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Corporate greed and putting profits over people’s lives is something that deeply offends me. I use this passion to advocate for our clients. That’s what drives and motivates me. I want to have my strategy down pat and present a top-notch case. Our clients deserve the best outcome possible.
Danielle Koves has joined Weitz & Luxenberg’s tenacious and highly experienced team of asbestos litigators. Ms. Koves is working on cases involving asbestos-contaminated talcum powder.
“I knew this was something I wanted to do,” Ms. Koves says. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to help people.
“When I learned of Johnson & Johnson’s asbestos-contaminated baby powder, and even worse, its decades-long concealment and cover-up, I knew this was litigation I could sink my teeth into,” Ms. Koves states.
“We’ve all used talcum powder. My mother used it on me,” Ms. Koves adds. “We thought it was harmless and safe since it was marketed as being for infants. Not to mention the number of adults who used it for decades as part of their daily showering or bathing routine.
“And now we look back, shocked and appalled this seemingly loving, hygienic product was dangerous. It’s incomprehensible,” Ms. Koves continues.
“We’ve all known asbestos was dangerous and cancerous. But I knew primarily people who worked in certain fields faced a greater risk of exposure. I was prepared for our typical clients to be men in their 60s or 70s who had worked in and around asbestos products in blue-collar jobs — or home renovation enthusiasts,” Ms. Koves discloses.
“But with a cosmetic product such as Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder — which has been widely sold and distributed to the public everywhere — anyone could be our client. Potentially millions of people have used this product over the years,” Ms. Koves explains.
“Above all, when I meet with a victim or a client who has been injured through another person’s or company’s reckless or dangerous actions, I want to earn their trust. I want to develop a personal one-on-one relationship with them.
“I assure them, from the very beginning through to resolution — I am their attorney. They may be going through one of the most difficult times in their life, and they need to know I’m on their side,” Ms. Koves insists.
“Achieving a just result for a client alone is all the satisfaction I need. If they express appreciation, it’s something special, something extra,” Ms. Koves adds.
“When you get right down to it, I simply want to fight the good fight. And that’s exactly what I plan to do at Weitz & Luxenberg. To give the legal fight everything I can — so our clients get the just resolution they deserve.”
Ms. Koves joins W&L directly from the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office in New York, where she worked for nearly seven years. As assistant district attorney in Trial Bureau 50, for almost five years, Ms. Koves served as first chair for 10 felony trials for a variety of violent and non-violent offenses.
These included attempted murder, firearm possession, robbery, burglary, gang assault, and drug possession. She also served as second chair for a homicide trial.
In addition, she supervised dozens of misdemeanor and felony trials, both bench and jury.
Ms. Koves loves being in the courtroom presenting and making her case on behalf of victims. “Being able to express myself in front of people can convey so much more than simply providing a written statement. It’s an incredible feeling, like being on stage when all eyes are on you and people are taking in every word. Voice is powerful in getting your message across,” Ms. Koves explains.
While at the D.A.’s Office, Ms. Koves also served as assistant district attorney in the Criminal Court Bureau for roughly two years. She managed hundreds of cases involving assault, intoxicated driving, and drug possession. She also successfully arraigned hundreds of defendants on misdemeanor and felony charges.
While in law school, Ms. Koves already had her sights set on working in a district attorney’s office. She sought one challenging internship after another to gain the experience she needed to set herself apart from others who would be clamoring for one of those enviable positions.
In the summers of 2010 and 2011, Ms. Koves served as a legal assistant at a legal boutique in New York City. The following summer, she served as in-house counsel and summer legal intern at Creative Mobile Technologies, LLC.
Just a year later, Ms. Koves served as a legal intern or extern in multiple settings including the Office of the Bronx County District Attorney, Trial Division; Office of the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, Criminal Court Bureau; and Office of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office Trial Division in Yonkers, New York.
Ms. Koves is licensed to practice law in New York. She earned her J.D. from Pace University’s School of Law in White Plains, New York. Her B.A.S. in political science with a minor in history, is from Binghamton University, at the State University of New York.
Outside the office, Ms. Koves loves to sing. Above and beyond, she loves hanging out with friends and family — especially her sister.
Danielle Koves will be happy to review your case.