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Jonathan Pines

New York City Law Department
Deputy Chief
New York, NY, USA

Jonathan Pines is a Deputy Chief in the General Litigation Division in the New York City Law Department.  In his twenty-six years in that Office, Mr. Pines has represented the City in a number of class actions and other institutional litigation, some matters litigated to judgment, others resolved through settlement, and both requiring resolution of attorneys' fees. 

After graduating from Cardozo Law School in 1981, Mr. Pines worked for the New York Civil Liberties Union for nearly three years, litigating a federal class action seeking damages and injunctive relief on behalf of a class of 300 inmates for alleged gauntlet-style brutality by State emergency response teams following a negotiated resolution of an inmate uprising at the Westchester County Jail. 

While that early experience sensitized Mr. Pines to the important role 42 U.S.C. § 1988 plays in institutional reform litigation, the subsequent years have brought home the equally important fact that fees do not fall from the sky, but come out of the pockets of taxpayers, and, in the aggregate, represent millions of dollars annually that are not available to pay for schools, firehouses, and other critically important government functions.


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