Edward L.C. Marcowitz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New York, NY

The Marcowitz Law Firm PLLC
 | 100 Church Street Suite 800, New York, NY 10007
Phone: 718-529-4040
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

      Mr. Marcowitz values the relationships with his clients and understands the decisions he helps them make can be life changing. With this knowledge he understands the most valuable services he can provide a client, in addition to his legal skills, are personal attention, honesty and the development of a trusting relationship.
Mr. Marcowitz has worked extensively with both the original September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the current James Zadroga Act. He was the handling attorney for over 60 Widows of Firefighters who were murdered on 9/11/01. In addition he was a member of Trial Lawyers Care, an organization that provided pro bono service to the victims of the terrorist attacks.
He represents his clients with an unmatched tenacity. Each case is prepared thoroughly, completely without regard to expense. His firm is prepared to do whatever it takes to match any well-funded defendant. His background and work ethic bring a unique approach to the practice of law. Eddie put himself through law school while working full time pressing shirts. Never forgetting where he comes from, he works tirelessly and attempts to make sure that the financial needs of each client and their families are fully met. As far as results...He likes to say....Just ask his clients...
He also provides pro bono pension consulting to New York's Bravest.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (100%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2018

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About Edward Marcowitz

Admitted: 1992, New York

Professional Webpage: www.wtc911fund.com

Honors and Awards:

  • Trial Lawyers Care - the largest Pro Bono effort in history.  "Trial Lawyers Care, Inc., hereby recognizes and thanks Edward L.C. Marcowitz as a Lawyer Volunteer willing to provide free, quality legal representation to eligible victims and their families who seek compensation under the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.  We appreciate the generous donation of your legal expertise and your dedication to helping the victims and families touched by the events of September 11th.", Trial Lawyers Care, 2004
  • Recongnized by ATLA "for outstanding service to individuals and families who sought compensation under the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund. Your selfless efforts made Trial Lawyers Care the largest pro bono legal services program in history, providing free representation to more than 1,700 victim families.  It is our distinct honor to recognize and celebrate your essential contribution to this achievement.", The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2004

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2004
  • New York, 1992

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • In Janurary of 2014 I was retained as an expert witness in a case in Chicago dealing with the September 11th Victims Compentsation Fund.  I was honored and priviledged that Ken Feinberg, the Special Master of the original Fund felt so good about the work that I had done that he sent a two page letter on my behalf which basically served to qualify me as an expert in the case.  After I testified the claim was settled for a dollar amount which made it one of the highest dollar value awards for a death case in the first September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.   For my services instead of a fee I chose to donate the entirety of my $10,000 retainer equally to both the Uniform Firefighters Widows and Children's Fund and the Uniformed Officers Bravest Fund.   It is truly the least I could do for those in the community that I represent.  , 2014
  • I began working on behalf of Sepember 11th Victims in January of 2002.  At that time I was hired by one of the largest Plaintiff Personal Injury Firms in the State of New York and was the attorney handling the Sepember 11th Pro Bono Program.  I worked virtually around the clock on behalf of families and victims of the attacks. Ken Feinberg,  the Administrator and Special Master of the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund,  said of me that "no one had done more on behalf of the widows of deceased firefighters".  It was one of my greatests honors. Ultimately, due to our efforts, we recoved over $280 Million Dollars.         Afterward, the cards and letters that I recieved in recognition for that work were very heart warming.  To this day I remain friends with many of the people I represented.  One client in particular, a New York City Fire Officer, sent me a lovely card that is framed and hangs in my office till this day.  It states, "there's no way that I could ever possibly thank you and your staff enough! Your kindness will never be forgotten. It's people like you and your staff that make this world a much better place."        In the fall of 2004,  firefighters who had developed Asthma as a result of their work at ground zero, began informing me that they were being denied their disability pensions.  Apparently, the pension board had decided that, despite the dangerous nature of firefighting, members with documented asthma could fight fires.  I found this an outrage.  However, these brave men were being told by other lawyers that nothing could be done about these horrible decisions.         The idea that someone sufferring from Asthma could be an active duty firefigther made no sense to me.  I was determined to fight for these men.  It was the least I could do.  I fought for several years.  I was told by pension lawyers “don’t waste your time”.  But I couldn’t sit ideally by after what these men had done for this county.  My perseverance paid off and ultimately I was able to have several rulings reversed.       The victories were unique.  Consequently,  they were reported in the New York Law Journal, New York Daily News and The Cheif-Leader.  Had I charged for this effort the fees would have made me rich,  by doing it pro bono I gained much more.     Lastly, I continue to provide free pension counseling to all of New York City's Bravest.  

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • In March of 2011 I was a lecturer at the Feal Good Foundation Legal Forum on the James Zadroga Act.  This forum was presented at Queens College. I was one of six attorneys on the Panel.  I gave the introductory remarks on the history of the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund. At the conclusion of the lecture the six attorney panel participated in an question and answer session.  In the past two years I have been an invited speaker at the New Jersey Firefighter Union convention on the issues of the Zadroga WTC Fund and Firefighter Hearing Loss. , Speaker, Attorney, Feal Good Foundation, 2011

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Settlements in the Past Year Include:  I was responsible for the recovery of tens of millions of dollars from the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act a/k/a the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund in the past few years.  In addition, I participated in the multimillion dollar settlments involving a Mesothelioma Claim and a Wrongful Death Claim.    Past Years: $6.8 Million Dollars on behalf of a 20 year man struck by a motor vehicle while riding his bike at night.  Just under $1.8 Million Dollars for the Widow of a Sanitation Worker who died as a result of injuries suffered during the Rescue and Recovery effort after the attacks on the World Trade Center.  Orginally awarded 150K by the Allocation Neutral we refused to accept this award. The decision was appealed. Our papers were so strong that we were successful in overturning the initial determination at the first appeal level.  This award is believed to be one of the highest in the entire WTC Litigation.
  • $3.4 Million Dollars recoved on behalf of a baby who was the victim of medical malpractice. 
  • $325K for a 57 year old woman who slipped on fell on a boat.  The client slipped on water that had accumulated the deck of the Boat.  She suffered Right Tibial plateau fracture which required surgery.
  • $500K from the City of New York for a Police Officer who fell in his Police Precinct.
  • $280 Million Recovered from September 11th Victims Compensation Fund
  • $700K for a 55 year old woman who was hit on the head by a metal bar at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.  The client suffered no economic loss.  She was diagnosed with Cognitive Deficits.
  • $7 Million Dollars on behalf of 30 Sanitation Workers who were injured during the Rescue and Recovery effort after the attacks on the World Trade Center.  Prior to electing to participate in the complex Settlement Process Agreement,  each law firm was directed to analyze each case and inform each client what their expected award was to be.   We are very proud of the fact that we achieved 100% accuracy in our calculation.  Each and every client received exactly what we predicted.
  •  $50 Million Dollars on behalf of rescue workers injured as a result the Rescue and Recovery effort after the attacks on the World Trade Center, my firm was co-counsel for over 280 plaintiffs, I was the partner in charge.
  • $550,000 recoved for a Firefighter injured in the line of duty.
  • $680,000 recovered for a car accident victim
  • $750,000  recovered for a Firefighter injured in the line of duty
  • $900,000 recovered for a Firefighter injured in the line of duty
  • $1.9 Million recovered on Behalf of a Teacher Assaulted in School
  • $1 Million recovered from New York City on Behalf of Firefighters injured at the Deutche Bank Fire
  • $6 Million recovered on Behalf of the family of a deceased New York City Firefighter

Representative Clients:

  • I represent people who are seriously injured through the negligence of others.  At my firm we spare no expense in preparing a case for trial.  Whether it is taking the time to visit each accident location or finding the right expert we strive to leave no stone unturned.  I get to know my clients wants, needs and desires so that I can develop the necessary passion to argue their case. 

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel - 2015-2017 America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators - 2017, 2016
  • Successfully overturned Five Medical Board Decisions and consequently 5 New York City Firefighters who were injured at ground zero were awarded their disabitly pensions. 

Educational Background:

  • St. John's University, B.S., 1988

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association


  • “I am familiar with Edward Marcowitz’s work product and zealous representation of his clients. No one is more deserving of Super Lawyer status than he. Before joining Barasch & McGarry, partner Ed Marcowitz represented 70 firefighter widows, in addition to over 300 permanently disabled rescue workers at the 9/11 WTC Victim Compensation Fund. Ed helped establish the award values that the widows received. Altogether, Ed was responsible for his clients recovering hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

Office Location for Edward L.C. Marcowitz

100 Church Street Suite 800
New York, NY 10007

Phone: 718-529-4040


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Last Updated: 3/19/2018

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