Colin E Kaufman

Colin E Kaufman

Adam Leitman Bailey, PC
  • Business Law, Insurance Defense, Real Estate Law
  • New York, USDC Eastern District of New York, USDC Southern District of New York
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Summary

Colin E. Kaufman concentrates in trial work and litigation, primarily commercial, tort and real estate-related. Kaufman has been in practice for forty years, all of it in litigation.

Kaufman received his law degree from Fordham University Law School. He has instructed in trial skills and advocacy for the NYS Bar Association, NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services Basic Prosecutors' Course, Bureau of Municipal Police Training School, Westchester County DA's Office,Special Prosecutor's Office and Lorman Educational Services. He has authored or coauthored three manuals for trial lawyers, Trial of a Negligence Case, Taking and Defending Effective Depositions, and Real Evidence for the Trial Practitioner.

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√Ęs Intelligence Unit until leaving to become a prosecutor with the Westchester District Attorney√Ęs 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.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Real Estate Law
Additional Practice Area
  • General Civil
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Fees vary by type,anticipated complexity and anticipated length of litigation and range from $375/hour to $750/hour
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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USDC Eastern District of New York
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USDC Southern District of New York
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2nd Circuit
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Languages
  • French: Written
Professional Experience
Partner, General Counsel
Adam Leitman Bailey, PC
- Current
Partner, General Counsel
Desiderio, Kaufman & Metz, PC
- Current
Partner
Adam Leitman Bailey, PC
- Current
Member, Senior Litigation Attorney
Greenhill Partners, PC
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Litigation, focus on negligence defense, commercial, and insurance first-party defense. Trials. Successful participation in litigation of $110,000,000 first-party claim in mine disaster case.
Trial Attorney
Harry I. Katz, PC
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Personal injury litigation including negligence, product liability and medical malpractice.
Partner
Quinn & Suhr
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Litigation, including commercial, international contract, franchise termination, and intellectual property, products liability defense, negligence defense and foreign national representation. Tried and won the first case taken to verdict under the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods, multi-million dollar recovery for client.
Partner
Katz & Kaufman
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Personal injury litigation.
ADA, Bureau Chief, General Trial Bureau
District Attorney of Westchester County
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Felony trials, primarily murder; training, evaluation and supervision of trial lawyers; administrative responsibility for General Trial Bureau; personally tried over two dozen homicide cases.
Senior Special Investigator
NYS Special Prosecutor (Corruption)
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Corruption investigations in the New York City criminal justice system. Ran the Intelligence Unit 1974-1978.
Sergeant
US Army Military Police
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Vietnam Service, decorations include two Bronze Stars, two Army Commendation Medals.
Education
National College of District Attorneys
Career Prosecutor Course (1984)
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Fordham University School of Law
J.D. (1978)
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Honors: AmJur Award in Ethics; Alumni Medal in Constitutional Law
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Trinity College
B.A. | French Language & Literature
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Honors: Tinrity Church Scholar
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Awards
AV rating
Martindale Hubbell
Superb
Avvo.com
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Career Prosecutor Course Graduate
National College of District Attorneys
Alumni Gold Medal in Constitutional Law
Fordham University School of Law
Book Award in Legal Ethics
Fordham University School of Law
Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster
US Army
Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
US Army
Professional Associations
New York State Bar Association
Member
Current
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American Bar Association
Member
Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
Desiderio, Kaufman & Metz, PC
One Battery Park Plaza, 18th Fl
New York, NY 10004
USA
Telephone: (212) 825-0365
Fax: (212) 825-0999