The firm was started in 1990 when Bill Wingate and Phil Russotti merged their respective practices. Bill practiced personal injury law for nearly 50 years before his death and was recognized as one of the most successful personal injury attorneys in New York State. Phil, over the past 25 years, has successfully tried cases in virtually every state and federal courthouse in the New York metropolitan area. Phil is extremely well known in the personal injury/medical malpractice field having been selected a Super Lawyer every year since 2007 by his peers. "Super Lawyers," is a publication of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. For more information, click here. He also holds the rating of AV by Martindale Hubble, which is the highest professional rating for both legal ability and ethical standards. He has also been named to the Bar Registry of Pre-eminent Lawyers by LexisNexis.
Cliff Shapiro, who has exclusively practiced personal injury law since his admission to the bar, has been associated with Bill since 1986 and has been the managing partner of our firm since 1993. Cliff is responsible for negotiating most of the settlements in the office and managing the firm.
Ken Halperin is an expert in construction accident litigation, in which he has been specializing for over ten (10) years, and has a vast degree of knowledge about New York State Labor Law and the Industrial Code. He participates on the Construction Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and New York State Trial Lawyer Association. He has achieved excellent results, as is evident from the numerous million dollar settlements and verdicts he has obtained. Ken has an excellent reputation for expertly handling these difficult cases.
Of course, every case is not tried to verdict. We are able to obtain substantial settlements prior to trial because insurance companies and the defense bar know that our firm investigates every case thoroughly and expertly and is always well prepared to try every case. In addition, we firmly believe in the mediation and arbitration process which affords our clients a faster result with a full recovery. We approach the preparation of cases and representation of our clients as a team. Our highly skilled and knowledgeable support staff is enthusiastic and dedicated to its work. We also utilize the most advanced computer systems in order to manage our cases efficiently and to obtain legal, investigative and medical information as quickly and thoroughly as the most current technology allows. Simply put, our clients receive the best representation from outstanding attorneys, led by experienced litigators with exceptional judgment assisted by a motivated support staff. The combination of Bill's vast experience, Phil's trial skills and Cliff's negotiation and management techniques, together with excellent trial attorneys eminently capable of trying any case, is a unique and compelling combination which garners the best achievable result for our clients.