Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP
2001 Marcus Avenue
W295 New Hyde Park, NY 11042
After pioneering a string of cases on Long Island and in the New York City metropolitan area involving lead paint poisoning of infants, Richardâ€™s reputation would be well known enough as a fierceÂ trial attorney and litigator. But he didnâ€™t stop there. In fact, Richard has managed to secure severalÂ multi-million dollar verdicts and settlementsÂ throughout his 20 years of experience, which has earned him membership in many prestigious circles, such as the nationâ€™s Million Dollar Advocates Forum. But thatâ€™s just the public story. When heâ€™s not in front of a jury, behind the scenes, Richard volunteers his time as a Critical Care Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-CC) and Firefighter on Long Island. And Richard can often be found on Long Island basketball courts and sports fields volunteering as a coach for basketball and lacrosse. Smart, confident, entertaining, fully committed, energetic, and caring, he is, perhaps, the worldâ€™s worst (but most enthusiastic) dancer, and the start and finish of every family function. Richard was born and raised in New York, as were his parents and grandparents all who forged his incredibly strong work ethic and tenacity. To his credit, he paid for both college and Law school tuition by working during the hours he was not studying. As a graduate of Binghamton University with a degree in Romance Languages and Literature, Richard is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of five other languages. His history of helpingÂ victims of discriminationÂ and negligence dates back as far as 1988, giving the Hispanic community a voice working as a paralegal in a majorÂ personal injury law firm. Richard met his currentÂ law partner, Stephen Cohen, in 1993. Working as a Law clerk by day and completing Law School by night, Richard authored memoranda and appellate briefs on negligence and discrimination issues that continue to be cited by New York Stateâ€™s highest courts to this day. Upon graduation from Law School, Richard became an associate attorney with Cohenâ€™s Law Office, and began a trial the very first day he was admitted to practice. Richard hasnâ€™t looked back since. He has obtained hundreds of verdicts and settlements forÂ victims of accidentsÂ and discrimination throughout courts of Long Island and the New York City metropolitan area, many in excess of one million dollars. He and Stephen Cohen are now partners at Cohen & Jaffe. Nonetheless, Richard hasnâ€™t forgotten his New York roots, nor his blue collar formative years. He is thankful for the opportunities and core values given to him by his family, which serve as the backbone of his fight for the rights of his clients against insurance giants like State Farm, Allstate and GEICO, to name a few. Call Richard. He will do the same for you. Whether your life is shattered by aÂ car accident, a trip and fall, aÂ construction accident, or discrimination at work, Richard knows itâ€™s more than just a case for you â€“ itâ€™s about putting your life and the lives of your family back together.
â€œRight is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.â€ â€“ William Penn. AREAS OF PRACTICE