Israel is an experienced commercial and class action litigator, representing domestic and international individuals and entities in courts throughout the State of New York and in arbitrations across the United States. Israel is a formidable attorney with an impressive record of success, obtaining millions of dollars for his clients. Notably, following one of Israel’s recent class action lawsuits, the City of New York dismissed and refunded $26 million in invalid parking tickets. Israel is regularly quoted by the media, including Fox News and the New York Post, and has been selected to the Super Lawyers Metro New York Rising Stars List in 2018 and 2019.
Prior to joining Pardalis & Nohavicka, LLP, Israel practiced commercial and class action litigation with another New York City law firm, served as law clerk to the Honorable Martin G. Cronin (New Jersey Superior Court, Essex County), and acted as a New Jersey Superior Court trained mediator. Israel also completed internships with the Honorable Joseph F. Bianco (formerly sitting on the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, currently sitting on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit), former Councilman David G. Greenfield (New York City Council, 44th District), the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, as well as several New York City law firms.
Israel graduated from the Fordham University School of Law, where he received the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award and a student leadership award for his various pro bono contributions. During law school, Israel served as a member of the Unemployment Action Center, where he represented claimants in their unemployment insurance appeals before New York State administrative law judges. Israel also served as secretary of the Prisoners’ Rights Advocates and, as a student practitioner at Fordham’s Criminal Defense Clinic, assisted in the representation of two Guantanamo Bay detainees and other indigent defendants. Israel also served as a member of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal.
Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in New York, NY
Selected to Rising Stars for 2018 - 2021
Jacob Stern v. The City of New York, 1:17-cv-04973 (E.D.N.Y. 2017) (New York City dismissed or refunded $26 million in invalid muni meter parking tickets).
Plaintiffs v. Defendant (Bank Burglary Mass Tort Litigation) (represented over 30 victims, recovering over $2.3 million).
Claimant v. Respondent (arbitration before the Beth Din of America) (obtained $1.3 million settlement following a three day arbitration hearing in a commercial matter seeking damages for breach of contract and diversion of funds).
Luc Burbon v. Teuscher Promenade LLC, 1:18-cv-09085 (S.D.N.Y. 2018) (successfully defended class action lawsuit alleging website violations of the American with Disabilities Act, resulting in the plaintiff's withdrawal of the lawsuit with prejudice without a settlement paid by the defendant).
Maria Benezario De Vicioso v. The New York City Department of Education, 150732/2017 (Sup. Ct., N.Y. County 2017) (lawsuit filed on behalf of a five year old student who was taken by a stranger from his New York City elementary school.This matter has settled).
Abram Muladzhanov v. The City of New York, 1:18-cv-00930 (E.D.N.Y. 2018) (class action lawsuit seeking over $200 million in fines collected for invalid speed camera tickets).
Peter De La Cruz v. Teuscher Promenade LLC, 650141/2018 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2018) (defending $6 million action for claims of breach of contract and diversion of funds).
Claimant v. Invest Financial Corporation, FINRA Case No.: 18-03772; Claimant v. Invest Financial Corporation, FINRA Case No.: 18-03703; Claimant v. Bancwest Investment Services, Inc., FINRA Case No.: 17-00502; Claimant v. HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., FINRA Case No.: 15-01433 (obtained the expungement of termination language and customer complaints listed on the Claimants' Form U5 and the deletion of the disclosure reporting page in its entirety following arbitration hearings before the Financial Regulatory Authority).
FDA Puffery: Smoking out the Constitutionality of Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels, 24 FORDHAM INTELL. PROP. MEDIA & ENT. L.J. 201 (2013)
New York County Lawyers’ Association (member, Committee on Professional Ethics)
Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
Touro College, B.A., summa cum laude