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
— Defamation: Adam Levy
— Qualified Immunity: Hughes
Our attorneys have substantial experience litigating civil rights and criminal cases. Civil rights cases include those alleging racial and national origin-based discrimination, gender discrimination and sexual harassment, including such conduct directed at gay or bi-sexual persons, age and disability discrimination, as well as cases against government agencies for excessive use of force by police officers, false arrest or malicious prosecution, and cases involving retaliation against government workers in violation of the First Amendment and for religious discrimination. The firm also represents many federal sector employees who claim violations of their civil rights, accessing the federal courts or the Merit System Protection Board, depending on the nature of the claim.
The firm also handles a substantial number of cases involving the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, specifically challenges to placement and program decisions made by Committees on Special Education [CSEs] and student discipline cases.
The firm also represents land owners involved in disputes with local zoning and planning boards and has represented community groups and organizations as against government violations of FOIA and other citizenship rights.
Mr. Sussman has extensive experience trying criminal cases in state court and more limited experience in federal criminal cases.