Trudy Fenster is a visionary, with a strong reputation for zealous advocacy on behalf of the injured. She is an accomplished trial lawyer with 15 years in practice in a wide array of personal injury, premises liability immigration, civil rights, property law, construction, and employment matters.
Clients often describe Trudy as a compassionate, yet fearless advocate. She is passionate about righting wrongs and embraces the judicial process where she uses her legal acumen and trial skills to protect the marginalized.
A Tireless Advocate
Attorney Fenster makes it her mission to represent the elderly, the disabled, and the invisible and voiceless within her community. She fights tirelessly to secure just verdicts and settlements to compensate her clients who have been harmed and to make them feel that justice prevailed. She is very active in the community, serving on various community boards, and planning fundraising events to provide scholarships to students interested in the law. She has lent her experience to several Boards and organizations, locally and nationally.
Trudy Fenster is the immediate Past President of the Virgin Islands Bar Association and former Chief Counsel to the Virgin Islands Legislature. As President of the Virgin Islands Bar Association, Attorney Fenster immersed herself in service to the legal and at-large Community. As President of the Bar, one of Trudy’s goals was to ensure that the members of the public had access to justice and accomplished that goal by ensuring members of the Bar could attend low-cost, quality continuing legal education seminars and had access to affordable practice tools. Trudy reengaged the Bar membership through the revitalization of the Bar Journal and through social events sponsored by Bar Affiliates at no cost to the members.
During and after the Hurricanes, Trudy launched many projects aimed at uplifting and bringing direct help to our members and the community. She launched projects, Office and Home Shares which enabled members to share their offices and homes with members in need. She also launched America Cares-VI in partnership with the St. Croix Foundation which raised over $10,000 in direct contributions from other Bar Associations and the American Association for Justice. America Cares-VI also resulted in the shipping of over 11,000 pounds of organic goods through a partnership with the Park Slope CO-OP in Brooklyn, New York.
While working at the Legislature, the President of the Virgin Islands Legislature appointed Attorney Fenster to represent the Virgin Islands as a Uniform Law Commissioner. In her capacity as Chief Counsel, Attorney Fenster conducted the legal business of and represented the Legislature in litigation; provided independent, advisory legal opinions to Members of the Senate; drafted legislative proposals for the Legislature; and assured the accuracy and finality of all bills and resolutions passed by the Legislature.
While attending law school at Fordham Law School in New York City, Attorney Fenster competed in and won the Regional Mediation Championships conducted by the ABA. She returned the following year to coach the team that went on to win the regional championship in the negotiations division. Attorney Fenster also served as the Teaching Assistant for distinguished professors Regina Austin and Brian Glick, and served as the President of the Black Law Students Association. She was awarded the Archibald Murray Award during law school and was the recipient of the Award for the most important contribution to the Fordham Community at her graduation ceremony.
Trudy is very active in the American Association for Justice (AAJ), which is a national organization that works to make sure that people who are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others have a fair shot at justice through the legal system; even when that means taking on the most powerful corporations and insurance companies. Being a member of AAJ means being a member of a nationwide team that is fighting to preserve the rights of injured persons to seek justice through the courts. Trudy is a member of the AAJ Board of Governors, Immediate Past Chair of the Minority Trial Lawyers’ Caucus, has co-chaired the Women Trial Lawyers’ Caucus Table of 8 Program, member of the AAJ Public Affairs Committee, member of the AAJ Diversity Committee, member of the AAJ Publications Committee, and a graduate of the AAJ Leadership Academy.
Trudy is also a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial College. Lawyers who attend the Trial Lawyers’ College pledge to defend the dignity of persons harmed by the misconduct of others and to fight valiantly to redeem and defend the damned.
Attorney Fenster was a Senior Trial Counsel with the Law Offices of Lee J. Rohn and Associates and founded the Fenster Law Group, P.C. which specialized in immigration, real estate transactions, and personal injury litigation.
This past year, Attorney Fenster founded the Law Office of Trudy Fenster, PC, where she fights fearlessly and tirelessly to ensure access to justice for those unjustly harmed by others. Attorney Fenster handles cases primarily involving civil rights violations, premises liability, personal injury, property law, and employment discrimination.
Attorney Fenster is currently the founder of Higher Level VI Real Estate, a brokerage dedicated to showcasing the Virgin Islands on the international and domestic stages. She believes the Virgin Islands can have a larger presence among the tourism destination giants in the world and is beginning to work with affiliates to elevate the Virgin Islands’ tourism brand.