Attorney Profiles

Alvin Dorfman (1958 - 2019) handled personal injury cases from inception through trial for more than 50 years.  His practice emphasized personal injury, criminal, civil rights and civil liberties matters.  His political activities included running for District Attorney of Nassau County twice, running for the Nassau County legislature, and running for the New York State Assembly.  Sadly, on October 12, 2019, at the age of 85, he passed away.​​​​​​​ 
Mr. Dorfman was widely recognized for his impressive ability as an attorney and for his broad political involvement. Very notable in his background was his deep and abiding commitment to civil rights issues. Mr. Dorfman had been very active in defending civil rights activists, racial discrimination cases, freedom of information issues and integration issues.
    In December 1997, a group of 100 tenants, mostly Hispanic, received word from the Town of Oyster Bay that they would be immediately evicted from a building complex in Hicksville.  Al Dorfman represented the tenants in a successful legal challenge to the planned eviction.

    In 1982 Al Dorfman represented the residents of a minority section of Long Beach against the advertising weekly called the Pennysaver, charging that the Pennysaver had engaged in a racially motivated economic boycott of their neighborhood.  In 1984, as part of the settlement, the Pennysaver agreed to distribute the paper to the neighborhood.
     In 1974 Mr. Dorfman represented Dennis Dillon, then a Democratic candidate for Nassau County District Attorney, in a suit against the incumbent DA.  It was the first lawsuit brought under the recently enacted Freedom of Information Law.

    In 1967, the only Black teacher at Baldwin High School, Maurice McNeill, was accused of molesting a 16 year old, white female student.  The School Board pressed administrative charges against the teacher.  A large segment of the community supported McNeill. Mr. Dorfman represented McNeill at the school disciplinary hearings that lasted approximately two months.  McNeill was fully exonerated at the conclusion of the hearings and reinstated with back pay.  The hearings were covered by the national and international press and the major broadcast networks.
     In 1969, during a period of racial tension at Long Beach High School, a Black student was arrested and charged with desecrating the American flag.  Al Dorfman represented the student.  During the four day trial, one witness invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer after Dorfman asked him if he had fabricated the charges.  The student was acquitted after the jury deliberated only 10 minutes.   

Bar Admissions
    * New York, 1958 - 2019
    * U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
    * U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
    * Columbia Law School, New York, New York, 1957
      J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
      Honors: Designated a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    * Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Brooklyn, New York, 1954
      B.A., Bachelor of Arts
      Honors: Cum Laude
Classes/Seminars Taught
    * Criminal Justice, Adelphi University, late 1970s
Honors and Awards
    * Allard K. Lowenstein Memorial Award given by the American Jewish Congress, 1984
    * CARECEN Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year 1997
    * "Long Islander who has made a difference" by LI Progressive Coalition, 1994
    * Kairos Award by LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, 1997
    * John F. Kennedy Memorial Award by Freeport Democratic Club, 1975
Professional Associations and Memberships
    * New York State Defenders Association, until 2019
    * New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1960 - 2019
    * Nassau County Bar Association, 1960 - 2019
    * New York Civil Liberties Union, Nassau Chapter, 1970 - 1998
      Cooperating Attorney
    * National Governing Council of the American Jewish Congress
      Former Member
    * American Jewish Congress
      Former Vice Pres. of LI Region & President of South Shore Division
    * Long Island Coordinating Committee for Civil Rights
      Former Chairman and member of Board of Directors
    * Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN)
      Former member of Board of Directors, Treasurer, and Attorney
    * Five Towns Forum, 2001 - 2011
    * Freeport Community Worklink Center
    * Lawyers' Constitutional Defense Committee
      Former member
    * Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party & Mississippi Challenge
      Former Chairman of LI Committee of Support
    * Wharlest Jackson Memorial Fund
      Founder & former chairman (NAACP leader killed in Miss.)
    * Holocaust Survivors Association, 1996 - 2003
      Former Chairperson
    * Nassau County Democratic Party
      Former member of Executive and Policy Committees
    * Nassau County Democratic Party
      Former candidate for County Legislator, 1975, and State Assembly, 1976
    * Nassau County Democratic Party
      Former candidate for Nassau DA, 1968 and 1974
    * Nassau County Democratic Party Law Committee
      Former Chairman
    * Long Island Council for Integrated Housing, 1964 - 1968
      Former member of Board of Directors
Pro Bono Activities   
    * Baldwin School Board vs. Maurice McNeill, 1967 - 1968
    * Malverne School District busing 1978
    * Class action suit against Long Beach Pennysaver, 1982 - 1984
    * Moxy Rigby housing project residents vs. Freeport Housing Authority 1989
    * Asbestos removal in Hempstead High School 1991
    * Mass tenant eviction in Hicksville by Town of Oyster Bay, 1997 - 1998
    * Freedom of Information Law and Nassau County DA 1974
    * Attorney for Southern Christian Leadership Conference in St. Augustine, FL, 1964

Isaac Dorfman is an experienced attorney located in Freeport, New York, committed to providing members of his community with high quality, cost-effective legal services. He has over 20 years of experience in defending clients in criminal actions, and obtaining recovery for the victims of negligence who have sustained personal injury.
     Attorney Isaac Dorfman graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder in 1986. In 1985 he was inducted into the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. He attended law school at City University of New York School of Law at Queens College in Flushing, New York. He graduated in 1998 and was licensed to practice the same year.

     Since obtaining his license, Isaac Dorfman has a record of success in asserting the rights of his clients in and out of court. He remains a committed participant in local and state legal communities through membership in the Nassau County Bar Association, the New York State Defenders Association, and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

Areas of Practice
    * Personal Injury
    * Motor Vehicle Accidents
    * Premises Accidents
    * Criminal Defense
    * Wills & Estates
    * Traffic Violations
Bar Admissions
    * New York, 1998
    * U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1999
    * U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1999
    * City University of New York School of Law at Queens College, Flushing, New York, 1998
    * University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1986
      Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Professional Associations and Memberships
    * Nassau County Bar Association
    * New York State Trial Lawyers Association

The Law Office of Dorfman & Dorfman is located in Freeport, New York, and serves clients in Nassau County and Queens County, including Freeport, Hempstead, Roosevelt, Uniondale, Far Rockaway and throughout New York City and Long Island.

Law Office of Dorfman & Dorfman
72 Guy Lombardo Avenue
Freeport, New York 11520
(516) 379-0500