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.
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!
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.
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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
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.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Nicole Salerno has joined the firm as an associate in the New Jersey office. Prior to joining VBPNP Ms. Salerno defended general liability cases involving personal injury and property damage for national commercial clients and individual owners. We are delighted to welcome Nicole aboard.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Claudine Travers has joined the firm as an Associate in the Garden City office. Prior to joining VBPNP Ms. Travers worked as an Assistant District Attorney with the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. After her time with the District Attorneys office she entered civil litigation defending claims against health care facilities, physicians and other professionals. We are delighted to welcome Claudine aboard.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Nicole Rella has joined the firm as an associate in the Garden City office. Ms. Rella graduated from St. John’s University School of Law where she served as an Articles Editor for the St. John’s Law Review. She began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens District Attorney’s Office handling cases from initial arrest through trial. We are delighted to welcome Nicole aboard
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Dino Litourgis has joined the firm as an associate in the Long Island office. Prior to joining VBPNP Mr. Litourgis served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Supreme Court Trial Division of the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. We are delighted to welcome Dino aboard.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is very proud to announce that the firm was again recognized by Best Companies to Work for in New York. The annual list of the 2020 Best Companies To Work For In New York was created by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management (NYS-SHRM) and Best Companies Group.
This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in New York, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Companies To Work For In New York. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an anonymous employee survey to measure their experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in New York and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.