For over 25 years, the asbestos lawyers at Levy Konigsberg LLP have been helping victims of mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer throughout the country. The law firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of its clients.
U.S. News & World Report in partnership with Best Lawyers, the oldest and one of the most highly-respected peer review publications in the legal profession, has recently named Levy Konigsberg LLP, also referred to as LK, the "Law Firm of the Year" in the area of plaintiff's product liability litigation for the year 2013.
Founded in 1985, LK is a law firm devoted to representing victims of personal injury and has close to thirty lawyers nationwide. The firm's offices are in New York, New Jersey, and Georgia. LK partners Robert I. Komitor, Moshe Maimon, Jerome H. Block and Audrey Raphael have all been recognized in the U.S. News and World Report/Best Lawyer's list of top lawyers. In addition, LK founding partner Alan J. Konigsberg was named the "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of plaintiff's product liability by the same publication.
A champion of asbestos litigation in the Northeast, LK has dedicated more than twenty-five years of its practice to representing patients and families of victims of asbestos-caused mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. In nearly three decades, the law firm has built an impressive track record of accomplishments, including having tried hundreds of asbestos cases and obtained some of the largest mesothelioma verdicts in the nation and in individual states, as well as in litigation involving various types of asbestos exposure, including from occupations such as Naval service, industrial work, construction, auto work, and non-occupational exposures such as home renovations and household exposures.
In addition to the hundreds of millions of dollars recovered by the firm on behalf of its mesothelioma clients, LK has been a leading force in shaping the history of asbestos litigation in the United States by having tried and won lawsuits against previously unchallenged industries and secured critical court victories that have blazed new trails.
"One of the things that I am most proud about our success at Levy Konigsberg," says Robert Komitor, a partner at LK, "is that we have achieved a reputation of excellence in our field. Manufactures and their insurers know that we will prepare our cases fully and, if necessary, we will take the cases to trial and defend our cases on appeal. Because we are willing to represent our clients in every aspect, the manufacturers and insurers that we deal with know that oftentimes it's in their best interests to compensate our clients upfront, rather than for them to take the risks of a jury verdict."
Indeed, LK has gained a reputation of a firm with not only unparalleled knowledge and experience in asbestos litigation, but also for the fact that, unlike many other names in the industry, this firm does not refer their cases out to another firm, but personally handles them from start to finish.
While many people may recognize the name Levy Konigsberg from its legal successes, this name is particularly known among mesothelioma patients, their families, health and occupational safety activists, researchers and doctors, for the firm's involvement with and funding of efforts to find a cure for mesothelioma and ban asbestos. LK is a top sponsor of Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the largest and most active, non-profit organization seeking a cure for mesothelioma to whom the firm has donated more than half a million dollars in the past few years alone. LK also maintains the largest online mesothelioma community (www.facebook.com/stopmeso), where the message of mesothelioma awareness and fundraising for research is shared by more than sixty-two thousand Facebook fans on a regular basis.
In the last two decades, LK has also excelled in other areas of law, including infant lead poisoning, personal injury, medical malpractice, and whistleblower litigation. Having obtained numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements in all four areas, the firm is particularly proud of its representation of its "whistleblower" client in the recent $70 Million settlement in a Medicaid fraud case against New York City.
To learn more about the firm's history of accomplishments or to speak with an LK attorney, please call 24/7 at (212) 605-6200.
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Since the 1970s, our founding partners were pioneers in championing the rights of asbestos and mesothelioma victims. In fact, Stan Levy was the first personal injury lawyer in the Northeast to pursue an asbestos case and one of the first mesothelioma attorneys in America.
Later in 1985, he and the founding partners Steven Phillips and Alan Konigsberg formed the law firm with a mission to apply their remarkable legal expertise to seek justice and financial compensation on behalf of asbestos and mesothelioma victims across the United States.
Since the 1980s, the law firm has evolved into a nationwide powerhouse for mesothelioma litigation in the U.S. Our mesothelioma lawyers have represented numerous individuals and groups of workers and won for them multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts.
Understanding the science of asbestos exposure is an invaluable resource. One of the many benefits of our early involvement in mesothelioma litigation is our access to pioneering researchers and experts in this complex and ever-changing medical field. We put these experts to work on behalf of our clients, in the courtroom and in treatment of their disease.
Since then, our attorneys have amassed considerable knowledge of asbestos-related diseases and the law that applies to them. Our lawyers have combined that knowledge and expertise into a powerful resource for our mesothelioma clients and their family members.
Two of our founding partners still practice with the firm and are joined by our second and third generation of mesothelioma attorneys. These lawyers bring to bear on every case a level of experience that can only come from decades of working together toward a common goal - maximum compensation for mesothelioma victims and their families.
Each new generation of mesothelioma attorneys at the firm acquires the skills, techniques, and knowledge of our senior partners through mentoring relationships. Not only does this benefit every lawyer, it benefits our clients in the form of consistently successful representation.
Mesothelioma attorneys at Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP, have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for victims of mesothelioma and asbestos cancers.
We are proud of the work our lawyers do on behalf of our clients, often in groundbreaking cases against the toughest defendants. Our law firm has obtained landmark asbestos and mesothelioma jury verdicts for exposures to welding rods, cable, asbestos gaskets and packing, commercial talc, and industrial equipment, including the first ever jury verdicts against welding rod, cable, and commercial talk manufacturers.
Our law firm is frequently referenced by the legal press for our association with the largest and landmark asbestos and mesothelioma verdicts in virtually every category, including various jurisdictions, types of asbestos products involved, and forms of asbestos exposure.
Jerome (Jerry) Block is a partner at Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP (also known as LPK) and specializes in representing people diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Jerry is proud of LPK's commitment to families affected by mesothelioma which extends beyond the courtroom. LPK is a top "Diamond Level" supporter of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF), a non-profit seeking a cure for mesothelioma and better treatments to improve the lives of those living with this disease. LPK is also a Silver Sponsor for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO).
In addition to securing favorable settlements for clients nationwide, Jerry has won numerous landmark jury verdicts which are described below:
2002 - As co-trial counsel with Robert I. Komitor won a jury verdict of $19.25 Million against manufacturers of dangerous asbestos products in a mesothelioma lawsuit;
2003 - Served as lead trial counsel in a mesothelioma lawsuit against manufacturers of asbestos-containing welding rods. The jury's verdict, the first in the nation to be leveled against the manufacturers of defective welding rods, totaled $6.65 Million.
2004 - A jury awarded two of Jerry's clients coping with mesothelioma a total of $22 Million. This was the largest compensatory verdict in the nation for an asbestos case tried in 2004, and one of the top verdicts in New York that year.
2007 - Served as lead counsel in two mesothelioma cases in which the jury awarded a total of $9 Million. These two landmark cases were the first asbestos verdicts in New York arising from the use of commercial cable, valves and steam traps.
2008 - Served as lead trial counsel on behalf of a Navy boilerman who served aboard the U.S.S. Roan in a mesothelioma lawsuit filed in Syracuse, New York. The jury returned a verdict of $5 million.
2009 - Served as co-counsel on behalf of a submarine yard worker in a mesothelioma lawsuit filed in Schenectady, New York. The jury rendered a verdict of $8 million.
2010 - Served as lead trial counsel on behalf of a mother and son who both developed mesothelioma. The case was tried in Wilmington, DE and the jury awarded the surviving family members over $1.7 Million.
2012 - Served as lead trial counsel in a historic youth smoking verdict against R.J. Reynolds on behalf of a man who developed lung cancer after beginning smoking as a teenager before warnings appeared on packs and advertising. The case was tried in federal court in White Plains, NY and the jury awarded the surviving family members over $1.3 Million.
A highly regarded lecturer, Jerry has been invited to many national conferences where he has given presentations on topics such as Jury Trial Tactics and Asbestos Litigation. Jerry served on the national faculty of Emory School of Law's Trial Techniques Program in May 2007.
Jerry has been included in the 2005-2013 editions of Best Lawyers in America, in the area of Mass Torts. He has also been distinguished by Super Lawyers in New York City and has been selected to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 List.
Prior to joining LPK in 2001, Jerry worked at an international law firm where he gained valuable experience representing large corporate defendants in complex, multi-party lawsuits.
A graduate of Emory Law School, Jerry served as the "Notes and Comments" editor of the Emory Law Journal. While at Emory, he received several awards and honors, and was inducted into The Order of the Coif. After completing his law degree, Jerry worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Jean C. Hamilton of the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Missouri.
Emory University School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1997
A partner at Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP Robert I. Komitor serves as lead trial lawyer specializing in products liability, negligence, and personal injury cases involving mesothelioma, hazardous wastes, and pollution. Bob was named one of the nation's Best Lawyers, in the area of mass torts, in Gregory W. Smith and Steven W. Naifeh's The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2010 (Woodward/White).
Bob has consistently won some of the highest damage awards in the nation. For three consecutive years, he made The National Law Journal's list of lawyers winning the highest verdicts.
He was trial lawyer on the "New York Powerhouse" mesothelioma cases and the consolidated Brooklyn Navy Yard litigation, which resulted in the largest mesothelioma compensation awards in the country for 1991 and 1992, according to The National Law Journal.
In 1993, Bob served as co-trial lawyer with LPK partner Moshe Maimon on a case that resulted in New York State's largest mesothelioma compensation - one of the largest in the nation for that year. He repeated this feat by obtaining two of New York State's highest compensatory verdicts for mesothelioma in 1996 and, again, in 2003.
Bob earned a Master's Degree in Marine Environmental Sciences from Stony Brook University's Marine Sciences Research Center. He earned a law degree from the Hofstra University School of Law, where he was an editor at the Hofstra Law Review.
Bob is a former member of the Products Liability Committee of the New York City Bar Association and has co-chaired the New York State Bar Association's Civil Litigation Committee on Environmental Law. He has also served as chairman of the G-I Holding
Hofstra University School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1980
Moshe Maimon is a partner at Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP. He is a litigation specialist handling complex personal injury cases involving asbestos and mesothelioma, toxic substances, pharmaceuticals, defective consumer products, and medical malpractice, as well as consumer fraud and other commercial litigation matters.
Moshe has personally tried and been part of legal teams that have won some of the largest damage awards in the country. Moreover, many of these cases have yielded landmark appellate court decisions, including:
2009 - Successfully prevented asbestos brake parts manufacturers from compelling the autopsy of a mesothelioma victim against the wishes and religious beliefs of the decedent and his family.
2008 - Tried and then successfully defended on appeal a record setting $40+ Million judgment on behalf of the family of an advertising executive whose mesothelioma was caused by asbestos exposure in a college summer job at an auto parts warehouse.
2007 - Tried and then successfully defended on appeal a $10+ Million judgment against Exxon/Mobil in a landmark case that affirmed the dual persona doctrine for a peritoneal mesothelioma victim of take-home asbestos exposure.
2006 - Researched, developed and tried the first successful mesothelioma case holding the largest supplier of industrial talc liable for the wrongful death of a former potter.
Moshe served as one of the lead attorneys representing members of the Navajo Nation in their cases against companies that abandoned uranium mines on the Reservation. He also headed the firm's litigation representing former diet drug patients who suffered heart valve damage. In 1996, Moshe became the first lawyer to ever prevail in a repetitive stress injury lawsuit against a product manufacturer in a case tried in Baltimore, Maryland.
In addition to his work supervising the firm's pharmaceutical cases, Moshe shares the responsibility for the coordination of the firm's commercial litigation cases and their trials, and in 2007 obtained a $7 Million verdict (including a $5 Million punitive damage award) in a Breach of Fiduciary Duty case against a prominent NYC law firm. He currently heads the firm
Brooklyn Law School
Juris Doctor, 1986
Audrey Perlman Raphael is a partner at Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP. Audrey was recently included in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Mass Tort Litigation.
Since joining Levy Phillips & Konigsberg in 1990, she has specialized in asbestos litigation and every year achieves numerous multimillion-dollar settlements against manufacturers and suppliers of dangerous asbestos products.
Audrey led the way discovering that many different types of equipment and products contain asbestos. For example, Audrey was one of the first attorneys to conduct depositions of mesothelioma and lung cancer victims who were exposed to asbestos from cigarette filters. She also conducted some of the first depositions of asbestos victims who were exposed to asbestos from pizza ovens, welding rods, automotive friction products and residential boilers. Today, as a result of those earlier depositions, it is well known and accepted in courts across the country that these products contain asbestos. Audrey continues to lead the way discovering sources of asbestos exposure currently unknown to the general public.
Audrey also works closely with victims of asbestos exposure who were exposed to asbestos in often overlooked non occupational settings. For example, many asbestos victims were exposed through home renovations, household products and contaminated work clothes worn home from job sites. She has been a leader in the fight for the rights of women who didn
Fordham University School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1989
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