Gary Certain is a partner at the personal injury and civil rights law firm of Certain & Zilberg, PLLC. During his two decades of practice, Mr. Certain has tried over a hundred cases and has obtained numerous six-figure, million and multi-million dollar awards on behalf of his products liability, personal injury, and civil rights clients. His advocacy has caused the removal and/or redesign of many unsafe and dangerous products and helped to change safety procedures and law enforcement practices and policies.
Mr. Certain has received national recognition as a talented and passionate advocate, receiving awards from the New York Magazine’s Leader in The Law - Million Dollar Circle, National Trial Lawyers Association as a "Top 100 Plaintiffs’ Trial Lawyer," as a recipients of the "Top 100 Black Lawyer" award from the National Black Lawyers Association, Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member and a "Top 1% Car Accident Lawyer Award," based on an independent survey of actual verdict results.
Mr. Certain earned his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1993 and a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in 1988 from Niagara University. While at Georgetown Law, Mr. Certain developed his advocacy skills by serving in a legal clinic, representing indigent clients before the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
After law school, Mr. Certain served as a New York City Assistant District Attorney where he earned a reputation for aggressive advocacy, professionalism, compassion, and integrity. Since entering private practice in 1996, Mr. Certain has devoted his practice to litigating matters on behalf of those who have suffered as a result of serious transportation and fall injuries, wrongful death, burn injuries, construction accidents, defective products, civil rights and police misconduct.
Mr. Certain is licensed to practice law before the Courts of the State of New York, the Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and has successfully argued appeals before the First and Second Department Appellate Divisions as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Gary Certain is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Metropolitan Black Bar Association and has served as Chairperson of the Products Liability Committee of the New York State Bar Association – Trial Lawyers Section.