Zachary S. Perecman knew from a young age that he wanted to be a trial lawyer. He had the opportunity to learn firsthand from the example of his father, one of New York City’s most respected and well-known trial attorneys. Mr. Perecman showed an early aptitude for litigation during law school, excelling not only in his coursework but in trial advocacy training as well.
He chose to focus his studies on civil litigation and constitutional law, understanding from the start that he wanted to represent accident victims and those who had their civil and constitutional rights violated. As a result, he gained an early familiarity with the importance of the civil justice system and the courts in protecting peoples’ rights.
Seeking real-world experience while in law school, Mr. Perecman became a member of “Civil Justice Through the Courts.” This program allowed him to work side-by-side with the Center for Justice and Democracy, a non-profit consumer advocacy group dedicated to breaking down barriers to the civil justice system.
There, he focused on fighting against changes to the labor law that would reduce protections for construction workers and became extremely knowledgeable about Labor Law 240(1), arguably the most important law protecting workers in New York.
He then went on to fight the impact of two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that had weakened protections for consumers using generic prescription drugs. He assisted in drafting a formal Comment to the FDA about a proposed rule addressing these decisions.
Mr. Perecman worked at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. throughout college and law school and, in 2015, was admitted to practice law in the state of New York and joined the firm as an attorney. He immediately put his skills to use working on behalf of victims of civil rights violations and workers injured in construction accidents by helping in the hard work of securing fair compensation to pay for their medical treatment and lost wages.
Mr. Perecman earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami, and his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from New York Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude with a focus on social justice advocacy.
Mr. Perecman’s outstanding academic achievements in law school gave him the honorable privilege of becoming a John Marshall Harlan Scholar affiliated with the Justice Action Center and serving as a staff editor on the New York Law School Law Review. At all times during his education and career, Mr. Perecman has remained focused on achieving justice for the victims of accidents and their families.
- New York, 2015
- New Jersey, 2016
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association
- New York County Lawyers Association
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