I respect my clients beyond measure; they put themselves in the line of fire in the hope of protecting others from what they were put through.
Trial lawyers are made fun of in the media, so what motivates me to be a trial lawyer? I guess you need to decide if your mom was injured by someone's negligence would you sue? My father died from Hex Chrome exposure at the factory where he was a loyal employee and that left a lasting impression. Corporations who injure people as a cost of business particularly rouse me. I have worked with Erin Brockovich on several toxic tort investigations including General Motors and the Hyland landfill.
I grew up fighting for a place in a small town. I know what it is like to be among the forgotten and the damned. I count myself among the lawyers who fight the faceless corporations that injure people as a cost of doing business. Courtrooms are where the wronged can feel vindicated, validated and justified. It is our last access to justice where Americans can still hold the giant accountable through the ordinary men and women of the remarkable jury.
Education and Honors
J.D. Cum Laude State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law 1985 Law Review Board of Editors 1985 Law Review Staff Writer 1983-84 Presidents Award for Academic Excellence 1983 American Jurisprudence Award for Property and Federal Civil Procedure 1983 Commendation for Oral Advocacy and Legal Writing 1983 Medical Trial Skills College National College of Advocacy Graduate 2002 Special Education Advocates Training Graduate 2000 Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College 2002 Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College Graduate Course August 2003, 2004, 2007
All New York State Courts United Stated District Court Western District of New York, United States Court of Federal Claims United States Supreme Court
Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Litigation Catastrophic Injury, Motor Vehicle, Premises Liability; Vaccine Injury claims. Depositions, motions, appellate practice and trial preparation. The types of injuries I have represented clients on include multiple ankle fracture, optic injury, skull fracture, proximal humerus comminuted fractures, neuropsychological injury; obstetric medical malpractice litigation including fetal death and sepsis management and control, reflex sympathetic dystrophy; multiple disc injury and injury to epigastric artery resulting in recurrent abscess; tractor-trailer tip over de-gloving crush injury to lower leg necessitating future amputation.
Disability, Health and Special Education Law Develope and advocate for Individualized Education Plans before Committees of Special Education. Represented clients seeking revocation of negligent physician's license to practice medicine. Represent disabled clients seeking disability payments pursuant to the Social Security Disability Law, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Criminal Defense practice includes criminal defense of clients charged in local State and federal Court with multiple misdemeanor and felony counts including narcotics possession, DWI, assault and grand larceny.
Representative co-counsel trial results include a $975,000 settlement on 2-14-2003 tracktor trailer tip over degloving crush injury, impending leg amputaion, Erie County Supreme Court 004605/1996 and a $500,000 verdict on 12-2003sepsis infection resulting from improper suturing Erie County Supreme Court I-1998-N205.
I represent parents of children with special education needs and advocate for individual education plans to obtain the maximum inclusion of the special education client. I fight for enrichment services, assistive technology and curriculum modification and develope behavioral intervention plans and obtain specialized services for those with special needs.
Former Prosecutor for the Erie County District Attorneys Office.