WHO WE ARE

Our team of dedicated attorneys, support staff, and our network of outside professionals will work tirelessly to obtain the best possible result for you.

OUR ATTORNEYS

Nicholas Goodman​​ | Principal
 

Education

B.A. Bard College

M.A. University of Texas

J.D. University of Texas School of Law

Admissions

State of New York, 1985

United States District Court, S.D.N.Y., 1987

United States District Court, E.D.N.Y,. 1987

United States Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit,1997  
United States Supreme Court, 2013

After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin where he won awards for his legal research and writing skills, Mr. Goodman began his legal career in 1984 as Law Secretary to a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan. During the next two fulfilling years, he assisted in drafting several decisions published in New York’s official reports.

 

Mr. Goodman then transitioned to a prominent midtown civil practice firm. There, he engaged in every aspect of litigation from pleadings through document discovery and depositions to jury trials and appeals. Over the years Mr. Goodman litigated every variety of tort and wrongful death case imaginable, including cases arising out of motor vehicle, construction, and elevator accidents, product malfunctions, sexual assault, barroom brawls, over-service of alcohol, and defamation.

 

In the course of this work, Mr. Goodman developed extensive knowledge not only of the applicable substantive law but also the intricacies of procedural practice. And as part of that work, Mr. Goodman has gained a solid understanding of various insurance coverage issues.

 

Along the way, Mr. Goodman developed a strong interest in intellectual property litigation and successfully represented clients in several high-profile copyright and trademark infringement actions.

 

Mr. Goodman has always excelled with the written word and he demands that his associates generate the highest quality legal writing. Throughout his career, Mr. Goodman has taken pride in drafting complex motion papers and briefing and arguing appeals before New York’s Appellate Division, First and Second Departments, New York’s Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

 

In addition to his successful appellate practice, Mr. Goodman is also quite fond of trial advocacy. He has tried more than 40 cases to verdict in state and federal courts in New York, including complex personal injury and product liability actions, trademark and copyright infringement cases, and a high-profile civil rights case. He has also mediated and arbitrated in many forums.

 

In 2011, Mr. Goodman founded Nicholas Goodman & Associates where he has continued to diversify and grow his practice. He and his associates strive to examine every aspect of every case in order to provide his clients with the best representation available. He understands that some cases call for early resolution while others must be litigated to verdict and undertakes to advise his clients accordingly.

 

Having grown up in Tennessee and having lived for several years in Texas, Mr. Goodman has for the last 30 plus years called New York City home and enjoys the cultural amenities available. For many years, Mr. Goodman has occupied a seat on the Board of Managers of a well-known mixed use condominium and he is conversant in condominium and co-op law.

 
Patrick Selvey​​ | Associate

Education

B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010

J.D. Brooklyn Law School, 2014​

Admissions

State of New York, 2015

United States District Court, S.D.N.Y., 2017

Patrick has a passion for effective and persuasive writing that began to develop as he earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at UNC Chapel Hill. His talent for logical argumentation grew at Brooklyn Law School where he graduated with honors.

 

Patrick began his legal career representing corporations in commercial litigation in the New York State court system. Since joining NG&A some three years ago, his practice greatly diversified allowing him to hone his advocacy skills both at oral argument and with the written word.

From motion practice in civil court to drafting briefs to the Appellate Division, Patrick has enjoyed uniform success. He brings a sharp and tenacious legal mind to every legal puzzle he confronts as he crafts the most compelling legal argument available in support of his client's interests.

In his spare time, Patrick keeps up with the latest technological trends, indulging his fascination with new developments in both hardware and software. His personal interest in the latest tech helps to ensure that NG&A is always on the cutting edge in everything from the intricacies of digital discovery to producing eye-catching trial exhibits.

 
Meredith Lander​​ | Associate

Education

B.A. Westminster College, 2003

M.A. Schiller International University, 2004

J.D. Loyola University College of Law New Orleans, 2009

Admissions

State of New Jersey, 2009  

State of New York, 2010

United States District Court, E.D.N.Y., 2020

Meredith developed her passion for problem-solving and negotiations at Schiller International University where she graduated magna cum laude earning her master's degree in International Relations and Diplomacy. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor at Loyola University where she began her legal career as a member of the Criminal Defense Clinic. 

 

Meredith’s experience protecting the rights of domestic violence victims and defending indigent clients in housing actions sharpened her trial advocacy skills. She then transitioned to a civil practice firm where she successfully litigated a variety of matters, including medical malpractice, premises liability, civil rights, and personal injury cases. 

 

Valuing accuracy and precision, Meredith works to ensure her clients receive the most effective legal representation. She draws on her diverse background to anticipate and spot key issues in complex matters. 

 

Outside of work, Meredith remains committed to public interests by serving as Treasurer on the Executive Board of Haven Adolescent Community Respite Center and as Vice-President of Jersey City Ties, an organization that connects local professionals by hosting fundraising and community service events which benefit different Jersey City non-profits. 

OF COUNSEL

 
Camille Abate| Of Counsel

Education

B.S. New York University, 1975

J.D New York Law School, 1982

Admissions

State of New York, 1983

United States District Court, S.D.N.Y., 1993

United States District Court, E.D.N.Y., 1993

United States Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 2004

United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 1999

Camille M. Abate has successfully litigated complex cases in numerous state and federal venues including New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and Nevada, on both the trial and appellate levels. She regularly consults with attorneys across the U.S. and internationally. She has also been recognized for her exemplary advocacy in proceedings before administrative agencies such as the Merit Systems Protection Board and the National Labor Relations Board.

Ms. Abate is known for her willingness to take on seemingly unwinnable cases and win them. She began her career in 1983 with the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York, where she rapidly rose to prominence, winning dozens of hotly contested jury trials. After honing her trial skills, she opened the firm of Abate & Preuss, where she stood out as one of the few female named partners who actively tried cases to juries. In her first federal jury trial months after opening her private practice, she won a complete acquittal against the Bureau Chief of the U.S. Attorney's Organized Crime Control Bureau in the Southern District of New York.

Camille M. Abate is also an extraordinary teacher of trial advocacy. In addition to teaching Trial Advocacy and the Advanced Criminal Practice Seminar at Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Abate runs the Foundation for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, an ongoing training and consulting entity established to assist both practicing trial lawyers and law firm associates to hone their trial skills. She has just written an innovative trial advocacy textbook entitled Advocacy Excellence: The Jury Trial, released in February 2020 by Wolters Kluwer, that includes not just standard trial skills but the latest 21st century advances in litigation, specifically the rise of social media and texting and their impact on e-discovery and proof at trial, making this book is a must for practicing trial lawyers as well as students.  

Ms. Abate is Of Counsel to NG&A where she maintains a private litigation practice in addition to her consulting and teaching duties.