A New Law Firm With 161 Years of Experience

The New York Times


Norman Siegel and Herbert Teitelbaum were classmates at New York University law school. Mr. Siegel is married to Saralee Evans, a former acting State Supreme Court justice. Their wedding ceremony was performed by Emily Jane Goodman, a Supreme Court justice. They all come from Brooklyn. Collectively, they have 161 years of legal experience and a record of impact in and out of court. And now, when most of their contemporaries are contemplating retirement or have already quit, the four of them are starting a new law firm.

“I know lots of lawyers of my generation who’ve been put in a situation where they have to retire,” Mr. Siegel said. “I’m as energetic as ever, and I’m much more experienced. I know which issues are viable and which are policy issues. Herb is a better negotiator than I am. The two judges give us credibility.”

Besides, Ms. Goodman said, “golf seems so boring.”

Mr. Siegel, Mr. Teitelbaum and Ms. Evans (Ms. Goodman is of counsel to the firm for now) will open shop on Madison Avenue in February. The partners have already hired an associate and look forward to training other young lawyers. …

Or anyone else. He and Mr. Teitelbaum have already successfully represented a synagogue in their old Brighton Beach neighborhood whose congregants were concerned about noise from nearby rock concerts, and they are handling the case of a young Orthodox man accusing a rabbi of sexual abuse.

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