2001 Marcus Avenue, W295
Lake Success, New York 11042
Firm: Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP
During his law school years, Thomas Cicillini realized that he didn’t want to be the type of lawyer who handled only transactional matters and never got into the courtroom. He wanted to be an attorney who helped real people with real problems. He wanted to help people who couldn’t help themselves.
By joining the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, in early 2014, Mr. Cicillini has gotten the chance to do just that. He is building a practice in plaintiff’s personal injury law by taking part in court conferences, depositions and arbitrations. He has assumed a leading role in the firm’s motion and appellate practice. In fact, despite being admitted to practice only recently, Mr. Cicillini has already played a key role in winning pivotal legal arguments through his pinpoint research and writing skills. His work product has already been sought after by other law firms across the State, and has quickly earned him the respect of the bench and bar.
The last four years have been busy for the Yonkers native as he’s combined law school with part-time jobs, clerkships and internships before launching his career. After receiving his undergraduate B.A. degree in English studies, summa cum laude, in 2009 from the University at Albany-SUNY, Mr. Cicillini set his sights on law school and began working his way up by taking a job as an administrative clerk at a personal injury law firm in New York.
He enrolled at Hofstra University School of Law on Long Island, and was called upon to serve as a judicial intern for Judge Sam D. Walker in the New York State Supreme Court. During his final year in law school, Mr. Cicillini worked as a paralegal at a major auto insurance carrier, which has afforded him the perspective of being able to anticipate his adversary’s arguments before they even make them.
He also volunteered in his law school’s Housing Rights Clinic. While there, he was part of a team that brought a successful federal anti-discrimination suit against the Village of Farmingdale on behalf of nine Latino residents after they were evicted from a building that was converted into upscale apartments. In January 2014, the village agreed to build 54 units of affordable housing and to pay the plaintiffs an undisclosed amount.
After earning his J.D. and passing the New York State Bar examination in 2013, he took a job with a firm that focused on litigation. When he had the opportunity to join Cohen & Jaffe and practice personal injury law a few months later, he jumped at the chance.
Amy E. Goodblatt
Los Angeles, California
Richard C. Hannegan
Estate Planning & Business Law (949) 794-4000
Rancho Santa Margarita, California