Recchia and Associates

A former New York insurance defense attorney providing clients with open communication, experience & plain talk for car accidents, trucking accidents, pedestrian accidents, construction accidents & other areas of negligence.

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Firm Overview

Maurice Recchia is a trial lawyer and litigator with more than 15 years' experience as an insurance defense attorney. He has tried approximately 50 cases to a jury verdict in State and Federal court in New York City and the lower Hudson Valley. He has taken hundreds of depositions. He is also a successful appellate litigator and has written and argued several appeals.
Mr. Recchia has been a paralegal instructor and for 2 years taught the law of New York torts to paralegal students in downtown Manhattan.
Mr. Recchia enjoys providing all of his clients with free & open access to him and he gives his clients clear explanations of the lawsuit process — he dislikes "legalese" and instead provides straight talk in plain English. He returns client phone calls promptly; if he can't return a call on the same day because he's in court, he'll return it the very next day. He provides his clients with regular, timely updates on their case by phone & in writing.
Mr. Recchia also enjoys giving speeches to community groups and will be happy to speak to your group without a fee. Mr. Recchia has spoken to community groups in the past on the topics: "The Anatomy of A Lawsuit", "What To Do If You Have A Motor Vehicle Accident" and "How to Have A Safe Hospital Stay".


Example cases
$225,000. settlement after jury selection on eve of trial for fall on freshly waxed floor in Coop building causing ankle fracture requiring surgery.

$200,000. settlement before trial to a pedestrian who suffered leg fractures at the knee joint requiring surgery when a car was parallel parking into a spot in a rush to buy a morning coffee.

$100,000. settlement before trial for a 40 something mother who slipped and fell on wet stairs in a Bronx apartment building, suffering injuries to her back.

$102,500.00 settlement during trial, for a woman who slipped on icy sidewalk in front of her apartment building in Manhattan suffering injuries to her knee.

Main Office

Main
450 Seventh Avenue at 34th street
Suite 1408
New York  NY  10123

Phone
  • 646-790-3854
Fax

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. As long as necessary to determine whether there is a cause of action.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

I give my cell phone to clients to use if needed in an emergency.

Office Manager

Sandra, Ann Marie

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

Spanish

Auto Accident
Car Accidents
Truck Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Pedestrian Accidents
Bus Accidents
Free Consultations
A Former Insurance Co. Attorney
Personalized Service
Your Phone Calls Returned Promptly
Regular Updates on Your Case

I provide my legal services to victims and their families in New York City & the lower Hudson Valley.

I have offices in downtown Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, & Spring Valley (Rockland County).

Phones: 845-633-6505

I'm a former insurance company attorney with more than 17 years of trial & litigation experience. I provide my clients with personalized service, skill, and vigorous representation if they have been injured because of someone else's negligence.

I return client calls promptly, if not the same day because I'm in court, then as soon as I'm free.

I provide regular, timely updates on your case and communicate verbally & in writing in plain clear English, not legalese.

I provide home visits to injured persons and their families in appropriate situations.

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

No, again this could create an attorney-client relationship without a proper legal services agreement.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Anytime it is appropriate in a case. As a trial attorney, I always prepare each client's case as if it will go to trial. If the other side wishes to try to resolve the case before a trial, I am always open to these alternatives. Usually, properly preparing a case for success at trial has a positive effect and getting an appropriate resolution before a trial is necessary.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

I do provide pro bono help to Catholic Charities in appropriate situations where I can provide help or advice. I am freely available to give speeches to community groups on personal injury topics without a speaking fee anytime a group needs or would like a speaker for their meeting.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

My commitment to free and open communication with my clients. I always take the time to explain the lawsuit process to my clients, how much time it will take, what they can expect from their lawsuit, and how they should prepare appropriately during each phase of their lawsuit. I explain things in plain clear English so my clients can understand what is going on. I am freely available to my clients during business hours by phone and I provide my mobile phone to clients to use in emergencies. I provide my clients with regular updates on their case, answer their phone calls promptly, and always keep them informed about any settlement offers or discussions.
I enjoy being able to use my education, skill & experience in fighting for "the little guy" against the big corporate insurance companies.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I am happy for clients to educate themselves on legal issues by reading personal injury websites & other legal materials. I always do my best to explain how the legal system and lawsuit process works both to my clients and to prospective clients who call for a free consultation.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

No, this is not a service we offer.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

No, this is problematic and could create a situation where we created an attorney-client relationship without having entered into a proper legal services agreement. I do offer recommendations to prospect callers who call for a free consultation if it appears that an action in small claims court may be the way to resolve their issues.

Maurice Recchia

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Articles Written

What To Do If You've Been Involved in A Motor Vehicle Accident

Created On: 02/27/2012

Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are a frequent occurrence in our fast-paced mobile society. If you listen to any news radio station in the New York–New Jersey you know how often traffic accidents get reported.

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