Eric Seiff, board member of PLS since 1989, is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University Law School. Since 1980 Mr. Seiff has been in private practice, first as a founding partner of Scoppetta & Seiff, and he joined the firm now known as Amini LLC in November 2015. Initially trained as an appellate prosecutor under the leadership of New York County District Attorney Frank S. Hogan, he has briefed and argued more than one hundred appeals in the state and federal courts and has obtained complete jury acquittals in eight of his last nine criminal trials.
Mr. Seiff served as Assistant District Attorney in New York County from 1962 to 1967, Assistant Counsel to the Agency for International Development from 1967 to 1972, General Counsel to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society of New York City from 1974-1975, Special Assistant Attorney General in 1975 where he served on Governor Carey’s task force, directed by the Honorable Bernard S. Meyer, which investigated and publicly reported on the misconduct of the Attica prosecutors, a member of the New York State Investigation Commission from 1975 to 1979, serving as Chairman from 1978-1979. He also chaired the bi-partisan New York State Commission of Investigation which led to the indictment and conviction of a state political party chairman, and the savings of incalculable sums of wasted tax payer funds in the purchase of public property insurance policies. Mr. Seiff was appointed by the Court of Appeals in 1981 as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection and is presently the Chairman.
For many years, Eric has participated with the faculty of Cardozo Law School training students in trial strategy and tactics, and with the faculty of Fordham Law School, training attorneys employed by the New York City Law Department.