David H. Perecman - The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.

David H. Perecman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

For the past 35 years as one of the leading personal injury lawyers in New York City, David Perecman has championed all types of personal injury cases, including construction accidents, premises accidents, automobile accidents and medical malpractice. Mr. Perecman and his firm  have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients over the course of his career.  From the beginning of his legal practice, Mr. Perecman has proven himself to be a skilled and tenacious New York City personal injury lawyer. He founded the Perecman Firm in 1983 at the young age of 29 after winning a highly publicized $600,000 verdict against the now-defunct department store Gimbels for falsely detaining an elderly woman when an anti-theft device set off the alarm. The case set the modus operandi for Mr. Perecman for years to come. They initially offered him $1500.00 to settle and only offered  $10,000.00, the amount he demanded at first at the end of the trial.  His response was... too late.  After the verdict the case settled for almost $100,000.00 even though the incident lasted only a few minutes and there was no medical care resulting from her incident.  Since then, he has taken dozens of personal injury cases to verdict and settled many more mid-trial. Among his more recent victories: a $15 million verdict* for a construction worker, plus many other multi-million-dollar settlements, verdicts and recoveries. Mr. Perecman has become one of the top personal injury lawyers in New York City by combining extensive and relentless preparation, first-class litigation skills and above all, relentless PASSION,  to achieve winning results. He starts planning his strategy as soon as a case comes to him. Whether before a judge or a jury, he spares little expense in employing first-rate experts and cutting-edge technology to great persuasive effect. The personal injury verdicts he obtains are often double or triple-and sometimes many multiples of the settlement offers made by the defense prior to and during trial. Mr. Perecman says. “Every case has its weaknesses. Those weaknesses are like the edge of a sword and every sword has two edges. Find the other edge the one that helps your client and you will have turned a negative into a positive.” Mr. Perecman, a 1978 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, either has or still serves on the executive committee, nominating committe and the board of directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA), a prestigious lawyers’ association. From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Perecman served  NYSTLA to be a chair of it's New York construction accident committee related to construction accidents. Additionally, Mr. Perecman has been selected year after year, to date, since 2007 by the prestigious New York Trial Lawyers Association's teaching arm, NYSTLI, to head up and lecture to other New York City personal injury lawyers on construction accident law.  He and his firm not only is involved with complex construction and other litigation he is also a respected appellate attorney with numerous groundbreaking appellate decisions to his firms credit.  Some of these decisions are cited over and over by other lawyers in fields of construction law, premises security and medical malpractice since they have paved the way for injured victims.  They also have a workers compensation department. His Firm, The Perecman Firm, PLLC has been selected by U.S. News and World Reports- Best Law Firms in 2011-2014 as among the top twenty personal injury firms in all of New York City, tier 3. He is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, New York State and the U.S. District courts of the Southern and Eastern districts of New York. His credentials also include the role of a commentator on Court TV and he has been seen in The New York Post, the Daily News and the New York Times and on ABC, CBS NBC and the Katie Couric show his representation of the missing autistic child "Avonte" Oquendo; and has been published regarding his representation of the ex-fiance of the television star Vincent Pastore (of HBO's The Soprano's) and on NBC new's interview regarding the New York City April 2012 crane collapse.  He is listed in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, rated AVVO 10, "Superb"and the National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals and has been listed in the New York Law Journals Book of Lists  and its Journal for top verdicts in NY State most years since 2005.

State University of New York at AlbanyBS 1975Brooklyn Law SchoolJ.D. 1978
New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Case History

Ranieri v. Holt Construction et ano — After trial I received a verdict slightly over $15,000,000.00 for a worker who sustained a relatively simple fracture of his elbow and a torn meniscus.
After the verdict we were confronted with several months of video tape of the client taken by the Defendants which showed the client in excellent physical condition on the beach.
We were able to demonstrate that these very videos showed a few instances which were consistent with his problems. Thus, the judge refused to set aside the verdict.
We were able to then settle the matter for close to $8,000,000.00
Tonaj v. ABC Carpet et al — I received a verdict in excess of $9,600,000.00 for a worker who fell 15 feet from a scaffold.  His short time in the country made proof of a lost earnings case most difficult.
What made the case most outstanding to my view was the fact that a co worker who also fell along with him, while sustaining serious injuries also, who was represented
by a different lawyer at trial was only awarded $250,000.00 in future damages while my client was awarded $6,000.000.00.
This takes on particular significance since they were both represented by the other lawyer throughout almost all the
proceedings except for trial and their testifying experts and physicians were the same.   
Dounias v. Town of Marlborough — This case involved two workers who were struck by an errant vehicle while doing sidewalk construction.  The vehicle had allegedly drifted into the shoulder of the roadway.
The vehicle had a very limited insurance policy making a successful result and trial against the Town essential. Some witnesses claimed both workers were at fault for running
across the street without looking.
After a one month long trial involving over 25 witnesses and almost 100 exhibits I was able to settle my clients case for $4,525,000.00 plus waiver of a $400,000.00
workers compensation lien. This trial was in a conservative jurisdiction where a lawsuit against the Town, under these circumstances, where the driver was the most obvious
culprit, would be viewed skeptically.
What made this result especially noteworthy was that the jurisdiction is one where large verdicts are highly unusual and because our client's settlement, despite serious
injuries to both clients, was triple that of the other workers settlement. 
Olszewski v. Park Terrace Gardens — This was a verdict for over $10,000,000.00 for an undocumented worker who fell 7 stories while working on a suspension scaffold which collapsed.  The evidence showed the
worker had not used his safety harness and lifeline although his co-worker, also on the scaffold, was saved by having used it. Despite the fact that he was what the Defendants referred
to as an illegal alien and the fact that he had not used his safety devices we prevailed.
Kempisty v. 246 Spring Street, LLC — This case involved a construction worker who was struck in the leg by a large and heavy steel block that he had just attached to the end of a cable hanging from
the tip of a crane boom.  As the crane operator lifted the block, it moved sideways catching his leg between it and another block.  The trial court, on its own, dismissed
the part of the case that relied on Labor Law 240(1) and ruled that the Plaintiff would have to go to trial to succeed in proving violations of other worker safety rules.  
Undaunted by this ruling, our firm appealed the decision and not only won reinstatement of this claim but was granted summary judgment in Plaintiff's favor.  The
Appellate Division, First Department, in a well reasoned decision, agreed that the block could only have moved due to gravity and stated that:  “The elevation
differential cannot be considered de minimis when the weight of the object being hoisted is capable of generating an extreme amount of force, even though it only
traveled a short distance".  Highly respected lawyers practicing in the field of construction accidents have commented on the unique nature of the arguments made
by our firm and the court’s decision and that it will keep the avenues available for construction workers to be fairly compensated when they are injured. We are
particularly proud of this court decision because it was unusual and unexpected.

Client Comments

"If law was boxing Dave Perecman would be Rocky Balboa. He has a confidence that resonates through his firm."

-Joseph Perrone

"David Perecman treated me like a VIP from the very first phone call with me while was still in the hospital and asked right away what I needed, what I wanted, and what, if anything, he could do for me. Marvin Lava is also first rate; anytime I have a question or a problem, I pick up a phone or make a trip in to see him and the problem is solved. Adam Hurwitz is yet another total pro. I pick up a phone or go in and whatever it is, it is handled promptly. I don't know how I would have gotten through such a horrible experience without their help. "

-Scott Mahling

"I had a very good experience with David Perecman and his staff representing me in my case. They are very professional and I would recommend them to anyone in need for a good lawyer."

-Gheorghe Nechifor

"David Perecman and his team are always available to talk to. He gives us his full attention and helps us understand any concerns."

Office Locations

250 West 57th Street, Suite 401
New York, NY 10107
United States

500 North Broadway, Suite 123
Jericho, NY 11753
United States

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Other Information

Gender: Male