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Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff

When asked to identify the most rewarding part of handling plaintiffs’ personal injury cases, Michael S. Lamonsoff doesn’t hesitate to answer: “Winning,” he says. “I love to win, and my clients love me for it.”

In just over two decades, Mr. Lamonsoff has built one of New York’s largest law firms for personal injury, medical malpractice, and police and prosecutorial abuse cases, almost entirely through word of mouth. His reputation as a leading personal injury trial lawyer is fueled, in part, by a track record that includes some of the largest personal injury verdicts and settlements in New York history.

“The growth we’ve experienced over the years is unprecedented,” Mr. Lamonsoff says. “Our focus remains on winning while building a trusting relationship with our clients. We are proud to say that the vast majority of clients that come to our firm are referred by former and current clients.”

The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff has successfully litigated a considerable amount of high-profile matters. Among its landmark cases, Mr. Lamonsoff’s firm represented many of the families who lost loved ones in the 2001 American Airlines Flight 587 disaster, which was one of the deadliest plane crashes on U.S. soil. His firm also represents many of the victims of the 2013 Metro-North train disasters in Connecticut and the Bronx; the 2015 train crash in Halifax, North Carolina; the 2014 gas explosion in East Harlem; and the 2012 police shootings at the Empire State Building.

While the vast majority of cases settle, Mr. Lamonsoff believes in preparing every case for trial. “Our philosophy is that the highest settlements are awarded when the defendant is afraid of the consequences of a trial against a highly prepared law firm. We are that law firm.”

Indeed, the firm’s reputation for being trial-ready has been integral to its record verdicts and settlements. In 2014, Mr. Lamonsoff’s firm secured a $4.75 million settlement two days before trial on behalf of a man who served 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit; this result stands as the highest figure in state history for a wrongful conviction. Also last year, Mr. Lamonsoff’s firm obtained one of the highest verdicts in the state—a $5.5 million award—for a construction worker who suffered spinal injuries when a wood bracing collapsed while he was exiting a trench; and in another case involving an injured construction worker, the firm attained a $4.75 million settlement just before jury selection.

With these results and the firm’s many other million- and multimillion-dollar recoveries, Mr. Lamonsoff has attained the status of an authority in his field, and he is often called upon by local, national, and international news outlets to provide commentary on the high-profile cases he litigates as well as commentary on important, trending legal topics. His peers, meanwhile, have named him to Super Lawyers and inducted him into the prestigious Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. And as a leader in the legal community, he has served on the New York State Trial Lawyers’ Association’s Board of Directors and is currently the highest-rated New York City personal injury attorney on the internet’s premier lawyer ranking service, Avvo.

Mr. Lamonsoff says, “When I founded this firm back in 1995, I wanted to create not just the biggest law firm concentrating in personal injury, but the most successful, professional and aggressive firm. My team has been instilled with an unyielding ‘no-holds-barred’ attitude toward litigation and fighting for our clients.”

Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff
New York Office
Financial Square
32 Old Slip
New York, NY 10005

New Jersey Office
24 Lackawanna Plaza
Millburn, NJ 07041
ph: 212.962.1020