Firm News

BRIAN SOKOLOFF APPEARS ON CBS’s 48 HOURS
December 1, 2018
Brian Sokoloff was featured in an hour-long episode of 48 Hours regarding Henry v. Hess. In this civil case, Mr. Sokoloff defended Police Officer Aaron Hess, who fatally shot a Pace University student who drove his vehicle into Hess propelling the officer onto the vehicle causing him serious injuries.  Click Here To Watch The Episode

ADAM KLEINBERG LECTURES ON THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT
November 27, 2018
Adam Kleinberg presented at the inaugural ExecuSummit Wage and Hour Seminar held at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut about settlement of claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. His lecture involved the issues and strategies surrounding settlement, and recent decisions analyzing proposed settlements.

STEVEN STERN LECTURES ON THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
September 6, 2018
Steven Stern presented to a roomful of attorneys and insurers in Plymouth, Michigan on significant recent developments in ADA jurisprudence.

ADAM KLEINBERG NAMED ADJUNCT PROFESSOR AT TOURO LAW SCHOOL
August 2018
Adam Kleinberg began his teaching career at his alma mater, Touro Law School, teaching Education Law for the fall semester. The firm is proud of him, but refuses to call him Professor.

PARTNER MARK RADI WINS FEDERAL TRIAL FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY POLICE LIEUTENANT
2018
Mark Radi successfully defended a Suffolk County Police Lieutenant against allegations of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation by two female subordinates. The jury returned a swift verdict in defendant’s favor after a two week federal trial before United States District Judge Joseph L. Bianco.

KIERA MEEHAN AND ADAM KLEINBERG LECTURE ON PUBLIC HOUSING LITIGATION
May 16, 2018
Kiera Meehan and Adam Kleinberg presented to insurance professionals for the Housing Authority Risk Retention Group an update on various topics affecting public housing law. The seminar included training on the Fair Housing Act, Medicare Secondary Payer Act, crisis management, and medical marijuana laws.

ADAM KLEINBERG RE-ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE
May 10, 2018
Adam Kleinberg was re-elected to serve a second term as a Trustee on the Half Hollow Hills Central School District Board of Education. He continues to head the Board’s Policy Committee, which he has led since taking office in July 2015.

STEVEN STERN CHAIRS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION AT CLM 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
March 15, 2018
Steven Stern led a discussion entitled: Say What? Free Speech in the Public Arena at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s Annual Conference in Houston, Texas.

ADAM KLEINBERG PUBLISHES IN MUNICIPAL LAWYER JOURNAL
Partner Adam Kleinberg’s article, entitled Litigation, Then Regulations: What Procedures Should School Districts Follow When a Student is to Be Interviewed About Possible Abuse or Mistreatment? was published in the New York State Bar Association’s Municipal Lawyer Journal, Vol. 31 No. 1. View PDF

STEVEN STERN LECTURES AT CLM SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE
November 2, 2017
Steven Stern was a guest lecturer at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s Municipal Law Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on the topic Defending Law Enforcement Claims in a High Tech World.

SOKOLOFF STERN PREVAILS AT UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT
June 5, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Town of Chester, holding a litigant seeking to intervene as of right under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 24 must show Article III standing if the intervenor wishes to pursue relief not requested by a party. The Supreme Court remanded the matter to the Second Circuit to determine the specific relief sought by the intervenor and, if necessary, whether the intervenor has standing.
Steven Stern represents the Town of Chester in the litigation. Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. argued the case before the Supreme Court.

MARK RADI LECTURES AT NASSAU COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
May 18, 2017
Partner Mark Radi lectured at the Nassau County Bar Association on the topic of Issues Pertaining to the Employment of Persons Convicted of a Crime.

SOKOLOFF STERN HEADING TO UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT
April 17, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear argument in Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates, Inc. on April 17, 2017. The important procedural issue before the Court is: “Whether intervenors participating in a lawsuit as of right under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 24(a) must have Article III standing (as three circuits have held), or whether Article III is satisfied so long as there is a valid case or controversy between the named parties (as seven circuits have held).” Partners Brian Sokoloff and Steven Stern will be attending the argument with Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells, who will present the Town’s arguments. Town’s Merits Brief may be found here.

BRIAN SOKOLOFF PRESENTS AT CLAIMS AND LITIGATION MANAGEMENT ALLIANCE
July 15, 2016
Brian Sokoloff was a panelist at this summer’s CLM Municipal Law Conference in Boston, Massachusetts on the topic: Law Enforcement Professional Liability: Navigating the Complicated and High Stakes World of Excessive Force Claims from the Plaintiff, Officer, & Insurance Company’s Perspective.

STEVEN STERN PRESENTS AT CLAIMS AND LITIGATION MANAGEMENT ALLIANCE
July 14, 2016
Steven Stern was a panelist at this summer’s CLM Municipal Law Conference in Boston, Massachusetts on the topic: Recent Developments in Qualified Immunity for Law Enforcement Officers.

SOKOLOFF STERN NAMES TWO NEW PARTNERS
July 1, 2016
Mark A. Radi and Leo Dorfman, both of whom have been with the firm since nearly its inception, were named partners. Mr. Radi and Mr. Dorfman handle some of the firm’s most complex and demanding federal civil rights cases.

STEVEN STERN PRESENTS AT NYCOM
May 2, 2016
Steven Stern lectured at the annual meeting of the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials on May 2, 2016. His lecture entitled, What did they say? Preventing and Defending Free Speech and Whistleblower Claims, informed public officials on the state of the law concerning protected speech and retaliation litigation.

SOKOLOFF STERN JOINS FORCES WITH ANGELS FOR WARRIORS TO PROVIDE PRO BONO SERVICES TO VETERANS
March 30, 2016
Sokoloff Stern is proud of its association with Angels for Warriors, a Long Island organization dedicated to providing pro bono legal services for veterans. Sokoloff Stern offers a wide range of legal services to veterans free of charge, a small token of our appreciation for their service to this country.

SOKOLOFF STERN ANNOUNCES NEWEST PARTNER
October 1, 2015
Kiera J. Meehan, who has been with the firm since 2008, became a partner in the firm. Ms. Meehan is a fierce litigator whose practice focuses on the defense of general liability/tort actions, including premises, motor vehicle, property damage, and reputational torts. Ms. Meehan also handles police liability and other civil rights matters.

STEVEN STERN SERVES ON POLICE LIABILITY PANEL
September 16, 2015
Steven Stern was a panelist on recent topics in police liability litigation, lecturing to an audience of attorneys and municipal insurance representatives. Mr. Stern led a discussion on police encounters with emotionally disturbed persons. Other topics included police and the media, body-worn cameras, and tactical riot issues and crowd control.

SOKOLOFF STERN OPENS NEW OFFICE IN GOSHEN, NEW YORK
July 1, 2015
Sokoloff Stern opened its doors at 43 Hatfield Lane, Suite 3B, Goshen, New York 10924. The new office will allow the firm to better serve its clients in the Hudson Valley and upstate New York.

ADAM KLEINBERG ELECTED TO LONG ISLAND SCHOOL BOARD
May 19, 2015
Adam Kleinberg was elected to the Half Hollow Hills Central School District Board of Education. He will serve a three year term as a Board Trustee.

SOKOLOFF STERN ATTORNEYS JUDGE STUDENT COMPETITIONS
February 21, 2015
Brian Sokoloff, Melissa Holtzer, Susan Odessky, and Anthony Cardoso sat as judges at the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition in the Eastern District of New York. Attorneys from Sokoloff Stern participate annually in this event.

January 25, 2015
Anthony Cardoso sat as a judge on the Empire Mock Trial Competition in the Eastern District of New York, judging students on the strength of their arguments, presentation, and advocacy skills.

ADAM KLEINBERG LECTURES ON THE DEFENSE OF TORT CLAIMS
September 17, 2014
Adam Kleinberg lectured to attorneys and insurance claims representatives on recent developments in the defense of snow and ice liability claims.

STEVEN STERN AND MELISSA HOLTZER LECTURE ON EMPLOYEE LEAVE ISSUES TO NYCOM
March 21, 2014
Steven Stern and Melissa Holtzer held a workshop entitled The Alphabet Soup of Employee Leave Benefits for a group of municipal representatives at a New York Conference of Mayors training session.

ADAM KLEINBERG LECTURES ON AGE DISCRIMINATION
September 5, 2013
Adam Kleinberg lectured to attorneys and insurance claims representatives on recent developments in age discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the federal civil rights laws.

STEVEN STERN LECTURES ON PRO SE LITIGATION
September 5, 2013
Steven Stern lectured to attorneys and insurance claims representatives on strategies to handle public entity litigation against pro se litigants.

SOKOLOFF STERN ATTORNEYS ON TITLE IX PANEL AT TOURO LAW SCHOOL
April 5, 2013
Adam Kleinberg and Mark Radi were among a panel of presenters for a Continuing Legal Education program at Touro Law School entitled Title IX and Sex Discrimination in the Education and Sports Settings.

STEVEN STERN SPEAKS AT THE ANNUAL SCHOOL LAW CONFERENCE
December 5, 2011
Steven Stern was a guest panelist, giving the defense attorney’s perspective on Hot Topics in Employment Discrimination Law at the Annual School Law Conference sponsored jointly by the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations.>

BRIAN SOKOLOFF LECTURES AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
November 29, 2011
Brian Sokoloff lectured on the topic of religious land use discrimination claims at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s Law & Politics program.

STEVEN STERN LECTURES AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
October 11, 2011
Steven Stern lectured on the topic of First Amendment free speech claims in public employment at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s Law & Politics program.

STEVEN STERN LECTURES AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
March 16, 2010
Steven Stern lectured on the legal ramifications and political fallout over the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S.Ct. 1937 (May 18, 2009) as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s program entitled “The Law and Politics” at Stony Brook University.

STEVEN STERN LECTURES AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
November 19, 2009
Steven Stern lectured on the topic of municipal civil rights at Stony Brook University as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s program entitled “Legalese.”

BRIAN SOKOLOFF AND STEVEN STERN LECTURE LONG ISLAND POLICE CHIEFS
April 1, 2009
Brian Sokoloff and Steven Stern lectured on police liability claims to a roomful of Chiefs of Police, municipal insurers, and attorneys at the Town of East Hampton Police Department headquarters. The topics included an overview of the various types of law enforcement claims and the litigation process, claims involving detainees and inmates, and claims involving the various mechanisms of police uses of force and pursuits. The course was accredited by the N.Y.S. Continuing Legal Education Board and credit was given to the attorneys who attended the seminar.