Darren Stakey

Darren Stakey is an Associate in our Litigation, Real Estateand Condominium Practice GroupsMr. Stakey is admitted to practice law in New York, California, and the District of Columbia.  He is also admitted to practice in United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the United States Supreme Court. 

Prior to joining Certilman Balin, Darren clerked at the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, authoring opinions, orders, and dispositional memoranda, concerninginter alia, death penalty appeals and substantially important civil matters, including: hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), educational funding subsidies for charter schools, post-separation spousal intestate rights, and renewable energy taxation. He also evaluated proposals from Rules Promulgation Committees and advised the Commonwealth’s high court regarding the practical effect of proposed Rule changes. 

Darren Stakey was the 2015 Salutatorian at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Centera published member of the Touro Law Review, and a National Quarterfinalist with Touro’s Moot Court Honors Board. During law school, Mr. Stakey interned for United States District JudgeHonorable Leonard D. Wexler, O.B.M., and then-Magistrate Judge, Honorable Gary R. Brown, at the Eastern District of New York. A member of the inaugural class of New York’s Pro Bono Scholars Program, Darren completed his legal coursework in five semesters and spent the balance of law school providing more than 700 hours of pro bono legal service to his local communityAt Touro, he garnered awards for superlative achievement in a variety of disciplines, including: criminal law, constitutional law, international law, accounting, and appellate advocacyMr. Stakey is an Honorable George C. Pratt Fellowship recipient and received the Suffolk County Bar Association’s 2015 Award for Academic Excellence. 

Mr. Stakey was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Hofstra University and worked in education and the private aviation industry before becoming an attorney. A professional singer/songwriter, he is also a member of the American Society of Composers, Artists and Publishers, with a catalog maintained by BMG. Darren is an active author of legal scholarship and has co-published articles with nationally-recognized experts and practitioners, including Benjamin Brafman, Esq. and Patricia E. Salkin. 

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 

Bar Associations
American Bar Association 

Recognitions
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 

Outside the Office
Singer/Songwriter 

Associations
American Society of Composers (“ASCAP”)