When Oliver Shaevitz first opened his office for the representation of accident victims in 1956, he could not foresee the long and successful path he was about to embark upon. During his 58 years of practice, he has been joined along the way by his sons, Mark and Eric. Last year, Dimitri Kotzamanis joined the firm as a partner. Over the years, the firm has represented thousands of clients, and has obtained numerous multimillion-dollar jury verdicts and settlements.
As with most aspects of modern life, the practice of law has become a very specialized and complex endeavor. This is especially true in the handling and prosecution of personal injury cases, where an attorney must possess a breadth of knowledge, not only in the law, but an understanding of medicine, psychology, engineering, and technology. Shaevitz, Shaevitz & Kotzamanis is dedicated to providing the most knowledgeable, sophisticated, and effective legal representation to its clients.
The staff at Shaevitz, Shaevitz & Kotzamanis takes a personal interest in the firm’s clients and attempts to relate the legal procedures to them in a clear and concise manner. With the understanding that litigation can be a stressful and complicated process, the staff sees to it that all clients are kept informed and understand what the firm is trying to accomplish on their behalf. “Clients aren’t just statistics,” says Oliver Shaevitz. “They are real people with special needs resulting from their injuries, and we do our best to make sure they are justly compensated.”
When an injury occurs, the firm takes immediate action and conducts a comprehensive investigation to ensure that all evidence is unearthed, and preserved. Shaevitz, Shaevitz & Kotzamanis knows that the effects of a serious injury can extend far beyond the physical aspect, and assists each client to solve many of their day-to-day problems, such as being reimbursed for their lost wages, and making sure that their medical and hospital bills are paid promptly, whenever possible.
Shaevitz, Shaevitz & Kotzamanis has prosecuted many memorable cases, such as representing victims who were maimed, blinded, or killed as a result of the leakage of poisonous gas from Union Carbide’s pesticide plant in Bhopal, India; representing the families of the children who died in a fire at Great Adventure amusement park in New Jersey; and representing a number of victims of 9/11.
Dimitri Kotzamanis, in fact, was selected by his peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers, recognizing him as one of the top 5% of personal injury trial attorneys in the New York metropolitan area. He consistently obtains some of the largest settlements and verdicts in New York and has been featured, on numerous occasions, in the New York Law Journal and New York Jury Verdict Reporter.
All in all, the attorneys and support staff at Shaevitz, Shaevitz & Kotzamanis are always ready to deliver compassionate and effective representation to seriously injured accident victims. True to its family foundations, the entire staff stands solidly behind the firm’s motto: “We’re Family— And That’s How We’ll Treat You.”