Are you looking for an attorney to cover your Supreme or Civil Court Appearances in New York, Brooklyn (Kings), Queens, Nassau and the Bronx?  We exist to serve you. Our core purpose is to provide consistent and reliable per diem court services to law firms. We are here to reduce your stress and bring you peace of mind that your case will be handled expertly.

Ever since I passed in the bar I have been providing per diem services to other attorneys. Its my pastime, my passion, my life. 20 years later I am just as dedicated.

The Law Office of Frederic R. Abramson has provided Supreme and Civil court appearances and deposition services for law firms such as yours since 1997.  We cover court appearances, depositions, arbitration’s and trials in the following counties:

  • New York
  • Kings
  • Queens
  • Bronx
  • Nassau


  • Pre­lim­i­nary Con­fer­ences:  $125
  • Com­pli­ance Con­fer­ences:  $125
  • Motions: $125
  • Exam­i­na­tions Before Trial: $250
  • each addi­tional party — add $150
  • 50H Hear­ings: $250
  • each addi­tional party — add $150
  • add $25 if a wit­ness requires an interpreter
  • Call for Trials and Arbitrations


  • Emergency Court Appearances
  • Referrals for civil litigation and personal injury matters
  • Accurate and prompt reporting of all results within 2 hours.
  • Free immediate email report
  • 20 years per diem experience
  • Accessibility
  • Dependability
  • Per Diem Experience

Setting up an appointment is super simple.  We are available for same day appearances and work to get back to you within 15 minutes. Most of our clients book appearances the day prior to the court date.

To book an appearance, email me at, call at 212-233-0666 or fill out the form below. I promise that everyone you come in contact with will be friendly. All assignments require confirmation.


I am the principal of The Law Office of Frederic R. Abramson. I’m an experienced litigator with experience in a wide range of legal areas. My practice encompasses civil litigation, business law, personal injury and real estate. I have handled litigation matters from inception to trial.

I have conducted trials, argued motions, negotiated settlements and won appeals. I have successfully handled many real estate closings and have drafted thousands of legal documents. I work with law firms, businesses and individuals.

Since 1997, I have worked with:
• Law firms who outsource their legal needs, from appearing in court at conferences, motions, depositions and trials
• Businesses that have no other option other than to litigate. I work with companies who are looking for alternative dispute resolution methods which include arbitration, mediation and negation.
• Start ups and businesses with fewer than 50 employees who need general counsel, draft and review contracts and leases.
• Individuals that have litigation needs along with advising them about buying or selling a home.

When not in the office, I like to spend time with my wife, kids, family and friends. I enjoy attending cultural events and exploring different areas of New York City and Long Island.

I love reading about business, law, non-fiction, literature, current events, music and history. I’m enjoy the great outdoors and exercising.  I have traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico.

I received my law degree (J.D) from Quinnipiac University  School of Law in 1996 and my B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany in 1990.  I studied law at the University of London at Kensington via the Detroit-Mercy School of Law in the fall of 1995.  I am admitted to practice law in both state and the  Eastern and Southern Federal courts of the State of New York.



While litigation may sometimes be your only recourse, many times it is a result of signing a bad contract or not fully examining the contract you have signed.  Here are ten things to know before entering into an agreement in New York that can help protect your business and your assets:

1.      Know the Other Party

Be sure that the business you are contracting with is registered to do business in the state in which you operate your business.  Should there be a problem later on, it will be much easier to institute a lawsuit as the states maintain addresses for service of process on registered corporations.  In addition, if the business is not properly registered in the state, there could be legal issues with your contract.  The business should also be licensed in the specific type of business it conducts, if this is required.

2.       Pricing Issues

If you are a buyer or a seller, know what you are paying or getting paid, when the money is due, how it is to be paid, where it is being paid to.

3.      What is the Exact Product or Service

While this may seem obvious there are thousands of lawsuits on just this issue.  Be sure you and the other party are on the same page, literally and figuratively.

4.      Delivery of the Goods or Services

Specify exact time frames for delivery of the product or service and when payment is due in relation to this time frame.

5.      Condition of the Product or Service

Are the items new or used?  If used, how much?  If new, in original packaging or repackaged?  If a service contract, specify who will be doing the service and his or her credentials?

6.      Warranties

What are the guaranties on the product or service?  What period of time do they cover?  What is the procedure for repairing or replacing an item or correcting a service mistake?

7.      Getting out of the Contract

While most contracts are made to avoid getting out of them, you can sometimes negotiate an “out” clause for poor performance or lack of proper delivery or other essential things.

8.      Renewal of the Contract

Is there an automatic renewal?  Is there any option to renew?

9.      Default

There are several ways to default on a contract. Two prevalent ways are non-payment and non-performance.  Non-payment can include not getting paid in full, on time or at all.  Non-performance can be not doing the job properly, in full, or not how you expected it to be done.  All of these can be combated with remedies in the contract.

10.  Remedies

Make sure the contract has a section dealing with remedies for defaults.  Remedies are compensation to the injured party for such defaults.  Outside of the contract there are other ways to be compensated for default in contracts, including state statutes, federal statutes like the UCC, fraud actions and illegality of the contract, dealing with minors, duress, undue influences, etc.

If you have any questions regarding contract law, contact me at the Law Office of Frederic R. Abramson at 212-233-0666

You are sitting in your office on the busiest day of the year, and just when you think nothing else could go wrong, a person walks in and utters the fateful words “You’ve been served”, while handing you a stack of papers.   Your business is a party to a New York civil litigation lawsuit. Your business has  just been sued.  What is the best course of action you can take, and how can you protect yourself as well as your business?


Read the papers that are given to you to find out the party that is suing you and the type of civil litigation you are involved in.  Is it a corporation, a partnership, or an individual?  Are they a customer or a supplier of your business? Who is the lawyer representing the party that is suing you?  This information will help your attorney obtain a more favorable result for you by researching the other party and its counsel. (Do they settle often?  Are they a big company?  What are their financial resources?  Do they have a reputation to maintain and therefore may want to settle quickly?).


What exactly are you being sued about?  Is it a breach of contract claim? Is it a non-payment claim, or a non-performance claim?  Those are many reasons why a business may be sued.


In Civil Litigation, timing is critical in a lawsuit.  Responses must be filed within a set period, which in New York is  usually within 30 days.  While an extension can be granted, don’t wait until the last minute to contact your attorney.  It takes time to prepare an appropriate answer to the papers.  If you do not respond in a timely fashion, you will be considered in default, and a judgment may be taken against you.  This means you may lose the case without the opportunity to provide a defense.

Also, don’t assume you are judgment proof, because judgments can be collected from future earnings as well as assets.  In addition, do not assume that your insurance covers everything, although it may be wise to notify your insurance carrier as well as your attorney.


What court are you being sued in?   What county?  State or Federal Court? You may be sued in a state far away if, for instance, you have done business in that state.  In that case, your New York attorney will have to obtain local counsel for your small business in the other state, and this takes time.


Why did the party resort to a lawsuit?  Is it something you can fix by having your attorney talk to the other side and negotiate a settlement?  Is there a running animosity between your company and the other party, in which case settlement will be difficult?  Do you need to file a counterclaim against the other party?


Immediately notify and supply the civil litigation  lawsuit papers to your attorney.  Make sure you retain a photocopy for yourself.  Inform your attorney of all the facts relevant to the case.  Your attorney will decide what is important and what is not.
Organize your documents pertaining to the case so that you can minimize the time the attorney must spend going through them.  This will save your attorney ’s time, and therefore save you legal fees.  Do not talk to the other party’s attorney.  He works for the other party, just as your attorney works for you.  Let your attorney do this for you.  In addition, remember that in law, just as in any profession or business, there are rules and procedures  your attorney knows and you may not.  To stay out of trouble, leave the legal work to your attorney.

A trial can take several weeks in New York, including preparation time.  Therefore, it may be in your best interest in certain cases to settle.  However, be realistic in your settlement expectations.


Having an ongoing attorney-client relationship will help protect you in the event of a civil litigation lawsuit.  The more your attorney knows about your business, the better the attorney will be able to help you.  In addition, discussing business options and problems with your attorney ahead of time could help prevent a lawsuit from ever starting.  Either way, it will save you money in the long run.



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If you are a small-business owner, contacting a lawyer is often a scary proposition. It appears to be costly and only a little bit comes back in return. Legal advice and guidance in varied forms is vital to any small business. It is true that you will get a bill. However, hiring an attorney doesn’t have to break the bank.

Here are five business reasons why your company may benefit from the involvement of an attorney:

1. You’re starting a business.

Most businesses decide to start running their business before ever calling a lawyer for legal advice. Don’t make the same mistake. Before you receive a penny, contact a lawyer to review your business structure, legal ramifications and other elements designed to protect your business and help it flourish.  Remember that a lawyer isn’t someone you go to just when you have a trouble.

2. Check your contracts.

Make sure that any contracts that you have are in writing. Oral contracts often mean an unpleasant lawsuit later.  It is important for an attorney to review every contract you use in your business, both with customers as well as suppliers – or draw up suitable contracts if none are in place.

3. Check if any money is owed.

An attorney can help by devising a course of action to collect any funds.  In the alternative, if you any money a lawyer can often provide defenses and negotiate on your behalf.

4. Plan for your retirement.

You probably want your business to continue when your retire. A business attorney can address succession.

5. Resolve a business dispute.

Just hiring an attorney will signal that you mean business. Litigation could be expensive.  Hiring a lawyer early may help you avoid lengthy and costly court action.

Don’t fear the cost.

Legal advice costs money. But it doesn’t need to be as prohibitively expensive as you might fear. Some matters can be handled on as-needed basis and you may not need a large retainer.

Call me at 212-233-0666.

Fred Abramson

Frederic R. Abramson

Law Office of Frederic R. Abramson
160 Broadway, Ste. 500
New York, NY 10038
About Fred Abramson

Fred helps clients resolve their business disputes using whatever adversarial and non-adversarial strategies necessary to accomplish the client’s objective most efficiently. By using both settlement negotiations and litigation techniques, wherever necessary, Fred assists clients in achieving the best possible outcomes for themselves and their companies while controlling their legal costs. Fred also assists in business and family related immigration.


You have probably spent hours perusing the listings on Zillow and on the Multiple Listing Service. You have set foot into dozens of stranger’s homes. You know all about you broker’s daughter’s ice skating lessons.

After all of this hard work, you finally decided on the right home. You are probably elated, but also nervous. Buying a home will likely the most expensive that you have ever purchased. After the brokers agree on the price, it’s time for the parties to hire a lawyer.

Here’s what to expect if you are purchasing or selling a new home:

1.      Assist you in securing pre-contract information – We’ll get the information from you, from the broker and from the attorney for the other party.

2.      The Seller’s attorney will draft a contract. Depending on how busy opposing counsel is, this will take on average about two days. You will have a conversation with your attorney were you will go over any special issues that need to be addressed.

3.      Obtain or draft the Contract – If you’re selling we’ll get a contract out for review within 48 hours. If you are purchasing we’ll follow up until we get your contract and then we’ll schedule an appointment to meet with you to review it.

4.      Review the Contract – The contract has to satisfy you factually and us legally. We’ll review the contract with you and, when we are both satisfied, we’ll negotiate with the other attorney to get whatever you reasonably need.

5.      Identify and resolve all issues that stand in the way of a closing – Several things can stand in your way:

o    Estate Tax clearances

o    Mechanics or Judgment Liens

o    Building Department violations

o    Breaks in the chain of title

o    Possession/border conflicts

o    The absence of a survey or the failure to review it sufficiently in advance of the closing

6.      Order and review the title report – Too often the title search is ordered late in the transaction and problems which can easily be solved if identified early may serve to delay your closing causing problems for buyers and seller.

7.      Communicate with your bank – If you are selling we’ll get up to date pay off letters before the closing so all liens can be satisfied and you can close. If you’re buying we will get all closing costs from your lender as early as possible and advise you of what funds you need to bring to your closing.

8.      Attend your closing – We review and explain each document you are asked to sign, calculate all apportionment’s (tax adjustments, fuel credits, possession charges).

9.      Prepare a Closing Statement – So much happens at your closing it’s sometimes confusing. We’ll draft a Closing Statement and forward it to you with all needed documents.

The Law Office of Frederic R. Abramson has represented both buyers and sellers since 1997. Our office will personally take you from the offer sheet to the closing to make sure that you are not taken advantage of by the complex process of buying, selling and financing property in New York.
We provide comprehensive support and advice for a variety of real estate transactions including:
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Refinancing

Social Media such as Twitter, Facebook and Blogs are an easy way for employees to communicate with the world.  This can cause far reaching legal risks for employers. What can be done to prevent social networking sites from being used as a sounding board for an unhappy employee, a place to disclose trade secrets, or a means to defame bosses and co-w orkers? How can you protect your company from the possible legal problems due to social networking? I can help by advising you how to:

  • Monitor employee use of blogs by telling you what’s legal & what’s not
  • Draft workable blogging policies
  • Assess your liability risks from your employees use of social networking site and blogs
  • To minimize your risk for unnecessary and expensive litigation
  • Comply with the New FTC regulations effective December 1, 2010 about blogging.

Here are some key issues that you need to be aware of:

  • Blogs in the Workplace: Legal Risks & Liability You Need to Know
    • How to legally monitor your employee’s use of social media sites without infringing on their legal rights.
    • Does the employee or company own the blogs or social networking account?
    • If an employee posts something on a blog, or a social media site, can the employers be held liable?
    • Strategies to protect confidential and business information
  • What is legal for your Employees to Blog about
    • What to do about bad comments of your employees in their personal blogs
    • What can you do to limit blogging by your employees when they are not working
    • What is the difference between bad behavior and the first amendment right to freedom of speech?
  • Drafting Social Media Policies:
    • How to draft a social networking  policy to protect your company while balancing your employees right to privacy
    • Why you may not want to restrict from your employees from engaging in social media
    • How you can enforce the restrictions placed in your social media policy.
    • Assessing your employees rights  under the  National Labor Relations Act

Sole proprietorships, such as computer consultants using a name other than the owner\’s name should file a Business Certificate with the County Clerk\’s Office in the county where the business is located.

General partnerships, which are operating a business under an assumed name should file a Business Certificate for Partners with the County Clerk\’s Office in the county where the business is located.

Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, and limited partnerships register an assume name as part of their required business filings with the New York Department of State.

As an independent contractor, there is no employer-employee relationship with the person or company that you are doing business with.  The independent contract is a consultant who performs specific duties that the consultant is capable of performing.

At the start of the relationship, it is absolutely vital to have an independent contract agreement (also known as a consulting agreement) drafted to protect both parties.  The consequences of failing to establish a consultant as an independent contractor can have dire tax consequences.

In your independent contractor agreement, it is important to establish that the consultant performing the services is is not under the control of the employer.  In addition, the employer may not directly supervise the consultant.

When it comes time to draft an independent contractor agreement, you should focus on the fee for services rendered and provide a complete description of the services that are to be provided.

One of the most basic parts of a contract is describing its subject matter.   The subject matter is the part of the contract where you, the client, has the most imput. Generally, the subject describes the services that are to be perfomed, the goods that need to be sold, the property that needs to be assigned. 

When describing the subject matter of your contract be aware of the following:

  • What are the basic facts of the contract?  A well-drafted contract requires an awareness that words have implications.  For example, during negotiations you may have agreed to purchased gold.  When you receive the contract, the seller may have changed the subject to metals.  This would have serious implications if the seller ships you silver instead of gold.
  • What do common terms really mean?  A common term may change its meaning over time, so it is best to define it in the subject section of the contract.