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Malecki Law proudly teams up with efficient, legal counsel in specific practice areas. The “of-counsel” relationship typically refers to an attorney, former government official, or former judge who works with the firm in specific practice areas.
There are four specific acceptable definitions of the term of-counsel. Firstly, of counsel can refer to a lawyer in association with a firm, yet different from that of the mainstream lawyers in the firm. These practitioners could be lawyers who have made the shift from full-time practice to a part-time one, or lawyers who transformed their career path entirely, such as judges, government officials, or attorneys that transition from the public and private sector. Of counsel can also refer to a retired partner of the firm who, although they are not actively practicing law, regardless remains associated with the firm and available for occasional consultation. A lawyer who is a probationary partner-to-be can also be referred to as of-counsel for the brief period between their hire and promotion to a partner. Lastly, of counsel could mean a lawyer with a permanent role with a potential tenure who serves as legal counsel to the firm.
Of counsel is an asset to the firm in that they are able to provide highly specialized, competitive assistance to various legal needs of a firm’s clientele. High profile and experienced of counsel, through their exposure, heighten the quality of legal representation for a client.
Malecki Law frequently works as co-counsel to assist other lawyers and law firms because of the very specialized nature of its practice. The firm is also always looking for lawyers who can compliment it’s unique boutique practice, such as criminal lawyers who can be available if a state or federal governmental action turns from civil to criminal, or even has the potential to do so. Malecki Law works with very skilled criminal lawyers specifically for that reason, relationships that are highly skilled and trusted. As a law firm in many high-profile and complex cases, Malecki Law always must think at least three steps ahead, including potential civil and criminal exposure presented by a myriad of situations presented by the client. Mr. Malecki’s over thirty years in complex securities litigation, arbitration and regulation – on both sides of the fence - give her and Malecki Law the depth of experience to see past just the immediate issue into collateral issues to consider.
Often, of-counsel and co-counsel relationships are established to advise on collateral issues. This can be done in an economical way, because of prior existing relationships between counsel, as well as Malecki Law’s deep understanding of the matters at hand before even speaking to someone in a different specialization. Malecki Law, having such a longstanding and highly regarded standing in the legal community, can also often get very top people engaged on the issue, the type of lawyers that do not pick up the phone for jut anyone.
Jalila A. Bell, Esq., serves as Of Counsel to Malecki Law. Ms. Bell is the managing principal for the boutique litigation firm, The Law Office of Jalila A. Bell, Esq. Ms. Bell has over a decade of experience in overseeing complex litigation which has subsequently amounted to achievements such as trial wins, criminal action dismissals, and favorable settlements.
Jalila Bell Esq. represents a varied list of persons, including but not limited to high-profile and celebrity clients, working professionals, artists, and laborers. Civil rights, labor, and employment, real and intellectual property rights, criminal and family law are areas of practice that Jalila frequently counsels. Her sought-after legal analyses have been upheld on summary judgment and on appeal.
Jalila is licensed to practice law in New York State and in the United States Courts for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She received a Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University Law School and obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Mills College.
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