Joel M. Sunshine
Joel M. Sunshine is the co-founding partner of Sunshine & Feinstein, LLP, and one of the most preeminent trial attorneys in the New York metropolitan area. Indeed, Mr. Sunshine was voted “Best Attorney on Long Island” for 2010 by the Long Island Press.
Mr. Sunshine received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Tufts University in 1989, and his Juris Doctor from S.U.N.Y at Buffalo School of Law in 1994. In law school, he was the President of the Moot Court Board, the recipient of the prestigious Dale S. Margulis Award for Service to the Law School and Community, the recipient of the Robert J. Connelly Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy presented by the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, and was inducted into the National Order of Barristers for his excellence in appellate advocacy.
Mr. Sunshine began his professional legal training with an internship at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. Upon graduation from law school, he joined the Law Office of Paula Schwartz Frome, drafting and arguing appeals which gave him extensive experience in a diverse array of areas of law.
During that time, Mr. Sunshine also served as counsel to the Law Offices of Kenneth J. Weinstein, and Kase & Druker, Esqs., both of Garden City, New York, where he was trained by some of the most respected trial attorneys on Long Island. Mr. Sunshine handled all aspects of criminal, matrimonial and civil litigation, including trials, depositions, motion practice, pleadings, discovery, arbitrations, administrative law hearings and settlement negotiation.
Mr. Sunshine formed his own practice and then, in 2003, co-founded Sunshine & Feinstein, LLP. By that point, Mr. Sunshine had established a substantial practice representing dozens of Long Island and New York City businesses. He had also begun practicing in the areas of divorce and family law, a practice area that expanded exponentially from that point forward.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Sunshine’s trial experience has run the gamut from complex commercial litigation to federal civil rights litigation, from sensitive child custody cases to elaborate equitable distribution trials and enforcement hearings, from criminal trials to education law hearings. His vast and diverse client list includes Fortune 500 corporations, various building contractors and manufacturers, media companies, restaurant and food distributors, large not-for-profit corporations, professionals and individuals.
Every week, Mr. Sunshine appears in courts throughout the 5 boroughs, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties, with trials ranging from one-day Family Court hearings to month-long Supreme Court jury trials.
In addition to this extensive litigation and trial experience, Mr. Sunshine advises businesses of all sizes. His business clients see him as an alternative to the “in house counsel” that they could not otherwise afford to put on their payroll. He regularly meets with these clients to discuss all of the legal and business issues that they are facing, so that his experience and advice can assist them in avoiding litigation in the long run.
Mr. Sunshine was screened by the Nassau County Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee, and found “well qualified” to serve as a Judge, the Committee’s highest rating, for the Fourth District Court in 2003 and the Glen Cove City Court in 2006.