Noah H. Kushlefsky | Managing Partner

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Overview

Noah Kushlefsky joined Kreindler & Kreindler LLP in 1987 and serves as a Managing Partner of the firm. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to every case, including representing victims of aviation accidents, wrongful death, and, perhaps most notably, victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

Noah Kushlefsky on 9/11 responders who were denied insurance coverage.
VCF attorney Noah Kushlefsky talks about representing 9/11 victims at Kreindler.
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Recognized by many as the go-to legal mind in the highly specialized practice area that continues to concentrate on the U.S. government’s $10 billion September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), Noah has lectured extensively to other attorneys and the 9/11 community on the fund’s efficacy and how it has impacted the lives of victims. Involved in the legal repercussions of the terror attacks since day 1, Noah was appointed by the Federal Court to the Plaintiffs’ Committee for all liability litigation arising out of the tragedy. On behalf of Kreindler, he has represented thousands of first responders, workers, volunteers, students and visitors resulting in more than $3 billion in compensation for 9/11 victims and their families.

This is not just work for us, this is a part of our lives. We can’t take away what happened to people as a result of 9/11, but we can make sure that individuals and families have a solid financial foundation.
~ Noah Kushlefsky | Managing Partner, Kreindler

Beyond his work with the VCF, Noah has secured significant results for clients across a range of practice areas, including two commercial aviation accident cases for $11 million and $7 million; an $8.75 million jury verdict against Volvo in a product liability case; a $7.75 million settlement resulting from a school bus accident; a $3.3 million settlement in a hunting injury case; and $1.6 million in a case involving a defective industrial machine. 

 Noah has resolved more than 400 individual cases totaling at least $1 million.

We pride ourselves on our technical expertise, our relentless pursuit of the truth and our dogged determination. But at the heart of it, we are people representing people -- and we take that responsibility very seriously.
~ Noah Kushlefsky | Managing Partner, Kreindler

Noah is a longtime member of the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the New York State and New York County Bar Associations. He is a Board member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and is actively working on efforts to improve New York wrongful death law. Noah also serves as editor of The New York Law of Torts, the leading treatise on state statutes regarding negligence, products liability law, wrongful death, and all other areas of New York tort law. 

Noah is a 1983 graduate of Boston University and received his law degree in 1986 from The George Washington University. 

Noah In the media

Attorney Noah Kushlefsky asked to comment in ABC news article about carbon monoxide deaths

In several instances, keyless-entry cars have been left running, building up enough noxious fumes to cause death. Without a shut-off feature provided by automakers “we know it’s a mistake that’s going to be made again and again,” says Kushlefsky.

In a CBS6 news story, partner Noah Kushlefsky advocates for care and financial compensation of 9/11 responders

Having had to work through the horrific aftermath of the New York terrorist attacks, many first responders are further plagued by ongoing health and financial issues.

In this impactful video, VCF attorney Noah Kushlefsky talks about representing 9/11 victims at Kreinder

“This is not just work for us,” Kushlefsky says, “this is a part of our lives.” He continues: “We can’t take away what happened [to the victims]. But we can make sure individuals and families have a solid financial foundation.” The video also features perspectives from one of those victims.

Kreindler attorney Noah Kushlefsky comments on challenges related to 9/11 victims’ compensation

As attorney for some of the 9/11 victims, Kushlefsky says the compensation process has been taking too long. He also mentions that the first round of financial help won’t be enough.

Kreindler attorney Noah Kushlefsky discusses the dangers of keyless ignitions in NBC story

In recent tragedies, people have been injured or killed after inhaling carbon monoxide from cars that were still running. Noah Kushlefsky, attorney for one of the victims, argues that the automaker should have included an automatic engine shut-off.

Kreindler partner Noah H. Kushlefsky asks automakers for a potential lifesaving feature

With today’s keyless ignition cars, it can be too easy to forget that you have left the car running. The New York attorney explains how an inexpensive fix can prevent carbon monoxide deaths.

Kreindler partner Noah Kushlefsky being honored by the FealGood Foundation

Kreindler partner and attorney Noah Kushlefsky and attorney Michael Barasch were honored by John Feal of the FealGood Foundation on September 16, 2017.

Kreindler partner Noah Kushlefsky discusses keyless ignition dangers on Scripps

"Every death today could be prevented," says attorney Noah Kushlefsky in this report from Scripps News Washington Bureau.

Kreindler partner Noah Kushlefsky points out “Inexcusable Design Flaw” in today’s cars

Kreindler partner Noah Kushlefsky points out “inexcusable design flaw” in today’s keyless ignition cars.

On CNN, VCF attorney Noah Kushlefsky discusses the bravery – and the later plight – of 9/11 first responders

The attorney talks about the Septemer 11th Victim Compensation Fund how The Zagroda Act passed by Congress is a much-needed remedy for people who are “terribly sick… and can’t support their families.”

Partner Noah H. Kushlefsky comments on pharmacists who overcharge ailing 9/11 responders

First responders sick from inhaling noxious fumes in Manhattan are required to provide lists of their prescriptions to get compensated. The lists themselves, however, have become an issue.

Partner Noah Kushlefsky discusses 9/11 responders who were denied insurance coverage in CNN news story

One of the issues leading to a denial is the latency periods of certain types of cancers, which doctors and researchers know more about now than they did at the time of the terrorist attacks.

Partner Noah Kushlefsky makes essential points about deaths related to keyless ignitions

A car unknowingly left running in the garage produced enough carbon monoxide to cause the death of its owner who was inside the house. Kushlefsky suggests an easy remedy to prevent future tragedies.

Partner Noah Kushlefsky notes lack of progress in addressing keyless ignition dangers

Forgetting to turn off the ignition has caused a number of deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning. Although a rule has been proposed for an audible warning, it has not yet been adopted.

Partner Noah Kushlefsky notes progress regarding the 9/11 victim compensation fund in Newsday

In this news story, an attorney with Kreindler says things are looking better following long delays in processing, compensation determinations and payouts.

Partner Noah Kushlefsky quoted in news story about dangers of keyless car ignitions

In a CBS news story, the attorney points out that drivers have complained about the risks of accidently leaving the car running. A simple fix would solve the problem.

Partner Noah Kushlefsky speaks out on dangers associated with low-cost bus companies

The Kreindler attorney offers perspective on several fatal crashes involving buses. Though each incident happened under different circumstances, they all had one thing in common.

Partner Noah Kushlefsky wins record $8.753 million verdict against Volvo

Kreindler Partner Noah Kushlefsky won a hard fought verdict in a case that involved a design defect in a Volvo vehicle which led to a life altering injury for his client.

Partner Noah Kusklefsky asks key question regarding 9/11 victim compensation issues

In this radio report, the Kreindler attorney comments on some of the unknowns as victims must choose between a lawsuit and a government compensation program.

VCF attorney Noah Kushlefsky offers key insights into 9/11 compensation fund claims

In the Oakland Press, an attorney with Kreindler representing some of the 9/11 responders and their families talks about issues and decisions relating to compensation.

Awards & Events
  • Selected as 2020 Super Lawyer®: 2006-2020
  • Awarded 5.0/5.0 Peer Reviewed Rating, Martindale Hubbell®
  • Awarded AVVO Rating of 10 out of 10
  • Member, Plaintiffs Committee, September 11th Liability Litigation
  • Special Counsel, World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation
  • Recipient, 2017 Fealgood Foundation Award
  • Member, Plaintiffs Committee, Swissair Flight 111
  • Past Editor, New York Tort Law, A Thomson West Publication
  • Past Board Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Appointed 1991
  • Speaker, 2020 Masters of Mass Tort Conference, Cancun, Mexico
  • Speaker, September 11th Victim Compensation Fund as an Alternative to Litigation, Lloyd’s, London, England
  • Panelist, Update on the VCF and Other Compensation Programs for Responders & Survivors, 2019 Voices of September 11th Forum, New York, NY
  • Panelist, Victims Compensation Fund Update, 2017 Voices of September 11th Forum, New York, NY
  • Panelist, Victims Compensation Fund and Ongoing Legal Considerations of the Zadroga Law, 2015 Voices of September 11th Forum, New York NY
  • Panelist, Victims Compensation Fund and Ongoing Legal Considerations of the Zadroga Law (Responders and Survivors), 2014 Voices of September 11th Forum, New York, NY
  • Panelist, Legal Impact of the 9/11 Compensation Benefits, 2012 Voices of September 11th Forum, New York, NY
  • Speaker, Convincing Jurors to Award Damages to the Unlikeable Client, 2011 American Association for Justice Annual Convention, New York, NY
Education
  • George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, DC, J.D. - 1986 Law Review: Member, George Washington University Law Review, 1985 - 1986
  • Boston University, Boston, MA, B.S. - 1983 
Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
Exemplar Cases
Honors & Awards
  • Fealgood Foundation Award, 2017
  • Editor, New York Tort Law, 2015
  • NY State Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association