Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols and Porter, LLP is very proud to announce the opening of our new office in Naples, Florida. Since our founding in 2015, the firm has developed relationships with many national insurance carriers, corporations and health care providers. Our clients have come to expect outstanding results secondary to our creative and relentless approach to each case. We will now bring this level of client service to the Sunshine State. Margaret Antonino will be managing the Florida office.
On September 16, 2019, Mamie Stathatos-Fulgieri and Megan Lawless secured summary judgment in favor of a surgeon and hospital in the Supreme Court, Queens County. The plaintiff claimed that these defendants committed malpractice by negligently performing surgery to retrieve a retained portion of the plaintiff’s intrauterine device (IUD), resulting in additional surgeries, the exacerbation of plaintiff’s pelvic pain and endometriosis, and contributing to plaintiff’s impaired fertility. In support of their motion for summary judgment, the defendants presented evidence that they fully informed plaintiff of the risks of the surgery and that surgery may not be successful in removing the IUD piece or relieving plaintiff’s pelvic pain. The defendants also presented expert testimony that plaintiff’s alleged injuries were not due to any act or omission on the part of the defendants, but rather were caused by plaintiff’s past medical history, including her adenomyosis and history of venereal disease, both of which are known to cause pelvic pain and impaired fertility.
Ultimately, despite repeated requests for extensions to oppose defendants’ motion, the plaintiff did not submit opposition papers and the Hon. Peter J. O’Donoghue granted summary judgment and dismissed the case. The court’s dismissal forestalled the need for our clients to continue with costly litigation and a protracted trial on the merits.
On September 25, 2019, Mr. Brennan obtained a directed verdict on behalf of his client, a Suffolk County hospital. The plaintiff alleged that the hospital staff negligently managed the care of the 85 year old decedent with several comorbidities, while in the custody of the hospital, resulting in a left femur fracture requiring surgical repair. Following the close of the plaintiff’s case, Mr. Brennan successfully argued that plaintiff did not make out a prima facie case to establish negligence by the hospital staff, and that the doctrine of res ipsa loquitor was inapplicable under the facts of the case. Accordingly, his motion was granted and the case was dismissed.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Daniel O’Connell has joined the firm as an Associate in the Garden City office. Prior to joining VBPNP Mr. O’Connell while at St. John’s Law School, interned with Gotham Government Relations and Sewanhaka Central School District where he gained significant experience in political communications, education law, labor law, and commercial litigation. We are delighted to welcome Daniel aboard.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Andres Sanchez has joined the firm as an associate in the Garden City office. Prior to joining VBPNP Mr. Sanchez served as a prosecutor in the Supreme Court Trial Division of the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. We are delighted to welcome Andres aboard.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Emeka Thomas has joined the firm as an Associate in the Valhalla office. Prior to joining VBPNP Mr. Thomas graduated from St. John’s University School of law and interned with New York State Homes and Community Renewal, where he worked with both the Housing and Finance Agency and the Office of Economic Opportunity and Partnership Development. We are delighted to welcome Emeka aboard.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Morgan Gieser has joined the firm as an associate in the Garden City office. Prior to joining VBPNP Ms. Gieser earned her Juris Doctorate from The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in 2019. We are delighted to welcome Morgan aboard.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that Michael Diven has joined the firm as an associate in the Valhalla office. Prior to joining VBPNP Mr. Diven graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University School of Law where he gained litigation experience at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina, being certified for practical training by the North Carolina State Bar. We are delighted to welcome Michael aboard.
Vigorito, Barker, Patterson, Nichols & Porter, LLP is proud to announce that John P. O’Brien has joined the firm as an associate in the Garden City office. Prior to joining VBPNP Mr. O’Brien received his Juris Doctorate from the Fordham University School of Law in 2019. While pursuing his legal education, Mr. O’Brien worked in the Fordham Law School Legislative Policy and Advocacy Clinic of Lincoln Square Legal Services, Inc. We are delighted to welcome John aboard.