Konstantin Yelisavetskiy

Associate Attorney

What really motivates me is the power disparity — when powerful CEOs, managers, and others take advantage of people who are at a disadvantage. Our clients at Weitz & Luxenberg trusted large companies, including their own employers, to be honest and decent. Instead, many of these companies violated these hard-working people’s trust out of greed and with callous disregard for their health and safety. The truth about what these companies have done needs to come out, and our clients should receive just compensation for all they’ve suffered.

Weitz & Luxenberg is excited to welcome Konstantin Yelisavetskiy to the firm’s knowledgeable and dedicated Mesothelioma and Asbestos Group litigation unit. He joins us from the New York County District Attorney’s Office in New York City.

“I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work for Weitz & Luxenberg,” Mr.  Yelisavetskiy says. “This feels like a match made in heaven.

“My 5 ½ years with the District Attorney’s Office were incredibly rewarding, but when this position became available, I knew Weitz & Luxenberg was the right move,” Mr. Yelisavetskiy explains. “To become part of such an impressive group of attorneys carrying out the critical work of representing clients injured by asbestos exposure is a privilege.

This Was Where I Wanted to Be

“After a string of cases where I was able to successfully achieve justice for individuals who were the targets of terrible crimes, I knew I wanted to continue working for victims. A series of interconnected events then seemed to line up perfectly to bring me to Weitz & Luxenberg. It felt as if my coming here was meant to be.” Mr. Yelisavetskiy elaborates.

“At the DA’s Office, as an assistant district attorney, I sought to achieve justice for victims of crimes. That is what I am continuing to do here. Our clients at Weitz & Luxenberg have been hurt by the very people and companies they trusted, and they deserve to see these entities be held accountable. ” Mr. Yelisavetskiy explains.

Asbestos Companies Failed to Safeguard Their Employees

“These companies did not safeguard their employees and users of their products from the known harmful effects of asbestos. They didn’t even warn them. Instead, they put people’s lives at risk so they could continue making money. That is unconscionable. And I want to help our clients get justice.”

We knew right away that Mr. Yelisavetskiy’s personal goals and interests were a good match for us. He has extensive trial experience and an overriding drive to seek justice on behalf of people victimized by the irresponsible actions of others.

“I’ve lived in Brooklyn almost all of my life,” Mr. Yelisavetskiy explains. “I’m a local New York guy. A lot of my friends and family have had blue-collar jobs. My dad was with the union.

“A lot of our clients at Weitz & Luxenberg have had blue-collar jobs. I know these people. They’re like family. I know how hard they’ve worked. I know they trusted the people they worked for.

“Our clients gave everything they had to their jobs so they could provide for their families. And these companies took advantage of them.

“My job is to try to get the companies to own up to what they did. They shouldn’t get away by pleading ignorance or simply filing for bankruptcy and walking away. A slap on the wrist isn’t enough. They should have to compensate our clients and their families for all the harm they’ve done,” Mr. Yelisavetskiy insists.

Mesothelioma Destroys Families

Mesothelioma is a diagnosis no one wants to hear. This aggressive cancer linked directly to asbestos exposure hurts not only the person who receives the diagnosis but also the family members who have to watch their loved one go through it.

“One of the worst parts is knowing this fatal disease never had to happen. If companies had taken appropriate safety measures and safeguarded people against asbestos exposure, no one would have gotten sick,” asserts Mr. Yelisavetskiy.

Attorneys at Weitz & Luxenberg have been standing up to companies who manufacturer and use asbestos-containing products for over 30 years. We are striving to bring justice to thousands of people who have developed mesothelioma and other asbestos-related lung diseases. W&L is fortunate Mr. Yelisavetskiy decided to join our team in continuing this fight.

Prior Courtroom Experience

Before joining Weitz & Luxenberg, Mr. Yelisavetskiy worked for 5 ½ years at the New York County District Attorney’s Office in New York City. He handled thousands of criminal cases. He learned that he enjoyed helping victims of crimes, presenting cases before the grand jury, and going to trial when necessary.

Shortly before joining W&L, Mr. Yelisavetskiy achieved a string of victories, most notably:

  • A difficult jury trial conviction of a defendant who viciously attacked and permanently injured an unsuspecting victim, who tragically could not even defend himself. The verdict was greeted with applause by a courtroom full of the victim’s family members.
  • Trial verdict convicting a defendant who savagely beat and injured an elderly man in his home during a home invasion burglary.
  • Multiple victories in cases of white-collar crime where the defendants, including a senior executive at a well-known company, used their position of power and privilege to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting victims.

In recent years, Mr. Yelisavetskiy has also taught at the Fordham University School of Law as an adjunct faculty member. He teaches trial advocacy to second- and third-year law students. Mr. Yelisavetskiy got the “trial bug” while he was in law school, where he won a number of trial advocacy competitions, and continues to love passing his knowledge and experience on to future attorneys.

Outside the Office

When he’s not working, Mr. Yelisavetskiy enjoys supporting the New York Giants, the New York Knicks, and the Liverpool Football Club. He loves music and even dabbles with playing the guitar and drums.

In addition, for several years, he participated in the Barrister Boxing Club. Attorneys in this club train rigorously and compete against each other in sanctioned amateur boxing matches in an annual boxing gala. The goal is to raise money for a variety of veterans’ assistance organizations as well as those dedicated to helping at-risk youth.

He is also fluent in Russian.

Mr. Yelisavetskiy is licensed to practice law in New York.

He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the Fordham University School of Law in New York, New York, and his B.B.A., cum laude, from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, in New York, New York.

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