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Richard Greenblatt is a highly skilled trial attorney, currently concentrating in assisting parties in conflict to find resolution through mediation. For the past decade, he concentrated primarily in personal injury cases, expanding his advocacy skills in research and writing along with mastering trial techniques developed by David Ball (Damages), Rick Friedman (Rules of the Road) and Don Keenan (The Reptile). In addition to many significant jury verdicts, he has successfully argued appeals before the intermediate appellate courts and the Court of Appeals.
Although Richard has successfully tried many cases over the past 35 years, he is well aware that the vast majority of cases settle. Unfortunately, many settlements are not achieved until the parties have expended large sums and many hours preparing for the trials that become unnecessary. Richard’s experience in court has taught him that better solutions are available if the parties and, if they chose, their counsel, are willing to work together to understand what each side needs to bring an end to the dispute.
Richard is an experienced mediator, having completed basic mediation training in 1997 and collaborative negotiation training in 2001. Richard was among the first attorneys in NY to establish a collaborative negotiations group to help litigants resolve disputes without court intervention.
Richard has continued to improve his skills over the years, recently completing an interdisciplinary training in collaborative divorce approved by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, an intensive mediation training sponsored by the Center for Understanding in Conflict and the Center for Mediation in Law and a workshop in neuroscience literacy for lawyers, mediators and judicial officers sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association.
Richard is also highly respected by his colleagues and the judges before whom he has appeared, who have chosen him to serve for over 12 years on the Grievance Committee for the 9th Judicial District, the panel that oversees the ethical conduct of attorneys in 5 counties in the Hudson Valley. Richard also chairs a judicial screening committee that interviews and rates judicial candidates for positions on the Supreme Court and serves on a statewide panel that interviews and rates candidates for the New York Court of Appeals.
Languages spoken: English, French
Hourly ($250-350/hour), Retainer (always)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Distinguished Attorney||Women's Bar Association||2011|
|Po Bono||Orange County Bar Association||2000|
|senior counsel||The Law Office of Richard Greenblatt||2013 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Justice Brandeis Law Society||Member||2011 - Present|
|Dutchess County Bar Association||Former Board Member||2003 - Present|
|Women's Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties||Chair, Judicial Screening Committee||1995 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|New York State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Orange County Bar Association||President||2001 - 2002|
|Snipe v. Village of Ellenville||Jury found for plaintiff, awarding his heirs $500,000.|
|Russell v. Hughes||Plaintiff rejected an offer of $40,000, Jury returned a verdict of $470,000.|
|Randone v. New York State||$450,000 award plus interest from date of liability verdict|
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|Brooklyn Law Review||Wiretap evidence and the exclusionary rule||1977|
|Brooklyn Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|Trial of a personal injury case||Closing Statements||2000|