“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” – George Bernard Shaw
This month, 35 years ago, Jeff Feldman and Paul Kleidman founded what has become Feldman, Kleidman, Coffey & Sappe LLP (FKC&S) with a vow to serve clients with the highest level of personal attention, guiding them every step of the way with unparalleled legal support. The two decided if they were to hang a shingle, they would also need to do something else not all law firms focused on at the time: genuinely care about the community they were in.
While many aspects of the business have grown and developed over the years – and certainly the world around us has changed – personalized, expert and results-driven service has remained the foundation of its success, coupled with a strong sense of social responsibility.
“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve this community,” said Feldman. “As we reflect back on the last 35 years, and all of the clients who have trusted our team to advocate for them, we are filled with immense gratitude.”
Whether working with clients or supporting local organizations, the firm has developed many cherished connections across the Hudson Valley and Capital District since its founding in 1986. Philanthropy is incredibly important to the FKC&S team, and they support a wide variety of causes that align with their values. In addition to providing financial support, team members hold leadership positions on various boards and committees and frequently volunteer their own time and resources. Memorably, in 2016, the firm hosted a year-long giving campaign called “30 Acts of Kindness” to commemorate its 30th anniversary. They have also utilized their blog to spotlight community heroes, like those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aside from its anniversary, FKC&S reached another notable milestone in 2021 – its twelfth consecutive year being recognized as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®, a peer-reviewed honor. The firm received a Tier 1 designation in the White Plains, NY metro area for Medical Malpractice-Defendants and a Tier 2 designation in the area of Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants. Feldman was also named the Best Lawyers® 2021 Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” in White Plains, NY.
As they celebrate more than three decades in business, the FKC&S team is grateful for the opportunities they have had to serve others and proud of the reputation they have cultivated among clients and peers. With the firm’s founding promise and values anchoring all that they do, the team looks forward to many more years of service to come – and that won’t change one bit.