LARA H. WEISSMAN
State Admissions: New York State Bar, 2013; New Jersey State Bar, 2012 Federal Admissions: 2d Circ., 2017; S.D.N.Y., 2014; E.D.N.Y., 2014; D.N.J., 2012 Court Certified Mediator, 2012
DISABILITY RIGHTS NEW YORK, Brooklyn, NY 11/2016 to present
Zealously advocate for individuals with disabilities who have been victims of abuse, neglect and/or discrimination by landlords, employers, public entities, NYC DOE, DOCCS, universities, nursing homes, residential homes or the judicial system through investigation, negotiation, counseling and litigation.
Audit New York State entities for regulatory compliance and report findings. Developed a company-wide protocol for these audits and educate colleagues on how it is to be implemented.
Lead teams to address systemic issues identified related to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, develop advocacy projects.
Draft cogent briefs and present persuasive oral arguments in the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, District Courts and the Second Circuit.
Lead Counsel for an appeal in the Second Circuit to enjoin N.Y.S. Unified Court System from appointing guardianships pursuant to Article 17A of the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act.
Litigate Section 1983, ADA, IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Olmstead violation claims.
HILLER, PC, New York, NY 09/2015 to 10/2016
Litigated matters as lead counsel related to construction, commercial agreements ERISA law, and tort.
Reviewed and negotiated commercial contracts, AIA agreements, construction agreements, architect contracts and engineering contracts.
Successfully represented clients to obtain million dollar settlements for property damage and personal injuries related to construction accidents.
Represented opposition groups on issues related to zoning, land use and variance in front of the BSA to preserve landmarks and architecture in New York City.
Drafted pleadings, discovery demands and various complex motions; defended depositions and deposed witnesses; engaged in mediations, settlement conferences, court conferences and oral arguments.
Obtained a $2.5 million dollar settlement for an individual who was wrongfully denied ERISA coverage. LESTER, SCHWAB, KATZ AND DWYER, LLP, New York, NY 02/2015 to 09/2015
Advised Fortune 500 clients on construction contracts, labor law, commercial agreements and insurance policies.
Interpreted insurance policies and litigated insurance coverage matters from inception to judgment or settlement.
Represented Cablevision as lead counsel for cases related to construction litigation, New York Labor Law, OSHA compliance, professional liability, permitting and general liability.
Prepared memorandum synthesizing relevant construction law treatises, cases, codes and other current issues.
Counseled clients on mitigating financial risk by presenting detailed budget reports and project analysis. FISHER, BYRIALSEN AND KREIZER, PLLC, New York, NY 08/2013 to 02/2015
Prosecuted cases in Federal and State Courts; appeared for oral arguments, depositions, conferences and mediations.
Specialized in criminal defense, Section 1983 claims, commercial litigation and personal injury law.
Associate counsel for one of the plaintiffs in In re McCray, et. al.(S.D.N.Y. 03-CV-9685), in which a landmark
$41 million aggregate settlement was achieved for the wrongfully convicted Central Park Five.
Managed high volume of electronic document review and production from evidence spanning over twenty (20) years with respect to In re McCray, et. al.(S.D.N.Y. 03-CV-9685). SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY, Hackensack, NJ 08/2012 to 08/2013 Trial Court Law Clerk for the Honorable James J. Guida, J.S.C. –Criminal Vicinage
Acted as the liaison between Judge Guida and the attorneys who appeared before the Court.
Observed criminal jury and bench trials relating to white collar crimes, commercial fraud, RICO, criminal possession, sex crimes and domestic violence.
Perform legal research; make recommendations to Judge Guida regarding dispositions of motions, both verbally through written bench memoranda; draft, edit and proofread legal correspondence; attend and assist with case conferences, motion hearings, trials; and mediate small claims cases.
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY 05/2012 Juris Doctor
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 05/2009
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology; Graduated with Departmental Honors