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Michael A. Ponterio is a founding partner of Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC. Mr. Ponterio represents families who have suffered injuries as a result of exposure to asbestos, childhood lead poisoning, automobile accidents, medical malpractice, and families suffering injuries as a result of defective products.


Mr. Ponterio has been representing people suffering from mesothelioma caused by asbestos for 26 years. He obtained the first personal injury jury verdict in the State of New York for an asbestos victim (Racich v. Celotex Corporation). Mr. Ponterio also obtained the first punitive damage award for an asbestos worker in the State of New York (Racich v. Celotex Corporation). Mr. Ponterio and his partner, John Ned Lipsitz, also received the first personal injury jury verdict in Buffalo, New York, on behalf of an asbestos victim (Wolf v. Celotex Corporation).


In September 2011,  Mr. Ponterio obtained the first jury verdict in a lead poisoning case in Western New York.



Practice areas


  1. Defective Products: 60%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 20%
  3. Car Accident: 20%

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Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC

135 Delaware Avenue, 5th Floor

Buffalo, NY, 14202-2415


NYCurrently registered 198407/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
BV Rated for legal ability and ethical standardsMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top Trial Lawyers in AmericaMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberLipsitz & Ponterio, LLC1995 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Western New York Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Bar Association of Erie CountyMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
$3 Million Dollar Verdict in Suttner vs. Crane Co.$3 Million dollar verdict in favor of plaintiff
$350,000 verdict in Kuehn v. Hedman$350,000 in favor of the plaintiff
$2 Million Dollar Verdict in Failing v. Hedman$2 Million Dollar Verdict in Favor of Plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
New York State Bar AssociationProducts Liability in New York Strategy and Practice1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New England School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
St Bonaventure UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lead Litigation ConferenceTrial Strategies in Lead Poisoning Cases2012
New York State Bar Association, Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law SectionCivil Litigator's Guide to Discovery Under New York LawN/A
New York State Bar Association, General Practice SectionThe Vital Aspects of Your CaseN/A
New York State Bar AssociationProducts LiabilityN/A