Attorney William (Bill) J. Dubanevich
Mr. Dubanevich has devoted his career to protecting and advancing the rights of workers, consumers and the environment.
Mr. Dubanevich represents individuals who were exposed to World Trade Center (WTC) toxins and dust, injured on the job, exposed to environmental pollution and cheated by corporate fraud. He has a long history of advocating for and advancing the rights of workers and consumers and protecting the environment. Before attending law school, he was the Director of Safety and Health for the New York State Building and Construction Trades’ Council for the AFL-CIO, where he developed occupational safety and health programs for affiliated unions. He later became the Director of the Hudson Valley regional Office for the New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), where he provided safety and health training to workers and performed workplace environmental and safety audits. As President of Hudson Environmental Services he performed environmental and workplace hazard assessments and developed compliance programs for general and construction industries.r
Mr. Dubanevich attended Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Law Program, and was selected to participate in Pace’s prestigious Environmental Litigation Clinic. He obtained his Juris Doctorate and Certificate in Environmental Law and received The Henry M. Feldschuh Environmental Law Award, The White Plains Bar Association Outstanding Clinical Award and Pace University School of Law Excellence in Clinical Education Award.
Following law school, Mr. Dubanevich joined a law firm and represented first responders, construction workers and recovery workers who were suffering from pulmonary disease and other illnesses as a result of exposure to WTC dust and toxins. He successfully helped represent thousands of WTC heroes to the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) obtained significant compensation for his clients. After the first VCF closed in December 2003, he continued to fight for WTC Heroes in the WTC Litigation filed in federal court and currently represents WTC Heroes in the 9-11/Zadroga Act Compensation Fund.
Mr. Dubanevich was head of the environmental litigation departments for two large law firms in New York. He is currently co-counsel to the law Firm of Parker Waichman, LLC where he handles the firm’s environmental contamination and toxic exposure cases. Mr. Dubanevich has represented municipal water districts and private individuals throughout New York, New England, and Florida in litigation over ground water contaminated with Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (“MTBE”), creosote, arsenic and other hazardous chemicals. He facilitated the recovery of tens of millions of dollars on behalf of plaintiffs damaged by environmental contamination. Mr. Dubanevich also represented individuals who suffered from catastrophic personal injury due to the negligence of others and represents construction workers, firefighters, police officers and others who suffer from work related injuries and illnesses from toxic substance exposure.
- Boston, Madden, and Dubanevich, Law of Environmental and Toxic Torts: Cases Materials, and Problems, Teacher’s Manual, (2d Ed. West 2002),
- Researched and edited LAW OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND TOXIC TORTS: CASES, MATERIALS, AND PROBLEMS, (2d ed. 2001) and THE ENDURING PARADOX OF PRODUCTS LIABILITY LAW RELATING TO PRESCRIPTION PHARMACEUTICALS, 21 PACEELR 313 (2001).
- The Explosive Issue of Natural Gas Drilling, Center for Environmental Legal Studies and Center for Continuing Legal Education, Pace University School of Law, April 14, 2011.
- How to Approach the Gas Drilling/Fracking Case, American Association For Justice, Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, July 20, 2013.
Awards and Honors
- The Henry M. Feldschuh Environmental Law Award
- The White Plains Bar Association Outstanding Clinical Award
- Pace University School of Law Excellence in Clinical Education Award
- Toxic Victims Access to Justice Coalition Service Award
- Super Lawyer – Environmental Law 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association
- New York City Bar Association
- New York County Lawyer’s Association, Chair Environmental Law Committee
- Westchester County Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee
- New York County Lawyers Association, Chair, Environmental Law Committee
- New York State Judicial Training Institute, Environmental Crimes Program Steering Committee Member
- New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health
- Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary
Attorney Steven Fink
Steven Fink is Of Counsel to the firm. Steven’s practice ares include medical malpractice, motor vehicle, construction, lead, asbestos, premises, product liability, pharmaceutical, toxic tort, nursing home, sexual harassment, municipal and Fair Labor Standard Act/Employment matters. He is a well-regarded legal professional who has experienced significant success in these areas of law.
Steven Fink was born April 22, 1960 in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1982. He went on to graduate school and received a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law in 1985. In February of 1986 he was admitted to practice law in the state of New York and in January of 1989 to the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York.
In 1991 he accepted a position as an associate attorney at Schneider, Kleinick & Weitz, a prestigious plaintiff’s person injury law firm. He remained there until 1995 when he decided to open his own law firm.
He added to his accomplishments by being admitted to the United States District Court of the Eastern District of New York in 1996 and the United States District Court of the Northern District of New York in 2002.
Mr. Fink’s hardwork and total dedication to his clients, together with his ability to repeatedly accomplish superior results in complex cases, has been certified by the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. These forums are limited to trial lawyers who have accomplished and demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in advocacy by achieving numerous outstanding results for their clients in the amount of one million dollars or more. Mr. Fink has also been selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of New York by the National Trial Lawyers, a ‘Super Lawyer’, a Top Attorney in New York by the New York Times and a Top Attorney in the New York Metro area by the American Registry. Mr. Fink also serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Fink has lectured on medical malpractice and personal injury matters and has handled cases, as lead or co-counsel in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, California, Illinois, Michigan and Texas. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice, The New York State Bar Association and The Jewish Lawyers Guild and serves as a Board of Director of Migdal Ohr, an organization serving disadvantaged children in Israel, and as a Board of Director of Lev Leytzan, an organization helping individuals who are in need of significant medical care.
Although he has a busy practice and is involved in many professional and personal activities, his first priority is spending time with his wife Mindy and their five boys. He also enjoys playing racquet sports and was a nationally ranked tennis and table tennis player. Mr. Fink speaks Spanish.
David Schoen, Attorney at Law is a Federal Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Lawyer.
David Schoen, a solo practitioner, focuses primarily on the litigation of complex civil and criminal cases before trial and appellate courts. David accepts only a few cases each year so that he can give full personal attention to every aspect of the case from evaluation and intake through its resolution.
Mr. Schoen has offices in New York and Alabama, but takes on cases from all around the country and overseas, associating the most qualified lawyers to serve as local counsel or to provide a particular area of substantive expertise as part of the litigation team when necessary. As soon as David agrees to take a case, he immediately begins to investigate the facts, obtain and study all relevant documents and immerse himself in the substantive area or areas of law at issue.
With over 30 years in practice, David has extensive complex litigation experience as lead counsel in trial and appellate courts throughout the country. He is a member of the Bar in Alabama, New York, Maryland, and the District of Columbia and has been admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in those jurisdictions, as well as federal trial courts in Michigan, Illinois, and Texas, many federal courts of appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. David has appeared pro hac vice in many other jurisdictions. He has been lead counsel in complex criminal and civil cases at the trial level in many jurisdictions and has briefed and argued appeals in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, and DC Circuits, the Texas Court of Appeals, and the Alabama Supreme Court. He has represented parties before the United States Supreme Court and has filed amicus briefs before the Court as well.
Following graduation cum laude from Boston College Law School in 1984, David accepted a job with the Washington, DC office of a large national law firm, but deferred for a year to go to the Deep South to pursue his long-held interest in civil rights litigation, at the suggestion of his mentor, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., David served for a year as a law clerk to the Honorable Truman M. Hobbs, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, who had been Alabama’s preeminent trial lawyer for a generation prior to taking the bench. David also benefitted greatly from the gracious support, encouragement, and mentoring from the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, one of the true heroes of the federal judiciary. Through the clerkship, David’s desire to pursue a career as a trial lawyer grew tremendously. Instead of returning to Washington and a large law firm setting after the year, David asked the firm for a release from his commitment and opened the Law Office of David I. Schoen in Montgomery, Alabama and immediately began trying cases and arguing appeals in cases in both state and federal courts.
In 1995, David was honored by the American Bar Association with its national pro bono public award. In bestowing this prestigious award on David, the American Bar Association reported that the various federal judges its Committee had interviewed during the award evaluation period had credited David with accomplishing more through his litigation than any lawyer of this era to positively change the face of public institutions in the South. Those institutions include public schools, foster care, prisons, jails, indigent defense systems, voting rights, fair housing, and more.
In 2015, David was honored by Boston College Law School with its Honorable David S. Nelson Public Interest Award, named for a great federal judge and humanitarian.
From the outset of opening his law practice, David combined criminal defense work with civil rights work. He immediately began racking up wins in criminal cases ranging from capital murder to rape, robbery, narcotics offenses, and other violent crimes through hard work, thorough preparation, dogged investigation, and directed, relentless cross-examination. Retained in appeals in tough cases others had lost at trial, David immediately scored wins in state and federal courts of appeals, getting convictions reversed, often based on creative, novel legal theories not previously recognized. Experiences in some of these early cases led David to recognize systemic problems in the criminal justice system and other institutional services and he developed a civil practice designed primarily to seek remedies for some of these institutional problems, generally through class actions.
Since 1990, David’s criminal defense practice has extended from Alabama to Michigan, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, West Virginia, South Carolina, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and elsewhere, with a heavy concentration in New York City. David has litigated a tremendous variety of criminal cases in various jurisdictions, including complicated racketeering cases, international organized crime cases, treaty transfer matters, criminal trademark infringement cases, and a heavy focus on white collar defense, involving charges of securities violations, various kinds of fraud, money laundering, and more, along with criminal and civil forfeiture cases. In recent years, a significant portion of the practice has been devoted to representing officers and directors of publicly traded and privately held companies with respect to criminal investigations they have faced. In several cases, the government has been persuaded that no criminal charges should be brought. In others, David has defended the case after criminal charges were brought and took the case to a successful resolution.
Another practice area developed over the years focuses on collateral or post-conviction representation, often challenging the conviction based on a constitutional error, many times arising from the trial lawyer’s ineffective assistance of counsel. Many more cases in this area are rejected than are accepted, after a thorough evaluation; but meritorious cases are accepted and will be diligently pursued. David has had success in overturning convictions and lengthy prison sentences on collateral review on several occasions, leading to landmark decisions, based on the trial lawyer’s conflict of interests or other deficiency in representing the defendant at trial.
The civil litigation branch of the practice continues to include civil rights litigation, ranging from employment discrimination, to police brutality and other misconduct, to prisoners’ rights, voting rights, ballot access, religious rights, free speech rights, and more, with a heavy concentration in recent years on litigating cases under the federal Anti-Terrorism Act on behalf of American victims of terrorism.
David’s civil litigation focuses as well on complex commercial litigation, including allegations of trademark infringement and counterfeiting, as well as contract disputes and fraud, security clearance and government contract issues, and civil forfeiture among other areas. A growing practice area is the prosecution of products liability, personal injury and wrongful death cases. The civil litigation practice, like the criminal practice, extends over a broad geographic area, with local counsel brought on board as necessary.
In recent years, David also has been called upon to review and negotiate contracts for professional athletes and entertainers and to advise them with respect to endorsement and other opportunities and to handle litigation needs that arise for such clients.
In addition to his law practice, David has taught as an adjunct professor in the fields of Criminal Procedure, Trial Skills, and the First Amendment and has lectured widely in continuing legal education programs in these fields and in the fields of Legal Ethics, Civil Rights Litigation, litigation under the Anti-Terrorism Act, and Evidence. David has also served as a moot court judge at Columbia University Law School, Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law, and for the American Bar Association. He holds a Master of Laws degree with a concentration in Criminal Law/Procedure and Legal Education from Columbia University Law School.
David has served as a consultant to and as an Officer or Director on the Boards of a variety of public interest and civic organizations, including the Alabama Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Alabama Prison Project, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Montgomery, AL Chapter), the Zionist Organization of America (National Board of Directors), The Center for Law and Justice (Founding Board Member), the Alabama Civil Liberties Union, the Torah Day School of Atlanta, Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael, and others. He has been honored by a leading Israeli institution for the welfare of children with its Migdal Ohr Tower of Light Award. David also has served on many professional committees, including the Middle District of Alabama U.S. District Court Committee on Local Criminal Rules, the New York State Bar Committee on Civil Practice Rules, and the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section Committees on Trial Evidence, Legal Ethics, and Indigent Defense, Civil Rights (Chair, Criminal Justice subcommittee), and International Litigation (Chair, Africa and Middle East subcommittee).
BAR ADMISSIONS: MD, AL, NY, DC, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, and DC Circuits, All federal trial courts in MD, AL, NY, and DC, E.D. Michigan, N.D. Texas, N.D. Illinois.