Long Island University (B.A., 1972); Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1976).
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association (Amicus Committee).
- Vice-Chair of the Appellate Advocacy Committee of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, re-appointed in 2016 for the third year. In making the appointment, Sam H. Poteet, Jr., of Manier & Herod in Nashville, TN, the Chairman-Elect of the TIPS Section, mentioned Mr. Breakstone’s “reputation among our 24,000 TIPS members” as one of the primary reasons for his selection.
Editor, “MondayMonday”, weekly appellate newsletter for trial attorneys; Columnist, Appellate Law, “Bill of Particulars”, a quarterly publication of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
President, Board of Trustees, Bellmore (New York) Union Free School District (elected); Past President, Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association; Member, New York State School Boards Association, State Legislative Network; Candidate, New York State Assembly. A local newspaper described Mr. Breakstone as “a powerful force, not only in his home district, but also across Long Island and even New York state.”
Professional Committees and Presentations
Judicial Selection Committee (New York State Court of Appeals), New York State Trial Lawyers Association (1999); St. John’s University School of Law, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Lecturer (1998); New York State Trial Lawyers, Continuing Legal Education, Lecturer (1998-2002); New York County Lawyer’s Association, Continuing Legal Education, Lecturer (2000).
C.W. Post College, Long Island University, Adjunct Professor Communications (1992-3).
Awards and Honors
Honorary Lifetime Membership Award, New York State Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (1999); News12 Long Island, “Speaking Out for Long Island Schools Award” (2011); Bellmore Union Free School District Past President Award (2011); Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association Past President Award (2011); New York State School Boards Association, Board Mastery Award.
Beginning his career at ABC Radio News in New York City, Mr. Breakstone has enjoyed wide experience in the law, including high-stakes criminal defense, civil litigation as a partner in a “boutique” midtown Manhattan firm, and even as a partner in his own general practice law firm. For years now, as an appellate attorney, he has concentrated in the prosecution and defense of plaintiff’s personal injury appeals, in state and federal courts throughout the country. Mr. Breakstone has dealt with complex Class Actions and Multi-District Litigation, advising and writing on such diverse issues as medical device/drug liability and the liability of United States corporations for torts committed on foreign soil. Not only an skilled appellate advocate, Mr. Breakstone is a prolific writer and lecturer for members of the Bar. He has well over 200 reported decisions to his credit.
- Appellate (Federal and State)