Michael H. Joseph In The Media
NYC plastic surgeon slapped with second sexual harassment suit New York Post
A New York doctor allegedly told his nurse that she’d have to give him oral sex in order to get paid — then retaliated against her by having her falsely arrested, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
Meleny Safarlizadeh said Dr. David Shokrian’s “deviant” behavior — including sexual comments and inappropriate touching — began shortly after she was hired as a nurse at his practice Millennial Plastic Surgery PLLC in January 2019, Safarlizadeh’s suit says.
Safarlizadeh’s civil lawyer Michael Joseph told The Post that Shokrian “violated the basic duties of a doctor and an employer.”
“He used the criminal justice system as a tool. He fabricated a crime that never happened,” Joseph said. “We intend to expose his lies and hold him accountable for all the damage he has done to Meleny’s life.”
Lawyer: State police misplaced 100 oxycodone pills The Journal News
It was April 1, 2011, when Joseph, a White Plains defense attorney, got a call from the Westchester District Attorney's Office telling him they wouldn't be able to prosecute his client on felony drug charges. The evidence — nearly 100 Oxycodone pills — had been lost by New York State Police in Hawthorne.
"We were scheduled for trial, I think, on April 4th," Joseph said. "On April Fools' they called me and said they couldn't prove their case because the oxycodone was missing and I thought it was an April Fools' joke. But then they ended up dismissing that and we took a plea on the cocaine for a conditional discharge." Joseph's client Luis Marquez Quintana initially charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor possession charge less than a year later and served no jail time.
Database showing extent of deadly, excessive force by police set to launch in January News 12 Westchester
A new database that would give the public access to how often police use deadly or excessive force may show some surprising results to Hudson Valley residents.
Legal experts in the area say the FBI database would document whenever someone is injured or killed by police. It would also show when an officer fires a gun at someone.
According to White Plains-based attorney Michael Joseph, who has handled more than 100 excessive force cases, local police aren't trained properly in de-escalation techniques like they are in bigger cities.
He says the database is a good step forward but worries that since it won't mandate officers to report excessive or deadly force, departments would only do so when they're confident an officer acted properly.
"Since it's not mandatory, it's likely that anything bad won't be reported and they're going to cherry-pick the information by providing only the information that shows the police acted properly," Joseph says.