Colin E Kaufman

New York City, New York
Experience: 39 years
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About Colin E Kaufman

Colin E. Kaufman is a partner in Adam Leitman Bailey, PC. He concentrates in trial work and litigation, primarily commercial, tort and real estate-related. Kaufman has been in practice for thirty years, all of it in litigation.Kaufman received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College and his law degree from Fordham University Law School. He has instructed in trial preparation and trial advocacy for the New York State Bar AssociationNew York State Department of Criminal Justice Services Basic Prosecutors' Course, Bureau of Municipal Police Training School, Westchester County District Attorneyâs Office, New York State Special Prosecutor's Office and Lorman Educational Services. He has authored or coauthored three manuals for trial lawyers, Trial of a Negligence Case in New York, Taking and Defending Effective Depositions, and Real Evidence for the Trial Practitioner.After graduating from Trinity College, Kaufman was a military policeman in the U.S. and in Vietnam. His combat decorations during his service with the 4th Infantry Division include two Bronze Stars and two Army Commendation Medals.After his return from Vietnam, Kaufman was a corruption investigator with the Office of the New York State Special Prosecutor. In addition to investigative work Kaufman ran the Special Prosecutorâs Intelligence Unit until leaving to become a prosecutor with the Westchester District Attorneyâs Office.Kaufman spent nine years with the Westchester District Attorney, rising to Chief of the General Trial Bureau. During his tenure there, in addition to trials and training of trial lawyers, Kaufman participated in several thousand prosecutions.Since leaving the District Attorneyâs Office, Kaufman has been engaged in the private practice of law. His litigation and trial work has covered a substantial breadth, ranging from products liability to mining disasters to international contracts. He was co-lead counsel in the first case tried to verdict in the United States under the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods. He has tried over two hundred cases to verdict in state and federal courts.Mr. Kaufmanâs reported appellate cases include: Yang v. Chin, 42 A.D. 3d 320, 839 N.Y.S. 2d 90 (1st Dept. 2007); Garay v. National Grange Mutual Insurance Co., 117 Fed. Appx. 785 (2d Cir. 2004); Murphy v. Sawmill Construction Corp., 17 A.D.3d 422, 792 N.Y.S. 2d 616 (2d Dept. 2005); Poughkeepsie Chevrolet, Inc. v. Jeff Weaverâs 96 Hour Super Sale, Inc., 8 A.D. 3d 575, 779 N.Y.S. 2d 512 (2d Dept. 2004) Mulhern v. Chai Management, 309 A.D. 2d 995, 765 N.Y.S. 2d 694 (3d Dept. 2003); Marquise Collection, Inc. v. M.A.S. Textiles Corp., 239 A.D.2d 470, 657 N.Y.S.2d 207 (2d Dept.1997); and Cippolone v. City of White Plains, 181 A.D. 2d 887, 581 N.Y.S. 2d 421 (2d Dept. 1992).

Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • General Civil
  • Insurance Defense
  • Real Estate Law


  • Rates, Retainers and Additional InformationFees vary by type,anticipated complexity and anticipated length of litigation and range from $375/hour to $500/hour

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • New YorkSince 1979
  • USDC Eastern District of New YorkSince 1987
  • USDC Southern District of New YorkSince 1987
  • 2nd CircuitSince 2004

Professional Experience

  • Member, Senior Litigation Attorney Greenhill Partners, PC 1997 - 2005 Litigation, focus on negligence defense, commercial, and insurance first-party defense. Trials. Successful participation in litigation of $110,000,000 first-party claim in mine disaster case.
  • Trial Attorney Harry I. Katz, PC 1994 - 1997 Personal injury litigation including negligence, product liability and medical malpractice.
  • Partner Quinn & Suhr 1988 - 1993 Litigation, including commercial, international contract, franchise termination, and intellectual property, products liability defense, negligence defense and foreign national representation. Tried and won the first case taken to verdict under the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods, multi-million dollar recovery for client.
  • Partner Katz & Kaufman 1987 - 1988 Personal injury litigation.
  • ADA, Bureau Chief, General Trial Bureau District Attorney of Westchester County 1978 - 1987 Felony trials, primarily murder; training, evaluation and supervision of trial lawyers; administrative responsibility for General Trial Bureau; personally tried over two dozen homicide cases.
  • Senior Special Investigator NYS Special Prosecutor (Corruption) 1972 - 1978 Corruption investigations in the New York City criminal justice system. Ran the Intelligence Unit 1974-1978.
  • Sergeant US Army Military Police 1969 - 1970 Vietnam Service, decorations include two Bronze Stars, two Army Commendation Medals.


  • Fordham University School of Law J.D. (1978) 1974 - 1978Honors: AmJur Award in Ethics; Alumni Medal in Constitutional Law
  • Trinity College B.A. | French Language & Literature 1964 - 1968Honors: Tinrity Church Scholar

Professional Association

  • New York State Bar #877733 Member Current
  • American Bar Association #877734 Member Current


120 Broadway. 17th Floor
New York
New York City, NY 10271 USA

Telephone: (212) 825-0365
Fax: (212) 825-0999

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