Susan Chana Lask

Susan Chana Lask

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  • New York
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I am dedicated to my clients' causes. I use an intelligent approach of strategizing every angle, starting from when I first talk to my client. I use my over 28 years of legal experience that I gained from some of the most controversial high profile cases to work towards winning your case. I use creative solutions by applying my keen knowledge of law and procedure.

Practice Areas
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Divorce
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Entertainment & Sports Law
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Civil Rights
  • Animal & Dog Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
2nd Circuit
3rd Circuit
Eastern District of NY, Federal Court
Southern District of NY, Federal Court
U.S. Supreme Court
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Russian: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney Litigator
Law Offices of Susan Chana Lask
- Current
Before starting my own firm, in the late '80s I worked for the prestigious, high end large law firms of Rivkin, Radler, Dunne & Bayh's Hazardous Waste insurance defense department for nationwide complex litigation, including the Agent Orange defense and creosote spills, and New York City's Kramer, Levin, Nessen,Kamin & Frankel's commercial real estate department, including clients such as the Trump Organization and nationwide multi-million dollar transactions. I am a litigator handling appeals and complex cases, including Divorce, Child Custody, Criminal Defense, Civil Rights, Class Actions, and more. My cases include high profile issues and clients. I am an invited Legal Commentator for major networks, including CNN, Fox News, The NY times and so much more. See www.appellate-brief.com for more information.
Education
Whittier
Law School
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Honors: Moot Court Honors Board Trial Advocacy Winner
Arcadia University
M.A. (1983) | Master of Arts in Humanities, concentrating in British & Russian Novels
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Arcadia University
B.A. (1982) | Psychology/Sociology
Professional Associations
New York State Bar # 2286102
Member
- Current
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6 Questions Answered

Q. In upstate ny Is it legal for a sheriff to ask me questions over the phone rather than in person?
A: You called the sheriff and asked him a questions, then he asked you one. You can answer him or decline to answer. Even if he called you, you do not have to answer the questions of a law enforcement officer unless you want to. On the other hand, if an officer stopped you in person for reasons he believes are related to a crime, you have to at least show him your identification but you still do not have to answer any questions unless your rights are read to you first, and that includes your right to have an attorney before you talk.
Q. I think my attorney's paralegal drafted my will - is that okay?
A: A paralegal can not draft a will. Only an attorney should draft a will, review it, discuss it with you and finalize it with the appropriate revisions, if any. Now, if the paralegal created an initial draft and the lawyer reviewed it, revised it and finalized it then that is fine. In sum, a lawyer must supervise his non lawyer staff and is always ultimately responsible for any documents produced for you.
Q. Is my lawyer really representing the cop because he is friends with the department ?
A: Police Officers can call the officer who is listed on the PBA card. So I do not see anything wrong with the officer who stopped your wife with calling the brother in law. Next, it cannot be said whether or not the lawyer is representing the other side just because he is friends with the police. That is a loaded question that is impossible to answer. The lawyer is representing your wife. However, if you do not trust him then you should find a lawyer whom you trust. Not having faith in your own lawyer is a good reason to find someone else.
Q. If a person was sanctioned by their state bar, do they have to tell their clients?
A: You do not have to voluntarily tell your clients that you were sanctioned. However, if a client asks you if you had any sanctions then you have to be honest and tell them you did.
Q. My eleven year old kicked a teacher at school. They want to press battery charges on him. What should I do?
A: In layman's terms, Battery is an intentional and unwanted physical contact. I'm wondering why an 11 year old would kick someone in the first place, as it seems he/she has anger issues. Therefore, if you want to help your child in this situation, and likely for his/her future, you should mitigate the damage and get your child into counseling. The court will appreciate your taking a step to help your child in this matter with counseling before the case proceeds. Usually, courts direct counseling anyhow as part of the punishment for the crime. In this case, fortunately it was only a kick, so it appears there was no real injury beyond a bruise; however, it is a serious matter as to the child's anger issues that should be addressed now to avoid another kick or something more serious in the future by your child. You should recognize this issue as a potential larger issue to a possible violent crime by your child one day if he/she does not get help now.
Q. What kind of options might I have when my Employer is over paying me, but isn't fixing the issue causing it?
A: Since it's tax filing time this week, the first issue that hits me with your question is they will report the overpayments to the IRS, and it raises your tax liability. You can write a check to the company for the overpayment amounts, but that will not resolve the fact that they are reporting more money paid to you to the IRS on your W-2s or 1099s-depending how they pay you. It also will not resolve the fact that they keep overpaying you. You should make sure you send your complaints about the overpayments to Human Resources, the company president and the company bookkeeper in writing. Use e-mail notice to them and save the emails on your server as proof that they were sent. Remember, once they start paying you the correct amount, then you can refund them the over payments BUT insure that they provide you with a written statement that they will not report the overpayments to the IRS. If they already did, then they have to send a corrected W-2 or 1099 to the IRS for you. Good luck!
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