Sussman & Watkins is a civil rights firm located in Goshen, NY. Michael Sussman has been fighting for social and individual justice for more than 35 years. He is well known as one of the top trial lawyers in the region. Like Sussman, Christopher Watkins is an experienced and well-regarded trial attorney and litigator who has consistently obtained outstanding results for his clients. With a team of knowledgeable and hardworking staff, including Raina Obi, Sonnia Van Haaster, Mary Jo Whateley, Esq., Jonathan Goldman, Michael Deem, Esq., Amy  Attias, Esq. and Vincent Ferri, we comprise the law firm of Sussman & Watkins, dedicated to preserving civil rights and fighting for justice.
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Sussman & Watkins
1 Railroad Avenue, 3rd Floor
PO Box 1005
Goshen, New York 10924
V : 845-294-3991
F : 845-294-1623
Email: sonnia@frontier.com

Sussman & Watkins, Ossining: Michael Deem, Esq.
Amy Attias, Esq.
145 Main Street
Ossining, NY 10562

Ellenville Office:
159 Canal Street,
Ellenville, NY 12428

Port Jervis Office:
11 Fowler Street,
Port Jeris, NY 12771

Newburgh Office:
45 Grand Street,
Newburgh, NY 12550

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Michael H. Sussman, Esq., 55 Main Street, Suite 6, Goshen, New York 10924
P: 845-294-3991 • F: 845-294-1623 • Email (sussman1@frontiernet.net)

Educational Background

1978 – Harvard Law School:  J.D. – Cum Laude. While at Harvard, Sussman worked as a legal researcher for Professors Tribe, Bell and Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and served as an attorney for prison inmates at state prisons.

1975 – Amherst College:  B.A. Economics, Slavic Studies and Philosophy – Magna Cum Laude

1971-72 – University of Chicago:  Majored in Economics and Slavic Studies.

Employment Background

1986-present:  Sussman & Watkins, previously known as the Law Offices of Michael H. Sussman & Sussman. The firm has specialized in civil rights and constitutional law. During this period, I have argued about 300 cases in the federal Circuit Courts, the vast majority in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and served as lead counsel in more than 1000 civil rights and complex criminal cases.

1981-1986:  Assistant General Counsel, NAACP National Office. Sussman litigated a full docket of civil rights cases across the United States on behalf of the National office of the NAACP. Beginning in May 1981, Sussman served as lead counsel for the Yonkers Branch, NAACP and a class of approximately 40,000 individuals in a successful school and housing segregation suit against the City of Yonkers, Yonkers Board of Education, State of New York and HUD.

1978-1981:  Trial Attorney, Civil Rights Division [CRD], United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.  Sussman litigated school segregation and housing discrimination cases for the CRD, including school desegregation cases in Charleston (SC), Chicago, Cleveland and Indianapolis and housing discrimination cases in Mobile, Alabama, Boston, Detroit and St. Louis. He received awards from the Attorney General in 1980 and 1981 for "Outstanding Service to the Department of Justice."

Member, Bar of the State of New York, US District Courts in Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of New York and Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Related Activities

Sussman has published law review articles and given numerous speeches and presentations about civil rights and constitutional law. Sussman has also presented Continuing Legal Education classes in the areas of special education and civil rights litigation, both through Lorman Educational Services and the Finkelstein Law Firm CLE program in Orange County, New York.

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