Rachel Aghassi is an associate attorney focusing in professional liability, legal malpractice, and insurance coverage litigation defense. Ms. Aghassi has successfully defended lawyers in high-exposure malpractice lawsuits in all phases of litigation, including trial and appeals, in state and federal courts arising from a wide range of complex legal areas including commercial litigation, foreclosure actions, real estate matters, medical malpractice, administrative review, tax preparation, matrimonial matters, personal injury, construction litigation, probate law, bankruptcy actions, forfeiture actions, cybercrime, and criminal actions. Ms. Aghassi also represents clients in insurance subrogation claims and accounting malpractice claims. She has negotiated favorable settlements for clients both in direct negotiation as well as in mediation at various stages of proceedings. Ms. Aghassi has successfully obtained defense verdict at trial avoiding millions in liability.
Before joining Furman Kornfeld & Brennan LLP, Ms. Aghassi was an associate at an employment litigation firm in New York concentrating in multi-million dollar class and collective action matters. Ms. Aghassi began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office where she investigated and prosecuted criminal cases from one of the busiest police precincts in the country, conducted pre-trial evidentiary hearings, negotiated case dispositions, and served as the lead trial counsel for several successful trials which resulted in verdicts for the state. Prior to her legal education, Ms. Aghassi worked as an environmental scientist in Philadelphia.
Ms. Aghassi earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and received her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law.
Ms. Aghassi is admitted to practice law in the New York State, the United States District Courts in the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.