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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 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

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 80%
  2. Real Estate: 10%
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 10%



Hourly ($375-625/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    Watching Colin argue before a jury is better than watching an award-winning lawyer movie. Aside from being a phenomenal trial attorney, Colin is an expert on all things real estate, insurance, and ethics. It has been an honor working with and learning from Colin these past years.


    Leni Cummins
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Douglas J. FitzMorris

    I have known Colin Kaufman for many years. He is very conscientious and is a skillful commercial litigation attorney. I highly recommend him to folks looking for counsel for property-based and commercial litigation matters.


    Douglas FitzMorris Medical malpractice Attorney
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Contact info

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.

120 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York, NY, 10271-1797


NYCurrently registered 197903/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Superlawyer designationSuper Lawyers2012
AV Peer RatedMartindale-Hubbell®2012
Trustees' Medal in Constitutional LawFordham University Law School1978
AmJur Book Award - Legal EthicsFordham University & Lexis Publishing1978
Bronze Star with Oak Leaf ClusterN/A1970
Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf ClusterN/A1970
Honor Graduate 18th MP Bde Physical Security School, RVNUnited States Army 18th Military Police Brigade1970
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerAdam Leitman Bailey, PC2006 - Present
Principal Trial AttorneyGreenhill Partners, PC1997 - 2006
Trial AttorneyHarry I. Katz, PC1994 - 1997
PartnerQuinn & Suhr1988 - 1993
PartnerKatz & Kaufman1987 - 1988
Bureau ChiefDistrict Attorney of Westchester County1978 - 1987
Senior InvestigatorNew York State Special Prosecutor (Corruption)1972 - 1978
SergeantUnited States Army Military Police (Vietnam Svce)1969 - 1970
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Criminal Justice Section - Westchester County Bar AssociationChairman1991 - 1991
Publication nameTitleDate
HabitatDirectors and Officers Insurance Does Not Cover Intentional Discrimination2013
New York Law JournalHarnessing the Internet2007
Lorman Educational Services CoursebookTaking and Defending Effective Depositions2007
Coursebook - Lorman Educational ServicesTrial of a Negligence Case in New York2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National College of District AttorneysN/ACareer Prosecutor Course1984
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Trinity CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Preventing Fraud at the Closing TableFraud Prevention2009
NYSBA Annual MeetingQuestions Anyone - Preparing for Deposition2009
Taking and Defending Effective DepositionsPre-Trial Deposition Practice2008
Using the Internet to Win Your CaseUse of the Internet in Litigation2007
Cyber-Housing: Using the Internet to Effectively Gather and Use Evidence to Win Your CaseUse of Internet Resources in Litigation2007
Using the Internet To Manage, Locate,Investigate and Increase the Value of Real EstateUse of Internet Resources in Real Estate2006
Trial of Negligence Case in New YorkTrial of a Negligence Case in New York2004