Peter D.  Polchinski

Biography

Peter Polchinski concentrates his practice on toxic tort and environmental matters and specializes in asbestos cases. His practice also includes transportation, aviation, general liability, product liability, and criminal defense litigation. He has won more than 100 jury trials, and he has negotiated numerous multi-million dollar global settlements. Prior to joining the Firm, Pete served as national trial and coordinating counsel for a brake lining company as well as a homicide prosecutor for the Manhattan District Attorney.

In addition to his legal practice, Pete is the author of two books, The Cross-Examination Edge and Elements of Trial Practice, Second Ed. These trial handbooks are in the law libraries of more than 125 law schools in the United States and Canada. He has also created 10 accredited CLE courses, presented more than 50 CLE programs, is a faculty member in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Trial Advocacy Program, and is an instructor of an ethics course for Administrative Law Judges.

Services

Education

  • New York University School of Law  (L.L.M, 1991)
  • Fordham University School of Law  (J.D., 1980)
    • Managing Editor, Moot Court Board
  • Stony Brook University  (B.A., 1977)
  • Suffolk County Community College  (A.A., 1975)

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Professional Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association

Honors

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Personal Injury Litigation (2018-2020)

Trials

  • Schwartz v. Tea Kettle, Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau
  • Murphy v. Oakfabco
  • Bryant v. Oakfabco 
  • Feuerman v. Oakfabco
  • Herlihy v. Oakfabco
  • Walsh v. Oakfabco
  • Crane v. Oakfabco
  • Franck v. Courter & Company, Supreme Court of New York, Rockland County
  • Valdoze v. Avocet, Supreme Court of New York, Schenectady County
  • White v. Treadwell, Supreme Court of New York, New York County
  • Franck v. Courter & Co., Supreme Court of New York, Rockland County
  • Kosowski v. Kentile, Supreme Court of New York, Oneida County
  • Nolan v. Durodyne, Supreme Court of New York, Schenectady County
  • Swalling v. Kentile, Supreme Court of New York, New York County
  • Corino v. Tishman
  • Longo v. Kentile, Supreme Court of New York, New York County
  • Moors v. Kentile, Supreme Court of New York, New York County
  • Smith v. New York City Housing Authority
  • Feynvitz v. Medical Associates
  • Peck v. 652 Management
  • Thomas v. Covertino
  • Pruitt v. Abex
  • Warner v. Abex
  • Harrington v. Abex
  • Bennett v. Airborne Freight
  • Charles v. NYCTA
  • Creary v. NYCTA
  • Gaylord v. Vico Utilities
  • Gomez & Lopez v. NYCTA
  • Outar v. NYCTA
  • Perez v. NYCTA
  • Rosado v. 547 Associates
  • Almakayes v. NYCTA
  • Bielecky v. Airborne Freight
  • Colon v. NYCTA
  • Lamuraglia v. NYCTA
  • Mineo-Oztekin v. NYCTA
  • Pettigrew v. NYCTA
  • Punnett v. NYCTA
  • Rizzo v. NYCTA
  • Roberts v. Airborne Freight
  • Thomas v. NYCTA
  • Castro v. NYCTA
  • Mitchell v. NYCTA
  • Ramos v. Airborne Freight
  • Sims v. NYCTA
  • Webb V. NYCTA
  • Wilder v. NYCTA
  • Smith v. New York City Transit Authority, Supreme Court of New York, Kings County
  • Mattson v. Freeman Decorating Co.
  • Placakis v. NYCTA
  • Torres v. New York City Housing Authority
  • Brown v. The City of New York
  • Delhasani v. Shaya
  • Zaffuto v. New Life Community Church
  • Abady v. NYCTA
  • Aurelian v. NYCTA
  • Deng v. NYCTA
  • Sutter v. American Airlines
  • Wagner v. The City of New York
  • Blekht v. Zucker
  • Jahrsdorfer v. C. R. Dairy
  • Klein v. Davis
  • Mitchell v. NYCTA
  • Occelus v. NYCTA
  • Short v. Iervolino
  • Alleyne v. NYCTA
  • Bunge v. NYCTA
  • Gerard v. NYCTA
  • Jackson v. NYCTA
  • Johnson v. NYCTA
  • Kricic v. Guarino
  • Martinez v. NYCTA
  • Avianca Air Disaster, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Carlson v. Cannata
  • Masterson v. Young
  • Rush v. Wood
  • Tremont v. Petterson
  • Urquehart v. NYCTA
  • Davis v. NYCTA
  • Gjuraj v. NYCTA
  • Maccarone v. NYCTA
  • Angelino v. NYCTA
  • Jenkins v. NYCTA
  • Knight v. NYCTA
  • Mastroverdi v. NYCTA
  • Robinson v. NYCTA
  • Rodriguez v. Thompson
  • Sinckler v. New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA)
  • Golaczewski v. Cadman Plaza North
  • People v. Baldwin
  • People v. Rodriguez
  • People v. Carter
  • People v. Gomez
  • People v. Macareno
  • People v. Pena
  • People v. Thompson
  • People v. Valdez
  • People v. Waters
  • People v. Wright
  • People v. Ayala
  • People v. Turner
  • People v. Van Dyck
  • People v. Gubarsky
  • People v. Miller
  • People v. Sanchez
  • People v. Thomas
  • People v. Kuperadze
  • People v. Pento
  • People v. Ramos
  • People v. Rodriguez & Gomez
  • People v. Werner
  • People v. Woods
  • People v. Gonzalez
  • People v. Jones
  • People v. Spann