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Stakey Honored as Public Interest Attorney of the Year

March 25, East Meadow, NY – Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center honored Darren Stakey, an Associate at Certilman Balin, with the Public Interest Attorney of the Year Award. Mr. Stakey practices in the Litigation and Real Estate Groups and 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.

Darren Stakey was the 2015 Salutatorian at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, a 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 Judge, Honorable 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 community. At Touro, he garnered awards for superlative achievement in a variety of disciplines, including: criminal law, constitutional law, international law, accounting, and appellate advocacy. Mr. 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. He is also a member of the New York Bar State Association and the American Bar Association.


About Certilman Balin

Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, Long Island’s second largest full-service law firm, has offices in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Its 15 practice areas include: real estate, real property tax certiorari and condemnation, cooperative and condominium, land use, environmental law, corporate/securities, litigation, commercial lending, labor relations/employment law, bankruptcy and debtor/creditor rights, nonprofit/tax exempt and religious organizations, trusts and estates, elder law, telecommunications law, and criminal law. Visit