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David Perecman

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One of New York City’s Leading Personal Injury Attorneys

For over 40 years, David H. Perecman has distinguished himself as one of the leading personal injury lawyers in New York City, championing all types of personal injury cases including construction accidentspremises accidentsautomobile accidents, and medical malpractice, along with employment discrimination, false arrest, and civil rights cases.

He has won hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients over the course of his career and has led The Perecman Firm P.L.L.C. to be recognized by the highly coveted and competitive U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Firms in America for the past eight years in a row.

Founder of The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.

From the beginning of his legal career, Mr. Perecman has proven himself to be a skilled and tenacious New York City personal injury lawyer and trial lawyer. He founded what eventually became The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. in 1983 after winning a landmark $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. Since then, he has taken dozens of personal injury cases to verdict and settled many more mid-trial.

In every year since 2005, Mr. Perecman has been published in the New York Law Journal’s Top Verdicts and Settlements list. In 2014, Mr. Perecman secured a landmark $9.9 million settlement for a construction worker, listed as the highest construction accident settlement in New York State that year and the second highest settlement overall. He has become one of the top personal injury lawyers in New York City by combining extensive and relentless preparation with first-class litigation skills in order to achieve winning results.

He starts planning his strategy as soon as a case comes in the door. Whether before a judge or a jury, he spares no expense in employing first-rate experts and cutting-edge technology to great persuasive effect. The personal injury verdicts he obtains are often double, triple, and or even many multiples of the settlement offers made by the defense prior to and during trial.

“Every case has its weaknesses,” Mr. Perecman says. “It is the job of a good personal injury lawyer to turn those weaknesses in strengths or to blow them out of the water.”

Education, Recognition, Honors & Associations

Mr. Perecman serves on the executive committee and the board of directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA), a prestigious lawyers’ association and was their former treasurer and secretary. In 2005 and for years after, Mr. Perecman, as a highly experienced New York construction accident lawyer, was chosen by NYSTLA to chair their Labor Law (construction accident) committee.

Respected in his field, Mr. Perecman has been trusted over many years by NYSTLA’s teaching arm to educate other lawyers on construction accident litigation. He has also lectured about construction accident law for court personnel and has served as a commentator on Court TV. He is licensed to practice in U.S. Supreme Court, New York State, and the U.S. District courts for the Southern and Eastern districts of NY.

Mr. Perecman has earned numerous awards and accolades for his work. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in America®, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. Most recently, he was named a Best Lawyers 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” in Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs in Long Island. 

With a career of successful results, Mr. Perecman has secured many multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts included in the New York Law Journal’s annual “Top Verdicts and Settlements” list. In 2014, his settlement of a construction worker’s injury case for $9,900,000.00 was listed as the highest settlement that year in New York State in the construction accident category and the second highest settlement in the state in all injury categories.

His successes brought him to the limelight recently in his representation of a woman who sued Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy of the Soprano’s) for assault and more recently for his role in the search and representation of “Avonte” Oquendo, the 14 year old autistic child who was allowed to wander out of school and was eventually found deceased in the East River.

Mr. Perecman actively participated in the efforts to have “Avonte’s Law” passed on a city wide and federal level and remains active politically in the fight to keep New York State’s worker safety laws strong.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Construction Accident Law, New York State Trial Lawyers Association


  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
    • Executive Committee and Board of Directors - present
    • Former Chair of the Labor Law Committee, Executive Committee, 2005 – 2010
    • Past Secretary and Treasurer, 2006 – 2009
  • Cum Laude The State University of New York - University 1975
  • J.D. Brooklyn Law School - Graduate School
  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" 2022

    David H. Perecman was named a Best Lawyers® 2022 NYC “Lawyer of the Year” in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. “Lawyer of the Year” is Best Lawyers’ highest honor, and is earned by only one attorney in each geographic / practice area based on feedback from peers.

    Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" 2022
  • Best Lawyers in America©, 2008-2022

    The Best Lawyers in America® is a “purely peer-review” rating service that features attorneys held in the highest regard by their peers. Six Perecman attorneys have earned selection to Best Lawyers, including the Best Lawyers list (David Perecman) and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

    Best Lawyers in America©, 2008-2022
  • Super Lawyers® Top 100, 2019-2021 Thomas Reuters Super Lawyers® prides itself on honoring lawyers in their respective practice areas who have attained a high degree of professional achievement and peer recognition. Founding attorney, David Perecman is proud to have been voted as one of the top 100 attorneys in the New York Metro.
    Super Lawyers® Top 100, 2019-2021
  • Super Lawyers®, 2007-2021 An incredible honor, being selected to the list of Super Lawyers® means our firm is in the top 5% of lawyers in the nation for our excellence in the field of personal injury, as validated by our colleagues and leading legal figures. Being selected to the list of New York Super Lawyers® is an accomplishment—being selected Thirteen years in a row is a triumph.
    Super Lawyers®, 2007-2021
  • New York Law Journal's "Top Verdicts in New York" The New York Law Journal is a nationally recognized publication that highlights the legal profession in New York. The distinguished title of "Top Verdicts in New York" was granted to the Perecman Firm for securing some of the top verdicts and settlements in the state.
    New York Law Journal's "Top Verdicts in New York"
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® As indicated by the name, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® is an exclusive group of attorneys. Members must have achieved multi-million dollar verdicts in their careers — this is a respected group that includes less than 1% of all lawyers.
    Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
  • The National Trial Lawyers Attorney David H. Perecman is listed as one of the Top 100  Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers.
    The National Trial Lawyers
  • Avvo 10.0 Rating A perfect Avvo rating is the result of a high level of satisfaction among our past clients, as well as a seal of approval from other attorneys in the personal injury law community.
    Avvo 10.0 Rating

David's RESULTS 

Over Half a Billion Dollars Recovered For Our Clients
  • $1,750,000 $1.8 Million
  • $6,000,000 $6 Million

    Settlement for a Union construction workers who was injured after the walls of a road trench collapsed.

  • $40,000,000* $40 Million

    Child suffered brain damage. Total amount of payout of structured settlement.

  • $12,000,000 $12 Million

    Union driver was injured in a fall off of a ladder that was attached to a truck container.

  • $11,899,469*** $11.9 Million

    Union Worker Fell from a Scaffold

  • $11,000,000 $11 Million

    Injured worker on jobsite.

  • $10,000,000 $10 Million

    Laborer fell from a suspended scaffold. Case settled after jury verdict for $10,000,000.

  • $9,900,000 $9.9 Million

    Settlement for Union laborer who fell from a rolling scaffold.

  • $9,825,000 $9.8 Million

    Construction worker/laborer fell from the scaffold, jury verdict.

  • $9,359,622 $9.4 Million

    Jury verdict for mason worker who fell two floors from the side of a building.

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