DeToffol & Associates

Firm Overview

If you or a family member is seriously injured, disabled or killed as a result of another's negligence, contacting a personal injury attorney is often a smart move. A serious personal injury is an overwhelming experience. You may be getting medical treatment, contacting your insurance company and trying to figure out how to pay the bills. It is hard to know where to start, especially if the cause of the injury is complex.

Luckily, the personal injury lawyers at DeToffol & Associates can help. Our firm was founded by David DeToffol after spending years as a New York State professional engineer and a United States patent attorney. His background in these fields means that he knows what questions to ask and how to build a case with technical and mechanical evidence.

Personal injury cases, especially construction, malpractice and product liability cases, are usually very complicated. With our engineering and patent office experience, we understand how equipment and other mechanical products work. We can help you understand why your injury happened and show you how we will fight for maximum compensation. You can leave the technical and legal details to us, while you concentrate on your recovery.
Sometimes personal injury cases seem like they should be straightforward, such as in a car accident caused by a person running a red light. However, in further investigation, there may be a host of issues that can prohibit you from collecting the full compensation you deserve. We are experienced in handling all aspects of personal injury claims and can sort through the issues to help recover financial damages to the fullest extent of the law.

Vital Business Law Experience Too
We also represent individuals and businesses in cases involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, intellectual property and licensing. Our counsel uses decades of corporate experience to handle cases involving business and corporate law.

How We Can Help
We cannot undo an injury, but an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you sort through the legal and financial issues that remain after an injury. We can also protect your interests in business matters.

Please contact our New York City office at 212-962-2220 for a free consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.
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Main Office
Main Office
125 Maiden Lane, Suite 5C
New York  NY  10038
Phone
  • (212) 962-2220
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Product Liability
If you or your loved one was hurt due to an unsafe product, we'll lend a hand. Contact our Brooklyn defective products attorneys for a free initial consultation.
Every day, people use a wide variety of products. They trust that those products have been thoroughly tested and are safe to use. Unfortunately that is not always the case, and when it's not, it can result in serious injury. With Mr. DeToffol's credentials and experience as a United States patent attorney, the personal injury lawyers at DeToffol & Associates have the knowledge and experience to seek the compensation you deserve.
If you or your loved one was hurt due to an unsafe product, we'll lend a hand. Contact our Brooklyn defective products attorneys for a free initial consultation. Whether the injury is caused because of a bad product design, or simply a defectively manufactured product, our skilled lawyers are available and dedicated to answer your needs in defective product cases related to:
Sporting goods (paintball guns, equipment, bicycles, etc.)
ATVs and recreational vehicles
Cars and automobile parts
Factory and industrial machinery
Appliances
Safety equipment
Toys
Ladders
Tools
Defective or dangerous toys (unhealthy design, lead paint, etc.)
Put Our Experience to Work for You
DeToffol & Associates has extraordinary experience helping injured people nationwide with product-related injuries, including injuries to children. We will not shy away from a challenge when it comes to getting you the results you need. If we are unsuccessful negotiating a settlement, we will be ready to argue your case in front of a jury. Thorough preparation and an attitude to succeed are key pieces of the representation we offer.

Defective products can lead to a variety of severe injuries whether paralysis, amputation, burn or brain injury, we are here to help. We can also provide strong representation for clients impacted by eye injuries, or electrocution and electrical shock. Our law firm is also available to family members who have experienced the wrongful death of a loved one due to bad products. We have success in all of these areas and will put our experience and knowledge to work in obtaining a favorable outcome for you.
We Hold Bad Manufacturers Accountable
At DeToffol & Associates, in New York City, we are committed to protecting the rights of the injured. Please call 2129622220 or send us an e-mail to speak with an experienced Brooklyn defective products attorney.
Patents
Our firm is led by lawyer David DeToffol, a United States patent attorney. With us you will understand the patent process, and avoid being taken by expectations others may promise, or the patent system can't deliver.
At DeToffol & Associates, in New York City, we represent individuals and businesses in all matters relating to patent law:
We conduct domestic patent searches.
We provide consultation regarding patentability of inventions and rights to manufacture them.
We prosecute applications to obtain utility patents for new and useful inventions and to obtain design patents for new and ornamental designs.
Litigate enforce and license patent rights
Our firm is led by lawyer David DeToffol, a United States patent attorney. With us you will understand the patent process, and avoid being taken by expectations others may promise, or the patent system can't deliver. Our experience is, you will have a better chance of success and be satisfied with professional help that has your interest in mind.
Contact us to arrange a consultation with an experienced New York patent lawyer.
What Is a Patent?
A patent is an intellectual property right to have the monopoly and exclusive right to manufacture, import, use, sell or offer for sale the patented technology, during a limited time period within a country. It is granted by a country's government. Others that make, use or offer for sale, or sell the same or an equivalent thing are considered to infringe the patent.
Patent rights make it illegal for anyone except the owner or someone with the owner's permission to make, use, import or sell the invention in the country where the patent was granted. Patents protect the features and processes that make things work. This lets inventors profit from their inventions. Patents generally cover products or processes that contain "new" functional or technical aspects.
Things You Should Know About Patents
Be realistic and aware of the types of patents available and what they protect: There are three types of patents utility patent, plant patent and design patent. It is important to distinguish between these three types of patents, and avoid the wrong type of patent protection.
Know what you are getting for your money. Be on guard against large, up-front fees charged by developers and law firms. Ask how much will go towards marketing, patent filing and preparation fees.
Protect your innovation, invention, creation and rights. DO NOT disclose your matters to others, including developers or law firms without first signing a confidentiality agreement. You could forfeit valuable rights by publicly disclosing the details of your claim or invention before filing a patent application, or by delaying in taking action within strict deadline time periods.
Don't get discouraged. Patent litigation and the patent process can be very complicated. We are here when you need a reputable patent agent and attorney to help you through the process and fulfill legal, scientific and technical requirements.
Patents are territorial to each country. The scope of protection may vary from country to country. The Paris Convention exists toward the international protection of industrial property (patents, industrial designs, etc).
Patent Infringement
Patent infringement is only possible in a country where a patent is in force. For example, if a patent is filed in the United States, then anyone in the United States is prohibited from making, using, selling or importing the patented item. People in other countries may be free to make the patented item in their country.
To continue that example, action can be taken against those innovations if they were to be made, used, offered for sale or sold in the United States. Patent protection can also be enforced at our borders by U.S. Customs and Border Protection by formal legal action we can bring in the United States International Trade Commission.
How Can We Help?
Please call our experienced attorneys in our New York City office at 2129622220 to discuss your patent case. You may also send us an e-mail. At DeToffol & Associates, we work hard to protect your intellectual property interests.
Employment
New York Area Employment Discrimination Attorneys

The employment discrimination attorneys at the DeToffol & Associates, Attorneys at Law, are focused on workplace discrimination law in New York. With our in-depth knowledge of employment discriminati
At the DeToffol & Associates, Attorneys at Law our New York employment discrimination attorneys represent workers in disputes against employers who violate New York City & New York State NYS Human Rights & workplace discrimination laws as well as federal laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The employment discrimination laws employees now enjoy were forged through a long list of hard fought court cases. With their expert understanding of employment discrimination laws in New York City and the state of New York, the employment discrimination attorneys at our law firm can mediate disputes as well as file workplace discrimination lawsuits in your legal case.

Fighting against workplace discrimination in New York. Discrimination in the workplace can take on many forms, sometimes overt but often times it can be very subtle. The employment discrimination attorneys at the DeToffol & Associates, Attorneys at Law can advise you on the many different types of discrimination can occur on at your place of employment. Discrimination most often occurs when an employee experiences unequal treatment based on certain personal traits.

Federal, New York State, and New York City discrimination laws mandate that in employment, people must be dealt with on an equal basis regardless of their cultural associations or personal traits. The following links lead to information about the most common types of discrimination in the workplace:

Age Discrimination
Compensation Discrimination
Common Misconceptions with Employment Law
Workplace Discrimination
Ethnic Discrimination
Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Gender Discrimination
Religious Discrimination
National Origin Discrimination
Pregnancy Discrimination
Race Discrimination

Employment discrimination in New York refers to practices that short-change workers based on personal characteristics rather than individual merit. While employment discrimination in New York can be a policy or behavior promoting certain groups, such as affirmative action, it is more often bias or unfavorable action against a certain group of people.

Job discrimination in New York City includes sexual harassment or offensive conduct that creates a hostile work environment. When employers violate New York City discrimination laws, affected workers can file discrimination lawsuits in New York City. Let the New York discrimination lawyers at DeToffol & Associates, Attorneys at Law personally review your case and expertly advise you on pursuing a litigation strategy.

Understanding discrimination law in New York City. New York City discrimination laws prohibit direct and indirect discrimination. Direct discrimination occurs when someone is treated less favorably because of a personal trait compared with another without that quality.

Indirect discrimination occurs when a selection practice puts minorities at a disadvantage in the hiring process. This involves setting up arbitrary conditions or requirements such as height restrictions or standardized testing without reasonable justification, which violates New York discrimination law. Let our New York City discrimination attorneys advise you if you have been a victim of employment discrimination.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination based on religion, national origin, race, color, or gender. The law prohibits harassment or other unlawful employment action based on any of the following:

Affiliation: Harassing or otherwise discriminating because an individual is affiliated with a particular religious or ethnic group

Physical or cultural traits and clothing: Harassing or otherwise discriminating because of physical, cultural, or linguistic characteristics, such as accent or dress associated with a particular religion, ethnicity, or country of origin

Perception: Harassing or otherwise discriminating because of the perception or belief that a person is a member of a particular racial, national origin, or religious group whether or not that perception is correct

Association: Harassing or otherwise discriminating because of an individual's association with a person or organization of a particular religion or ethnicity

If you have further questions regarding the above laws or want to discuss your potential discrimination case, your New York City employment discrimination lawyer at DeToffol & Associates, Attorneys at Law is here to listen and help.

Preventing harassment and employment discrimination in New York City.
Employers must provide a workplace free of harassment based on cultural or religious affiliation or personal traits.

Employers should clearly communicate to their employees that harassment directed toward any racial or ethnic group is prohibited and employees must respect the rights of coworkers. They may be liable for harassment by workers as well as non-employees under their control.

David DeToffol

David DeToffol is the lead attorney at DeToffol & Associates, in the aspect of the firm's dedication to representing individuals suffering from personal injuries, particularly those caused by machines, power and industrial equipment, medicine and advanced technology; and to the complimentary practice concerning contract, patent, copyright and trademark intellectual property law suits and licenses.

Bar Admissions
New York, 1995
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Federal Courts

Education
St. John's University School of Law, Jamaica, New York
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
B.S.
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Professional Associations and Memberships
New York State Professional Engineer
American Association for Justice
NYCLA ABCNY
ASME
Lambda Chi Alpha National Alumni Association

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