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James J. DeCristofaro

Business Attorney at New York, NY

4.8   21 reviews

also known as James J. DeCristofaro

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James J. DeCristofaro is the founder and principal of DCL Firm (DeCristofaro Law) and has been practicing law in New York for about 15 years. He graduated from Georgetown Law in 2001. Before starting this firm, he practiced in the New York offices of several prominent international law firms, including Curtis-Mallet, Lovells (now Hogan Lovells), and Morrison & Foerster, where he worked with some of the top lawyers in the world.

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Licensed for 20 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2002
Updated 04/15/2023

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DCL Firm (DeCristofaro Law)
42 West 24th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY, 10010

Reviews

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Posted by Alex C | August 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business Debt Settlement
Very Satisfied with James. He handled my debt settlement case professionally, we have settled at 70% discount from the balance due with my creditor, thus I am not filing for bankruptcy, I am very happy and thanks full to Lawyer James J. DeCristofaro
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Bulletproof Contract - Very Helpful!
My areas of interest lie far from that of anything remotely close to legal jargon, but when I was faced with a personal issue I was lucky to have the chance to read The Bulletproof Contract by James DeCristofaro. This short book is extremely comprehensible and gives great advice for a newbee like me who just wants to be a little bit more informed when delving into the realm of contracts. I feel more confident and not like I was overwhelmed by concepts that are far beyond my understanding. Thanks James!
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Posted by Rosalie | January 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Firm!!!!
My company hired DCL for a breach of contract dispute with the City of New York. They were very diligent with responding to our questions and kept us informed of the progress of our case. Within a short period of time, we had a resolution. Throughout, James and his team were professional, knowledgeable and extremely personable. We were fortunate to have worked with them and will definitely use again. Highly Recommended!!!!
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Posted by Jacob | January 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AMAZING WORK!!!
James and Jason were INCREDIBLE handling a very important contract issue for my company. I was in the process of losing a major contract. Their approach was aggressive and calm. They made sure I was aware of every step before, during and after. Not once was I unsure with what was going on. Both attorneys not only made sure they fought hard for me, but they were genuine. I normally do not write reviews, but AMAZING job!
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Posted by Randal | December 11, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wise, Tactical Advice Focused on Client Needs
I was threatened with a commercial lawsuit and spoke with several lawyers. Every lawyer said "sign me up and let's start working today." James was tactical, and judicious in his advice. He counseled me to wait and don't start the billing clock until you need to. He advised me on how to prepare if in fact a lawsuit is filed against me. James acknowledged my concerns for costs, and explained how to best manage the situation for success, without spending a lot of money early in the process. He also mentioned several aspects of the potential litigation that demonstrated his very strong knowledge of civil procedure and how to best manage a lawsuit. I gained a lot of confidence in James as a knowledgeable and fierce lawyer who would fight for me when the time comes.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent lawyer
James gave me very good advice about a highly stressful lawsuit. He’s extremely personable and a true professional who cares genuinely about his clients. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone for a litigation dispute!
Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client Relations Representative
Outstanding experience when dealing with this firm! From Carlos at the front desk, to James DeCristofaro himself!
Posted by Ryan | November 7, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Talented and Extremely Hard Attorney
I have known James on a personal and professional level for many years. His work ethic is second to none and he has an uncanny ability to always find the proper resolution to settle a dispute. On a leadership level I can tell you he was the quarterback of his high school football team where he was liked and well respected by all his teammates. He graduated from Georgetown law but without hesitation will tell you his biggest accomplishment is helping to raise his amazing daughter in the great city of New York. James is one of the finest attorneys the city has to offer and I strongly recommend hiring his firm for any litigation purposes you may require.
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Posted by Michael R. | November 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business
We hired James to draft a number of trandactional agreements for our insured invoice fund. He offered valuable insight and advice as we negotiated our buy invoices from a midwestern manufacturer. I highly recommend his firm.
Posted by Julia | November 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Help my family business
James help my grandfather business out. He had a dead beat tenant and trouble getting him out. James had closed this dead beat business in two-months and had his property free and clear with in a year because it was detached trailer (restaurant) that he did not own. But it allowed my family to sell the property and not deal with these situation again
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Posted by Darryl | August 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
CEO
My business is located in Southern California James contacted me regarding my legal issue due to the filing in court in New York. James got to work right away and determined what steps are needed pertaining to my case. You always want an attorney that knows what they're doing and is able to resolve the matter quickly. Fees are reasonable and payment method was very accommodating. We all have busy lives and James has great communication and timing to to discuss details. Thanks to James my case was dismissed in a relatively short period of time and I would highly recommend his legal services.
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Posted by David | February 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Settlement
We hired james to work out a settlement agreement at the last minute. He worked fast to come to an agreement with the other attorney. He had our best interest at heart and we came away with something that was workable. If we are ever in need of legal services again we would hire him without hesitatiopn.
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worked with James
James was a great attorney and was very thorough through every step of my litigation. He was extremely personable and very easy to work with. If I ever find myself in a legal matter again James will be the first one I will turn to time and time again. I highly recommend James and his services and know your expectations will be pleased far beyond.
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Restructure
Attended consultation with acquaintance on a complex business restructure and my acquaintance hired James after a very informative and constructive meeting.
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient attorney who acts on client's interest
James and his attorney staff team are highly skilled in corporate cases, I hired him and his team to represent me to negotiate a business conflict of interest dispute. James and his team learned the reasoning points in short amount of time and acted on my interest during negotiations with awareness of my financial and time budget and achieved our negotiation goal. I recommend James to business conflict of interest cases, James and his team are highly skilled with professional conducts.
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Posted by Tim | May 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience!
I worked with James & his firm on a case which lasted over a year. I had invested in a business & my capital disappeared almost immediately after investing. James helped me reach a settlement with the owner. Without his help, I'd have nothing. My biggest mistake was not listening to him on every point because he understood the parameters better than I did. He is extremely well spoken & has the ability to see the crux in matters very quickly. He pointed out issues & criteria that I'd never have imagined. I would highly recommend his services to anyone who is involved in a dispute or wants to create language to avoid a dispute. I'd also point out that he was willing to work within my budget.
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Advise I trust
James has always provided sound advise, and clearly explains the relevant legal implications to a situation.
Posted by Bharat | February 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Letter of Credit UCP 500 issue
The case is ongoing but he / they are very calm listing and good at what they do rather too good. I would use them again and again. I am stationed in London UK the case is in NY USA.
Posted by John | February 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
From a Non-Profit Corporation
We retained James for a very difficult suit against a major university in NYS Supreme Court. We sued as representatives of a donor family looking to restore the donative intent of real estate gifted to the university in 1927. James and his associates guided us thru the process and buttressed our case using a PR firm that got us a half page news coverage in the NYTimes. Though we lost the case for lack of standing (despite a direct family connection to the donors) and chose not to appeal, we considered the action a moral victory which we continue to pursue by other means.
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Posted by James | February 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Guy
I was involved in a very difficult lawsuit and was very stressed out about finding the right representation. I spoke to many potential attorneys and absolutely made the right choice. James worked out a deal that was totally in my favor. They were tough days. He was personally concerned and an all around great guy and attorney. He would be the first person I called if I needed such services again.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 135-395 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate
  • Morrison & Foester
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Lovells
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Curtis Mallet Prevost Colt & Mosie
  • 2001 - 2004

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Pocket Guide to Resolving Business Disputes
  • Eleven Easy Steps: Maximize your position and leverage in a business dispute by following these Eleven Easy Steps.
  • 2017
  • 26TH AND 27TH ANNUAL CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN BANKRUPTCY & REORGANIZATION
  • Bankruptcy Setoff and Recoupment
  • 2005
  • DEALING WITH SECURED CLAIMS & STRUCTURED FINANCIAL PRODUCTS IN BANKRUPTCY CASES
  • Confirmation of Plans
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Partners Club Meeting
  • Law Firm Practice Management
  • 2016
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Commercial Bankruptcy Primer - Presenter
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Endorse James
Business Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"As a fellow attorney, I can say that James is an exceptional lawyer. He is generous with his time and counsel, provides critical legal insights, and understands both the commercial and legal aspects of building and managing a successful business. I recommend him highly for both his valuable expertise and genuine concern for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"James is a dynamic attorney to whom I would confidently refer clients to for legal assistance in corporate and litigation matters. He is a knowledgeable, creative and skilled litigator who fearlessly advocates for his clients. He is not only a top-notch attorney but also a pleasure to work with."
Business Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney DeCristofaro is a dedicated and hard working attorney. I have worked with him on several projects and all had positive outcomes. In the world of civil litigation it is difficult to resolve any matter with 100% success and Attorney DeCristofaro does a fantastic job of pleasing his clients with positive outcomes."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Mr. DeCristofaro for business litigation"
Litigation Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"James is a strategic thinker who anticipates twists and turns that accompany complex litigation, thinking several steps ahead. He has the important ability to decipher and focus on what matters to move cases forward efficiently and - most importantly - effectively. He brings key insights and the ability to cut through the "noise" and posturing to get at what matters to succeed. I have had the great pleasure of working side by side with James at a former law firm and would not hesitate to turn to James for bet-the-company litigation or other important litigation matters, especially where strategic thinking, and judgment, are key. I consider James an exceptional lawyer and effective advocate. - Jerrold L. Bregman (licensed to practice law in New York and California)"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"James Decristofaro is a top notch lawyer with a wide array of legal expertise. I worked with him at both Curtis Mallet and Morrison Foerster and saw him take the lead on Corporate, Litigation and Bankruptcy matters. He is a personable, efficient lawyer who is at his best in many areas, but particularly in the setting of in-person negotiations. This is a guy you want on your side."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I’ve known James for at least five years and he is one of the best attorneys I know. He puts an enormous amount of effort into understanding the needs of his clients and brilliantly tailors his litigation strategy to meet those needs."
Business Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is an incredible advocate for his clients, and can navigate matters in both federal and state courts with expediency and proficiency. The personal attention that he gives to his cases serves as an example to all attorneys."
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New York Business Lawyer James J. DeCristofaro
James J. DeCristofaro
Business Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 20 years