Elliot Ifraimoff, Esq.
My name is Elliot Ifraimoff. I am the founder and managing attorney at Elliot Ifraimoff & Associates, P.C. since 2001. I graduated from Brooklyn Law School, live in Brooklyn and am a father of three great soon to be teenagers.
When I was in law school, the students were thought that the number one complaint of all clients about their lawyers was lack of customer service – phone calls not being returned, clients not being updated on case status, etc. I remember thinking at that time that if I am ever fortunate enough to run my own law firm, I will make sure that my clients would always feel cared for. In fact, I thought I would overwhelm my clients with the level of service the firm would provide. I was fortunate enough and in the year 2001 Elliot Ifraimoff & Associates, P.C. was born. Today I can say the firm is a success, but it would be foolish for me to take all of the credit. Along the way I was lucky to have met and work with a great group of smart and talented individuals who contributed tremendously. I am particularly proud and humbled by the fact that close to half of the current team members have been with the firm for over ten years. As I am writing this note in the year 2017 the firm consists of four attorneys and twelve paralegals and legal assistants who are all committed to one important goal – providing that overwhelming level of service that I dreamt about to all our clients!
Now that I have shared with you what I felt was most important, for those who might be curious below is my bio: Born in 1973 in a country that’s now called Azerbaijan, but used to be a part of the former Soviet Union. When I was 10 years old my mother asked me what profession interests me and I told her I was interested in law. Immediately she responded with words of discouragement - I should forget about becoming a lawyer for two reasons. First, because it was very close to impossible for a Jewish kid to get into law school in Azerbaijan. Second, getting into law school there would require paying a very large bribe to the Dean at the university and my family did not have the money. So I did forget about becoming a lawyer for a while. Several years later a war was about to start between Azerbaijan and Armenia and my family had to leave the country. In 1990 we arrived in the United States as a family of refugees.
Two months after the family settled down in New York I found my first job at a local Roy Rogers in Brooklyn. I spoke no English and was very thankful to the store manager who was a Pakistani immigrant himself for giving me the chance. I worked in the kitchen for about a year and a half together with several other employees, all immigrants from South America, Pakistan and Haiti. They called me Pedro, thought me how to flip burgers as well as how to speak English, be it with a mixture of accents – Spanish, Pakistani and Haitian)). A couple of years went by and I got promoted from burgers to hot dogs. That’s when my father and I started a family street vending business. I sold hot dogs and pretzels in the streets of New York for several years and was very proud of the fact that this was our own small business in America.
When I was in my second year at the Kingsborough Community College pondering my professional future I suddenly remembered the conversation with my mother about becoming a lawyer. At that moment I realized that since we now live in the United States I did not have to worry about bribing anyone to get into law school or about being discriminated against based on ethnicity. It was then decided – I would go to law school.
As I was enjoying my first several weeks at Brooklyn Law School in September of 1998 a terrible propane tank explosion at one of our lunch trucks caused a serious injury to my father and put an end to our family business. My father spent three weeks at a hospital with second degree burns. We found out that the propane tanks were defective and hired a personal injury attorney to represent my father. Seeing all the pain and suffering my father was going through and spending some time with his attorney made me realize what area of law I would practice once I became a lawyer. I graduated law school and was admitted to practice three years later in November of 2001.
Dmitriy Shulman, Esq.
Dmitriy Shulman is the principal of Shulman Law Group, P.C. and of counsel to Elliot Ifraimoff & Associates, P.C.
Practicing in the field of personal injury since 2003, Mr. Shulman has extensive experience litigating complex, high-value injury cases from inception through trial time. On a day-to day basis, he personally manages a large caseload of injury lawsuits, litigates complicated, heavy exposure cases up to trial and oversees a staff of attorneys and paralegals. His aggressive style, attention to detail and relentless focus on quality have resulted in numerous multi-dollar verdicts and settlements.
A sampling of his recent results for injured clients include:
- $2 million dollar settlement for a 67-yeal old security guard injured in a rear-end collision.
- $2 million dollar settlement for a boiler inspector injured in the course of his employment.
- $1.5 million settlement for an injured airport worker who fell while fueling an aircraft.
- $1.25 million dollar settlement for a single mother who was injured while exiting a New York City Transit Authority bus.
Stephen Z. Williamson, Esq.
Stephen Z. Williamson serves as of counsel/trial counsel to Elliot Ifraimoff & Associates, P.C. He is a seasoned litigator and trial lawyer with a proven record of getting excellent results in all types of cases. Steve has extensive experience in government and private practice, prosecuting and defending significant matters from both sides of the courtroom.
Having achieved multiple jury verdicts in excess of one million dollars and numerous large settlements, including several multi-million dollar results, Steve was ranked # 4 among the “winningest New York law firms for 2011” by Verdict Search. He has been a New York Law Journal “Top Verdict” and “Top Settlement” recipient in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. His results have been published in Verdict Search, the New York Law Journal and elsewhere.
Before starting his firm in 2010, Steve was the senior trial attorney for the City of New York in Brooklyn. At the Office of the Corporation Counsel, Steve defended the mayoral agencies in numerous jury trials in State Supreme Court. Trying dozens of the biggest and most complex cases in the county, he consistently obtained excellent results and won awards for his courtroom performance. These cases included police excessive force, false arrest, and federal civil rights claims, wrongful death, labor law, injured municipal worker claims, negligent school supervision, negligent security, premises liability and other personal injury matters.
Prior to the Law Department, Steve was the managing trial attorney at one of the New York City’s largest plaintiffs’ personal injury firms, where he tried cases and litigated a wide range of legal actions, including labor law, negligent security, premises liability, municipal liability, auto collisions and aviation disaster.
In addition to his legal work, Steve believes in the importance of community and charitable activities. He regularly volunteers his time to improve the lives and educational opportunities of disadvantaged kids in Brooklyn. Raised and educated in New York City, Steve believes that being a local lawyer means giving back, on a volunteer basis, to the communities and neighborhoods where he lives and works.
Steve coordinates the Speakers’ Bureau program at the Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service, a “transfer” school for at-risk teenagers in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. The program recruits a diverse range of successful and dynamic speakers to visit the school and talk with students about their careers, life journeys, obstacles overcome and lessons learned. The school, known as “Brooklyn Leadership” is part of Brooklyn Community Services (BCS), a community service organization where Steve serves on the Board of Directors and several committees.
Steve also serves on the Advisory Board of Eye to Eye, a national mentoring program for children and young adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders. In 2013, Steve produced a continuing education class for human resource professionals about learning disabilities and workplace discrimination. In addition, Steve is a former trustee at The Churchill School and Center, a Manhattan K-12 school for children with language-based learning disabilities.
Steve has chaired several Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses at the New York City Bar including, “Anatomy of a Trial: Common Mistakes to Avoid in a Civil Jury Trial” and “E-filing, E-discovery and E-evidence: Practice, Law & Technology”. While a government trial lawyer, Steve taught a CLE course about the role of state and federal medical privacy laws in litigation and at trial.
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association
- The American Association of Justice
- The Brooklyn Bar Association
- Nathan R. Sobel Kings County Inn of Court
- Queens County Bar Association
- The Jewish Lawyers Guild
- The Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project
Laura A. De Los Rios, Esq.
Laura A. De Los Rios is a personal injury lawyer representing accident victims in general negligence matters, including motor vehicle accidents and slip and fall accidents.
In 2006, she joined the firm as a young enthusiastic administrative assistance who followed her passion in becoming a lawyer to fight for clients who suffered serious personal injuries as a result of the negligence of others.
Prior to attending law school, Laura earned her bachelor's degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Justice Studies and a dual minor in English and Philosophy. After graduating from St. John’s University School of Law, Laura returned to the firm demonstrating incredible acumen for the courtroom, negotiating cases and resolving cases in a manner that best meets our clients’ needs. She has worked on assignments often reserved for more experienced attorneys. Laura’s experience in the personal injury field has given her a unique perspective that enables her to aggressively and effectively pursue personal injury claims on behalf of our clients.
Laura is fluent in Spanish and English and currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Puerto Rican Bar Association. Outside of her work for the firm, Laura feels compelled to serve and help others in need. She recently spear-headed a Zumba fundraising event to assist the people affected by the massive floods and mud slides in Peru, her parents’ native land before emigrating to New York.
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- New York
- New Jersey
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Puerto Rican Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2017
- Queens County Women’s Bar Association, Judiciary Night Committee Member, 2016-Present
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- Recipient of the Queens County Bar Association Law Student Scholarship ‘2014 Exceptional Academic Achievement and Commitment to the Community
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