David Perecman has distinguished himself as one of New York City’s leading personal injury lawyers for over 40 years, championing all types of personal injury cases such as construction accidents, premises accidents, automobile accidents, and medical malpractice, as well as employment discrimination, false arrest, and civil rights cases.
Throughout his career, he has won hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients and has led The Perecman Firm P.L.L.C. to be recognized by the highly coveted and competitive U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Firms in America for the past eight years in a row.
Mr. Perecman has established himself as a skilled and tenacious New York City personal injury lawyer and trial lawyer since the beginning of his legal career. After winning a landmark $600,000 verdict against the now-defunct department store Gimbels for falsely detaining an elderly woman when an anti-theft device set off the alarm, he founded The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. in 1983. Since then, he has tried dozens of personal injury cases to verdict and settled many more in the middle of the proceedings.
Mr. Perecman has been named to the New York Law Journal’s Top Verdicts and Settlements list every year since 2005. Mr. Perecman obtained a historic $9.9 million settlement for a construction worker in 2014, which was the highest construction accident settlement in New York State that year and the second-highest settlement overall. He has risen to the ranks of New York City’s top personal injury attorneys by combining extensive and relentless preparation with first-rate litigation skills in order to achieve successful outcomes.
As soon as a case arrives, he begins strategizing his approach. Whether he’s in front of a judge or a jury, he doesn’t skimp on employing top-tier experts and cutting-edge technology to great effect. He frequently obtains personal injury verdicts that are double, triple, or even many multiples of the settlement offers made by the defense prior to and during the trial.
“Every case has flaws,” Mr. Perecman says. “A good personal injury lawyer’s job is to turn those weaknesses into strengths or to blow them out of the water.”
Mr. Perecman is a member of the executive committee and board of directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA), a prestigious lawyers’ organization, and was previously treasurer and secretary. Mr. Perecman, a highly experienced New York construction accident lawyer, was chosen by NYSTLA to chair their Labor Law (construction accident) committee in 2005 and for many years after.
He is well-respected in his field, and NYSTLA’s teaching arm has relied on him for many years to educate other lawyers on construction accident litigation. He has also lectured on construction accident law to court personnel and served as a Court TV commentator. He is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, New York State, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Mr. Perecman’s work has earned him numerous awards and accolades. He has been named to the Super Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in America®, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® lists. He was recently named a Best Lawyers 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” in Long Island Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.
Mr. Perecman has a track record of success, having secured numerous multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts that have appeared on the New York Law Journal’s annual “Top Verdicts and Settlements” list. In 2014, his $9,900,000.00 settlement of a construction worker’s injury case was listed as the highest settlement in New York State in the construction accident category that year, and the second-highest settlement in the state in all injury categories.
His recent successes include his representation of a woman who sued Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy of the Sopranos) for assault and his role in the search for and representation of “Avonte” Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic child who was allowed to wander out of school and was later found deceased in the East River.
Mr. Perecman was an active participant in the efforts to have “Avonte’s Law” passed on a citywide and federal level, and he continues to be politically active in the fight to keep New York State’s worker safety laws strong.