Brian J. Elbaum, Esq. – Managing Partner
Brian was only a few years out of law school when he decided to go out on his own in 1996. Twenty years later, he still holds fast to the same two winning principles: 1) making sure clients are comfortable throughout the litigation process, and 2) achieving great results by being aggressive and making the responsible party constantly uncomfortable.
Brian graduated from Rutgers University in 1991 and earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1994. While he had a great job at a good firm after graduating he quickly realized that he could serve clients better on his own, unburdened by the constraints of the law firm model and approach.
Brian felt so strongly in what he was doing that for his first year he was willing to work out of his apartment – a sixth floor walkup on East 37th Street & 3rd Avenue. Getting dressed every day in a full suit and tie to work from the desk in the corner of a modest one-bedroom, Brian took the cases no other attorney wanted. He quickly developed a reputation for making “lemons into lemonade,” helping those personal injury clients who other attorneys couldn’t.
The Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum have come a long way in 20 years. We’ve represented over 800 personal injury clients in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, New York, Staten Island, Long Island, Upstate New York and New Jersey in cases involving construction accidents, auto accidents, slip & falls, medical/dental malpractice, bar and nightclub assaults, product liability, and much, much more.
We’ve stayed small by design, continuing to believe as we did 20 years ago that, more lawyers means more internal politics and reduced focus on the client. At our office, you know that every case will be handled personally by Brian. And we’ve stayed true to our philosophy, demonstrating in case after case that being tough with the adversary and compassionate with our clients is a winning combination.
Brian is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey as well as the federal courts. He is active in New York’s legal community as a Certified Member of the New York Trial Lawyers Association, Brooklyn Bar Association, and New York County Bar Association.
The story of our office mirrors the story of New York’s past twenty years. We were located in 150 Broadway on 9/11, and moved to 708 3rd Avenue until downtown was ready for business again. As soon as it was, we moved to 111 John Street – until Superstorm Sandy hit and relocated us to our current location.
Today, our office is inside the historic 11 Broadway building, just outside Bowling Green. Built 120 years ago in 1896, the Western Union branch office inside our building became a focus in the investigation into the Titanic disaster in 1912 as Senator Alden Smith sought to determine whether a message from the doomed ship had been transmitted to New York’s White Star Line office next door.
Mr. Elbaum has broad experience in the areas of law practiced by the Firm and manages a team dedicated to meeting client needs. Prior to establishing the Firm, Mr. Elbaum worked for several New York law firms representing clients in cases ranging from workers’ compensation to commercial litigation. He also served as a judicial intern to a New York Supreme Court Justice, investigated exchange violations as an intern at the New York Stock Exchange, and worked at an entertainment firm representing musicians. His extensive legal and business background has instilled in Mr. Elbaum a solid understanding of how to get things done in a variety of environments.
Mr. Elbaum once held the position of Vice President at an insurance company, for which he provided advisory services. This position has enabled him to gain an insider’s view of the insurance industry. He translates that insight into solid advice for his clients on insurance-related matters.
In establishing the Firm, Mr. Elbaum received guidance and inspiration from his father, the late David Elbaum, Esq. David Elbaum served as Of Counsel to the Firm in its early years and provided key insights into several cases.