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Michael S. Ross, Esq.
Eugene Gormakh, Esq.
Josephine Paz, Paralegal
Ilya Kozlov, Paralegal

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Michael S. Ross is the principal of the Law Offices of Michael S. Ross, where he concentrates his practice in attorney ethics. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York and also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County. Mr. Ross has been an Adjunct Professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School since 1980 (where he teaches Fall and Spring Semester courses in Litigation Ethics). Mr. Ross has also simultaneously served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Brooklyn Law School since 2005 (where he teaches year-round Fall, Spring and Summers courses in Professional Responsibility). In addition, in his four decades of teaching at Cardozo Law School, he has taught a variety of ethics, trial practice and judicial administration courses.

Mr. Ross is a frequent lecturer and author on topics involving ethics for such organizations as the Appellate Divisions, First, Second and Third Judicial Departments, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Ross has been a longstanding member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Discipline and the New York County Lawyers’ Association Committee on Professional Discipline. He previously served for a number of terms on the Association of the Bar of the City Of New York’s Committee on Professional Discipline, the New York State Bar Association Special Committee on Procedures for Judicial Discipline, and the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force On Lawyer Advertising.

Mr. Ross completed a five-year tenure as an appointed member of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board, which, among other things, formulates CLE guidelines in the State. Mr. Ross has chaired the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Grand Jury Committee and the City Bar Association’s Committee on Criminal Advocacy. He previously served as the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and was an appointed member of the ABA’s Special Criminal Justice In Crisis Committee.

Among his writings, Mr. Ross has co-authored a chapter on “Client and Witness Perjury,” for the ABA’s Section of Litigation ethics training course book entitled “Litigation Ethics:  Course Materials For Continuing Legal Education.”  The course book was developed for use nationally by law firms, bar associations and other groups which provide ethics training.  Download full bio.

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Eugene Gormakh is an associate at the Law Offices of Michael S. Ross, where, for the past decade, he has concentrated his practice in representing lawyers, law firms and judges before disciplinary authorities. Mr. Gormakh has represented over a hundred lawyers and law firms in disciplinary and sanction matters in multiple state and federal jurisdictions, including many accomplished practitioners in highly complex matters involving litigation misconduct, attorney advertising, fee sharing, solicitation, conflicts of interest, escrow accounting, retention agreements, and other high risk issues.  He has lectured at multiple law schools and bar associations, including the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers; and he has authored, co-authored, and assisted in the preparation of CLE materials on legal ethics issues.

Mr. Gormakh’s practice includes providing proactive guidance on the application of ethical rules to the day-to-day practice of law, and the firm regularly provides outside professional responsibility counsel to multiple AM100 law firms.  As part of his practice, Mr. Gormakh also represents law firms in fee dispute matters.  In addition, Mr. Gormakh has extensive experience assisting law school graduates in connection with bar admission matters and attorneys seeking reinstatement to practice law after suspension or disbarment.

Mr. Gormakh joined the Law Offices of Michael S. Ross in 2009 and earned his JD/MBA from Western New England University School of Law in 2012. While in law school, Mr. Gormakh served as a law clerk at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. Mr. Gormakh is admitted to practice in New York, before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mr. Gormakh is a member of the Professional Discipline Committee of the New York City Bar Association, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been selected to the New York Metro Rising Stars lists by Super Lawyers magazine each year since 2016.

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Josephine Paz is a legal assistant at the Law Offices of Michael S. Ross, where she assists Mr. Ross and his associates in all aspects of the firm’s practice. Since joining the firm in 2007, Ms. Paz has worked on a broad range of attorney disciplinary matters, reinstatement matters, and bar admission matters. She has assisted the firm in representing lawyers and law firms in all stages of the disciplinary process, and has “second-chaired” Mr. Ross at many disciplinary and reinstatement hearings before the Appellate Divisions. In addition to her experience assisting in attorney ethics and professional responsibility matters, Ms. Paz has assisted Mr. Ross at the trial of a complex, multi-defendant insider trading case in the Southern District federal court.

Ms. Paz earned her Bachelor’s Degree, summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors, from Hamilton College in 2006. She attended Hamilton College as a Bristol Scholar, majoring in Anthropology, and received the school’s Harold C. Bohn Prize in Anthropology based upon her outstanding senior thesis.

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Ilya Kozlov is a paralegal at the Law Offices of Michael S. Ross, where he assists Mr. Ross and the firm’s staff in representing lawyers, law firms and bar applicants. Since joining the firm as a paralegal, Mr. Kozlov has assisted in the preparation of Answers to disciplinary complaints against attorneys, worked on various bar admission matters before the Committees on Character and Fitness, and has been involved in various stages of the disciplinary process including assisting in the preparation for hearings. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kozlov worked as a paralegal at several New York law firms after having completed a paralegal training program.