Herbert S. Kellner

30 years experience as a Trial Attorney

Has litigated thousands of trial cases. A well respected seasoned Trial Attorney who has throughout his career litigated thousands of serious personal injury/accident cases, Federal Social Security Disability cases, NYS Police Retirement Disability cases, Tax litigation, Commercial trial litigation cases, Custody trials, Support trials, Paternity trials, Termination of Parental Rights trials, Homicides, complex serious felony trials and pre-trial hearings, Family Court neglect/abuse cases, landlord/tenant, all phases of complex civil litigation and practice and appeals. Real estate, wills and estates, Vehicle and Traffic violations, summonses, and trials. Former Law Guardian/Attorney for Children certified and appointed by the NYS Appellate Division by the Hon. Presiding Justice Gail Prudenti to represent children in legal court cases. Registered Child Mentor, Suffolk County Probation Dept. Former certified Polygraph Examiner. Former City of New York Administrative Law Judge.

Chief Counsel to The Suffolk County Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals and member of the Board of Directors. Chief counsel to the Long Island Golf Course Mechanics Association. Three time Committee Co-Chair of the Suffolk County Bar Association Plaintiff’s Personal Injury-Insurance Committee; guest lecturer and conducted CLE Seminars at the Bar Association; Guest lecturer for the New York Prosecutor’s Training Institute on Cruelty To Animals. Former Trustee of the Suffolk County Bar Association, Academy of Law.

Licensed and admitted to practice law in all New York State Courts, Eastern, Southern, and D.C. Federal District Courts, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, United States Court of Federal Claims, United States Federal Military Court of Appeals, and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Guttmann & Kellner, P.C. – 1994-Present, Founding member of firm.

Kranz, Davis & Hersh, 1992-1994 Senior Trial Attorney for negligence/labor firm representing the entire rank and file of the Suffolk County

Police PBA, LIRR Police PBA, Amtrak Police PBA (nationwide) and approx. 25 other Police PBA’s and utility company unions throughout the region. Civil trial counsel on all aspects of negligence caseload including motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall cases, breach of contract/implied warranty, Federal Employee Liability Act (FELA) trials.

Office of the District Attorney, Queens County, New York Assistant District Attorney, Supervisor 1985-1992 Supreme Court Felony Trial Bureau. Senior Trial Attorney. Supervisor, Indictment Bureau

Homicide/Investigations Bureau Appeals Bureau Rackets/Narcotics and Arson/Economic Crimes/Insurance Fraud Bureau. Supervisor, Jury Part Team/Criminal Court Bureau, Prosecuted all misdemeanor and felony Cruelty To Animals cases for the ASPCA

  • Nassau County District Court Arbitrator 1992-Present
  • Suffolk County District Court Arbitrator 1992-Present
  • Assigned Counsel Panel Appointments:
  • Suffolk County Assigned Counsel: Homicide, Felony, Appellate Panels, Family Court panels
  • Certified appointed Law Guardian/Attorney for the Children by the NYS Appellate Division 1992-Present
  • Queens County Assigned Counsel: Homicide, Felony, Appellate Panels 1992-Present

Hon. Judge Aaron D. Bernstein-N.Y.S. Supreme Court Judge, Civil/Criminal Term
Clerk, 1983-1985

Office of the Attorney General, State of New York
Clerk, Bureau of Securities Fraud, 1982-1983

WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE: The Jaffe Controversy and Sanctions of American Bounty Hunters,

Touro Law Journal, March 1984, in conjunction with CBS 60 Minutes, staff of TV journalist Michael Wallace, Canadian Minister of External Affairs, Canadian Federal Crown Attorneys Office, office of former President Ronald Regan appointee Secretary of State George Schultz, the office of then U.S. Attorney General William French Smith, Canadian Provincial Attorneys Office, and the Florida State Prosecutor’s office.


First Recipient of the ASPCA Elbridge Gerry Award on April 9, 1992 Past Member: American Polygraph Association

Empire (NYS) Polygraph Association Licensed Polygraph Examiner

Member: New York State Trial Lawyers Association New York State Bar Association

NYC District Attorneys Association Committee Chairman: Suffolk County Bar Association Suffolk County Bar Association from 1994 to present Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity induction and certificate

Proclamation of Meritorious Acknowledgment by presiding Queens County District Attorney Justice Richard Brown Nassau County Detective’s Association Meritorious Award presented July 1, 1992Recipient: American Polygraph Association and Vermont State Police in Advanced Polygraph Studies National Seminar

Forensic Hypnosis Certification – State University of New York at Farmingdale First Dan Black Belt – Tae Kwon Do Licensed Thoroughbred Horseman – NYS Racing Association; member National Thoroughbred

Racing Association; National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame