Attorneys Profiles

Lawton W. Squires

Position: Member

Address: Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C.
125 Broad Street, New York, NY, 10004

Phone: (212) 471-8494

Fax: (212) 232-6618



Mr. Squires handles complex litigation matters from inception through trial to verdict in the State and Federal Courts. His practice encompasses products liability, labor law, construction accidents, general liability, attorney and judicial disciplinary proceedings, professional malpractice, professional disciplinary, medical malpractice, criminal and motor vehicle matters. In addition to representing clients in the New York State Courts, Mr. Squires represents clients before many of New York States’ regional professional disciplinary agencies including: the Departmental Disciplinary Committee; the Grievance Committee; the Committee on Character and Fitness; the Commission on Judicial Conduct; the Office of Professional Discipline; and the Office of Professional Medical Conduct. Additionally, he has represented students facing disciplinary charges and suspension/expulsion hearings pursuant to Education Law Section 3214. Mr. Squires also serves as excess and monitoring counsel for numerous clients and several major insurance carriers.

In September 2012, Seymour James, Esq., President of the New York State Bar Association named Mr. Squires to serve as a member of the NYSBA Ethics Committee.  The Committee is responsible for manning an attorney ethical hotline, for reviewing attorney ethical inquiries and the drafting and publication of the NYSBA Attorney Ethics Opinions that serve as an ethical guide for practicing attorneys.

A trial attorney for more than thirty (30) years, Mr. Squires has served as the Managing Trial Attorney for United States Fidelity & Guaranty Company, The St. Paul Insurance Companies and The St. Paul Travelers Companies in New York. He also has represented the Zurich American Insurance group as its New York Supervising Trial Attorney. Mr. Squires past employment as a managing attorney with a number of in-house insurance carrier’s law firms has helped him to work closely with insurance carriers, as private clients, for the mutual benefit of both of their clients and to assist the claims and underwriting departments in complying with their rules and regulations.

An Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School, Mr. Squires has taught Trial Advocacy since 1990.  He has also taught practicing attorneys as a faculty member of The St. Paul Companies National Trial School and as a continuing legal education lecturer for the Defense Association of New York, the New York State Bar Association, the Bronx Black Bar Association and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.  Mr. Squires roster of courses includes classes on: Civil Trial Practice; Jury Selection; Opening Statements; Cross Examination; Tort Litigation; Preparation for, Taking and Defending Depositions; Attorney Ethics; and Professional Discipline in New York State.

As a volunteer for Episcopal Charities, Mr. Squires has developed an elder law and estate practice, including: engaging in estate litigation matters, the drafting of: wills, trusts, living wills, health care proxies and powers of attorneys.  He has also handled guardianships and estate matters in the local courts.  Mr. Squires has also qualified and serves as a court appointed guardian and guardian ad litem in the New York State courts.  

Mr. Squires has published articles including: “How to Avoid a Grievance Complaint”, “Intra-Family Immunity”, “Can You Rely on Plaintiff’s Co-Efficient of Friction Test?”, “No, No!!! Bad Dog!!!”, “A Federal Practice Primer for Claims Examiners”, and “Fred, The Breeding Bull and Its Affect on Dog Attack Cases.”  Mr. Squires has had numerous verdicts noted and published by the New York Law Journal and the New York Jury Verdict Reporter, including: Valverde v. FS 41-45 Tiemann Place, LLC; Maximo Ortega v. Hamilton Grange, LLC; Polanco v. Robert Kunz d/b/a Creative Carpentry, Encarnacion v. Ballanca; Busa v. General Snow Service and Costco Wholesale Corp.; Herrera-Paz v. Mezzano Realty Corp.; Adzer v. Rudin Management; The Matter(s) of the Hon. Duane A. Hart (1 & 2 - before The NYS Court of Appeals and the NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct, respectively); Fuller-Mosley v. Litemakers; Perlmutter v. A. Colarusso & Son; Amaya v. Trinity Church; Giambanco v. Rankin Healy Memorial Association; Dawid v. Stamford Livery Service; Konshina v. Gorbunov, D.D.S.; Gurvas v. Burg; Novin v. Hilton Hotels Corp.; Heller v. Lehrer-McGovern, Inc., et al.; Kaczorowski v. Consolidated Edison, et al.; Bahlke v. Glen Oaks Village Owners, Inc.; and Sharon v. El San Juan Hotel & Casino.

In June 2007, Mr. Squires successfully represented a firm client and obtained a plaintiff’s verdict in the legal malpractice action of LaPorta v. Jurman, that included judgments for neglect and malpractice, in addition to a treble damage award for fraud committed by the defendant attorney, pursuant to Judiciary Law Section 487.  In November of 2012, the legal malpractice matter of Okun v. Livoti, was successfully resolved on behalf of the plaintiff who had been the victim of attorney neglect, misrepresentation and fraud committed by the attorneys who represented him in the dissolution of his dental practice.  In October 2014, the medical malpractice matter of Jane Doe v. NYCHHC was resolved favorably for the plaintiff in Supreme Court, Queens County, on behalf of a mentally disabled adult plaintiff who suffered a fractured coccyx due to a fall when she was given a spinal tap by a new medical resident/doctor, without having been given an anesthetic.

Mr. Squires holds the highest legal ability rating of “AV,” a professional rating awarded to attorneys who demonstrate the highest professional and ethical standards. He has maintained his “AV” rating for every year since first receiving the designation in 2002.  Lawton has also been awarded an “AV” rating by the judges surveyed in the Martindale Hubbell Judicial Edition.  The New York Times has selected Lawton as one of its “Top Attorneys in New York”, as selected by Peer Review and Professional Achievement annually since 2011.  Lawton has also been named a New York “Super Lawyer” annually, since 2011.  The Presidential Edition of Who’s Who Among Business and Professional Achievers has named Lawton to its list annually, since 2009.  In June 2012, The Defense Research Institute awarded Lawton an Exceptional Performance Citation in recognition of his service as the President of the Defense Association of New York from 2011 – 2012 for having supported and improved the standards and education of the defense bar, and for having contributed to the administration of justice in the public interest. 

Cobble Hill High School issued an award to Lawton in May 2010 for his contributions to the school’s auditorium renovation and for introducing its students to New York Law School’s Trial Advocacy Program.  The Black Law Students’ Association of New York Law School has awarded Mr. Squires its Distinguished Alumni Award. The Institute of Jewish Humanities also has recognized Mr. Squires with its Lawyer of Achievement Award.

Mr. Squires co-starred as the lead defense attorney, opposite Catherine Crier of Court TV fame, who played the lead prosecutor in The Media Center at The New York Law School's production of The Trial of Travis Bickle, from the facts of the Martin Scorsese classic film, Taxi Driver, starring Robert De Niro and Jodi Foster on January 28th, 2008. The Media Center annually produces mock trials to advertise and publicize New York School's Trial Advocacy and Clinical Legal programs, which he has taught in for over twenty years.

Lawton graduated from the State University College at Oneonta, New York, in 1980.  His honors included being named: Outstanding Greek on Campus and Outstanding Greek in the Community.  Mr. Squires also graduated The New York Law School in 1983, where he served as a member of the National Mock Trial Team and as a member of the Executive Board of the Moot Court Association.

Mr. Squires currently serves as a Past President and member of the Executive Board of the Defense Association of New York.  He is currently serving as a board member and mentor for the DANY Diversity Initiative.  This is a ten (10) month program for women and minority attorneys entitled: “Career Empowerment for Diverse Attorneys: Leadership, Mentorship and  Rainmaking”.  The program seeks to empower its attorneys to assume control over their careers through training and accountability, in the skills of obtaining and managing their own books of business.   The program is founded on the premise that public and private entities can grow and retain diverse legal talent by providing their attorneys with direct instruction in the arts of leadership, mentoring, networking and business development.  Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C. is a corporate sponsor of the program.  Lawton is also a member of the Executive Board of the New York State Bar Association’s Tort, Insurance and Compensation Law Committee.

Mr. Squires is a Member of Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C. and is admitted to the New York State Bar and to the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

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