FROM: Sol Wachtler, the former Chief Judge of New York’s Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court.
Shortly before John Hochfelder graduated from college in 1974, I became a Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals. I was able to watch his progress from that date, through his law school education, where he served on the law review, to his clerkship for a Federal Judge (Hon. Irving Ben Cooper), and ultimately his service for five years as a Justice of the Village Court of Briarcliff Manor.
His legal career has embraced both the practice of the criminal law as Special Assistant District Attorney of New York County as well as the civil law, where he has been active in both the Westchester County and New York State Bar Associations, as well as the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
But perhaps his greatest distinction has come through his skill in serving his clients. During the first quarter of 2003 alone, he managed to settle two cases, one in the amount of $1,824,000 and another in the amount of $1,500,000.
John Hochfelder has brought pride to his family tradition of community service and to his profession as a skillful and committed member of the bar.
Former Chief Judge
Court of Appeals of the State of New York
FROM: Dennis E. Glazer, Attorney at Law, who is a litigation partner in a New York City Law Firm with over 600 lawyers.
I have been privileged during the course of my career to work with many fine lawyers, both throughout the United States and abroad. In all the time I am practicing, however, I have not come upon a smarter, more diligent or more effective lawyer than John Hochfelder.
His work on the matters I have referred to him over the years has been uniformly outstanding. In addition to having a quick and perceptive mind, John brings to each case he works on superior intelligence, broad knowledge of the law, and great integrity. What also stands out is John’s practical good sense. Those of us who know John well know that we can always count on him to analyze problems completely and with a view towards the practical realities of the situation.
These traits and talents have led me to refer some of my dearest friends and clients to John in times of need, and on every occasion he has come through for them and for me.
Dennis E. Glazer
Attorney at Law
Davis, Polk & Wardwell
FROM: Retired Lt. Angel Avila, a paramedic lieutenant and instructor with the New York City Fire Department. On 9-11-01, he helped rescue survivors at Ground Zero.
I have known Mr. Hochfelder for approximately 10 years. He is an excellent lawyer who possesses exceptional knowledge of the law and how to get his clients the highest amount of compensation they deserve. He takes a very personal interest in all his cases. I have recommended several people to him and they have been extremely satisfied with the outcome of their cases and how Mr. Hochfelder handled their individual needs.
Mr. Hochfelder is also a New York State certified Emergency Medical Technician who possesses exceptional skills in his field. He has ridden as an observer in N.Y.C. with the E.M.S. ambulances to see first hand what people and their families go through when they are injured; therefore, he can relate better with his clients’ injuries and how they and their families may be affected in the future.
On a personal level, he has become a very close and personal friend, who I look to for legal and personal advice. I would recommend him highly to anyone who may need his services.
Lt. Angel Avila (retired)
F.D.N.Y. – E.M.S.
FROM: Larry Massaroni, a former infielder with the New York Yankees. He is now a baseball coach at Westchester Community College.
John Hochfelder is one of the finest attorneys in Westchester County. He has represented me on several occasions, with the utmost respect for the law as it relates to each situation.
John’s attention to detail in every case he handles is impeccable. His work ethic is second to none.
John conducts himself with dignity and class, always with his clients’ best intentions to the matter at hand.
He is also a great humanitarian, offering his personal time to charitable organizations, specifically where underprivileged children need guidance and help. John is a compassionate man with a big heart.
If you need legal assistance, contact John Hochfelder. You will be more than happy you made the call.
Westchester Community College
FROM: Wally Halas, who was the head basketball coach for 16 years at Clark University and Columbia University. He is now president of Interna-tional Scholar Athlete Games. Wally is the grand nephew of Papa Bear Halas.
I was delighted to learn that John Hochfelder was developing a Website that would be helpful in providing accurate and effective information for people who have suffered some form of setback. However, I am not surprised that John conceived of an idea to help people as the intention embodies many of the personal and family values by which John lives.
John and I have been friends since our undergraduate days in the early seventies at Clark University. There, I learned of John’s most important character trait, unbiased and good judgment. At that time, universities were experiencing both anti-war protesting and racial discord. During formal and informal discussions, both in and out of the classroom, John strove to understand all sides of the issues. Consequently, his positions and statements were always well developed and delivered. He earned the respect of students and faculty alike.
Fast forward to the 21st century. John’s good judgment has now been complemented with compassion. His calling to practice law in the field of personal injury was fueled by his desire to help those in need. His career as a successful lawyer and judge validate these important personal characteristics.
As a family man, John has been a superb Dad. His two children are bright, motivated, responsible, disciplined, polite, and respectful. They are clearly a reflection of the strong family values that John and his wife, Janet, have instilled in them.
Having known him for 30 years, I confirm with enthusiasm that John Hochfelder is honest, hardworking, fair-minded, benevolent, and dedicated.
I would be pleased to discuss John’s experience and qualifications at any time and hope that you will join John in the launch of this much-needed service.
Wally Halas, President
International Scholar Athlete Games
FROM: Michael N. Bush, M.D., a well-known internist in New York City at Lenox Hill Hospital.
It is a pleasure for me to relate what excellent legal advice John Hochfelder has always given to me.
However, what singles him out is a unique aspect of his character: John has always been able to rise to the occasion and stand up for his friends and clients when they need him the most. If I was in trouble and had just one quarter in my pocket, I’d use it to call John Hochfelder.
Michael N. Bush, M.D.
New York, New York
FROM: Kenny A. Schwartz, M.D., a neurologist in Ossining, New York. John successfully represented Dr. Schwartz on a legal matter.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. John M. Hochfelder for more than 10 years on both a personal and business level. He is a skillful lawyer who has had many successes representing clients on personal injury cases. I highly recommend Mr. Hochfelder for his invaluable expertise.
Kenny A. Schwartz, M.D.
Ossining, New York
FROM: Paul J. Ort, M.D., Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at New York University Medical Center. He was a treating doctor and an expert witness in an injury case where John represented the plaintiff.
John Hochfelder was an excellent trial lawyer on behalf of my patient and acted with utmost professionalism. He impressed me as an experienced, skillful lawyer with complete mastery of the legal process.
I would have no hesitation to use John Hochfelder’s services if I ever needed them myself as well as on behalf of my patients or friends.
Paul J. Ort, M.D.
New York University Medical Center
FROM: Dr. Donald Antonecchia, Superintendent of Pleasantville School District. John represented his nephew, a student at Princeton University, who was killed in a drunk driving accident in Florida.
I have known John Hochfelder for the past twenty years as a community member and in a professional capacity. Throughout the years I have sought his legal advice and referred family members, friends and colleagues to his office. In all cases, the legal services John rendered were of the highest caliber. More importantly, they were always delivered with genuine care, concern and compassion.
When a terrible tragedy befell my family, John was not only a strong legal advocate but also an emotional source of strength. I will always be indebted to John Hochfelder and I am proud to call him my friend. It is assuring to know that he is only a phone call away.
Dr. Donald Antonecchia
Pleasantville School District
FROM: Matthew Arkin, an actor (trained as a lawyer) and the son of actor Alan Arkin.
It seems like such a short time ago that John hired a young and eager attorney (me) to be his associate. Little did he know that I would soon desert him for another career, leaving him high and dry. It seems that John managed not only to survive, but to thrive.
I have many fond memories of our association, memories of the good times that we had, but mostly of the hard work that we did and the lessons that I learned, lessons about the importance of professionalism and honesty in all aspects of business relations, and of tenacity and creativity in serving the needs of the client. Even though I have left the legal profession, these are lessons that still serve me well, and I am thankful that I had the opportunity to learn them with John.
Matthew D. Arkin
Scarsdale, New York