Testimonials from prior clients

Advice worth far more than I paid

"Mr. Schopf handled my questions like a good ice cream sundae: generous scoops of competence, honesty and forthrightness, drizzled with kindness, sprinkled with a little humor and topped with encouragement. I will be contacting him again in the future for his expertise on other matters relating to the law." - Betsy 

Great representation at a very fair price

"We hired Mr. Schopf to handle a complaint about our dog. He put me at ease right away. The complaint was dismissed. Mr. Schopf charged us a very fair price that was less than his estimate. We're now having him handle our house closing" - Christina 

More than a lawyer.

" I can't offer enough superlatives to the breathe of knowledge Jonathan possesses on a wide range of areas that effect me and my business on a regular basis. In a short period of time I have come to rely and trust his counsel 100%. His advocating on behalf of my business has generated thousands of dollars in additional revenue. All the while making communication with and about sometimes weighty subjects easy to understand and reach decisions on. I feel fortunate to have him as my legal counsel " - Dawn

Persistence Personified

"Jon Schopf handled the legal portions of selling our home during the latter part of 2010. He provided timely and sound advice, and was always helpful with any questions we had. He displayed superior class and integrity throughout the duration of the selling process, and provided honest feedback during the negotiations for selling our home. In closing, I don't think we could have found a better attorney to handle our business, and I would definitely utilize his services if needed." - Josh

Real Estate Closing

" Excellent to work with, extremely knowledgeable . The real estate transaction was incredibly smooth thanks to his help and guidance."

 - Anonymous 

Civil Litigation

"My lawyer did a good job." - Heather

Real World Results, Real world experience

$275,000 Settlement

 

Settlement obtained for client who was injured when she slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk.

$240,000 Settlement

Settlement obtained for client who was injured when involved in a motor vehicle accident on a highway.

$72,500 Settlement

Settlement obtained for client who was injured with a fractured neck in a rear end motor vehicle collision.

$55,000 Settlement

 $55,000 settlement for client who slipped and fell injuring his knee while in the parking lot of his apartment complex. 

$15,000 Settlement

 Settlement obtained for minor client who was injured when bitten by a dog. on the hand

Recovery in International Fraud Case

 Settlement obtained for client, a Chinese national, who had placed an order for a high end luxury automobile from a business in the United States. Subsequent to the transfer of funds to purchase the car, the client learned that he had been defrauded of his money. Due to civil litigation and a plea agreement in a subsequent criminal prosecution the plaintiff was able to recover approximately $63,000 that had been wrongfully converted by the defendants. 

Successful Trial Defense for Local City.

  Accident between a City street sweeper and CDTA bus. Passenger on bus sued both the City and CDTA. After a four day trial in NY state Supreme Court the jury verdict determined no liability for either City or CDTA. 

$60,000 Settlement

 Litigation brought by plaintiff under New York State Human Rights law claiming discrimination based upon disability after defendant employer terminated plaintiff's job position one day after plaintiff informed employer of a doctor ordered leave of absence for recovery from an emergency surgery. Settlement for plaintiff in the sum of $60,000 for lost wages and incidental damages. 

Dog Attack Settlement

Litigation resulting from a dog attack by a neighbor’s dog upon the client’s own dog. Client’s dog required $19,000 in veterinary care and eventually dies from its wounds. Litigation was brought following a town dangerous dog proceeding where the client was awarded a $15,000 judgment. As a result of the litigation a $20,000 settlement was reached in favor of the victim.



$15,000 Settlement

 Settlement obtained for client who was injured in an auto accident aggravating a prior carpel tunnel hand condition. 



Federal Litigation Settled 100% Recovery

 Suit in Federal Court to recover in breach of contract for capital management software that failed to perform the functions that it was designed for. The litigation was able to be settled early in the action for the full value paid for the software (approximately $55,000). 



Successful Trial Defense for Local Town

 Tax assessment challenge to a 29 lot subdivision that was approved for development, but as yet unimproved with homes. Petitioner claimed that the property should be valued in the aggregate and not by the individual lot, despite the fact that the lots had been subdivided and assigned their own individual tax id numbers. After trial, the court held that the proper measure of value was by the individual lot, not by the aggregate. 



Real World Results - Animal Law

Animal Security Bond

In a highly publicized case that began when the New York State Police seized 51 pit bull mix breed dogs from a barn in January, 2013 in rural Montgomery County and charged the owners with animal cruelty charges. The dogs were housed with a local animal rescue organization, Out of the Pits, Inc. (client) that was acting as an “impounding organization” under §371 of the Agriculture and Markets Law while the criminal case proceeded against the defendants. Out of the Pits brought a proceeding against the defendants for the expenses of kenneling and care of the animals. After a contentious six hour trial involving testimony from the NYSP, veterinarians and witnesses, the defendants voluntarily surrendered the bulk of the animals and were ordered to provide a security bond as to the remainder. When the security was not posted within the time provided by law, the dogs were forfeited to Out of the Pits and were all placed in new homes.

Successful Trial Defense

 Town brought an Agriculture and Markets §123 proceeding against a local farmer/ dog owner whose herding dogs were alleged to have chased the neighbor’s children. After a four hour trial, the Judge issued a written decision determining that the Town had not met their burden of proof, that the witnesses could not accurately identify the owner’s dogs and that the owner’s dogs were not dangerous. 

Dangerous Dog Settlement

 Agriculture and Markets §123 proceeding and various violations of Town Code brought against defendant dog owner from allegations of a dog on dog attack resulting in an alleged $8,700 worth of medical treatment to complainant’s dog. The proceeding was able to be resolved where the dog owner/ client was allowed to keep her animals subject to certain provisions and we were successful in getting the client’s insurance company to provide coverage for the medical bills. 

Dangerous Dog Settlement

 Owner of dog that has been in court on multiple occasions for violation of the Town Code as relating to “dangerous dogs” due to allegations of her dog attacking a neighbor’s dog. Due to defects in proof and deficiencies in the local law, charges against dog owner were conditionally dismissed and the owner pleaded guilty to a local infraction carrying a $50 mere fine. 

Euthanasia Prevented

 In this case, I was not retained until after a guilty plea to “Vicious Dog” had been entered into by the defendant and approved by the court. Due to negotiations with the city attorney and motion practice the guilty plea was able to be vacated and the defendant’s fine refunded, she was able to keep her dog and avoid its court ordered euthanization. 

Personal Liability Avoided

 Agriculture and Markets §123 proceeding and various violations of Town Code brought against defendant dog owner from allegations of a dog on dog attack resulting in an alleged $8,700 worth of medical treatment to complainant’s dog. The proceeding was able to be resolved where the dog owner/ client was allowed to keep her animals subject to certain provisions and we were successful in getting the client’s insurance company to provide coverage for the medical bills. 

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