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2012 Lawyers of the Year Spotlight

Best Lawyers has named individuals as Lawyers of the Year in the New York area, based on their particularly high level of peer recognition.


John F. Zulack

Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP
Family Law, New York City

John F. Zulack founded Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP on the simple premise that individuals need the same high-quality representation as the world’s largest corporations. With 25 attorneys who focus on commercial and family litigation, trials, appeals, and dispute resolution, the firm represents clients effectively in significant, complex matters typically handled by the country’s largest law firms.

During the past two decades, Zulack has represented individuals with marital estates from $20 million to in excess of $1 billion. In the same period, multinational businesses (often referred by their large law firms faced with conflicts) have chosen Flemming Zulack to represent them in complex high-stakes commercial disputes. Zulack has found that his extensive experience in both disciplines—complex commercial and high net worth family disputes—complement each other.

“Our firm has been involved in some of the most important legal cases in the past 30 years in particular, which I would never have imagined when the firm was founded,” Zulack says. The firm has represented and still represents a number of high-profile clients, such as the leaseholders of the World Trade Center, and Zulack’s commercial practice focuses on representing leading European financial institutions with disputes or lawsuits in the United States.

Critical to Flemming Zulack’s success is the outstanding array of talented, committed lawyers, paralegals, and support staff that work together in a team atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Zulack attributes his firm’s longstanding success to its culture.

“We have a very democratic partnership system and try to be nonhierarchical. We have a very professional environment in which all of us want to come to work because we enjoy it. This affects how clients perceive us and the services we render,” he says. — Ashley Cisneros

Thomas Moore

Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore
Personal Injury Litigation–Plaintiffs, New York City

In more than three decades with the New York-based firm Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore, Thomas A. Moore has gained a reputation as one of the leading trial lawyers in personal injury in the United States. Along with his wife and partner, Judith Livingston, Moore is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an elite group of the nation’s top 100 trial lawyers.

“The daunting task of trying to restore a life that has been shattered is what I face every day,” explains Moore, who frequently represents plaintiffs who have suffered personal injury from medical malpractice and general negligence. He achieves extraordinary results on their behalf, including New York State’s largest personal injury judgment paid to date in a $28.9 million case involving a disabled child.

Their catastrophic injuries create substantial economic needs for many of Moore’s clients, to be sure. “The human loss, although much more intangible and not capable of economic exactitude, is often greater,” Moore says. That is why he consistently argues against caps on this complex and often devastating element of damage.

In one memorable case, Moore represented a woman who was in an irreversible coma as a result of an anesthesia mishap during childbirth. Moore saw the immense need to establish a stable future for the husband and two small daughters practically left motherless. For his client’s family, he won full compensation for the objective loss of her enjoyment of life. For all New Yorkers, he also changed state law: Now, injured victims with any degree of awareness qualify for full compensation for the loss of their enjoyment of life.

That’s a legacy Moore can live with. “It’s about total commitment to representing our clients, with continuity from the moment they enter our office,” he says. “We pursue all avenues of investigation and expertise in processing the case until we are satisfied with the final result.” — Rose Thompson

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