I have represented claimants against insurance companies in NY and NJ for over 36 years.Asking the right questions early on can save clients time, money and aggravation.My job is to make sure clients understand their rights and make informed, intelligent choices.My practice focuses on ERISA, life, health, disability and long term care claims.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Top Lawyers of New Jersey||Inside New Jersey||2015|
|Top Rated New York Lawyers||New York Magazine||2015|
|New Jersey Legal Leaders||Wall Street Journal||2014|
|Managing Partner||Uscher, Quiat, Uscher & Russo, PC||1985 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American College of Legal Medicine||Member||N/A|
|American Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Defense Research Institute||Member||N/A|
|New York City Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Bergen County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Hofstra University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1981|
|Ithaca College||Politics||BS - Bachelor of Science||1978|
|CLE||ERISA Benefits Litigation for the Non-ERISA Attorney: Avoiding the Minefields||2015|
|CLE||ERISA For Dummies: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About ERISA But is Afraid to Ask||2014|
Posted by Kevin
Mike took the time in our initial meeting to truly understand my situation and what I was up against. He listened to my concerns and never pressured me to make a decision to retain his services. Mike allows for input from you in developing your appeal. He referred me to the appropriate doctors and to an Occupational Therapist for testing in order to document my disability. There was constant communication via e-mail or by telephone. Mike is dependable, he does what he says he is going to do and he follows up on the action steps. He is straight forward with you and realistic about your chances with the appeal and the time frame involved. He has a professional office with a very competent staff including paralegals. Mike is highly experienced in dealing with the major insurance carriers. He is also very personable and he made additional recommendations to me regarding my well being. He is the number 1 individual disability in the state. Simply put, he is the best, hands down. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous
As I was facing some of the most difficult times of my life with seemingly no way out, I was most fortunate to meet Michael Quiat. Among other things, I was in search for a long-term disability attorney I felt I could trust, and put my life in their hands. I researched the internet thoroughly and met various LTD attorneys. But it was not until I met Michael Quiat that I began to believe that all was not lost. Mike sat with me, focused fully on my situation. He did not interrupt but listened intently. At the end of my verbal dissertation, he calmly and with the highest level of confidence said, "Everything will be alright. We will work through this together and begin to turn your life around."
At that very moment, I felt as if a great weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I believed in him because I knew he believed in himself. Michael was by my side as we completed the entire filing process, and continues to be there still should I have any questions or concerns. He makes himself available as if I were his only client, which I am certain I am not. He has been more than just an attorney who has helped me successfully receive my long-term disability. He has been a friend and advocate as well. He has been instrumental in helping me start to take control of my life once again. Though the road ahead may still be long, it brings me great comfort and solace to know that I will not be walking that road alone, but will always have Michael by my side.
Thank you Michael for all you have done, and continue to do, for my family and me.
A most grateful and satisfied client.
Posted by Barbara
]Michael Quiat handled my long term disability.case and did so in a very caring manner. He was a great advocate and always quick to return phone calls. My.case was a psychiatric disability.case but he never treated me like I was crazy or showed me anything but the utmost respect. At this juncture in my life, I unfortunately was dealing with 8 or 9 different attorneys all on different matters. To put it nicely, I so wish Mike could have handled.every single one for me. To put it not.so nicely, out of this bunch the only one I can be 100% certain that is not going straight.to hell is Mike. And a long overdue thank you for not charging 18% interest on an overdue bill while I was.unable to pay it. I did settle up as soon as I could and wish my accountant would.take.a page out of your book. Folks,]the only.thing.I.can say is.dont get used.to.it. Other attorneys are not cut from the same.cloth. I recommend him mostp.highly.
Posted by anonymous
Relative to my case,
- Solid expertise and the relevant knowledge and insights needed to resolve the legal matters.
- Provided neccessary resources/recommendations to support legal position of client.
- Effective advocate in handling interactions with opposing party.
- Very responsive in client concerns.
- Fairness and willingness to work with client without prejudice to case size.
Posted by Vlad
I was denied disability payments even after appeals. Mr. Quiat took over the case, and, due to a combination of his meticulous attention to detail in examining the underwriters statements and his creative approach in explaining it, it became obvious that they were liable for payment. We never had to go to court.
Posted by Amalia
I have had more experience with lawyers than I care to mention. Mike stands out as the MOST responsive attorney I have had the pleasure to work with. Mine was a disability case with multiple insurers, multiple doctors, and the federal govt., and it has stretched itself out over 4 years already. Over this long time line, Mike has always, always been available for issues that seemed urgent to me, even if not to him. He never got annoyed at having to hunt me down and prop me up to fill out form after form when I didn't feel well. He's a very bright man (of this I am sure) and seems extremely knowledgeable in his feel (at least to a non-disability attorney like myself). He always made it as easy as possible for me to get things done, a welcome relief when you don't always feel well. I trust him completely and without question, his integrity is above reproach.
What more wonderful things can I say about him??!! The best endorsement of all - I would insist that any of my loved ones, should they be unforturnate enough to sustain a disability, engage Mike to shepherd them through it all.
Posted by anonymous
It was a daunting task to find a truly experienced, expert, and attentive ERISA Disability Attorney to handle my appeal when my claim was denied. However I was quite fortunate to have found Mike Quiat who has all of those qualities. Whereas other Attorneys wanted a large upfront fee to even discuss my case before taking it on Mike spoke to me at length regarding my claim denial with no charge. I sensed from the start that I had finally found a competent and caring attorney to handle my appeal.
Mike knew exactly what needed to be done to overturn my claim denial and expertly prepared it so that it was overturned. He made a very difficult situation as easy as possible for me. He responded to all my phone calls and emails in a timely manner and each member of his firms staff were helpful, courteous, and responsive.
I have no hesitation recommended Michael Quiat,
Posted by Carmen
Several months back I was denied long term disability by my insurance company. Needless to say their decision was puzzling to me as well as being difficult to accept. The insurance company encouraged me to appeal their decision on my own but having some small degree of familiarity with ERISA laws I knew I could not. Thus began my internet search. Although Mr. Quiat's credentials and experience were quite impressive to me and my wife they were not the overriding reason we chose to go with him.
While speaking to another attorney about my problem he highly recommended Mr. Quiat without me mentioning his name during our conversation. This attorney indicated he would hire Mr. Quiat if faced with a similar situation. Based on this I scheduled a meeting with Mr. Quiat who then explained everything I needed to know about my situation, far more than any lay person could grasp on his own. (There are too many opportunities for someone to err if you are not familiar with these laws, rules of appeal, etc.) Once the decision was reached to go with Mr. Quiat his highly qualified staff kept me informed of my case and answered all of my questions without reservation.
Though one needs to be patient with a case like mine as it has to run it's course I can say we are so happy with the outcome. Mr. Quiat's appeal on my behalf was so well prepared and presented there is no doubt something like this is best left to the orofessional to handle.
I would not hesitate to recommend Michael Quiat.
Patrick Amoresano, Medical malpractice Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I've known Mike Quiat for over ten years now as a consequence of working together and sharing our professional perspectives with each other on a variety of matters. Mike is a consummate professional with five star expertise and achievements, especially in the areas of private disability insurance and ERISA claims. You can always trust Mike to tell you the truth, and be there when you need him most.