Colin E. Kaufman concentrates in trial work and litigation, primarily commercial, tort and real estate-related. Kaufman has been in practice for over forty years, all of it in litigation. Kaufman is AV Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, repeatedly named by Super Lawyers®, and is rated “Superb” by Avvo.com. Kaufman has prevailed in over 250 bench and jury trials to verdict in state and federal courts during his career. Kaufman is General Counsel to the firm.
Kaufman received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College and his law degree from Fordham University Law School. He has instructed in trial preparation and trial advocacy for the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services Basic Prosecutors’ Course, Bureau of Municipal Police Training School, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, New York State Special Prosecutor’s Office, the New York State Bar Association and Lorman Educational Services. He has authored or coauthored three manuals for trial lawyers: Trial of a Negligence Case in New York, 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 as a sergeant 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’s Intelligence Unit until leaving to become a prosecutor with the Westchester District Attorney’s 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 a mining disaster 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 argued appellate cases in the Appellate Divisions of the First, Second and Third Departments and in the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Kaufman’s reported appellate cases include: Cippolone v. City of White Plains, 181 A.D. 2d 887 (2d Dept. 1992), Marquise Collection, Inc. v. M.A.S. Textiles Corp., 239 A.D.2d 470, (2d Dept.1997), Mulhern v. Chai Management, 309 A.D. 2d 995 (3d Dept. 2003), Garay v. National Grange Mutual Insurance Co., 117 Fed. Appx. 785 (2d Cir. 2004), Poughkeepsie Chevrolet, Inc. v. Jeff Weaver’s 96 Hour Super Sale, Inc., 8 A.D. 3d 575, (2d Dept. 2004), Murphy v. Sawmill Construction Corp., 17 A.D.3d 422 (2d Dept. 2005), Yang v. Chin, 42 A.D. 3d 320 (1st Dept. 2007), In re East 51st Street Crane Collapse Litigation, 30 Misc.3d 521 (NY Sup Ct, 2010), In re East 51st Street Crane Collapse Litigation, 31 Misc.3d 406 (NY Sup Ct, 2011).