Thursday, October 10, 2013

Practice Areas

Attorneys are admitted to the New York bar as general practitioners, without any defined specialty.  In fact, we aren't allowed to claim to be a "specialist" in any particular area.  However, lawyers do specialize, and focus on particular practice areas.

The degree of specialization varies from lawyer to lawyer.  There are benefits to both niche and diverse practices.  I generally handle four categories of cases:

PERSONAL INJURY - Personal injury is the area of law where I excel at most. I focused on becoming the best possible personal injury attorney during law school and in my first few years of practice.  I won both a first year award and graduation prize for Torts, competed in multiple mock trial competitions, and was the president of my school's student Trial Lawyer's Association.  After graduation, I worked for a leading personal injury practice, where I tried a number of cases, argued numerous appeals, and worked with accomplished personal injury attorneys to obtain tens of millions of dollars for clients.  Now, I am working on building my own client base.  

MATRIMONIAL / DIVORCE / FAMILY LAW - For the last several years, I have worked with some of Suffolk County's top divorce lawyers.  Over time, I have developed an acumen for the subtleties of this unique area of law.  

EMPLOYMENT - It's an interesting area, which I enjoy practicing.  I took several employment law courses during law school, and in my first years of practice I worked on several notable employment matters. I have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of employment matters, and have had a good deal of success in this area.  

COMMERCIAL AND BUSINESS - I am extremely adept with contract and business issues. I excelled in these courses in law school, and the area of law just seems to fit well.  As I've gained experience, I have litigated multi-million dollar cases, and handled multi-million dollar transactions.  

Employment Lawyer

Employment litigation includes an alphabet soup of claims.  There are contract-based disputes, which tend to be more commercial in nature. Most employment claims arise by statute (with overlapping Federal, State and local regulations).  Race and gender discrimination are probably the most well known.  Wage, hour and unpaid overtime claims seem to be an increasing trend.