For over 30 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 accidents, premises accidents, automobile accidents, and medical malpractice, along with employment discrimination, false arrest, and civil rights cases. He has won tens of millions of dollars for his clients over the course of his career, and has led The Perecman Firm to be recognized by the highly coveted and competitive U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Firms in America for the past seven years in a row.
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 antitheft 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.”
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.
Additionally, Mr. Perecman has been chosen by NYSTLA’s teaching arm for many years chair and teach other New York City personal injury lawyers the law regarding construction accident cases, and how to handle New York Construction accident injuries. He has even been selected to teach court personnel on construction accident law. He is a member of 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 commentator on Court TV. His skills and expertise are recognized by Super Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in America®, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. His numerous multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts have been recognized year after year in the official New York Law Journal’s listing of “Top Verdicts and Settlements.” 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.
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.’s team of NYC personal injury attorneys have recovered more than $350 million in verdicts and settlements for their clients. We understand the financial and emotional toll a serious accident can have on your life. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to maximizing your recovery and securing what you deserve.