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Touro Law Center's Office of Development, Alumni Relations and Communications is proud to announce that Harris Zakarin ’95 has been selected as the alum of the month for October 2010. Mr. Zakarin is a leader in his profession, was an active member of the Touro Law community while attending law school, was the Editor-In-Chief of the Touro Law Review, and remains engaged with the law school as a member of the Alumni Council and attends a number of programs for current students. His accomplished career is highlighted in the profile below. On behalf of the entire law school community, we extend our congratulations to Harris Zakarin.
Harris Zakarin, a successful litigation attorney with an expertise and concentration in appellate practice, is a partner with the firm of Rivkin Radler. He has represented the Firm's clients in each of the four appellate departments in New York, as well as the New York Court of Appeals, New York's highest court, and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has also represented the Firm's clients in appellate courts in other jurisdictions.
A former law clerk in the Appellate Division, Mr. Zakarin's name appears on well over 100 appellate decisions that he has briefed and argued on behalf of individuals, closely-held businesses and major insurance companies. The following represents a sampling of some of these precedent-setting appeals: Brothers v. NYSEG, 11 N.Y.3d 251 (2008) (vicarious liability); Raffellini v. State Farm, 9 N.Y.3d 196 (2007) ("serious injury" in the context of supplementary uninsurance); Parker v. Mobil Oil Corp., 7 N.Y.3d 434 (2006) (reliability of novel scientific evidence); Hargob Realty v. Fireman's Fund, ___ A.D.3d ___ (2d Dep't 2010) (status as an additional insured); Rodriguez v. 520 Audubon Associates, 71 A.D.3d 417 (1st Dep't 2010) (premises liability); Ajifowabaje v. Astramed Physicians, P.C., 71 A.D.3d 608 (2d Dep't 2010) (medical malpractice); Santiago v. Fellows, Epstein & Hymowitz, P.C., 66 A.D.3d 758 (2d Dep't 2009) (legal malpractice); Rosenfeld v. Hudson Valley Stadium, 65 A.D.3d 1117 (2d Dep't 2009) (baseball stadium liability); Danko v. Forest Lake Camp, 63 A.D.3d 1099 (2d Dep't 2009) (vicarious liability); Goldstein v. MassMutual, 60 A.D.3d 506 (1st Dep't 2009) (breach of a disability policy); Rukaj v. Eastview Holdings, 36 A.D.3d 519 (1st Dep't 2007) (Labor Law § 240 and elevated-related risks); Long Island Radiology v. Allstate, 36 A.D.3d 763 (2d Dep't 2007) (defense of medical necessity in no-fault litigation); Curiel v. State Farm, 35 A.D.3d 343 (2d Dep't 2006) (material misrepresentation in insurance policy); Giovanniello v. Carolina Wholesale, 29 A.D.3d 737 (2d Dep't 2006) (violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act); Goldfarb v. Schwartz, 26 A.D.3d 462 (2d Dep't 2006) (legal malpractice); Grove Hill v. Colonial Indemnity, 24 A.D.3d 607 (2d Dep't 2005) (enforceability of policy exclusion); Berardino v. Ochlan, 2 A.D.3d 556 (2d Dep't 2003) (GBL § 349, fraud and insurance agent malpractice); Carella v. Reilly & Associates, 297 A.D.3d 326 (2d Dep't 2002) (reinstating answer that had been stricken for discovery abuses).
Mr. Zakarin began his legal career as an Appellate Court Attorney for the New York State Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, and served as law secretary to the Honorable Anthony V. Cardona, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, and the Honorable Paul J. Yesawich, Jr., Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department. While in law school, Mr. Zakarin, who graduated magna cum laude, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.
Mr. Zakarin is a member of The Leadership Council for the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island, as well as a member of Touro Law Center's Alumni Council. In 2010, Mr. Zakarin was named as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars by the Long Island Business News.