Founded in 1969, our firm represents businesses ranging in size from Fortune 50 public corporations to small, privately-held companies, partnerships and individuals.
Our lawyers bring multi-faceted experience to difficult legal and business issues. The Firm includes former federal and state supreme court clerks, former federal and state prosecutors, and partners with extensive trial and appellate experience. We are on the cutting edge of emerging legal issues, and are frequent authors of professional publications and speakers at CLE events. We are a certified women-owned firm
Ms. Beth Kaufman handles complex litigation involving business and commercial matters, employment, product liability and toxic tort, and family law matters.
In the commercial litigation area, Ms. Kaufman has handled litigation arising from mergers and divestitures and complex financial and real estate transactions. She has successfully litigated securities, antitrust and trade regulation matters.
In employment matters, Ms. Kaufman has defended sensitive race, age and gender discrimination and sexual harassment cases in both the state and federal courts and in administrative agencies, for companies in the pharmaceutical and financial services industries and for colleges and universities. Through a thorough understanding of her clients’ businesses and strategic objectives and creative lawyering, Ms. Kaufman has obtained defense verdicts at trial and after hearings, summary judgment, dismissals at the pleading stage, and prevailed upon opposing counsel and their clients to simply dismiss cases that lack merit.
In the product liability and toxic tort area, Ms. Kaufman has served as national coordinating counsel, national science counsel, New York counsel in mass torts and other pattern litigation and as a member of nationwide “virtual law firms.” In these various roles, Ms. Kaufman has developed innovative strategies and achieved excellent results for her clients, ranging from defense verdicts at trial to summary judgment, to convincing plaintiffs to abandon their cases due to a lack of merit. She has identified and developed top experts in various scientific fields and medical disciplines and turned them into effective testifying experts. As a corollary to her work in this field, she has worked closely with regulatory affairs, mergers, divestitures and acquisitions and marketing personnel, and helped to develop and coordinate media strategy.
Ms. Kaufman currently is President of The National Association of Women Lawyers and is its delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. She just concluded a three-year appointment (2009-2012) as the Second Circuit Representative to the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary and is Secretary of the ABA Section of Litigation. She has served on the Council of the Section of Litigation and chair numerous committees and events for the Section.
From the start of her legal career, Ms. Kaufman has been active in The New York City Bar Association, one of the nation’s most important bar associations. She was a member of the Committee on Product Liability before serving as secretary of the Committee on Lawyers in Transition and then serving as chair of a new committee, the Committee on Law Student Perspectives. Ms. Kaufman chaired the Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction for The Association, and in that role participated in judicial candidate reviews, and proposed innovations in litigation practice for New York’s trial level courts. She served on The Association’s Executive Committee from 2000-2004 and assumed the helm of the Committee on the Judiciary in 2004 (the first woman to do so), where she supervised the effort of over 60 lawyers in their evaluation of all judicial candidates for primary election, general election, appointment or certification to all state and federal courts within the City of New York, to the United States Court of Appeals and to the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as candidates running for election as District Attorney in each of the five boroughs and those who were nominated as United States Attorney in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. She also served on that Association’s blue ribbon Task Force on Judicial Selection.
In 2008, Ms. Kaufman was appointed by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to serve on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary and currently serves on that Committee.
Ms. Kaufman is an elected member of the American Counsel Association and of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and a member of the Board of Legal Advisors of Legal Momentum (formerly the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund).
Ms. Kaufman received her J.D. degree from the University of Richmond School of Law in 1978 (Williams Law Scholar) and graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) with a B.A. in 1975. She is admitted to practice in New York and Pennsylvania, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of New York and for the District of Connecticut.