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Adam Covitt Secures Defense Verdict

By | VBPNP In the News

After an extensive delay due to the ongoing global pandemic, Adam Covitt, with the assistance of Vasilios Lolis, secured a defense verdict on January 14, 2021. This followed a two-week medical malpractice trial in Suffolk County Supreme Court last spring. The case was a wrongful death matter of significant exposure.

The plaintiff had alleged a failure to diagnose colon cancer in a 51-year-old ulcerative colitis patient during several screening colonoscopies. Through successful cross-examination of the plaintiff’s experts, Mr. Covitt was able to establish that the alleged colonoscopy guidelines did not apply to this patient and that his client used appropriate clinical judgment in performance of the procedures. Moreover, he was able to establish flaws in the plaintiff’s expert’s calculation of the alleged tumor size and that the growth rate relied upon by the expert was completely speculative.

Rani Kulkarni joins VBPNP, LLP

By | VBPNP In the News

Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Rani Kulkarni  has joined the firm as an associate in the New York City office.  Prior to joining VBPNP Ms. Kulkarni was employed as a fourth year medical malpractice defense attorney at a reputable U.S. law firm in Melbourne, Australia. Ms. Kulkarni managed a high-volume practice representing hospitals, health care providers and insurers in the defense of medical malpractice claims. We are delighted to welcome Rani aboard.

VBPNP Again Rated As The Top Law Firm To Work For In New York State

By | VBPNP In the News

We are very proud to announce that VBPNP was named as the fourth best medium sized company to work for in the State of New York.  In addition, VBPNP once again finished as the highest ranked law firm of any size in New York State.  

Due to the ongoing COVID epidemic, this year’s announcement of The Best Companies to Work for in New York by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management and Best Companies Group was made during a virtual ceremony on August 5, 2020.  This program celebrates the state’s top employers, which have proven that they know what it takes to create an environment where people love to come to work.  

NYSSHRM/BCG uses a two-part process to determine New York’s best employers.  Part one of the assessment, which represents 25% of each company’s total score, consists of an analysis of each company’s benefits, policies, practices and other general data.  Part two of the assessment, representing 75% of each company’s total score, consists of a detailed anonymous survey of all company employees that evaluates the entirety of the employees’ workplace experience.  

Our commitment to providing a collaborative and rewarding work environment has served as the bedrock of the firm’s remarkable growth and success since we opened in January of 2015.  We could not have maintained this level of success without the hard work and dedication of each and every member of the VBPNP team.  While the firm has had many accomplishments over the years, to be recognized as the best law firm to work for in New York State remains our most gratifying honor.

Mandy Nguyen joins VBPNP, LLP

By | VBPNP In the News

Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Mandy Nguyen has joined the firm as an associate in the Manhattan office.  Prior to joining VBPNP Ms. Nguyen was an attorney with a well-known NYC defense firm representing physicians, hospitals and other healthcare facilities through all stages of complex medical malpractice litigation. Ms. Nguyen began her career as an attorney at the Legal Aid Society, a major non-profit organization in NYC.  We are delighted to welcome Mandy aboard.

VBPNP  Secures Summary Judgment Win on Behalf of Subcontractor Client

By | VBPNP In the News

On June 23, 2020, Thomas Jaffa, with the help of Neil Mascolo, secured summary judgment in favor of a subcontractor client in Supreme Court, Kings County.  Plaintiff alleged that he was caused to fall into an unprotected 3’ by 3’ opening at a jobsite.  Plaintiff claimed that the subcontractor client had created the opening and/or failed to properly cover the opening.  Mr. Jaffa argued that the evidence was clear in that the client did not create the opening in question, nor was it responsible for covering said opening.  In fact, another subcontractor was working in the opening at the time of the alleged accident.  Honorable Robin K. Sheares determined that Mr. Jaffa established entitlement to summary judgment.  The Court found that the client did not perform any work at or near the location of the alleged accident.  as such, the complaint and all cross-claims alleged were dismissed.  The Court’s dismissal averted the need for the client to continue with litigation and court appearance and prevented a costly trial from taking place.

VBPNP Of Counsel promotions

By | VBPNP In the News

We are very excited to announce that Margaret Antonino, Ruth Tisdale, Mary Holupka and Danielle Hansen have been promoted to Of Counsel.  

From the start of their time with the firm, these four attorneys have proven to be outstanding.  Their work product and effort are terrific and they are always ready, willing and able to do whatever they can to help the firm.  Each has exemplified the VBPNP motto:  a terrific person who happens to be very good at what they do.  We recognize how lucky we are to have them as part of our team and know that their future with us is very bright.  This new recognition has been well earned and we look forward to their assistance as we continue the team effort to make this firm the best it can be.

Congratulations Margaret, Ruth, Mary and Danielle!

VBPNP is proud to announce that one of our partners, Ralph Vincent Morales, has authored an historical fiction that is on sale now!

By | Uncategorized, VBPNP in the Community, VBPNP In the News

The book, “A Saint’s Letters from the Depths of Hell,” is the compelling story of the uncle that Ralph never knew: Vincent “Saint” Santaniello, a United States Marine who was killed in action on March 28, 1968 in Cam Lo, Vietnam.  This gripping drama is based on the dozens of letters that “Saint” wrote to his sister and best friend, Lilly, in 1967-68, the accounts of his brother Marines in Vietnam, and the imagination of his oldest surviving nephew, Ralph, who was born to Lilly sixteen months after Vinnie’s death. This is a memoir of undying love and loyalty, as seen through the conflicting prisms of war and family. The timeless story of Vinnie, his courageous brother Marines, and his big sister, Lilly, is one that will touch your soul and captivate your mind.

 You can purchase the book now in your choice of hardcover, paperback, or as an eBook compatible with Kindle or Nook, by clicking on the BUY NOW! button in the below link.  The book is also available in all three formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


19 Attorneys from VBPNP Recognized by Super Lawyers

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VBPNP is very proud to announce that 19 of our attorneys have been recognized by the prestigious Super Lawyers®, a rating service which identifies those attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than five percent of lawyers from a given state are selected. The following attorneys have been recognized as Super Lawyers in 2020:

• Alfred P. Vigorito
• John W. Barker
• Gary W. Patterson, Jr.
• Jeffrey R. Nichols
• Mamie Stathatos-Fulgieri
• Dylan Braverman
• Kenneth J. Burford
• Kiki Chrisomallides
• Charles K. Faillace
• Anna I. Hock
• Guy A. Lawrence
• Neil Mascolo, Jr.
• Adonaid C. Medina
• Wayne M. Roth
The following attorneys were recognized as Rising Stars:
• Daniele DeZago
• Craig M. Goldwasser
• Danielle Hansen
• Allison Sanders
• Ruth L. Tisdale

Seema Palmerson joins VBPNP, LLP

By | VBPNP In the News

Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Seema Palmerson has joined the firm as an Associate in the Garden City office.  Prior to joining VBPNP Ms. Palmerson worked at a firm specializing in medical malpractice defense in Garden City, New York and prior to that was an attorney with the Manhattan Family Court Legal Services for the Administration for Children’s Services. We are delighted to welcome Seema aboard.