Michael S. Lamonsoff

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New York, NY

Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC
 | 32 Old Slip, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Phone: 800-517-0583
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Civil Rights (20%),
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French,
  • Polish,
  • Russian,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Michael S. Lamonsoff, ESQ. is the founder and owner of the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC., one of the largest law firms in New York concentrating its practice in personal injury, medical malpractice and police abuse cases. He is licensed to practice law in the State Courts of New York and the Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

No case is too large or too small for Mr. Lamonsoff and his firm. His “no holds barred” approach to litigation and his unyielding settlement negotiation style has led his firm to attain some of the highest verdicts and settlements in New York in the representation of his clients.

Mr. Lamonsoff has represented clients in some of the highest profile personal injury and civil rights cases in recent history. These cases include:

-The families of the victims of the tragic American Airlines Flight 587 disaster, in which all aboard the doomed 747 airliner died.
-The victims of the Empire State Building shootings
-The Harlem Gas explosion
-Many recent train disasters, including those involving Metro North in New York, Connecticut and Halifax, North Carolina, in which scores of people were injured and killed.
-Fernando Bermudez, who was falsely imprisoned for 18 years for a murder he did not commit, obtaining the highest award against the State in New York History.

Mr. Lamonsoff has made numerous television appearances and has been interviewed and widely quoted in the print press regarding high profile cases handled by the firm. He has been interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Univision and Telemundo, as well various local networks like NY1, MY9, Channel 10, News 12 and 1010 WINS. He has also been interviewed and quoted in print including the New York Times, Newsday, Daily News, the Village Voice and the New York Post. Internationally he has appeared on German and Chinese national television and in international publications.

His Philosophy:

While the vast majority of cases settle, Mr. Lamonsoff believes in speedily preparing every case for trial. “The insurance companies are afraid to go to trial, yet they want to control the amount of compensation our clients should get for their injuries. They know that once the case goes to trial, they have lost this control to a jury. Juries are far more sympathetic to our clients’ plight than multi-national insurance corporations. The insurance companies will use an overburdened Court system to delay our clients’ cases from going to trial hoping the pressure of waiting will force our clients to settle for far less than what a jury may award them. That is why, the closer we come to trial the more money they will offer. We know all of their delay tactics. I have assembled a special team of highly aggressive attorneys, paralegals, experts and paraprofessionals to defeat these tactics and push the cases forward. We beat the insurance companies at their own game. Our success speaks volumes. We have consistently obtained the highest verdicts and settlements in New York.”

 

Memberships & Recognitions:

-New York State Bar Association
-Board of Directors for the New York State Trial Lawyers’ Association, where he served as its subcommittee chairman for the Anti-Runner’s Ethics Committee.
-American Association for Justice and the New York County Lawyers’ Association.
-Super Lawyer
-Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
-Million Dollar Advocate
-Top New York Verdicts 2014
-Top New York Settlements 2014

Education, Scholarships, & Internships:

Mr. Lamonsoff graduated from the University of Arizona with Bachelors of Arts degree. Thereafter, he began his postgraduate studies program at Columbia University. As one of the postgraduate program’s most accomplished students, he was awarded a meritorious scholarship for his academic achievements.  While at Columbia, he served as the editor of the student newspaper.

Mr. Lamonsoff graduated with dual post-graduate degrees, a Masters of Arts and Masters of Education in the field of Psychology.

Following his graduation from Columbia, he attended the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. During law school, he was selected by the Honorable Justice Simone E. Chrein, Chief Magistrate of the Federal Court for the Eastern District of New York, to serve as his Student Law Clerk Intern. Thereafter, he was selected as a Student Law Clerk Intern to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Civil Division, serving under the then acting United States Attorney, Rudolph Guliani. After completing his work with the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Lamonsoff was hired as a Law Clerk specializing in drafting appeals for an insurance defense firm.

Upon his graduation from law school, he was hired as a staff attorney/litigator by the law firm of Garfinkel & Lesman, in house counsel to one of America’s largest insurance companies, the American International Group. After serving with distinction there, Mr. Lamonsoff accepted a partnership with a large plaintiff’s personal injury law firm in New York City. In 1995, Mr. Lamonsoff left that firm and founded the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC. As a result of his aggressive and results-based litigation style, the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC. has become one of the largest law firms concentrating in the representation of victims in personal injury, medical malpractice and police abuse cases.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Civil Rights (20%): Police Misconduct

Construction Litigation (10%)

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (10%): Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Civil Rights: Police Misconduct

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2014

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About Michael Lamonsoff

Admitted: 1991, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.msllegal.com/michael-s-lamonsoff/

Honors and Awards:

  • As Published in New York Magazine, Leading Personal Injury Lawyers, 2016
  • As published in New York Magazine, Top Verdicts & Settlements Personal Injury Litigators, 2015
  • Verdict Search New York's Top 25 Settlements, 2014
  • Featured in The New York Law Journal, Verdict Search Top New York Verdicts, 2014
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2014
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, "Super Lawyers" Panel
  • Member, New York County Lawyers' Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Subcommittee Chairman, Anti-Runner's Ethics Committee, New York State Trial Lawyers’ Association
  • Board of Directors, New York State Trial Lawyers' Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • State Courts of New York

Verdicts and Settlements:

  •  $5,500,000 verdict awarded construction worker who was injured when a wood bracing collapsed while exiting a ditch resulting in spinal injuries.   $4,750,000 awarded to a construction worker who was injured when a concrete slab fell and struck him resulting in multiple injuries.  $7,000,000 awarded to Fernando Bermudez, now an internationally acclaimed speaker, for due process violations by members of the NYPD which resulted in an 18 year wrongful conviction for a murder he did not commit.  The award is one of the highest settlements ever paid by the City of New York for civil rights violations. Additionally, $4,750,000 was awarded to Fernando Bermudez, as a result of the wrongful conviction. The award is the highest against the State in New York State history.   $4,100,000 settlement in a case involving a construction worker who was injured when he tripped over a loose beam.   $4,000,000+ for family members of victims of the fatal American Flight 587 Airline Disaster.   $3,500,000 awarded to an injured construction worker after he tripped and fell over a plumbing pipe that was covered and obscured by snow at a construction site.   $3,200,000 recovered in a case involving a construction worker who was injured when he was struck by falling construction material.   $3,000,000 obtained for a laborer who was injured when he fell from an 18 foot ladder that was not secured properly.   $2,500,000 awarded in a case involving a union laborer who was injured when struck by an improperly secured lumber.   $2,000,000 awarded to a construction worker who was injured when a trench collapsed.   $2,000,000 recovered for a 14 year old boy was struck by a van while riding a bicycle.   $1,675,000 awarded to a driver of a car which struck by another car.   $1,600.000 awarded to a woman who was a passenger in a vehicle rear-ended by an 18-wheel tractor trailer. Injuries included back neck and shoulder injuries.   $1,500,000 recovered in a case involving a construction worker who was injured when he fell from unsecured scaffold.   $1,495,000 awarded to a passenger of a vehicle in which the driver lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree.   $1,250,000 awarded to a 35 year old taxi cab driver whose vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle.   $1,000,050 jury award to a driver of a vehicle that was rear-ended by an MTA bus.   $1,000,180 awarded to the family of a 1 year old infant who fell and drowned in a full bucket placed to catch water leaking from a ceiling.   $1,000,000 awarded to a union plasterer who was injured on the job when he was burned by a torch.   $1,000,000 awarded to a construction worker who fell through a skylight in a warehouse.

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Educational Background:

  • The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Columbia University, Masters of Arts and Masters of Education, Psychology, Honor: Editor, Student Newspaper
  • University of Arizona, Bachelors of Arts
Office Location for Michael S. Lamonsoff

32 Old Slip
8th Floor
New York, NY 10005

Phone: 800-517-0583

 

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