Darren Stakey

Darren Stakey is a Partner in our Litigation, Real Estateand Condominium Practice Groups.

He enjoys a robust practice across a variety of legal focus areas and has developed a reputation for structuring innovative solutions to complex legal and regulatory problems.

Mr. Stakey is admitted to practice law in New York, California, and the District of Columbia.  Prior to joining Certilman Balin, he clerked at the high court of Pennsylvania, assisting in the preparation of numerous significant opinions, orders, and dispositional memoranda.

Mr. Stakey was Salutatorian of his law school class, a published member of the Law Review, and a National Quarterfinalist with the Moot Court Honors Board. He interned at the Eastern District of New York for Honorable Leonard D. Wexler and Honorable Gary R. Brown (then-Magistrate Judge), was part of the the inaugural class of New York’s Pro Bono Scholars Program, and earned numerous other distinctions for superlative achievement in the study of law.

Mr. Stakey was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Hofstra University and worked in education, banking/lending, and the private aviation industry before becoming an attorney.  He is also a professional singer/songwriter, and the founder of Wildwood Productions, LLC, an independent record label and production company.  At Certilman Balin, Mr. Stakey founded CBAH Associate Committee and served as its Director from 2019 to 2023.

Mr. Stakey is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sound Justice Initiative, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides enrichment education in Suffolk County jails and creates educational pathways for employment upon re-entry. He also sits on the Search Committee for the Michael Magro Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides resources and support for pediatric cancer patients and their families.

Mr. Stakey has co-published articles with nationally recognized legal experts and practitioners, such as Benjamin Brafman, Esq., and Patricia E. Salkin, Esq. Thomson Reuters has included Mr. Stakey on its yearly “New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars” list every year for the last five years. He was also named one of the “Ones to Watch in the Law” by Long Island Business News. In 2019, Touro Law Center awarded Mr. Stakey the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award.

Education
Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, J.D.Summa Cum Laude, 2015 
Hofstra University, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 2003  

Bar Admission
New York
California
District of Columbia  

Court Admission
Supreme Court of the United States
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Bar Associations
American Bar Association
New York State Bar Association

Recognitions
New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2019 through 2023
“Ones to Watch in the Law,” Long Island Business News, 2019
Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Touro Law Center, 2019
Salutatorian
 (Top 1.36%)
Touro Law Review (Published)
Moot Court Honors Board (National Quarterfinalist)
Honorable George C. Pratt Fellowship Recipient
Suffolk County Bar Association’s Award for Academic Excellence
Touro Law Center Board of Governors Summer Associate
Dean’s List and Honors Program
Pro Bono Service Award
CALI Awards for Academic Excellence in Criminal Law, Accounting for Lawyers, International Human Rights, First Amendment Seminar, Civil Practice Externship, Outstanding Oral Argument, and Best Appellate Brief

Publications
The Supreme Court’s Heightened Retaliation Standard in Nassar: A Prudent Limitation or a Misguided Restriction to Title VII Claims? Touro Law Review: Vol. 30: No. 4, Article 4 (2014)
by Darren Stakey

Further Developments in Land Use Ethics 47 Urban Lawyer 739 (Fall 2015) by Patricia E. Salkin and Darren Stakey
Law of the Land: A Blog on Land Use and Zoning (2014-16) by Patricia E. Salkin (Contributing Author)
Facts Are Stubborn Things: Protecting Due Process from Virulent Publicity, Touro Law Review: Vol. 33: No. 2, Article 8 (2017) by Benjamin Brafman and Darren Stakey
Understanding Licenses and Leases – A Three-Part Series, New York Real Estate Journal (2018-19) by Darren Stakey
Are Rights of First Refusal and Invitation to Litigate? Suffolk Lawyer (2021) by Howard Stein and Darren Stakey

Outside the Office
Singer/Songwriter 

Associations
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Michael Margo Foundation
Sound Justice Initiative, Inc.