Marisa is a founding member of Goetz Schenker Blee & Wiederhorn. Marisa works primarily in the New York office but she also handles trials on major cases in New Jersey out of the firm’s New Jersey office. Marisa has been trying cases for almost 30 years since she first graduated from law school. Marisa began her career in the Bronx Family Court where she handled criminal trials against juvenile delinquents on behalf of the City of New York and frequently appeared before Justice Judith Scheindlin, better known as “Judge Judy” of television fame. Marisa’s superior trial skills were quickly recognized and she was transferred to the Tort Division by the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York to defend the City in all types of cases including premises security, slip/trip and falls, medical malpractice, injured police officers and firefighters, police brutality, etc. Marisa continues to defend the interests of municipal defendants, including the New York City Housing Authority, the City of North Port, and the Town of Greenburgh, in similar types of cases. In addition, Marisa defends insurance carriers and self-insureds in all manner of tort cases including construction accidents (involving the New York State Labor Law §§240(1), 241(6), and 200), premises liability, products liability, racial discrimination, gender discrimination, etc. Marisa is also part of the defense team presently working on the World Trade Center litigation.
Marisa has a stellar reputation amongst both the Bench and the Bar as a serious trial attorney willing to fight for her clients.
Marisa graduated from Fordham University with high honors in 1978 and obtained her law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1982. Marisa was admitted to practice in the State of New York in 1983, in the State of New Jersey in 1995, and in both the Southern and Eastern Districts of the Federal Court.
Marisa is also very active in the legal community and has lectured attorneys for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for the New York City Bar Association. She participated in a New Judge’s Seminar training course sponsored by the Judicial Institute of the Unified Court System of the State of New York. She has also acted as a moot court Judge at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and for a student trial advocacy competition sponsored by the American Association for Justice. Marisa’s talents were later tapped by the Tort Litigation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York where she helped draft significant legislation involving New York’s “Collateral Source” rule (CPLR §4545).
Marisa was recognized for excellence by “Top Attorneys” in the New York metropolitan area and was nominated as a “Super Lawyer” in the field of insurance defense. Marisa is also featured in Marquis Who’s Who and has been honored with the Executive Spotlight in the book “Top Lawyers: the Secrets to Their Success”.
B.A. Fordham University, Summa Cum Laude, 1978
J.D. Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1982
Bar Admission & Memberships
New York Bar, 1983; New Jersey Bar, 1995; U.S. Dist. Ct. – S.D.N.Y. and E.D.N.Y.; Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of N.Y., Tort Division/Senior Trial Attorney (1982 – 1987); Member – New York State Bar Association and New Jersey State Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, N.Y. County Lawyers Association; Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.
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