What do you like most about your job?
What I like most about my job is fighting for the injured worker. As a personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyer, representing injured workers is my passion. Whether it be in New York State Supreme Court or before the Workers’ Compensation Board, there is no better feeling than getting the hardworking men and women of New York the justice and compensation they deserve after being hurt on the job. Insurance companies will stop at nothing to cut costs. They don’t care about families, making ends meet, suffering, or fairness. The only way to change the situation for a person wrongfully injured is to fight back. That is what we do here, and that is what I love about the job. At this firm we care about our clients and their families. The most rewarding part of my job is walking out of the courtroom after a long day knowing that the fight was worth it and a client’s life is better because of this firm’s work.
What do you like least?
Injured plaintiffs and claimants are entitled to due process of law. Unfortunately, at the Workers’ Compensation Board, there is a clear initiative on the part of the agency to cut claimants’ benefits and to reduce costs for insurance carriers. The current climate at the Workers’ Compensation Board is something that all of us in New York have to deal with. It is why I like working at a law firm that has the resources to even the score. It pains me to know that some claimants are appearing before the Board without representation. They deserve a fair chance and due process.
How would you describe your approach to a case?
My goal when handling a workers’ compensation case is to ensure that the injured worker timely receives the medical care and wage replacement benefits they need. Even a brief lapse in either can lead to hardship for a client. To do this, we must always be one step ahead of the insurance carrier.
I employ a similar approach when handling personal injury cases in New York Supreme Court. Insurance carriers will drag their feet on a case in an effort to protract litigation and get an advantage. Meanwhile, the injured plaintiff continues to wait and suffer. At this firm we understand that clients want the return to normalcy in their lives. It is our job to maximize compensation in the most efficient and quickest way possible. We incorporate these principles into our litigation strategy.
Tell your client’s something new about you that they probably don’t know?
I enjoy deep see fishing. In addition, I am a huge fan of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Saturdays are for football. Go Irish!
New York State
University of Notre Dame Law School – Juris Doctor
University of Maryland, College Park – B.A.