Irwin M. Silbowitz was the founding partner of Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P., a New York law firm dedicated to representing injured individuals in personal injury matters. Mr. Silbowitz established this practice with George Garafola in April 1987.
From 1961 to 1973 Mr. Silbowitz was a State Supreme Court Special Referee and Deputy Chief of the law department for Manhattan and Bronx counties. In 1973, Mr. Silbowitz became a Civil Court Judge and in 1975 Mr. Silbowitz became a State Supreme Court Justice, a position he held with honor and distinction for twelve years.
Inspired and driven by his own commitment to excellence, Mr. Silbowitz started his firm with a basic premise which remains true today. Mr. Silbowitz believes that it is unacceptable to provide clients with anything less than the best legal representation available.
Upon retiring from the bench and inspired by his decision to form a superior law firm dedicated to the unique concerns of injured individuals, Mr. Silbowitz went to battle against some of the most powerful and influential corporations, and insurance companies in our land. Pitted against adversaries with greater resources and deeper pockets, Mr. Silbowitz carved out a winning record largely as a result of his tenacity and expertise.
Mr. Silbowitz has negotiated countless settlements and tried numerous claims to verdict, developing a reputation as an assiduous litigator devoted to his clients and their very special needs. Mr. Silbowitz has litigated matters involving motor vehicles, premises liability, faulty elevators, construction accidents and many others.
Mr. Silbowitz has also served as a mediator and arbitrator for such notable companies as Settlement Systems, United Arbitration, Resolute Systems and Expedite to name a few. As a mediator and arbitrator, Mr. Silbowitz utilized the skills and reputation that he developed through the years to assist both plaintiff and defense attorneys in resolving their differences to avoid costly litigation and to aid plaintiffs in receiving settlement proceeds sooner rather than later.
Practice Areas: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Construction Accidents, Elevator/Escalator Accidents, Slip/Trip and Fall, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, Dangerous Drugs
Admitted: 1961, New York State Bar, First Department
Education: 1955, Long Island University; 1958, New York Law School