December 1, 2013: Metro-North Derailment Statement By State Bar Association President

A Metro-North passenger train today derailed this morning in the Bronx. Four people were killed and 63 others were injured, according to early news reports.

"Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to the victims of this horrific crash as well as their families and friends," said New York State Bar Association President David M. Schraver.  

“It is important for all of us in the legal community to recognize the importance of respecting the privacy of the victims and their families,” he said. "The decision to retain counsel is an important one and should not be made under pressure."  

Schraver warned lawyers against unwarranted solicitation of victims about possible lawsuits.  

“I remind my colleagues in the legal community that the New York Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit attorneys from soliciting potential clients in personal injury or wrongful death matters for 30 days following the date of the incident—unless a filing is required within 30 days, in which case solicitation is prohibited for 15 days," he said.   

The New York State Bar Association with 76,000 members is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.


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