After graduating from Brooklyn Law School in 1968, Ronald Bekoff became a distinguished Nassau County Assistant District Attorney for 6 years, rising to become the first Major Offense Bureau Deputy Chief. In that capacity, he prosecuted and supervised Assistant District Attorney’s in their pursuit of justice against those charged with violent crimes, including homicide, robbery, burglary and other charges.
In 1975, he entered a private practice as a founding member of the firm now known as Bekoff, Feinman, Lo Piccolo and Kauffman, where he is the Senior Partner. He is a nationally known criminal defense lawyer who has lectured and advised on criminal defense cases all over the United States. In 2013 & 2014 he was chosen one of the top 100 trial lawyers in the United States by the National Trial Lawyers Association and in 2014 the National Association of Criminal Trial Lawyers awarded him the Nationally Ranked top ten Attorney Award for excellence in the field of criminal law.
Mr. Bekoff has successfully defended multiple clients at trial in New York State and federal courts on criminal charges ranging from the most serious of Murder & Narcotics charges to Driving While Intoxicated & Conspiracy. Mr. Bekoff is always highly recommended to family and friends in trouble based not only on his skill, but on the relationships that he has built with former clients and law enforcement as well. Always a popular figure in court, he was awarded the Hon. Frank A. Gullotta Criminal Justice Award in 1995 and in 2012 was chosen as the Nassau County Criminal Court Bar Association Practitioner of the year.
Among his most notable murder trials were People v. Pikel (the subject of numerous cable T.V shows on case) in Orange County, New York, as well as People v. Ventamiglia (which gave rise to the Ventamiglia Hearing for all criminal cases in NY) in Suffolk County New York. He is often noted for his successful defense in Nassau County, New York of a seated County Court Judge accused of stabbing his wife.
Mr. Bekoff is sought after as a teacher and lecturer in trial advocacy. He has taught trial advocacy for Cardozo Law School, Emory Law School, Widener Law School, the National Institution of Trial Advocacy and the New York State Bar Associations Trial Advocacy program for young lawyers held annually at Cornell University. Mr. Bekoff has regularly lectured at the Hofstra Law School N.I.T.A. trial advocacy program for both students and attorney’s, since 1983. In 2004 Mr. Bekoff coached the Regional Champion Hofstra Law School mock trial team and in 2009, Mr. Bekoff was the recipient of the David E. Wojcik Jr. Award for leadership and skills at Hofstra Laws advanced trial technique program.
Additionally, Mr. Bekoff is no stranger to T.V. He was a guest commentator on Court T.V for a number of trials and was the color commentator for News 12 Log Island in the case of People v. Collin Ferguson, the infamous Long Island Railroad shooter case.