The attorneys at Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford have a combined total of nearly 100 years of experience representing clients who have been injuriously exposed to asbestos. For John Lipsitz, Michael Ponterio, and John Comerford, the connections to this cause are incredibly personal. In the decades since Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford was founded in 1995, our attorneys have recovered over a billion dollars on behalf of their clients diagnosed with mesothelioma. Watch the video below to learn more about the history of our firm.

John Lipsitz, Michael Ponterio and John Comerford have led the way in shaping asbestos law in New York State. Michael obtained the first personal injury jury verdict in an asbestos-related disease case in the State of New York while defending the plaintiff, an asbestos worker. The jury imposed punitive damages on the defendant asbestos manufacturer for its reckless disregard of the rights of the plaintiff (Racich v. Celotex Corporation). Two years later, Michael Ponterio and John Lipsitz obtained the first personal injury jury verdict in an asbestos-related personal injury case in Buffalo, New York. Again, the plaintiff was an asbestos worker, this time from the Union’s Buffalo local (Wolf v. Celotex Corporation).  In November 2019, John Comerford obtained an $8 million verdict for a former Kodak worker diagnosed with mesothelioma, possibly the largest Monroe County asbestos verdict to date.

As John Lipsitz states in the video below, “The history of our firm goes back 36 years with a very deep base of knowledge. We’ve extended our knowledge all throughout those years. We’ve not only handled asbestos cases, but we’ve handled a significant number of other kinds of unusual cases involving inhalation, skin absorption, and ingestion of toxic substances. We know the law with respect to the statute of limitations and how these cases proceed through the courts.”

“We’ve studied the law, we’ve put together briefs and arguments, and we’ve gone to the Appellate Division in Rochester. We’ve gone several times to the Court of Appeals in Albany to extend and establish the law in favor of workers and their rights.”

And while their focus has been, first and foremost, justice for their clients, they continue to pursue a lasting legacy of both shaping asbestos law in New York State and protecting future generations from becoming victims of similar corporate negligence.  If you or someone you love was diagnosed with mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, we can help you secure compensation for your injuries.   Contact our asbestos exposure attorneys today to learn about the history of our firm and to arrange a free consultation.

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Since 1995, the attorneys at Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC have been helping clients in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, NY, who have been injured due to asbestos exposure. Through our tireless efforts, we have helped to shape and reform asbestos laws throughout the state of New York. We have a full team of lawyers devoted to representing people exposed to asbestos.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, please contact us today and we will schedule an appointment to come to your home and meet with you and your family to explain your legal rights.