Our Attorneys

Our team of attorneys have decades of trial and litigation experience in high-stakes, high-profile matters, from Federal to State Courts, and in a wide array of areas. Our attorneys have a reputation for excellence, not only among clients, but also within the legal community.

Recognized by their peers for our innovative and outstanding representation and continued commitment to finding practical solutions to complex issues that span multiple law fields, the attorneys at Karasyk & Moschella bring skill, integrity, and their vast experience to every client and case.


Our Attorneys:

Philip Karasyk is the son and grandson of New York City Police Officers. His personal familiarity with the internal workings of the NYPD has helped him represent officers in the NYPD Trial Room and before major investigative bodies, as well as police officers charged with serious crimes. Most recently he orchestrated the successful defense and acquittal of several New York City Detectives following the police involved shooting at the Kalua Club in Queens, NY. He proudly serves as General Counsel to the Detectives Endowment Association and Lieutenants Benevolent Association of the New York City Police Department.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Education:

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, J.D.
  • Northeastern University, B.A.
James Moschella has dedicated his career to representing NYPD members and others at all levels of administrative, civil and criminal proceedings. He possesses a wealth of knowledge in the area of civil rights litigation, and frequently handles civil rights cases concerning allegations of abuse of police authority, corruption, wrongful death and excessive force. He has a great deal of trial experience before administrative, state and federal courts in both civil and criminal matters. Jim comes from a family of New York City Police Officers and firefighters, and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Sergeant and serving as an infantry squad leader. In addition to serving with Philip Karasyk as General Counsel to the NYPD’s Detectives Endowment Association and Lieutenants Benevolent Association, Jim serves as Counsel to the NYPD’s Columbia Association and its members, and as special counsel to the Uniformed Fire Officers Association of the New York City Fire Department.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

Education:

  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, J.D.
  • St. John’s University, Queens, New York, B.A.
Marissa B. Gillespie has over a decade of trial experience as a New York City prosecutor and has handled countless criminal and administrative matters in both state court and the NYPD “Trial Room.” As an Assistant District Attorney, Marissa prosecuted career criminals deemed “mandatory persistent felons” facing life sentences. Additionally, Marissa represented the District Attorney’s Office at homicide scenes and “police-involved” shootings where she worked closely with law enforcement to investigate crimes and secure evidence. Marissa now brings her considerable, diverse experience to the Karasyk and Moschella team where she will be counseling our clients in state, federal and administrative matters.

Of Counsel:

Elliot M. Rudick has practiced law for more than 35 years, concentrating in the fields of real estate, matrimonial law, commercial transactions and estates. He has litigated in all State and Federal Courts and has been honored to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He brings this wealth of experience and his sage advice to Karasyk and Moschella, assisting our clients in all of these areas.
Shiva Bahmani is a practitioner who brings to our office her experience in a wide array of areas. She has represented litigants in matrimonial and family court matters throughout the tri-state area, including New Jersey, and is acutely aware of the rights of law enforcement members in these matters.
Alan Serrins focuses on employment discrimination and personal injury matters. He began his career with the New York City Human Rights Commission, where he served as general counsel. After five years there, he relocated to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he served as a consultant to the Fair Employment Agency. On his return he co-founded Dienst & Serrins, LLP and in 2004 became counsel to Karasyk & Moschella, LLP. He is now the senior and managing partner of Serrins Fisher LLP concentrating in employment law and litigation.
Barry Washor is among the premier practitioners of plaintiff’s medical malpractice law in New York State, having secured some of the largest awards in history on behalf of injured clients. Barry began his career with Schapiro, Schiff, Beilley, Rosenberg & Fox , became a partner in Dienst & Serrins in 1989, and in 2004 became counsel to Karasyk & Moschella, LLP. He presently serves as Managing Partner of Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs and Kool, LLP. You may find out more about Barry and his firm at www.quellerfisher.com.
Eric Richman is a passionate and experienced personal injury attorney who has dedicated his career to fighting for injury victims and their families.  Eric has won millions of dollars for his clients, including numerous police officers and firefighters and their families, in a wide array of cases, including wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases, automobile and motorcycle accidents (on and off duty), premises liability (such as sidewalk falls, defective stairs), assaults, sexual assault victims, and many others. You may find out more about Eric at his website, www.richman-law.com.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Education:

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Juris Doctor
  • Brandeis University, Summa Cum Laude
Peter E. Brill brings his extensive trial experience in federal and state court, arbitration and administrative proceedings, and the NYPD trial room to our roster. A former Assistant District Attorney, he now focuses on criminal defense of both civilians and law enforcement personnel, representing clients charged with a variety of misdemeanors and felonies. He graduated cum laude from Brown University and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Education:

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., J.D.
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, B.A.