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Devon Reiff

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New York, NY

Devon Reiff P.C.
110 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-988-9000
Fax: 212-571-7174
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 1981
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Health Care, Workers' Compensation: Claimant
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Background: Mr. Reiff graduated the nationally ranked Fordham University and Fordham School of Law in NYC. Devon was an All-American athlete and  inducted into the Fordham University Athletic Hall of Fame for both Swimming and Water Polo. After law school, Mr. Reiff was chosen to become a member of the New York City Law Department's Manhattan Trial Unit. He spent several years in the courtroom handling back to back trials for the City before entering private practice. For four decades now, Devon Reiff has been helping those who have been injured and suffered harms and losses as result of others' negligence. After 19 years at the helm of a large personal injury law firm with 6 offices throughout the New York Metropolitan and suburb areas he established his own boutique Manhattan based law firm, Devon Reiff P.C., in 2007.

For more than 10 years, while working with a leading NYC construction site accident law firm he represented their clients who were members of construction trade unions, including structural-steel ironworkers, ornamental ironworkers, laborers, steamfitters, lathers, bridge painters, carpenters, and other injured individuals. As a trial lawyer at that firm, both individually and as co-trial counsel, Devon had obtained several multi-million dollar jury verdicts and many multi-million dollar settlements for their clients. In the court room, Devon worked with the lead trial attorney at that firm in 2016 and 2019 respectively in obtaining two exceptionally large jury verdicts, ($13.7 Million & $22.9 Million respectively) for that firm's clients.  Those cases eventually resulted in confidential settlements.

He has recently become of counsel to the law firm Elefterakis, Elefterakis, & Panek which Devon considers to be an extremely successful, young, caring, innovative, and exciting law firm to affiliate himself and his clients with. 

Overall, Mr. Reiff has extensive trial experience and has vigorously represented clients in cases involving construction site accidents, motor vehicle crashes, defects in premises causing trip / slip and falls accidents, medical negligence, negligent health care and abuse in nursing homes, and those injured by defective dangerous products, and cases against The City of New York and New York State when people are injured by their employee's negligence. He has also represented victims of police brutality and families that have lost a loved one in an accident or as a result of medical negligence. Mr. Reiff also assists claimants in workers compensation matters and Social Security disability claims.

Some of Mr. Reiff’s earlier career successes on behalf of his clients include:

$4.3 Million jury verdict for a union construction worker window mechanic
$3.6 Million settlement for a pedestrian hit-and-run victim.
$3.5 Million jury verdict for a union construction worker electrician
$3.5 Million jury verdict for a taxi driver who was shot due to the failure of apartment building security devices
$2.1 Million settlement for a driver struck by a commercial truck 
$1.82 Million jury verdict award for a victim of police brutality
Fellow professionals have taken notice of his successes, as evidenced by his receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell; Selected to Super Lawyers for 16 consecutive years; a "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo; & selection to the Best Lawyers from 2016 through 2021.

Admitted to practice in New York State courts, Mr. Reiff is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Supreme Court of the United States.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, is a certification mark used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Health Care
  • 10%Workers' Compensation: Claimant
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Nursing Home, Health & Health Care Law

Selections

17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022

About Devon Reiff

First Admitted: 1981, New York

Professional Webpage: https://reifflaw.com/about/

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Association for Justice, board of directors
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, Mediator
  • United States Supreme Court, 1985
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association, executive committee
  • United States District Court, Southern District, 1981
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • INDUCTEE FORDHAM UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME FOR BOTH SWIMMING AND WATER POLO

Educational Background

  • GRADUATE OF FORDHAM UNIVERSITY AND FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association 
  • New York State Real Estate Broker License, 2015

Honors/Awards

  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury Lawyer of The Year, Institute For Jewish Humanities
  • Appointment to the Manhattan Trial Unit, Office of the Corporation Counsel, City of New York, 1981
  • Super Lawyers, from 2006 through 2021, Best Lawyers, from 2016 through 2021., Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Back in May of 2006, a settlement was reached with the State of New York in which it agreed to pay $200,000 to my client, a woman who narrowly escaped being killed by a flying beach umbrella at Robert Moses State Park. That story was carried by the New York newspapers including the New York Times on May 18. Each summer the same phenomenon of flying beach umbrellas seriously injuring beach goers repeatedly occurs across the coastlines, Author, Unsecured Beach Umbrella Poses Extreme Risks, Plaintiff's Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Road Map to Jury Selection” for the New York State Trial Lawyers Quarterly
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Faculty member
  • About the various types of jurors who want to be selected for juries but who hide their true reasons and why they do it. The reversible verdicts when judges, usually for purposes of expediency, fail to excuse apparently biased or prejudiced jurors during the jury selection process, allowing them to sit and eventually deliberate on juries when they should have been excluded due to their bias.  Many cited cases with examples, Author, Jurors with Agendas, Published in the New York State Trial Lawyers annual publication. Lead article, Plaintiff's Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • An investigation by the Food and Drug Administration of a number of its employees, characterized as an effort to quell their communication with outside critics of the agency, particularly in the matter of medical review procedures, was the topic of a recent New York Times article. In that article, reporters Eric Lichtblau and Scott Shane wrote that an initial review by the FDA of a small group of seemingly dissident scientists in its ranks in 2010 was expanded into a probe of several others within the agency, FDA Caught Red-handed Spying on Its Employees
  • According to a recent report by The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), many nursing home residents suffering from dementia are being prescribed atypical antipsychotic drugs (AAP) despite potentially life-threatening consequences. Atypical (or second-generation) antipsychotic drugs are used to treat various psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. , Author, Study Says, Nursing Home Residents Are Being Prescribed Antipsychotic Drugs Regardless of Potentially Hazardous Side Effects, Plaintiff's Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • The consumer watchdog organization Public Citizen, in its Worst Pills Best Pills Newsletter for May 2011, highlighted the February review in the French medical journal Prescrire International, of four studies examining the link between blood clots and oral contraceptives containing the progestin drospirenone, Studies Show Oral Contraceptives Containing Drospirenone Increase the Risk of Blood Clots

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Veterinarian Malpractice case resulting in large settlement for pet owner, 2020
  • The appeal of Social Security Administration decision concerning spousal benefits. The appeal is in an effort to gain more years of retroactivity, 2021
  • COVID-19 rights assistance, 2020

Verdicts/Settlements

  • $9.5Million settled while at trial time with judicial mediation Judge for another firm's client who was a young union iron worker who was struck on his neck and shoulder by a falling plank which was being used to secure a fire blanket. The plank became unsecured and fell from 30 feet above while his co-worker was welding during construction of a new building in the Manhattan Meat Packing District.  Two shoulder surgeries and cervical spinal fusion which caused and end to his career as an iron worker. , 2020
  • $3.7Million recovery for a union lather of another firm's client who fell from fixed ladder attached to the roof side of the building during new construction.  As he was ascending the ladder attempting to tighten bolts a top rung of the ladder pulled put causing him to fall to the roof top below the ladder, 2020
  • $3.385 Million recoveries for a union ironworker supervisor, for another firm's client, whose hand was caught beneath a modular unit being lowered to a trailer when he tried to adjust the dunnage on the trailer in order to land the modular unit correctly. Multiple surgeries involving hand, elbow, shoulder, and lumbar spine, 2020
  • $2Million settlement obtained while at Jury Selection for another firm's client who was a union Ironworker struck by falling bolting gun,  Suffered neck injury resulting in spinal surgery, 2020
  • $1,800,000 settlement at private mediation for a Union construction worker who is another firm's client who fell off an unsteady ladder during lobby renovation of multi-story residential housing development.  Shoulder surgery and aggravation of prior lumbar spine condition.  . , 2019
  • $1,750,000 settlement in mediation for another firm's client Union Sandhog working in MTA tunnel expansion project struck by falling Sakrete concrete mix. Fractured arm with nerve damage, 2019
  • $3.8 Million settlement was reached for a Union Ornamental Ironworker for another firm's client, who, with his co-workers, was moving a spreader bar on a dolly. Dolly got stuck on floor debris and tipped causing the spreader bar to fall off the dolly onto plaintiff's foot, 2019
  • $22.9 Million Jury Verdict. 39-Year-old Union Ironworker fell 12 feet from atop an electrical room rooftop, upon which he was directed to stand, in order to torque test bolts that were installed on a steel beam during the construction of a highway bridge. The issues to be determined by the jury were whether he was provided with the proper tie-off protection and a proper work platform.  He underwent two spinal surgeries and despite attempting to return to work, eventually, he was forced to end his ironworking career due to his injuries. Devon Reiff handled this case throughout pre-trial litigation and co-tried it with the lead trial attorney at another law firm., 2019
  • $2.5Million settlement for Union Sheetmetal Worker Devon Reiff client who fell 5 feet while descending ladder (R.R.), 2014
  • $3 Million awarded to 48 year old construction worker for another firm's client who fell from bakers scaffold while performing façade renovation of a commercial bank's entrance, 2019
  • $3 Million settlement for 46 year old window installer who was another firm's client who fell 8 feet from broken plank onto sidewalk bridge roof below. Required knee and spinal surgeries. , 2019
  • $6.9 Million awarded to a 34 year old union ironworker, another firm's client who fell from a cross beam he was working on when the bolts failed causing the beam to break away from the support column.  He suffered career ending shattered pelvis injuries requiring multiple complex surgeries., 2019
  • $3.8 Million settlement for a 45 year old Union Steamfitter, another firm's  client, while a passenger on an outside construction hoist which free fell while descending the last 10 feet striking the springs. , 2019
  • $500,000 to a non-union electrician, Devon Reiff client who fell from a ladder fracturing his elbow requiring surgery.  Intoxication was at issue. (A.C.), 2018
  • $2.8 Million award to a union mason worker, another firm's client who tripped on garbage strewn on stairs at a construction site fracturing his wrist.  Eventually after unsuccessful wrist surgeries he had wrist fusion surgery., 2018
  • $1.5 Million for a union steamfitter, another firm's client who slipped and fell on a piece of discarded insulation wrapping on a ramp at a construction site, 2018
  • $2.5 Million awarded to driver Devon Reiff client who was hit from behind by a commercial vehicle. After 6 years he had spinal surgeries, 2018
  • $3 Million for a new union ironworker, another firm's client who fell when the platform plank he was working on cracked causing him to fall 8 feet to the below sidewalk bridge deck. Suffered lumbar spinal injuries requiring surgical repair, 2018
  • $1.45 Million Settlement: Cement & Concrete Laborer, Devon Reiff client, who tripped and fell due to an unsecured hole covering on the construction site floor during demolition at a construction site. (M.C.) , 2015
  • $3.125 Million Settlement: Union Steamfitter for another firm's client - Construction Site Accident, 2014
  • $6.3 Million Settlement During Trial at Summations : Union Steamfitter Worker - Construction Site Accident -for another firm's client., 2017
  • $1.6 Million Settlement: Union Painter - Construction Site Accident. Sacks and Sacks client, 2016
  • $3.4 Million Settlement: Union Iron Worker - Construction Site Accident. Sacks and Sacks client., 2016
  • $3 Million Settlement: Union Concrete & Cement Laborer - Devon Reiff client Construction Site Accident (M.G.), 2015
  • $2.1 Million Settlement: Driver - Devon Reiff client Struck by commercial vehicle, 2017
  • $3 Million Settlement: Non Union Laborer - Construction Site Accident for another firm's client., 2014
  • $2.8 Million Settlement: Union Sheet Metal Worker - Construction Site Accident.  Sacks and Sacks client., 2012
  • $2 Million Settlement: Union Glazier (Metal & Glass) Worker - Construction Site Accident. Sacks and Sacks client., 2013
  • $4.5 Million Settlement: Union Sheet Metal Worker - Construction Site Accident. Sacks and Sacks client, 2015
  • $2 Million Settlement: Union Bridge Painter - Construction Site Accident.  Sacks and Sacks client., 2012
  • $1 Million Settlement: Union Carpenter - Construction Site Accident.  Sacks and Sacks client., 2016
  • $3.1 Million Settlement: Union Insulator - Construction Site Accident. Sacks and Sacks client, 2015
  • $13.7 Million Jury Verdict: Union Steamfitter - Construction Site Accident.  Injured when the personnel hoist he was descending on to go to lunch break with fellow co-workers suddenly free dropped striking the bumper springs below ground level.  He had cervical and lumbar spinal surgeries which ended his career. Devon Reiff handled this from inception to trial and co-tried it with the Sacks and Sacks lead trial attorney  Jim McCrorie, 2016
  • $1.4 Million Settlement: Union Bridge Painter - Construction Site Accident. Sacks and Sacks client, 2015
  • $2.4 Million Settlement: Union Iron Worker - Construction Site Accident. Sacks and Sacks client., 2016
  • $1 Million Settlement: Union Iron Worker - Construction Site Accident. Sacks and Sacks client., 2013
  • $3.4 Million Settlement: Union Iron Worker - Construction Site Accident.  Sacks and Sacks client., 2017
  • $975,000 Settlement: Union Worker - Construction Site Accident.  Sacks and Sacks client., 2014
  • $2.1 Million Settlement: Union Iron Worker - Construction Site Accident.  Sacks and Sacks client., 2016
  • $1.55 Million Settlement: Union Steamfitter - Construction Site Accident.  Sacks and Sacks client., 2013
  • $3.8 Million Settlement: Union Bridge Painter - Construction Site Accident. Sacks and Sacks client., 2016
  • $2.75 Million Settlement: Union Bridge Painter - Construction Site Accident. Sacks and Sacks client., 2014
  • $1.82 Million Jury Verdict: Devon Reiff client - Police Excessive Use of Force , 2016
  • $3.25 Million Settlement: Union Lather / Ironworker - Construction Site Accident. for another firm's client, 2015
  • $2.75 Million Settlement: Union Operating Engineer - Construction Site Accident. Sacks and Sacks client., 2016
  • $1.1 Million Settlement: Union Iron Worker - Construction Site Accident. Another firm's client., 2014
  • $6.5 Million Settlement at Private Mediation: Union Iron Worker - Construction Site Accident. Another firm's client., 2017
  • $650,000 Settlement: Union Plumber. Devon Reiff client- Trip and Fall Accident, 2016
  • $2.5 Million Settlement: Union Iron Worker - Construction Site Accident. For another firm's client., 2013
  • $2.65 Million Settlement: Union Iron Worker - Construction Site Accident. For another firm's client., 2017

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Office Location for Devon Reiff

110 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

Phone: 212-988-9000

Fax: 212-571-7174

Last Updated: 6/9/2022

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