Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Dual Citizenship
I am an attorney with a boutique practice focusing on civil litigation, personal injury, and dual citizenship. I am a dual Italian citizen, having gone through the consular process here in New York City. I'm the child of Sicilian immigrants and the first in my family to graduate from law school. I am admitted to practice in New York State. I am a member of the New York City Bar Association, the Queens Bar Association, and the Columbian Lawyers Association. If you're in need of an attorney for a civil matter, don't hesitate to reach out.
Civil litigation covers matters that are not heard in criminal court. This type of case may arise when you have a dispute with someone over money and/or a specific action you want them to perform. Civil litigation cases may be settled outside of court, or they may go before a judge.
If you are planning to file a civil lawsuit, it is important to be aware that you may have a limited amount of time. Civil claims are typically subject to a statute of limitations, which is a specific time frame in which claims can be filed. For this reason, it is important to move quickly if you are thinking about filing a civil claim. On the other side of the coin, if you are being sued, it is important to hire an attorney to protect your interest and keep the other side in check.
My office is capable of handling all types of personal injury cases in New York State, including:
If your personal injury lawsuit is successful, you will receive a settlement designed to cover all of your expenses and losses related to the incident.
If you're interested in making a claim on dual Italian citizenship through the blood line (jure sanguinis) and would like professional help instead of doing it yourself, I can assist with full service consulting and document procurement to prepare you for your appointment with the Italian consulate here in the US, or with the local comune if you are applying directly in Italy.
Perhaps you are in need of a court order. Often when pursuing dual Italian citizenship, the need for court orders arises. Whether it's a court order to release a vital record in NY State, a court order to amend a vital record, or a "one and the same person" court order. I have successfully petitioned the NY State Supreme Court for court orders for dual Italian citizenship purposes. Only licensed attorneys can petition the court on your behalf.
New York State has strict privacy laws when it comes to deceased individuals' vital records. The guiding law is NY Public Health Law 4174 and it limits who is entitled to a deceased person's birth certificate or death certificate in New York State (not New York City, which is more lenient). This makes it necessary to procure a court order to release a vital record in certain circumstances when pursuing dual citizenship. This involves commencing an adversarial lawsuit against the state, which has the potential to become lengthy and complex.