Yesterday’s election contests throughout the state presented some of the most heated races in recent memory. No race more heavily contested than the race for the Nassau County District Attorney’s office between Madeline Singas and Kate Murray. The race pitted Singas, the acting district attorney for Nassau County after the seat was vacated by Kathleen Rice after last year’s election against Kate Murray, a career politician with massive support from the Republican party and politicians such as Rudolph Giuliani. When the polls closed, it became apparent that Nassau County voters opted for the person most qualified to hold the District Attorney’s office in Singas rather than Murray who suffered the defeat in Nassau County which has always been a Republican stronghold.
We are very proud to have supported Madeline Singas from the day she decided to run for District Attorney until last night when she claimed victory in this hotly contested election. We wish Mr. Singas her the best of luck in facing the challenges that come with the District Attorney’s Office and have all the confidence that her performance will benefit the residents of Nassau County.
Partner, Elias N. Fillas, Esq., Keynote Speaker at the Korean American Association of Queens New York, 35th Anniversary Benefit Gala For the Lunar New Year Parade.
Congratulations to Si Aydiner, Esq. for his second consecutive year recognition as a super lawyer rising star.
The appellate term of the second department set aside the verdict that dismissed our clients case because the trial judge allowed hearsay evidence admitted during the trial. The trial judge allowed a medical expert called by the defendant to testify about a document that was not admitted into evidence. The trial court overruled trial attorney and partner, Elias N. Fillas, Esq. vehement objections to the hearsay during the trial, and the court then denied our motion to set aside the verdict. The firm looked to our own associate, Jeremy Ribakove, Esq. at Sacco & Fillas, LLP to fight our cause in the appellate term and correct the reversible error. Jeremy was on the appellate brief and oral arguments. Kudos to Jeremy for an outstanding job!! Our client who sustained a disabling injury requiring back surgery will get justice at another trial. We will have our evidence guru, Jeremy Ribakove, Esq. on standby.
PRODIGY is defined as “a person endowed with exceptional qualities or abilities.” Sacco & Fillas, LLP has a Prodigy in their Personal Injury Department. If you recall from a previous post Igor Grichanik, Esq tried his first case resulting in a phenomenal result on a de minimis case. We are proud to advise that Igor just tried his second case this week. This case was tried to verdict in Supreme Court: Queens County and it was scripted for a defense verdict. A few months ago defense counsel made a motion to have the case dismissed because it did not meet the Threshold Requirement of a serious injury pursuant to Insurance Law Section 5102(d). As a compromise to the Court, we agreed to have an immediate trial as opposed to have the Court decide the motion because in our opinion the Court would have granted the defendant’s motion. What the Defense Counsel did not know, we had our “ace in the hole”; namely, Igor Grichanik, Esq. Not only was there a question whether our client sustained a serious injury but the liability was an issue as well. The jury returned a unanimous verdict and awarded our client $125,000.00. Prodigy? Stay tuned and watch confirmed Trial Attorney Igor Grichanik, Esq. at Sacco & Fillas, LLP
NYC had its first heat wave for the Summer of 2015 but in Supreme Court: Queens County there was fire in the courtroom from July 29, 2015 to August 18, 2015 that accumulated with an amazing verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $650,000.00 against the New York City Transit Authority for an unsafe condition on its stairwell causing the plaintiff to fall and sustain a fractured leg. The fireman at large in the courtroom creating the heat is no other than Trial Attorney at Sacco & Fillas, LLP, James Benintendi, Esq. where he accomplished the great verdicts with two (2) different juries: the first verdict found the New York City Transit Authority 100% negligent and the second jury awarded the plaintiff $650,000.00. Great Job James!! Of a special note: To complete this trial Mr. Benintendi cancelled his schedule vacation. True dedication to his craft and to the client. A true professional.
Real Estate/Foreclosure/ Banking/ Bankruptcy Law: Sacco & Fillas, LLP’s Partner Elias Fillas, Esq, and General Counsel, Si Aydiner, Esq. made today’s New York Law Journal
Aside from today’s case being the Seventh (7th) Consecutive Appellate Win by the Seventh (7th) Different Attorney at Sacco & Fillas, LLP, this case displays the full circle of the advocacy of a personal injury case from inception, trial, verdict, appeal setting aside the verdict predicated upon the improper submission of evidence at trial. Larry Badash, Esq., Trial Attorney at Sacco & Fillas, LLP displayed the blood, sweat and tears required to be a true Trial Attorney. What can we say besides: WOW!
Commercial Team: Congratulations to Luigi Brandimarte, Esq. for the reversal of a Supreme Court decision denying our client’s ownership to real estate notwithstanding a proper conveyance by deed as part of an overall estate plan without due process. To make matters worse, the Supreme Court erred in sanctioning the firm for its tenacity of interposing a motion to reargue and renew the Supreme Court decision. In the end, the Appellate Division: Second Department properly reversed the Supreme Court’s decision on all counts where our client is now the rightful owner of the real property, and the firm was vindicated of any sanctions. As you can see, this successful appeal demonstrated a keen understanding of estate law, real estate law, judiciary law and civil procedure. This multifaceted case tested our commercial team’s aptitude on many fronts, and the decision speaks for itself. What an amazing job!! Congratulations again to Mr. Brandimarte!!!