BLACK MARJIEH LEFF & SANFORD LLP

Practice Areas

Experience, knowledge and commitment.

Our attorneys demonstrate a deep commitment to serving clients’ needs effectively, efficiently and in full consideration of their short and long-term strategic goals and circumstances. Given that areas of practice often overlap, we draw upon each other’s strengths and knowledge, ensuring all of our clients benefit from the full range of experience at our firm.


Appellate

With breadth of experience in a broad range of complex appellate matters, we serve as appellate counsel in federal and state courts, developing innovative strategic approaches. Given the investment and high stakes of most appellate cases, we stay focused on achieving legal outcomes that best serve our clients’ needs.


Commercial Litigation/Transactions

Our commercial litigators provide innovative and comprehensive counsel in high stakes situations. We develop a thorough understanding of our clients’ goals and business to inform our strategies and drive optimal outcomes. With experience spanning the full range of commercial law in various industries, we successfully manage and resolve multi-party and complicated cases through litigation and dispute-resolution. In addition, in the area of transactions, we handle business entity formation, including publishing services in New York. We also handle contractual matters, buy/sell agreements and other related issues.


Estate Planning

We handle the creation of wills, durable power of attorneys, healthcare proxies and other related documents. Our team carefully considers clients’ needs in crafting documents aligned with their unique estate planning considerations. We will consult with other professionals, including accountants and tax planning specialists, as needed.


Immigration

Our immigration attorneys offer thorough business and personal immigration services, with a focus on I-9 compliance, visa acquisitions and immigration-related litigation. We offer a full-service approach to assisting our clients with compliance, preparing and representing them in ICE I-9 audits, along with training management on employment eligibility verification policies. Our team obtains and/or extends all types of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for individuals, as well as U.S. Citizenship for qualified individuals. We apply our breadth of knowledge, skills and experience to mitigating risk and advancing objectives within this often-challenging specialty. 


Medical Malpractice

We defend physicians, nurses, hospitals and other healthcare professionals in complex medical malpractice cases. Our attorneys have the background necessary to understand the basis of claims, and we have access to the expert witnesses who are influential in many of these situations. Knowing that each case is unique with different contributing factors, we drive creative solutions that lead to the best possible outcomes. Whether moving forward with litigation or working proactively with clients in risk management, we have the resources to protect and advance our clients’ interests effectively.


Product Liability

Our product liability team is experienced in various industries including automotive, retail products, machinery and pharmaceuticals. We focus on proactive risk mitigation along with addressing liability claims with strong and forward-thinking defense strategies. When cases span multiple disciplines, our attorneys work together to formulate strategy for complex matters.


Automobile, Trucking and Transportation

Our transportation-focused lawyers possess a deep understanding of the industry’s unique challenges. With experience in areas including catastrophic liability claims, cargo, moving and storage, and security, our team offers client-focused and cost-effective service. While providing hands-on support, including coordination of rapid response to accident investigations and retention of experts, we help manage and mitigate risk.  


Construction Law

We embrace a team approach, drawing upon all applicable experience and knowledge within our firm for every client and every case. This is particularly effective in our construction law practice, which often draws upon a deep understanding of insurance coverage and risk-transfer. We represent clients including owners, developers, contractors and design professionals in a broad range of commercial and residential construction cases, spanning New York State Labor Law, construction accidents, adjacent property damage, construction defect claims, construction delays, structural failures and contract disputes.


Excess Insurance Coverage/Monitoring  

We protect our clients’ interests through a comprehensive, creative and collaborative approach. Our team handles excess insurance disputes, in addition to acting as monitoring counsel. We draw on our vast insurance coverage experience to assess and provide guidance with respect to allocation, risk transfer and priority of coverage issues as well as exposure analysis. As monitoring counsel, we collaborate with defense counsel to develop and implement a goal-oriented defense strategy.


Insurance Coverage and Counseling

Our attorneys provide innovative service, including coverage opinions and counseling, across all types of insurance lines. We handle a broad range of primary and excess insurance issues through litigation, dispute resolution, arbitration and mediation. Our team guides and represents our clients in a wide array of first-party and third-party disputes and has acted as national coordinating counsel to ensure consistency of coverage positions and strategy.


Mediation Services

We provide alternative dispute resolution in a range of contexts on behalf of our clients. When appropriate, mediation is offered as a potentially cost-effective means of handling matters spanning the breadth of the firms’ practice areas, including construction, insurance coverage and civil rights, along with premises and professional liability.


Professional Liability

We team with our clients and their insurers to achieve the best possible outcomes in professional liability claims. Our lawyers defend the interests of clients in various areas, including the legal, healthcare, financial, design and insurance professions.


Toxic Torts

Our toxic torts practice drives results for our clients through innovation and a thorough understanding of our clients’ business and their needs. We work with corporations and their insurers to protect our clients’ rights in complex and challenging cases.


Civil Rights

Our civil rights attorneys represent municipalities, cities, counties, state governments and police, fire and correction departments against civil rights allegations including 42 U.S.C.§1983, violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act. We understand the complexities of lawsuits involving civil rights claims, including media and political implications. Our client-centered and team approach drives the best possible outcomes.


Environmental Law

Our lawyers apply their breadth of experience and knowledge to the effective resolution of complex environmental claims. With particular focus on cases in the area of petroleum spills and clean-up as pertaining to the New York State Navigation Law, we represent our clients in negotiations with administrative agencies and regulators, as well as protect their interests through strategic defense in a range of litigation.


General Liability

Our collaborative approach guides our practice and helps us excel in general liability defense, which requires teamwork and effective communication between our clients, their insurance carriers and our attorneys. We defend our clients in a broad range of claims including bodily injury, property damage, premises liability, retail and habitational claims, including negligent security and liquor liability. We focus on providing exceptional representation while cognizant of each of our clients’ individual handling requirements. Our experience encompasses defense of lawsuits in state and federal courts.


Labor and Employment

Within our labor and employment practice, we focus on proactive best practices along with defense of claims. We counsel clients on crucial risk-mitigating opportunities including management training, employment policies and workplace regulation compliance, along with holding internal compliance reviews and workplace training sessions. When defense is required, our experienced attorneys represent clients in cases including discrimination claims, defamation, wrongful discharge and sexual harassment in judicial and administrative settings.


Premises Liability

Our team defends property owners, ensuring their rights are protected, in liability cases including personal injury, slip/trip and fall, negligent security, negligent maintenance and snow and ice removal cases, as well as alleged Americans with Disability Act violations and wrongful death in both state and federal courts.


Real Estate, Commercial and Residential

Our diverse real estate practice encompasses both transactions and litigation in the commercial and residential arena. Clients include home owners, business owners, developers and investors. Our transactions practice encompasses commercial and residential leases, purchase, sale and development agreements and contract drafting. In addition, we grieve real estate taxes. Our litigators handle a full range of real estate litigation and dispute resolution, focusing on business-driven solutions for every client.