I’m a counselor and advocate--which is a fancy way to say that if you’re in trouble, I’ll advise you, protect you, and fight for you. I like people, and I like solving problems: if you’re a person with a problem, let’s talk.
I became a lawyer because I like getting paid to yell.
Education: B.A. in English and B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois (exchange student at Oxford University). Graduated cum laude from the Fordham University School of Law.
So far, no lawsuit has required me to use calculus or to explain James Joyce’s Ulysses, but when it happens I’ll be ready. (If your case requires either of these, I’ll consider waiving my fee.)
Experience: Since 2008 I’ve practiced law in New York and New Jersey, both in state and federal court. Much of my work involves criminal defense, but I’ve spent just shy of half my time handling civil litigation: business disputes, fraud claims, personal injury, and family law matters. I’ve also done a fair amount of administrative law matters before OATH regarding building and fire safety.
sources of pride
Beaten murder and attempted murder charges in large narcotics conspiracy cases, concocted by a government witness eager to reduce his own sentence
Beaten assault charges filed by a tenant against her landlord, falsely, as retaliation for being evicted
Dismissal of rape case where alleged victim was recorded saying she will fabricate allegations against the defendant
Resolved aggravated assault/child abuse case in which client, facing possible 25 years in prison, received time served; family unit was supervised and eventually reunited happily
Reduced an 18 year sentence by 9 years, leading to a re-sentencing hearing where client was released after time served to be with his family
Reduced a 17 year sentence by 5 years due to changes in federal firearms sentencing
Won $1 million verdict in property damage case, where neighboring construction damaged the structural stability of a family’s home
Litigated $15 million commercial dispute alleging kickback scheme to evade Chinese export controls
Litigated $1 million estate case in which executor embezzled inheritance from client
Defended “enemy combatants” held at Guantanamo Bay in violation of international human rights laws
Pro bono representation of distressed homeowners facing foreclosure, as well as criminal defendants