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Ronald Balter, Esq.
Caruso, Spillane, Leighton,
Contrastano,Ulaner & Savino, P.C.
60 Bay Street - Suite 702
Staten Island, New York 10301
& Jacobs, PLLC
110 Wall Street, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10005
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has been an associate with the firm of Caruso, Spillane, Leighton,
Contrastano, Ulaner & Savino, P.C. with offices in Manhattan and
Staten Island since 2000. He is a 1980 graduate of the
University at Buffalo, where he received a B.A. in Political
Science. He received his J.D. from New York Law School in 1983. He
was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 1984 and has
practiced before the Workers' Compensation Board since then almost
exclusively representing injured workers.
He is a founding member of the Injured Workers Bar Association and
currently the Queens District Vice President. He served as chair
of the State Bar's Tort, Insurance and Compensation Law Section's
Workers' Compensation Division from 2004 until 2006. Mr. Balter has also
served on the Board of Directors of the Society of New York Workers'
Compensation Bar Association since 1988.
In 2005 Mr. Balter was named the Workers' Compensation Attorney of the
Year by the Institute for Jewish Humanities. More recently he was
honored as the 2008 recipient of the Russell J. Gugino award by the
University at Buffalo's Alumni Association for his continued support of
the university's Athletic Department.
Mr. Balter has presented Continuing Legal Education Seminars for the New
York State Bar Association, the Injured Workers' Bar Association, the
New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the Association of the Bar
of the City of New York as well as lecturing before various labor unions
about workers' compensation.
Michael O'Brien is a co-founder of
O'Brien & Jacobs, PLLC. He received a Bachelor of Arts from
Providence College in Rhode Island and received his law degree from
Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. Michael is an
experienced trial attorney with numerous successful jury verdicts
throughout the New York State Supreme Courts and New York City Civil
Courts. He has successfully represented institutional and individual
clients in complex civil litigation in a broad range of substantive
areas, including general negligence, medical malpractice, wrongful
death, toxic tort, real estate, constitutional law, trademark and
copyright infringement, securities fraud, and business disputes. In
addition to trial work, Michael’s courtroom experience also
includes successful appeals in New York State Appellate Courts. Prior to
co-founding O’Brien & Jacobs, PLLC, Michael was staff counsel
for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company in their New York City office,
and before that he was an associate attorney with McCarthy, Small &
Associates, P.C., also in New York, NY. During law school, Michael
worked for a sole practitioner in Boston, MA, where he gained invaluable
experience not only in substantive areas of law, but also with the
day-to-day management of a law practice. Michael enhanced his trial
expertise by completing an intensive, week-long trial training program
at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in 2004. Michael regularly
makes presentations in a variety of forums related to trial skills, tort
litigation and insurance coverage issues.