Why Choose Us?

Protecting Rights for Over 50 Years

If you have been arrested, suffered discrimination, face job loss or disciplinary action, we are here to help. For 50 years, our firm has worked tirelessly to protect the rights of individuals in times of crisis. Our passion for justice and our personal commitment to clients drive us in each and every one of our cases.

A Team That’s Hard to Beat

We bring our collective intellect, legal acumen, and trial and appellate experience to every case, so you get the benefit of “team thinking” to protect your rights. We assess each case from all possible angles and use our creativity and vast legal skills to consider the best ways to approach your case and the tactics we might employ in order to win. Working as a team, we review the facts and legal issues repeatedly to ensure that we are prepared for anything up to and including trial.

With hundreds of successful cases and dozens of appeals under our belt, we have the practical experience to represent you and emerge as the victor.

A Winning Criminal Defense Team

Our criminal defense attorneys have an extraordinary record of jury acquittals. We bring a deep understanding of jury selection and a range of trial techniques to build the best defense strategy for you. Prosecutors know our reputation and know that we can, and will, take cases to trial and win them. Additionally, our experience in murder and other serious criminal cases gives us a unique perspective that most white-collar lawyers, many of whom are former federal prosecutors, do not have. Our broad understanding of jury trials and sentencing practices, across a broad spectrum of cases, is invaluable in white-collar cases.

Accomplished Civil Trial Lawyers

Our extensive courtroom and trial experience in our criminal defense work gives us an edge in representing clients in civil matters. Zalkind attorneys have obtained substantial monetary verdicts, including multi-million-dollar verdicts, and have successfully defended those rulings on appeal. We always prepare as if we are going to trial, and have no qualms about rejecting an inadequate settlement offer. While we have settled many cases -- some of them after selecting a jury and starting a trial -- we believe our willingness to take the case to trial has resulted in substantially better settlements for clients.

Prepared Counselors and Advisors

Our civil and criminal litigation experience prepares us for the counseling and guidance we provide our clients before they would ever need to step foot into a courtroom. Zalkind attorneys guide employees who need a hand getting through tough situations at work or negotiating agreements or severance, advise students and their families who are facing student disciplinary matters at their schools, and counsel clients who may need advice on criminal or civil matters. We spend the same time and preparation on these cases, which deeply impact our clients, as we do on our most serious court cases.

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Martindale-Hubbell - AV Preeminent - Peer Rated For Highest Level Of Professional Excellence 2020
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Client Reviews
I hired Mr. Duncan to deal with a very sensitive issue that my daughter had. Since the first contact, I had a very good impression of him. He transmitted confidence and appeared to know exactly what to do. I called and emailed him many times, he was polite and comprehensible with the anxiety of a father and appeared to know every step to solve the case. I strongly recommend Mr. Duncan. Flavio Lajoia
If you are reading this review, it means either you or a family member is in trouble and needs immediate legal counsel. Please know your search can end right now because Zalkind, Duncan & Bernstein is the law firm to hire. They are honest, responsive, compassionate and have the experience and expertise to bring... Client
I contacted Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein to assist with a Title IX case. From our initial conversation, Naomi Shatz had a strong understanding of Title IX policies and conducted each step of the process with professionalism, honesty and a responsiveness that did not disappoint. Ms. Shatz displayed confidence and just as important, compassion when needed. Client
I worked with Emma Quinn-Judge and Monica Shah. And from my first contact on the phone, on to my first meeting in their office and during the trial, I found them and the firm's entire team to be a group of consummate legal professionals who are very knowledgeable, patient, dedicated, fair, honest and caring... Chantal C.
I am forever grateful to all the staff at this firm, but in particular, Ms. Shah, Mr. Zalkind and Mr. Silverglate. They represented my son who was being sought for extradition to Scotland. The case took years to fight, covering new legal ground, setting precedence. But each one of these legal eagles went above and beyond the duty of office... Suzanne D.