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Should I Make a Federal Case Out of My Personal Injury Matter? (Update)

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Produced on September 10, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 4m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Personal Injury and Negligence Litigation

Course Description

You thought the days of convoluted hypotheticals ended with the bar exam, but, alas, they didn’t. When the phone rings in your office, the call is from a resident of Tennessee, who recently returned from a vacation gone bad in Manhattan. While crossing a city street, Mr. J. Daniels was struck by a truck owned by a brewery in Wisconsin and operated by Bud Weiser, a resident of New York. So many questions, not the least of which is: where do you file your lawsuit? State Court? Perhaps - but with current caseloads and delays, Mr. Daniels might well be better served by pursuing an action in Federal District Court. There are pluses and minuses to each forum, which leads to the inevitable question: Should you make a “Federal Case” out of your personal injury claim?

This program is taught by Bruce Cheriff and Kenneth Fink, Partners at Cheriff & Fink, P.C.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify three reasons you may find yourself litigating a personal injury case in federal court
  2. Assess when to choose federal court as your forum - and when to avoid it
  3. Discuss the logistics of bringing and litigating a personal injury case in federal court

Credit Information

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Bruce Cheriff

Cheriff & Fink

Bruce J. Cheriff is the managing attorney of Cheriff & Fink, P.C. and is a trial attorney specializing in Plaintiff’s negligence, personal injury, dog bites, assaults, and municipal liability cases as well as a commercial litigator in the State and Federal Courts of New York.  Mr. Cheriff was recently featured in the NY Area’s Top Rated Lawyers 2012 edition published by New York Magazine and the New York Law Journal.  He has held an AV rating by Martindale and Hubbell since 2003.

Bruce is a longtime member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the Westchester County Bar Association.

Mr. Cheriff was an editor of his Law Review and his article was selected and published by the Law Review: Western New England Law Review (Vol. 7, Issue 2, 1984): "Recent Decision: In re Jadd", 391 Mass. 227, 461 N.E.2d 760 (1984).

Bruce is member of the New York State Bar (1987) and both United States District Court for Southern District of New York and United States District Court for Eastern District of New York (1987).

Mr. Cheriff has appeared on MSNBC where he discussed settling cases with insurance carriers on line.  He is also a Fee Dispute Arbitrator for the Unified Court System's Ninth Judicial District.

Mr. Cheriff received his J. D at Western New England University School of Law (J.D. 1986) and his B.A. at the University of Rochester (1983).

Bruce lives in Westchester with his wife and his dog LaBooh.  His children have all graduated college and are now in the working world: One is a Spanish teacher, one is a Music Teacher for children with special needs, and one is a freelance sound engineer and musician.

When Bruce is not writing briefs, doing legal research, or trying cases, he follows his son’s Band, Modern Diet.   Bruce also plays “old man” softball in the spring and summer. 

Kenneth Fink

Cheriff & Fink

Kenneth S. Fink is a partner in the law firm of Cheriff & Fink, P.C.  Mr. Fink is a trial attorney specializing in in plaintiff’s negligence, personal injury, and wrongful death in both State and Federal Court.  He is admitted to the New York (1992) and New Jersey (1991) Bars, and is admitted to practice in the Federal District for the State of New Jersey, as well and the South and Eastern District Federal Courts of New York.

Ken is a longtime member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and the Nassau County Bar Association.  He is also an active member of the Brandeis University Lawyers and Accountants Network of Long Island.  Ken was awarded and has held an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell since 2002.  Ken was featured in the New York Area’s Best Lawyers – 2012 Edition, published by New York Magazine and the New York Law Journal.

Prior to practicing law, Ken worked in the press office of Governor Mario M. Cuomo, and for the New York State Office of Economic Development.

Mr. Fink has served and continues to serve on several boards of trustees, including Temple Hillel Southside Jewish Center, Temple Hillel Men’s Club, The Brandeis School, The Joseph & Esther Mandel Foundation.  Ken coached intramural, intertown and travel soccer for the Hewlett Lawrence Soccer Club for more than a decade.  Ken and his wife were so-honorees at 2010 Brandeis School Annual Dinner Dance; Co-honoree at 2005 Temple Hillel Annual Dinner on behalf of UJA-Federation of New York and chaired the Connections/UJA Federation of New York/Long Island, 2006 South Shore Project Mitzvah: Families In Community Service on the South Shore.   

Ken is a cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, and a graduate for The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law – Yeshiva University, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board.


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Scott G.

Good overview.

Lydia C.

Nice info

Susan D.

Well done

Anthony I.

Very good

Shawn F.

I like the style of this CLE with the two lawyers and the hypos.

Anthony M.

Well done.

Tanya D.

Excellent, well laid out presentation.

Richard M.

extremely well done - a very good "eye-opener" when I hadn't considered Federal Court too seriously before, other than when I had no choice; some good advantages were brought to light

Jeffrey R.

Interesting topic. New York certainly has an unusual court set up.


Excellent presentation by two very good lawyers. Understandable and informative

Jerod B.

these guys are good

Andrew B.

Very good analysis and detailed information.

Charlnette R.

This is one of the best! Both speakers were great-very knowledgeable. Great format. Excellent teachers!!!

Joseph H.

This could easily be a 2 hour course.

Richard G.

good course

Michelle T.

Excellent, excellent, excellent. This was so helpful Thank You!

Amy B.

I am a former Federal Judicial Clerk, and found this presentation to be 100% spot-on. Filled with practical tips and great advice. Highly recommend!

Maeve T.

Amazing presentation. The material was presented in a clear and understandable way -- most impressive.

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