Carol SchlittAttorney and Partner
The founding partner of the firm, Carol L. Schlitt has practiced law in New York for nearly 30 years, earning a reputation as one of the leading personal injury attorneys in New York. She is a past winner of the New York City Municipal Attorney of the Year and has her cases listed among the Top Civil Verdicts in New York. New York Super Lawyers magazine named Carol as one of the top attorneys in New York for personal injury for each of the last five years. (Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers.) Avvo.com has given Carol a highest possible rating of 10.0 and the Better Business Bureau has given her an A+ rating.
Launching Her Legal Career
Carol began her legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the Law Department of the City of New York. Her legal acumen and trial prowess shone brightly and she was given many of the most difficult cases brought against New York City. Her outstanding work at the City Law Department earned Carol an award as the New York City Municipal Attorney of the Year. Carol went on to work as an associate for the prestigious Manhattan firm of Acito and Klein.
In 1997, Carol began work as a solo attorney. A testament to Carol’s legal skills can be seen in the fact that attorneys throughout the New York metropolitan area retained Carol to try cases for their clients and to assist them in other legal matters.
Carol has been featured in numerous news stories. Most recently Ask Asa of CBS TV interviewed Carol for a feature on New York City taxi cases and MSNBC interviewed Carol as one of their legal experts. Carol and her legal work have also been featured in the New York Times, Newsday, the New York Post, New York One, the New York Jury Verdict Reporter and the New York Law Journal.
Carol’s Significant Verdicts and Settlements
Many of Carol’s legal victories have been hailed in the media and the legal community. Verdicts she has obtained for her clients include a $4.9 million for a hospital worker who was attacked while working. She won a $1 million car accident case on the Bronx River Parkway and when the defendant’s appealed, Carol reaffirmed the victory at the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court. When a New York City landlord hired people to harass a tenant, Carol won a $1 million settlement for the tenant.
Carol recently negotiated a sizeable medical malpractice settlement for the widow of a man who died after receiving the wrong anesthesia after routine surgery and won another large medical malpractice case where nurses ignored doctors’ orders to not a feed a patient, leading to significant medical complications.
In another recent case, Carol achieved a victory where other lawyers had turned down the case. A grandmother suffocated as the result of improper medical care. As Carol researched the case, she discovered that hospital records had been altered. The case settled after Carol’s discovery.
“I know that each case is the single most important case in my client’s life and I treat the case that way. I work closely with my clients, communicating with them and educating them about the case every step of the way. I work closely with my clients to achieve the results they want.”
Undergraduate and Law Degrees
Carol received her undergraduate degree from Holy Cross and her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law. She served as a counsel during the petition drive for the Barack Obama Campaign on Long Island. Carol is admitted in the State of New York and the Eastern and Southern Districts of Federal District Court.
Carol says, “I have benefited from many mentors and leaders who have come before me in the legal field. Therefore, I think it vitally important to give back to the legal community.” Carol has done pro bono work through local charitable organizations and served as a moot court judge for law students. She is active in the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of their Women’s Caucus. Carol also participates in several area Bar Associations, including the Bronx, Brooklyn and Suffolk Bar Associations and the Huntington Lawyers Group.
Giving Back to the Community
Giving back to the community is also important to Carol. She is on the Board of the Whaling Museum and Education Center in Cold Spring Harbor and is an active volunteer and supporter of the Tri-Community Youth Agency.
Carol likes to cook and read and also enjoys being physically active—walking, biking, and yoga.