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A New York Based, Nationally Known, Civil Rights, Personal Injury and General Practice Law Firm Dedicated to Making A Difference

The Law Office of Robert P. Santoriella, P.C. is a well-respected litigation firm with offices in downtown Brooklyn, New York City and Westchester County.

Founding member Robert Santoriella maintains a boutique practice with a concentration in the area of Civil Rights.  Mr. Santoriella has successfully litigated matters involving all areas of discrimination, including fighting discrimination against the developmentally disabled, individuals subject to police abuse, nursing home negligence and elder abuse, as well as workplace sexual harassment and wrongful termination of employment.

The firm also maintains a fully staffed general practice group managed by senior associate Paul Sagiv, Esq., who also heads the firm’s litigation department.  The firm employs a staff of attorneys, paralegals and legal administrators who each have expertise in a specific area of the law.  This diverse group of professionals enables the firm to provide our clients with top-notch representation of their legal concerns.  Our team of attorneys has a long standing record of success, representing firm clients in criminal defense cases, real property and zoning law disputes, transactional real estate matters, housing disputes, and all matrimonial and family law matters.  Mr. Sagiv also represents accident victims in a wide variety of personal injury matters, and has achieved numerous six figure settlements for the firm’s clients.

Civil Rights

frederick douglas “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

 – Frederick Douglas

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Personal Injury

preston brooks “I should have forfeited my own self-respect, and perhaps the good opinion of my countrymen, if I had failed to resent such an injury by calling the offender in question to a personal account.”

 – Preston Brooks

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victor hugo “The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible. For the fainthearted, it is unknown. For the thoughtful and valiant, it is ideal.”

 – Victor Hugo

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Criminal Defense

robert mccullogh “All decisions in the criminal justice system must be determined by the physical and scientific evidence, and the credible testimony corroborated by that evidence, not in response to public outcry.”

 – Robert P. McCulloch

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Real Property

Robert Kiyosaki “Real estate investing, even on a very small scale, remains a tried and true means of building an individual’s wealth.”

 – Robert Kiyosaki

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jordan flaherty “Housing is a human right. There can be no fairness or justice in a society in which some live in homelessness, or in the shadow of that risk, while others cannot even imagine it.”

 – Jordan Flaherty

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General Litigation

thomas moore“I would uphold the law if for no other reason but to protect myself.”

 – Thomas Moore

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Assembly Member David Weprin: Advocates Push for 9-1-1 Reporting Bill to Stop Abuse of New Yorkers in Homes for Disabled

Assemblyman David I. Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) was joined by bill co-sponsors Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, Assemblymember Alice Cancel, and Assemblymember Thomas Abinanti; as well as Michael Carey of the Jonathan Carey Foundation, and Disability Rights Attorneys Ilann Maazel & Rob Santoriella to push for the passage of bill A8307 (Weprin)/S6010 (Lanza) to stop the abuse of individuals in homes for the disabled.

ABC News: Agency Sent Reports of Suspicious Deaths to Abandoned Email

There may be a reason a prosecutor's office says it never received nine reports of suspicious deaths of developmentally disabled people in state care over the past three years: A state oversight agency acknowledged Friday it sent them to an assistant prosecutor's personal email, an account that apparently had been abandoned.

Advocates call for passage of NY law requiring 911 calls for disabled people under state care

Robert Santoriella, a NYC lawyer who represents disabled clients, said a number of suspicious deaths have occurred that were not promptly reported to police and prosecutors. He said the current system bypassing 911 violates the constitutional right of developmentally disabled people to equal protection under the law.

ABC News: Advocates call for passage of NY law requiring 911 calls for disabled people under state care

Advocates urged passage of a new law Monday requiring mandatory 911 calls to police when disabled people under the care of the state are injured, replacing the current system which handles most incidents in-house by agency officials.

WPIX: Lawsuit alleges autistic man ‘crushed to death’ by untrained aide

From WPIX: It's a nightmare come true for anyone who has put the care of a loved one in someone else's hands--especially for the family of a 33-year-old autistic man who died two years ago [...]

Lawsuit: Residence for Brain-Injured People Hid Sex Abuse

A federal lawsuit alleges administrators at a residence for brain-injured people covered up a patient's sex abuse last year, allowing the employee to repeat it.

NY bills for costs of care after alleged cases of abuse

At least three times in recent years, New York has pursued Medicaid reimbursement of $1 million or more from those who allegedly suffered devastating, even deadly, mistreatment while in state care.

NY agency to protect the disabled rarely brings charges

In a video he made with his PlayStation, a 12-year-old developmentally disabled boy in a group home points to his swollen right eye and says, "Mom, this is what it looks like. ... He slammed me."

Children’s center faces abuse lawsuit

A venerable Schenectady-based institution that started as a 19th-century orphanage and has since expanded its services is among those being sued for alleged abuse of a developmentally disabled youngster who lived in one of its facilities.