Victor Fusco, Esq., is one of the founding members of Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C., established in 1978. The main focus of the firm’s practice is in the representation of injured and disabled wage earners in claims for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits, Workers’ Compensation and related matters, such as Long Term Disability (group and individual) and NY City and State Employee Disability Pensions, and more recently Veterans Disability Claims. The firm also offers a menu of general legal services plans through various unions and organizations. The firm, headquarted in Woodbury has offices in Commack, Medford, Kew Gardens, Uniondale, Bronx and Manhattan.
Mr. Fusco received his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University in 1972, and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1975.
Mr. Fusco is a frequent lecturer in the areas of Social Security Disability, Workers’ Compensation and Media Relations and Communications. He has lectured for such institutions as the New York State Bar Association; The Practicing Law Institute; the New York Injured Workers’ Bar Association; the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives; the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations; The Labor-Management Center, National Business Institute, Sterling Educational Services, the New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) as well as various unions and community organizations. His columns appear in numerous union newsletters and local newspapers.
He is the founding president of the New York Social Security Bar Association; a founding member of the Social Security Section of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and former board member and past-president of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives. A long time advocate for worker health and safety, he is the past-president of the Greater New York Safety Council. He is active in the Suffolk County Bar Association and serves on the Judicial Screening Committee.
Since March of 1999, he has been the host of “Labor Lines” a program about working men and women and the organizations that represent them, heard twice weekly on WGBB 1240 AM radio, Saturday at 6:30 PM and Thursday at 7:00 PM (webcast on www.am1240wgbb.com). He has hosted several other community based radio programs. He recently began a monthly television program “Four Village Law Talk” on Four Village TV, a Government Access Cable Channel servicing the villages of Floral Park, South Floral Park, Stewart Manor and Bellerose.
He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Long Island Occupational and Environmental Health Center, The Longs Island World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program, the Lupus Alliance – Long Island/Queens Affiliate and The Labor-Management Center, Inc. He is a member and former director of the Foundation for Sight and Sound, and has been frequently called upon to emcee their annual "Blind Wine Gala." He served as counsel to the Long Island Crisis Center. He is now counsel to the Unsung Heroes Helping Heroes, Inc., an organization advocating for the interests of disaster and recovery workers from Ground Zero and other disasters. He serves on the Workers’ Rights Board of Jobs with Justice Long Island, and was honored by that organization in August 2006.
In the area of civic responsibilies, he serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals in Lake Grove, NY of which he is the Chair and is a member the Suffolk County Charter Revision Commission.
He has received awards from the LI Federation of Labor, the Lupus Alliance, The Foundation Fighting Blindness, the A.M.T. Children of Hope Foundation, The March of Dimes Salute to Labor, Congressman Steve Israel, the New York State Assembly, the Suffolk County Corrections Officers’ Association, CSEA Local 880, the County of Nassau, the Town of Oyster Bay, the Town of Hempstead, the Nassau County Police Department and the County of Suffolk, and was named 2008 Lawyer of Distinction by the Institute of Jewish Humanities.
In his "spare" time Vic relaxes by playing bass and singing in the Roadhouse Band, a country western band.
Licensed since 1976
Hourly ($150-400/hour), Contingent (25%), Retainer (Sometimes)
The greatest endorsement I can give for Vic Fusco is that I have entrusted my own clients to him on numerous occasions. I have had the good fortune to know and work with Mr. Fusco for over a decade and have always been extremely satisfied with the work performed by him and his office on my clients' behalf. I strongly recommend Mr. Fusco for Workers Compensation and Social Security/Disability cases.
Stephen Markman Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I met Mr. Fusco in 1992 and worked for him for over 7 years. He is one of the most respected attorneys and influential attorneys in the area of Social Security Disability law and workers' compensation law in New York. He is tireless advocate with an unwavering compassion for his clients. Over the years, I have continued to have occasion to work and my respect for Mr. Fusco has only grown. I would strongly endorse Mr. Fusco and his firm.
Andrew Muirhead Social Security Attorney
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|2008 Public Service Attorney of the Year||Touro Law Center||2008|
|Lawyer of Distinction||Institute of Jewish Humanities||2008|
|Recognition||Long Island Federation of Labor||2000|
|Citation||New York State Asssembly by Assemblyman Herbst||2000|
|Best Lawyers in America||Woodward/White, Inc.||2000|
|Children of Hope Foundation Award of Appreciation||AMT Children of Hope Foundation||2000|
|Best Lawyers in America||Woodward/White, Inc.||1999|
|Award of Appreciation||Civil Service Employee Association, Local 880||1999|
|Making a Difference Award||Foundation Fighting Blindness||1999|
|Award of Appreciation||Lupus Foundation of America, LI Queens Chapter||1998|
|Award of Appreciation and Merit||United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County||1997|
|Fusco, Brandenstein & Rada, P.C.||1978 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Public Justice||Member||1998 - Present|
|New York State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1983 - Present|
|Columbian Lawyers Association of Nassau County||Member||1982 - Present|
|New York Social Security Bar Association||Past President 1982-84 (Founding President)||1982 - Present|
|Suffolk County Bar Association, Judicial Screening Committee (06-08)||Member||1980 - Present|
|National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives||Past President, 1998-9||1979 - Present|
|Nassau County Bar Association||Member||1978 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||1976 - Present|
|New York State Workers Compensation Bar Association||Member||1976 - Present|
|Brooklyn Law School||Law||JD||1975|
|Hofstra University||History - Economics||BA||1972|
|Workers' Compensation Update in New York||Workers' Compensation||2008|
|Handling the Social Security Disability Case||Social Security Disability||2008|
|Workers' Compensation Fraud - A Conundrum||Workers Compensation, New 2007 Anti Fraud Legislation||2007|
|Willis Re Workers Compensation Conference 2007||World Trade Center Claims Settlements, What Risks Should Carriers Anticipate?||2007|
|Shop Steward Seminar||Effect of the New Workers' Compensation Reforms||2007|
|Shop Steward Meeting||Effect of the New Workers' Compensation Reforms||2007|
|Intercollegiate Broadcasting Symposium||Special Event Broadcasting||2007|
|How Accountants Must Now Advise Clients, Post 2007 Workers' Comp Fraud Legislative Changes||Workers' Compensation Fraud Amendments - What Accountants Need to Know||2007|
|Continuing Legal Education Weekend||Workers Compensation Law 2007 Amendments||2007|
|AFL-CIO Workers' Compensation Navigators' Program||Workers' Compensation||2007|
|Advanced Workers' Compensation in New York||Workers Compensation||2007|
|Spring Conference: National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives||Understanding Earnings Records||2000|
|SHRM Conference 2000||Workers' Compensation, Emerging Trends||2000|
|Labor & Community, Building a Common Future Conference||Law and the Media||1999|
|Fall Conference: National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives||Early Preparation is the Key||1999|
|Spring Conference: National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives||Handling Initial Application Cases||1998|
|Spring Conference: National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives||Real World Ethics||1998|
|Fall Conference:National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives||Filing New Application while an Appeal is Pending||1998|
|Fall Conference: National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives||Real World Ethics||1998|
|National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives||Computing Workers' Compensation Offsets||1997|
|Handling the Social Security Disability Case - 1995 Update||Social Security Disability||1995|
|Fall Conference: National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives||Real World Ethics||1995|
|National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives||Computing Workers Compensation Offsets||1994|
|Handling the Social Security Disability Case - 1988 Update||Social Security Disability||1988|
|National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives||SSI Offset and Equal Access to Justice Act||1983|
|Handling the Social Security Disability Case||Social Security Disability||1983|