MICHAEL S. ROSS, ESQ.
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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 and criminal law. 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 taught a variety of trial practice and judicial administration courses as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Brooklyn Law School since 2005 (where he teaches a Fall course in Professional Responsibility, and has taught Spring and Summer courses over the years as well). In addition, in three and a half 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, trial practice and criminal law for such organizations as the Practicing Law Institute, the Appellate Divisions, First and Second Departments, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Judicial Institute, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers’ Association, the New York State Association of Trial Lawyers and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Ross currently serves as a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Discipline; the New York County Lawyers’ Association Committee on Professional Discipline; the New York State Bar Association’s Special Committee on the Unlawful Practice of Law; and the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Mass Disasters. 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.
JAMES D. LISS, ESQ.
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James D. Liss is an associate at the Law Offices of Michael S. Ross, having joined the firm in March of 2011, after more than 30 years of experience (as an associate, and then as counsel) with an AmLaw25 law firm. He focused his practice over the years on legal ethics and professional responsibility, appeals, drafting, editing and reviewing briefs and memorandum, and in advising lawyers (both within the firm and outside of the firm) and clients on matters involving a wide variety of complicated and difficult legal issues. He has experience in a broad range of practice areas, in addition to legal ethics and professional responsibility, including general and commercial litigation, federal securities and state corporation law litigation, constitutional law, public utilities regulation and administrative law, and Directors & Officers Liability insurance and inter-insurer disputes.
Mr. Liss earned his Bachelor’s Degree summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973, and his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1976, where he served as a Note Editor on the Harvard Law Review. After graduating from law school, Mr. Liss served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Arlin M. Adams, United States Circuit Court Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, from 1976 to 1977. He was admitted to practice in New York State in 1977, and, since that time, has been admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth and Tenth Circuits.
EUGENE GORMAKH, ESQ.
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Eugene Gormakh is an associate at the Law Offices of Michael S. Ross, where he concentrates his practice in representing lawyers and law firms before disciplinary authorities. Mr. Gormakh’s practice also includes providing guidance to lawyers and law firms on the application of ethical rules to the day-to-day practice of law, as well as representing law school graduates in connection with bar admission matters. He also regularly assists in the preparation of Continuing Legal Education materials on legal ethics issues, which are distributed at various bar programs. In addition, Mr. Gormakh has assisted the firm in a variety of criminal matters in federal and state courts. Mr. Gormakh joined the firm in 2009 while attending law school and has been an associate at the firm since his admission to the New York Bar in 2013.
Mr. Gormakh earned his law degree from Western New England University School of Law in 2012, and he earned his M.B.A. from the University’s College of Business that same year. During his law school tenure, Mr. Gormakh won several awards for academic achievement, competed on the law school’s national First Amendment moot court team, and was a Research Assistant to his products liability law professor. Mr. Gormakh also volunteered for the American Civil Liberties Union and interned at the United States Attorney’s Office.
JOSEPHINE PAZ, LEGAL ASSISTANT
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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.