For over 25 years the attorneys at Lipsitz and Ponterio have led the way in shaping asbestos law in New York State. John Lipsitz joins Mel Camp on AM Buffalo. John Lipsitz and Michael Ponterio started working together in 1985 at another firm and they had a substantial case load of asbestos diseases and mesothelioma cases but at that time you couldn’t really pursue them in NY State courts because the statue of limitations really cut those cases off at the knees. About a year and a half after they started working together the legislature in NY passed a statue that opened up the window that allowed old cases to proceed.
John Lipsitz says he remembers spending three or four days in an old dusty warehouse on Hertel Avenue going through probably hundreds of cardboard boxes filled with invoices that went back 20 or 30 years, and he remembers saying there must be hundreds of different job sites represented by these thousands and thousand of invoices and what if we ended up with clients over the next couple of years from these different job sites and we need to keep these materials. They were able to digitize them and form part of library with the information they have and they are constantly drawing on them to help new clients.
Once you have a diagnosis linked to asbestos exposure you need to consult and attorney and he says you should look for an attorney that has experience in that area and we have experience in that area. Michael and Jonn have 35 years experience and if you look at the lawyers in their firm, well over 100 years of experience if you consider the depth of experience.
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