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Richard H. Abend is a premier trial lawyer, focusing on personal injury law. He has dedicated himself to representing individuals who have been injured due to the negligence of others. Mr. Abend has successfully tried numerous cases to jury verdict. He was recognized by the New York Law Journal for obtaining one of the top verdicts in New York for 2010. Mr. Abend, a leader in his field, was also recently recognized by Super Lawyers as a “rising star.”  He is a faculty member of, the nation’s largest provider of online continuing legal education. In addition, Mr. Abend is regularly invited to lecture on behalf of Brooklyn Law School, CUNY Law School, PLI and Hudson Valley Bank. 


Mr. Abend graduated from the University of Rochester and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School, where he served as the Notes and Comments Editor for the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. He is admitted to the bars of New York and Connecticut, as well as the United States Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. He is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association and New York County Lawyers Association. Mr. Abend also serves as a Moot Court Judge for the American Association of Justice (formerly ATLA) and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy student trial advocacy competition.



Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 50%



Contingent (10-33%), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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    Richard is a fantastic lawyer on all issues related to Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury. He is great with clients and provides great service every step of the way.


    David Friedman
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    I endorse this lawyer. He is thorough, resourceful, highly knowledgable, personable and engaging. Clients can expect the highest level of service from this attorney.


    Harmon Fields Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Abend & Silber PLLC

440 Park Avenue South
New York, NY, 10016


NYCurrently registered 200303/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2013
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberABEND & SILBER, PLLC2008 - Present
AssociateLindenbaum & Silber, PLLC2002 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York City Bar Association, Tort Litigation CommitteeMember2013 - Present
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Failure to time diagnose and treat hodgkins lymphomaPlaintiff's Verdict
Motor Vehicle Accident-Non-Surgical Herniated DiscPlaintiff's Verdict
Bus Driver Didn't Properly Secure WheelchairPlaintiff's Verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of RochesterPolitical Sceince and EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bridge the GapBasic Drafting Skills2014
Bridge the GapPracticing in New York State and Federal Courts2014
Bridge the GapKey Skills For Starting a Law Practice2014
Bridge The GapPracticing in New York State and Federal Court System2013
Medical Malpractice 101Overview of Medical Liability Cases2012
Take Charge of Your Career: Thinking of Going Solo? Considerations for Starting a Solo of Small Firm PartnershipStarting a Solo of Small Firm Partnership2010
Bridge The GapJury Selection2010