Ed Menkin


Edward Z. Menkin, Attorney, sole practitioner
Edward Z. Menkin, Esq.
555 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, New York 13202
Telephone: (315) 425-1212
Fax: (315) 425-7164
e-mail: edmenkin@gmail.com


Bar Admissions:
New York Supreme Court Appellate Division (1977)
Northern District of New York (1978)
Western District of New York (1987)
Second Circuit Court of Appeals (1983)
United States Supreme Court (1984)
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Distinguished Lawyer Award, 2012, Onondaga County Bar Association

Rated “A/V” by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory
Listed, “Best Lawyers in America”

Public Offices:

Assistant District Attorney, Onondaga County (1978- 1980)
Special Prosecutor, Onondaga County (1991-1994)
Chair, 5th Judicial District Attorney Grievance Committee (1992-1998; 2004-present)

Professional Activities:

Member of the Board of Directors, Onondaga County Bar Association (Served on the following committees: Criminal Law [Chair]; Assigned Counsel; Chairperson of Subcommittee on Attorney Discipline & Competence; Ad Hoc Committee on Cameras in the Courts; Federal Practice Committee)

Member, New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Association of American Trial Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Judicially Appointed Member, Fifth District Attorney Grievance Committee

Member, Merit Selection Panel for United States Magistrate for the Northern District of New York.

Recipient, President’s Pro Bono Service Award, New York State Bar Association

Invited Speaker or Panelist:
New York State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Programs, Syracuse
University Law School Seminars, University College Roundtable, Onondaga
County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Programs (Chairperson of
CLE regarding the Federal Sentencing Guidelines), FBI Moot Court Training
Session, LeMoyne College Town Meeting on the Constitution, New York State Academy of Fire Science

Board Member, Temple Society of Concord
Former Board Member, Syracuse Stage, 1986-1988
Former Board Member, Jewish Community Center, 1986-1988
Board Member, Syracuse Cable TV Commission
Onondaga Citizens League
League of Women Voters
Onondaga County Bar Association Pro Bono Matrimonial Project
Small Claims Arbitrator, Syracuse City Court
Pro Bono Volunteer, breast cancer insurance coverage

Teaching experience includes:

Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University, Department of Chemistry (Advanced Forensic Science) (2009)
Adjunct Professor & Lecturer, Syracuse University College of Law (1982-2008)
Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University College of Law (1982-1988)
Adjunct Professor, Cornell University College of Law (1986)
Assistant Professor, Upstate Medical Center, 1970-1976

City College of New York
139th St. & Convent Avenue
New York, New York.

Bachelor of Arts, English, January 1965

Syracuse University (Graduate School)
Department of English
Hall of Languages
Syracuse, New York 13244

Master of Arts, English Literature, 1967
Doctor of Philosophy, English Literature, 1972
Juris Doctor, awarded January 1977
Teaching Assistant, Legal writing
Research assistant, M.E. Occhialino
AmJur Award, Highest Senior Grade in Conflicts of Law
Best Brief Award, Edmund Lewis Moot Court

Professional narrative:

I was born and raised in the Bronx. I attended New York City public schools and am a proud graduate of DeWitt Clinton High School (Class of 1960). Immediately upon my graduation from the City College of New York in January 1965, I was hired as a permanent substitute sixth grade teacher by the New York City Board of Education. (I taught at P.S. 63 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan (3rd St. between Avenue A and First Avenue). I left in June 1965 to enter graduate school at Syracuse University to study English Literature. I was a graduate teaching assistant for 5 years and a resident advisor to a fraternity house (a most memorable experience, I can assure you)..

While a graduate student at Syracuse, I returned to my home in the Bronx in the summers of 1966, 1967, and 1968 and taught as a substitute teacher for the New York City Board of Education each June of those years.

In 1970, while completing my graduate studies for my PhD in English, I was hired as an Assistant Professor of English at the College of Health Related Professions, State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center, 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, New York. I remained there as a full time faculty member until June, 1976 when I left to work in the Onondaga County District attorney’s Office as a law clerk in the last semester of Law School. Between August 1974 and June 1976, I was both a full time faculty member at Upstate Medical Center and a full time law student at Syracuse University.

I have practiced law since my admission to the New York Bar in September, 1977 in the following places and under the following circumstances:

September, 1977 – February, 1978:

Assistant Counsel, State University of New York, Office of the University Counsel, SUNY Plaza, Albany, New York 12246. I was responsible for a variety of administrative and litigation matters, especially discrimination complaints, and acted as legal liaison to approximately ten campuses. I resigned to accept an offer of employment with the Onondaga County District Attorney.

March, 1978 – March 1980:

Assistant District Attorney, Onondaga County, Office of the District Attorney, 12th Floor, John Mulroy Civic Center, Syracuse, New York 13202. I was responsible for criminal appeals, grand jury investigations and presentments, justice court matters, and felony trials. I resigned to begin my own practice as a sole practitioner.

April 1980 – present:

I have engaged in the private practice of law since 1980. I have maintained offices at the following locations (all in Syracuse): 120 East Washington Street (1980-1983); 1 Mony Plaza (1983); 121 East Water Street (1984-1992); 109 South Warren Street (1992 — present). In 1991 I was appointed as a Special Prosecutor in a complex murder case and saw the matter through investigation, trial, and several appeals (the defendant had murdered his wife in an attempt to obtain $1,000,000 in life insurance proceeds; he was convicted and sentenced to the maximum sentence under law: 25 years to life).

I have concentrated my practice in the areas of criminal litigation (mostly in federal court over the past several years) and personal injury matters. Additionally, I have represented a number of physicians and attorneys involving professional discipline and licensing matters.

My hardest job and proudest achievement? Trying to be a good father and husband:


  • Criminal Law and Personal Injury
  • 35+ Years Experience
  • Listed, “Best Lawyers In America”
  • Rated ”A.V.” by Martindale- Hubbell
  • Over 100 Jury Trlals to Verdict
  • Former Assistant District Attomey
  • Fomer Special Prosecutor (Homicide)
  • Former Chair, 5th Judicial District Attorney
    Grievance Committee
  • Fellow, New York State Bar Association
  • Former Director, Onondaga County Bar Association