doesn't have to be dull for the attorney or client. As two historical giants said at different times, "Imagination is more important than knowledge," "and it is the spirit of the law that keeps justice alive."
Observations made by Albert Einstein and Earl Warren, respectively. Photo by Luigi Ciuffetelli.
THE PRACTICE OF LAW is persuasion guided by rules and creativity; humor is allowed. I designed this site mostly on my own (you can tell, right?), so what you see is basically who I am. I don't offer bells and whistles, just the facts, with links to prove them.
JURY VERDICTS ARE GREAT, and I’ve had some biggies, but they can be reduced on appeal, thrown out, and take years to complete. Sometimes it is better to compromise. On the other hand, I crave a trial. I graduated from The Trial Lawyer’s College in 2003, and am always learning how to improve my communication skills by attending and teaching at Lawyers' Continuing Legal Education Programs - more than required by the state. Mind you, if you want to test your case in court, it is a significant benefit to hiring a lawyer with multiple jury verdicts who also knows his way around an appellate courthouse. Trial outcomes can be affected by appellate rules, and many trial lawyers don't know them so well. I consider myself a trial lawyer, but by sheer number, I have perfected more appeals than completed trials to verdict. Trials to verdict are rare, though they are a major reason I love what I do - the possibility that the conscience of the community will vindicate my client's position.
I PRACTICE IN NEW YORK, mostly in federal but also state court (I am also admitted to the U.S. trial court in Chicago). Once, I argued to New York’s highest court, The Court of Appeals, and all seven judges ruled in my client’s favor. I am a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, where I’ve been counsel on two petitions for writs of certiorari - requests to be heard on important issues of law.
MY AREAS OF CONCENTRATION are employee rights - wage and discrimination claims – and representing victims of police misconduct. When it is certainly the right thing to do, I represent people harmed by their former lawyers’ egregious mistakes.
I've been practicing since 1994. I graduated in 1993 from NYU Law School, where I was a member of Law Review, selection to which was based on grades and writing ability. I passed the bar and went to work at Weil, Gotshal and Manges, LLP, doing this and that of minor importance, except for pro bono work, which included civil rights for artists, death-penalty litigation and working for people with HIV. I couldn't remain at Weil just subsisting on pro bono cases, so the day I feel I became a lawyer, was the day I walked away from that firm, one of the biggest in the world, to form my own. That’s when I began to discover that I do love what I do; eventually, I learned that I could enjoy life and simultaneously enjoy being a lawyer.
Honors, Awards, Scholarly Lectures & Writings:
I've been elected to "SuperLawyers," "Best Lawyers in America" and was Peer Reviewed "AV Preeminent" by Martindale. You can see more of my victories here
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