Professor Randolph M. McLaughlin, a graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Law School, became Of Counsel to Newman Ferrara LLP in September 2011. Professor McLaughlin is a faculty member at Pace University School of Law, where he teaches courses focusing on civil rights, litigation, labor law, voting rights, civil procedure, and New York practice.
Debra S. Cohen, Esq., co-chairs the Civil Rights Practice Group at Newman Ferrara LLP where she concentrates in litigation involving police misconduct.
Ms. Cohen’s first civil rights case involved the 1996 death of Charles Campbell — shot in a Westchester parking lot by an off-duty New York City police officer (who was later convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to twenty years to life in prison). In a subsequently filed civil suit, a federal jury awarded the Campbell family a multi-million dollar verdict. Since then, Ms. Cohen has represented a wide variety of clients whose civil rights and constitutional entitlements were violated by police, schools, local planning and building department officials, as well as private employers. She utilizes a variety of strategies to achieve the best possible outcome, including litigation, negotiation, media, and community-based organizing. Ms. Cohen is admitted in the State of New York, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She is a graduate of Vassar College and Pace University Law School.
NEW YORK, NY and YONKERS, NY — December 1, 2017 — Media inquiries of and about Jonathan Maldonado and his surviving family are being handled by Newman Ferrara LLP, specifically the legal counsel of spokespeople Randolph M. McLaughlin, Esq., and Debra S. Cohen, Esq. The family has asked them to handle media inquiries. The following statement has been on behalf of the parents:
“We think it is an important first step that the New York State Attorney General has taken over the investigation of our son’s death. There are many questions to be answere. Nothing will bring Jonathan back to us but we want to know the truth about why and how he died.”