Providing Legal Services with Good Humor
I am a trial lawyer and I represent victims of employment discrimination, civil rights violations (wrongful arrests, wrongful prosecutions and police brutality), and neglectful or dishonest lawyers (legal malpractice, gross overcharges and other misdeeds). Since 1994, I have represented hundreds of individuals in these areas against some of the biggest corporations and biggest law firms, as well as agencies of the City and State of New York. You can see the results and publicity that I have obtained in many of my cases on my Victories page. In 2015 I was given the highest rating, AV Preeminent byMartindale Hubbell® I am frequently asked to give educational sessions to lawyers on various issues pertaining to trial practice, such as opening statements, direct examination, and punitive, LGBTQ discrimination, police misconduct against transgender men and women and ethics and the Constitution to newly admitted attorneys.
I got my law degree from NYU in 1993, and was honored there to be elected to Law Review. My undergraduate degree in history I received from Northwestern University, where I participated in intercollegiate debate. After law school, I worked at the litigation department at a large law firm, Weil, Gotshal and Manges, LLP, where I won an award and obtained publicity for the firm for my Pro Bono work. Yearning for something different, I left Weil and saw the other side of the legal profession at the Legal Aid Society, where I made frequent appearances before Judge Judith Scheindlin, aka "Judge Judy." She didn't hate me, but was never pleasant; after she left the bench, I got her reversed on appeal. Matter of Efrain R., 228 A.D.2d 303 (First Dept.1996). Mostly owing to my curiosity and desire for freedom, after my stint at Legal Aid, I struck out on my own, and I have never (well, rarely) looked back.
In 2003, I wanted to learn what lawyers rarely learn in law school, if in their careers: how to be a great trial lawyer. I then applied and was honored to be selected to attend The Trial Lawyer's College, a three-week seminar, followed by graduate programs, in DuBois, Wyoming for experienced plaintiff's attorneys run by the eminent trial lawyer Gerry Spence. I've also attended lawyers' trial-practice programs at the National Criminal Defense College and the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre.In 2012, and on through 2015 I have been nominated by my peers in the legal profession to be named a "SuperLawyer." (There are over 160,000 lawyers in New York State, and about 6,000 are named SuperLawyers.)
My teacher, Gerry Spence, with me in 2003
Gregory Antollino, Esq.
Most cases – mine or any other lawyer’s – settle, but I crave a case that I can take to trial and to get the best settlement, I think about how a jury would perceive my client and the evidence and imagine myself giving a closing argument, developing a narrative, and learning to love the case. In the last fifteen years, I have had two hung juries, but of the cases that did not settle and went to verdict, every jury that I have appeared before that has rendered a decision has given my client more than what he or she expected.
Summary judgment is usually the tool of the defense – sometimes the plaintiff – and is a mechanism that seeks to have the case decided without a jury. I have won the overwhelming majority of these motions when opposing them for my clients seeking a trial (I have lost a few & no attorney can win them all). On four occasions, I won them for my clients who wanted to hold the other side legally responsible without the jury's input - a much more difficult result to achieve, usually, especially in the areas of law I practice.
I am well versed in appeals, whether supporting them or opposing them.
I am also proud to have been accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
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