Shareef Rabaa, Esq.
Associate, Negligence Litigation
Fax: (212) 344-5461
Education: University of Dayton School of Law (2003); St. Bonaventure University
Bar Admissions: State of Ohio; State of New York
Shareef Rabaa, an associate attorney in our Negligence Litigation group, is a leading authority on neurological injuries – traumatic brain injuries, in particular. Mr. Rabaa’s expertise in this realm often leads to favorable outcomes for Weitz & Luxenberg clients – for example, a nearly half-million-dollar verdict he not long ago obtained in New York County Supreme Court after the defense doubled down by refusing to settle when it had the chance. Mr. Rabaa is coveted as a speaker: he has appeared before groups including the North American Brain Injury Society and at events such as the 2011 Traumatic Brain Injury and Emotional Injury Summit (he also has lectured at the Ohio Association of Justice and the Ohio Employment Lawyers Association’s statewide conferences, while smaller gatherings sponsored by various other organizations have offered Mr. Rabaa opportunities to present cutting-edge ideas about litigation, trial tactics and more). The speaker invitations Mr. Rabaa receives are a reflection of the lengths to which he has been willing to go in order to acquire knowledge: in 2010, for instance, he completed a course on brain and spinal-cord dissection offered by Marquette University and taught by medical professionals from around the nation (as part of this instruction, Mr. Rabaa dissected human cadaver brains and participated in both a craniotomy and laminectomy). Moreover, he is an alumnus of numerous trial-advocacy programs, including the Western Trial Advocacy Institute (Laramie, Wyo.) and the Trial Advocacy Training Course (conducted jointly by the offices of the attorneys general of Ohio and Massachusetts). Currently, Mr. Rabaa is admitted to practice law in two states – Ohio and New York. He began his legal career as an Ohio assistant attorney general. In that capacity, Mr. Rabaa worked on cases ranging from wrongful-death litigations to civil anti-racketeer lawsuits – at 26, he became one of the youngest attorneys in that state’s history to argue and win an oral argument in front of Ohio’s highest court (State ex rel. Adams v. Industrial Commission, 2004 Ohio 6891). Mr. Rabaa is a 2003 graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, where he earned a juris doctor degree. In 2000, he completed undergraduate studies at St. Bonaventure University where he was captain of the varsity rugby team.
“Brain injury cases are some of the most difficult to win at trial. Aggressive advocacy, dedication to my clients and staying on the cutting edge of science are what allow me to be successful .” – Shareef Rabaa, Esq.