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I am a highly experienced trial lawyer and litigator, with over 200 jury trials to verdict in over three and a half decades. I am AV Peer Rated ("Preeminent") by Martindale-Hubbell®, have been designated as a Superlawyer by Super Lawyers®, and rated "Superb" by Avvo.com. I am General Counsel to my firm and in charge of our in-house Continuing Legal Education program. My police, investigative and prosecutorial background enable me effectively to explore the factual background of my cases in preparation for trial or negotiation. My firm has been extremely successful in property-based and commercial litigation, offering clients cost-effective and vigorous representation with substantial client input in strategic decisions.
Colin E. Kaufman concentrates in trial work and litigation, primarily commercial, tort and real estate-related. Kaufman has been in practice for thirty years, all of it in litigation.
Kaufman received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College and his law degree from Fordham University Law School. He has instructed in trial preparation and trial advocacy for the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services Basic Prosecutors' Course, Bureau of Municipal Police Training School, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, New York State Special Prosecutor's Office and Lorman Educational Services. He has authored or coauthored several manuals for trial lawyers.
After graduating from Trinity College, Kaufman was a military policeman in the U.S. and in Vietnam. His combat decorations during his service with the 4th Infantry Division include two Bronze Stars and two Army Commendation Medals.
After his return from Vietnam, Kaufman was a corruption investigator with the Office of the New York State Special Prosecutor. In addition to investigative work Kaufman ran the Special Prosecutor’s Intelligence Unit until leaving to become a prosecutor with the Westchester District Attorney’s Office.
Kaufman spent nine years with the Westchester District Attorney, rising to Chief of the General Trial Bureau. During his tenure there, in addition to trials and training of trial lawyers, Kaufman participated in several thousand prosecutions.
Since leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Kaufman has been engaged in the private practice of law. His litigation and trial work has covered a substantial breadth, ranging from products liability to mining disasters to international contracts. He was co-lead counsel in the first case tried to verdict in the United States under the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods. He has tried over two hundred cases to verdict in state and federal courts.
Mr. Kaufman’s reported appellate cases include: Garay v. National Grange Mutual Insurance Co., 117 Fed. Appx. 785 (2d Cir. 2004); Murphy v. Sawmill Construction Corp., 17 A.D.3d 422, 792 N.Y.S. 2d 616 (2d Dept. 2005); Poughkeepsie Chevrolet, Inc. v. Jeff Weaver’s 96 Hour Super Sale, Inc., 8 A.D. 3d 575, 779 N.Y.S. 2d 512 (2d Dept. 2004) Mulhern v. Chai Management, 309 A.D. 2d 995, 765 N.Y.S. 2d 694 (3d Dept. 2003); Marquise Collection, Inc. v. M.A.S. Textiles Corp., 239 A.D.2d 470, 657 N.Y.S.2d 207 (2d Dept.1997); and Cippolone v. City of White Plains, 181 A.D. 2d 887, 581 N.Y.S. 2d 421 (2d Dept. 1992).
Languages spoken: French
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Superlawyer designation||Super Lawyers||2012|
|AV Peer Rated||Martindale-Hubbell®||2012|
|Trustees' Medal in Constitutional Law||Fordham University Law School||1978|
|AmJur Book Award - Legal Ethics||Fordham University & Lexis Publishing||1978|
|Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster||N/A||1970|
|Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster||N/A||1970|
|Honor Graduate 18th MP Bde Physical Security School, RVN||United States Army 18th Military Police Brigade||1970|
|Partner||Adam Leitman Bailey, PC||2006 - Present|
|Principal Trial Attorney||Greenhill Partners, PC||1997 - 2006|
|Trial Attorney||Harry I. Katz, PC||1994 - 1997|
|Partner||Quinn & Suhr||1988 - 1993|
|Partner||Katz & Kaufman||1987 - 1988|
|Bureau Chief||District Attorney of Westchester County||1978 - 1987|
|Senior Investigator||New York State Special Prosecutor (Corruption)||1972 - 1978|
|Sergeant||United States Army Military Police (Vietnam Svce)||1969 - 1970|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Criminal Justice Section - Westchester County Bar Association||Chairman||1991 - 1991|
|Habitat||Directors and Officers Insurance Does Not Cover Intentional Discrimination||2013|
|New York Law Journal||Harnessing the Internet||2007|
|Lorman Educational Services Coursebook||Taking and Defending Effective Depositions||2007|
|Coursebook - Lorman Educational Services||Trial of a Negligence Case in New York||2004|
|National College of District Attorneys||N/A||Career Prosecutor Course||1984|
|Fordham University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|Trinity College||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1968|
|Preventing Fraud at the Closing Table||Fraud Prevention||2009|
|NYSBA Annual Meeting||Questions Anyone - Preparing for Deposition||2009|
|Taking and Defending Effective Depositions||Pre-Trial Deposition Practice||2008|
|Using the Internet to Win Your Case||Use of the Internet in Litigation||2007|
|Cyber-Housing: Using the Internet to Effectively Gather and Use Evidence to Win Your Case||Use of Internet Resources in Litigation||2007|
|Using the Internet To Manage, Locate,Investigate and Increase the Value of Real Estate||Use of Internet Resources in Real Estate||2006|
|Trial of Negligence Case in New York||Trial of a Negligence Case in New York||2004|