BIRMAN LAW - Law Office of Carl D. Birman, PLLC"

Experience:

Litigation Highlights

►  Criminal Defense: Experienced and successful in the representation of individuals charged with misdemeanor & petty offenses in the Village, Town and City Courts of Westchester County.

  • Types of charges: DWI, petit larceny, criminal mischief, marijuana & controlled substances offenses and more

  • Has conducted arraignments, plea bargaining, suppression hearings, fact-finding hearings, settlement conferences, trials and more

  • Successfully challenged constitutionality of a State penal statute on Federal Constitutional grounds. (See Media)

Accident Cases: Successful experience in all phases and facets of civil personal injury litigation. Types of cases: slip & fall; trip & fall; sexual assault; wrongful death; automobile accidents (No-Fault); malicious prosecution.

Not-for-Profit Highlights

Mr. Birman has demonstrated experience with charitable groups including management, fundraising, grant-making, start-up and dissolution. His clientele has included community-based human service, research and advocacy, and international relief organizations. He has also served as a grant reviewer for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Examples include:

  • For a U.S. government agency - served as Grant Reviewer for a multi-million dollar Federal grant program targeting faith-based not-for-profit organizations.
  • Established and ran the Duke Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF), a charitable fund-raising corporation. PILF is an entirely student-run organization at Duke University School of Law, dedicated to helping law students finance their summer public interest legal internships.
  • For a nationwide lawyers' organization - served as Executive Director for two years; wrote briefs, booklets, essays, newsletters; coordinated Board of Directors; organized educational events; facilitated criminal defense work nationwide; secured $100,000 in annual funding. 
  • For a $25-million annual budget human services organization in Flatbush, Brooklyn: served as grant writer, researcher and consultant. Assisted the executive staff and top-level managers in securing millions in funding grants, contracts, and awards from Federal, State and local government entities, corporations and foundations. Conducted needs assessments, and wrote speeches, brochures, and research reports.

Examples of grants: from New York City government for after-school programming; New York State for a primary health care center; the Federal government for small business development, loans and technical assistance; foundations and corporations for HIV/AIDS.

Established and ran an advocacy and support organization for victims of interpersonal violence:

  • Drafted articles of incorporation, bylaws, funding application, brochures and public relations materials, and press releases
  • Managed finances
  • Recruited, trained and managed Board of Directors
  • Organized art exhibitions at the United Nations, US Department of Justice (Washington), New York State Capitol Building (Albany, NY), Brooklyn and Queens Borough Halls, Bronx Museum of Art, Fordham University, Hunter College, Kingsborough Community College, and St. Luke's Hospital
  • Held Conferences and Workshops at: YWCA of Brooklyn; Park Slope Women's Shelter; Fordham University; Columbia University; Columbus Ohio; Orinda, California

Other Not-for-Profit Clients: Albanian-American Women's Organization, Inc.; Association for Disaster & Mass Trauma Studies; Association for Union Democracy, Inc. ; Brooklyn AIDS Task Force, Inc.; Faith Works International, Inc.; Interfaith Neighbors, Inc.; JONAH, Inc..; Public Interest Law Foundation of Duke Law School, Inc; South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation; UMMA, Inc.; World Rehabilitation Fund, Inc.

Serving Underserved Populations

More than two decades of professional accomplishment working on behalf of low-income minorities, immigrants, the homeless, and disadvantaged people:

  • Conducted research, designed program models, secured funding, and helped to implement legal services, social services, and education, health and economic programs for thousands of needy individuals and families.
  • Provided peer support and advocacy for victims and survivors of interpersonal abuse, violence and trauma
  • Since 2004, providing legal representation to low-income individuals unable to afford retained counsel in misdemeanor criminal matters and Family Court matters.

Media Appearances: Has been interviewed by, and quoted in, the following media outlets:

Educational Highlights

  • Juris Doctorate
    Duke University, School of Law, Durham, NC
     
  • Bachelor’s of Arts Diploma:
    Columbia College, New York, NY
  • Continuing Legal Education Training:
    - "Statutory and Case Law Updates - Permanency Legislation,"
       by Appellate Division
    - "Local Court Criminal Practice," by NYS Bar Assn.
    - "The Jury Trial Project," by Westchester County Bar Assn
       (WCBA) Criminal Justice Section
    - "Criminal Law Update," by NYS Assn. of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    - "Ethical Issues in Practice of Criminal Law," by WCBA Criminal Justice Section
    - "Recent Developments in Identification Law," by WCBA Criminal
        Justice Section
    - "Child Sex Offenders," by American Bar Association
    - "DWI: New Laws, New Issues," by WCBA Criminal Justice Section
    - "Metro NY Trainer," by NYS Defenders Assn.
    - "Indigent Legal Defense in New York," by NYS Bar Assn.
    - "Legal Ethics," New Rochelle Bar Assn.
    - "Medical School for Lawyers - Neck & Back Injuries,"
       by NYS Trial Lawyers Assn.
    - "Deposition Essentials," by NYC Bar Assn.
    - "Pro Bono CLE," with Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
    - "Tackling Critical Insurance Coverage and Litigation Issues in NY,"
       by Natl. Business Institute