Emil L. Samuels

Emil L. Samuels

New York, New York
Emil L. Samuels joined the firm in 1991. He concentrates his practice in all types of personal injury matters, including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, and municipal liability.

As a trial lawyer with the firm, he has successfully represented our clients in both state and federal court. Mr. Samuels has also written and argued appeals in the Appellate Courts in the First and Second Departments.  Mr. Samuels lectures on the topics within the field of negligence at the annual CLE weekend at St. John's University School of Law.

Among his many accomplishments, he obtained a $12.5 million verdict for a man injured in a bus accident.  He also obtained $5 million settlement for wrongful death arising out of a high rise fire, and negotiated a $3.8 settlement for a child who sustained burns in a fire while residing in a city shelter.  Mr. Samuels also successfully obtained a settlement of $3.8 million for the wrongful death of a construction worker who died after falling from a defective scaffold, and obtained a $2 million recovery in federal court for the wrongful death of a merchant seaman.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Samuels worked as a legislative assistant in the office of the New York State Assembly Deputy Majority Leader where he was responsible for the drafting and shepherding of  legislation.   In 2000, he ran for the NY State Assembly in the 17th Assembly District in Nassau County, New York.  Currently, Mr. Samuels serves as an Associate Village Justice in Nassau County, New York.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1991

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Construction Accidents
  • Construction Site Labor Law
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Premises Liability

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1990
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1990
  • New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1991


  • St. John's University School of Law
    • J.D.
  • Queens College, City University of New York, Flushing, New York
    • B.A.
    • Major: Political Science - Communications Arts and Sciences


  • CLE Weekend - Negligence, Basics and Beyond, St John's Univ. School of Law, 2011 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice

Past Employment Positions

  • Office of the New York State Assembly Deputy Majority Leader, Legislative Assistant

Ancillary Businesses

  • Associate Justice, East Williston Village Court, Nassau County, NY