I think big, know the law like noone else and use it when other attorneys don't know how to. I won't take "no" for an answer and I won't stop until I get an answer. My job is to make the law work for my clients the way it's suppossed to work, and get justice. I litigate against the "best" and win. I'm fearless, relentless and, most important, I know what I'm doing and won't do anthing unless it's thought out, strategized and supported by the law. That's what my clients, colleagues and adversaries know about me, and when they try to challenge me, they lose.
I think in terms of changing the world. I filed the historical Ambien, Prison Strip Search and Foreclosure Mill fraud Class actions to save tens of thousands of people's lives and make historical changes to protect our rights. In Ambien, I proved people were being injured by the drug when the maker denied it. I created the term "Ambien Zombies" and put my career on the line to publicize this unbelievable phenomenon of Ambien Zombies when no other lawyer would help these people because they blew them off as crazy. They weren't crazy because I proved it and had the FDA to force warnings on all sleep prescriptions, not just Ambien. The makers of Ambien finally admitted there was a problem and they changed their ingredients...somewhat. Enter Ambien CR. I wanted to correct a huge wrong and I did. That is worth everything to me. In my prison strip search case Florence v. Burlington County, I fought for 8 years to protect his and every citizens' privacy rights from degrading blanket strip searches while processed at prisons for non-criminal offenses (i.e. failure to pay a traffic ticket). I was appointed class counsel and won in Federal District Court. That was reversed in the Third Circuit. I didn't stop there. In 2010, I was the only attorney brave enough to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. No other attorney nationwide would petition when they lost the same case in the circuit courts. And I had the support of five former Attorneys General, one a NJ Supreme Court Justice. I also had with me a prestigous team of attorneys and Stanford Law School supporting me. In April, 2011, the Supreme Court granted my petition and heard the case October 12, 2011. In April, 2012 a 5-4 decision affirmed the Third Circuit. The decision was close enough and gave great insight into strip search policies. I derived a benefit as one county we sued, Essex County, actually changed its search procedures.
I have since worked with Senators in Congress, NYS and NJ and municipalities nationwide drafting laws on civil rights issues and animal welfare. I successfully represented a NYS legislator and had all charges dismissed against him regarding alleged marijuana possession. I single-handedly shut down NYS' notorious Foreclosure Mill of Steven Baum. The Department of Justice, Attorney General and Washington's Congressman all subpoenaed me as a witness to help them penalize Baum, which I accepted.
I took an oath to defend our constitution when I was admitted to practice law in 1989. An oath I promised to uphold. I will never break that promise.
2005 United States Supreme Court
1989 New York Supreme Court
1990 New York Southern District
1990 New York Eastern District
2000 Second Circuit
2009 Third Circuit
2006 NJ Federal District Court (PHV)
2009 U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
1990 U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
1990 U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
1990 U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
2005 U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (phv)
2008 New Jersey Appellate Division (pro hac vice)
1989 New York Supreme Court
Arcadia University, Temple University (B.A., Psychology, 1982; M.A.H.,1983)
Tel Aviv University Summer Abroad Programs affiliated with Temple University
Whittier College School of Law
Professional Associations & Memberships
Association of Arbitrators of the Civil Court of the City of New York
NYS Accredited Continuing Legal Education Lecturer
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Honors and Awards
Named "New York's High Powered Attorney" and "High Profile Lawyer" by the media, 2008, 2003
NYU Law School Invited Speaker
Stanford University Law School Invited Speaker
Author /Speaker of CLE courses for Attorneys Nationwide
Arbitrator & Mediator, Civil Court of the City of New York, 2005-to 2009.
Law Clerk, State Bar of California Ethics Counsel, 1985-1986.
Recipient, Mayor's Hero's Award for saving the lives of two car crash victims in a car fire, 1995.
Legal Commentator to News Channels, Print and Radio Media, 1995- to date.
Quasi-Judicial Appointment by the State of New York to the Surrogate Decision Making Committee (SDMC) administered by the Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled, 1995.