Craig Phemister

Practice Chair

Mr. Phemister has been practicing law in New York since 1998. Since then, he has been fortunate enough to have handled several thousand cases and taken well over a hundred verdicts at trial.

Initially, his practice focused on personal injury but over the years, he began working on cases where people were claiming they were assaulted by the police, or wrongfully arrested and held against their will.

As time went on, Craig began seeing more and more of these cases until he had the eye-opening experience of seeing a judge in New York declare that a man who spent nearly 18 years of his life behind bars was “actually innocent”. The realization that our system was imperfect enough that someone can have 18 years of their life taken from them when they had nothing to do with the crime had a deep impact on his career.

Mr. Phemister began following stories and searching for people who claimed they were wrongfully convicted. He has been shocked to learn how often our investigation into these cases reveals evidence that was hidden from our clients at the time of their trial, or in several cases, witnesses who were coerced by detectives to identify our client, who have since come forward with the truth.

In any field of work, there are honest people and dishonest people – the same applies with police and law enforcement. Our work is to find their victims and ensure they have a voice to prove their innocence.

  • Bar Admissions

    New York

    United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

    United States District Court, Southern District of New York

  • Education

    Creighton University of Law, J.D.

    University of Nebraska, B.A.

  • Awards and Honors

    The National Trial Lawyer’s: Top 100 Trial Lawyers

  • Professional Affiliations

    New York State Trial Lawyers Association

  • Media Appearances
  • Representative Cases and Settlements of Note

    Worked on several wrongful conviction cases that helped bring attention to the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, the significant amount of corruption that existed and clearly continues to exist at the criminal trial level.  Several of the civil cases worked on subsequently resolved for in excess of $10,000,000.00

    People v. Paul Clark— worked with an associate to successfully prompt the Kings County District Attorney’s Office to reopen its investigation into the homicide for which Mr. Clark is currently incarcerated. Mr. Clark was convicted on the basis of an investigation conducted by “mafia cop” Stephen Caracappa.

  • Clerkships

    United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s office at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska, 1 year internship

  • Other Experience

    Guest Speaker, Hudson Valley Radio Shows: informational spots to provide information to inmates incarcerated in maximum security prisons

    Golden Gloves Boxer

    Competitive Shooter, Expert Rifle Marksman

    Motocross Competitor

  • Pro Bono

    Ongoing personal commitment to ensuring indigent clients have access to communication with lawyers and the legal system.