Sussman & Associates 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. Christopher Watkins, Of Counsel, 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 hard-working staff, Heather M. Abissi, Esq., Mary Jo Whateley, Esq., Jonathan Goldman, Esq., and Geri Prescott, we comprise the law firm of Sussman & Watkins, dedicated to preserving civil rights and fighting for justice.
   Michael H. Sussman, Esq.
    — Christopher D. Watkins, Esq.
    — Background & Mission
    — Our Staff



Sussman & Associates
1 Railroad Avenue, 3rd Floor
PO Box 1005
Goshen, New York 10924
V : 845-294-3991
F : 845-294-1623


Ellenville Office:
159 Canal Street,
Ellenville, NY 12428

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





Since 1978, Michael has been handling major education cases. At the Justice Department, he worked on major school desegregation cases in Chicago, Cleveland, Charleston, South Carolina and Indianapolis. At the same time, he did some of the earliest cases vindicating the rights of classified, special needs children who were then often isolated and segregated in deplorable conditions.

In the 1980's, Michael continued to work on both broad systemwide cases which challenged educational inequality in Yonkers, Jacksonville, Florida, Boston, St Louis and other major cities, but also began working for individual clients whose rights were being offended by school districts in this region.

Since 1986, Michael has done more special education cases than any lawyer in the State of New York and this continues to be a major interest of our firm. In addition, we have handled many student discipline cases and represented children subjected to bullying.

A.W. -v- MiddletownECSD
K.S. -v- WarwickSD
G.B. & L.B. -V- TuxedoUSFD
Stutman -v- East Ramapo CSD