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Michael Anthony Ponterio

Mesothelioma and asbestos Attorney at Buffalo, NY

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Michael A. Ponterio is a founding partner of Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC. Mr. Ponterio represents families in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Syracuse, and across New York State 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).

Since 1988, Mr. Ponterio has obtained over $250 million in settlements on behalf of the firm’s mesothelioma clients.  

Mr. Ponterio has served as trial counsel in asbestos cases involving plaintiffs’ jury verdicts in excess of $25 million:

  • October 2015 - Mr. Ponterio obtained a bench trial decision awarding $5.6 million dollars to a 58 year old engineer who worked two summers as a college student at Durez Plastics in North Tonawanda.
  • August 2014 - Mr. Ponterio, together with Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford Senior Partner Mathew Morton, Esq., obtained a Bench Trial Decision awarding $3 million dollars to a former Durez worker.
  • April 2014 - Mr. Ponterio obtained a Bench Trial Decision in Buffalo awarding $3 million dollars to a former Durez worker  with mesothelioma and his spouse for her loss of services and companionship as a result of his terminal cancer.
  • August 2013 - Mr. Ponterio, together with Senior Partner John Comerford, obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $3 million dollars on behalf of a former Ashland Oil employee.
  • October 2012 - Mr. Ponterio, together with Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford attorney Joseph Kremer, obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $3 million dollars on behalf of a former GM worker.
  • March 2012 – Mr. Ponterio together with Senior Partner Mathew Morton, Esq., obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $325,000 on behalf of a Former Durez Plant Worker in Lung Cancer Case.
  • December 2011 - Mr. Ponterio obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $2 million dollars on behalf of a former Durez factory worker. The jury in this case assigned 100% of the responsibility for damages to defendant Hedman, and the jury also found that Hedman’s actions were taken with reckless disregard for the safety of others.
  • July 2011 - Mr. Ponterio obtained a jury verdict in the sum of $2.5 million dollars against Ford Motor Company on behalf of a former chemist.
  • November 2009 - Mr. Ponterio served as counsel for a trial in Buffalo, New York, and obtained a $3 million dollar settlement award on behalf of our client, a local union boilermaker for injuries resulting from exposure to asbestos on the job.

In July 2017, Mr. Ponterio obtained a $1.2 million dollar jury verdict in a medical malpractice lawsuit against two doctors at the University of Rochester Medical Center for failing to timely diagnose a female client's bowel perforation.

In September 2011, Mr. Ponterio obtained the first jury verdict in Western New York on behalf of a lead poisoned child. In November 2013, Mr. Ponterio, together with Senior Partner Zachary J. Woods, Esq., obtained a verdict on behalf of a Rochester, New York, child for injuries resulting from exposure to lead based paint.

Mr. Ponterio was selected as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters from 2011 to 2021, recognizing his excellence in the practice of law. Only 5% of the attorneys in Upstate New York are named Super Lawyers.

 

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Licensed for 38 years
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Acquired 1984
Updated 11/17/2022

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Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC
424 Main Street, Suite 1500
Buffalo, NY, 14202
Lipsitz Ponterio & Comerford, LLC
16 W. Main Street
Suite 707
Rochester, NY, 14614
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2012
Mesothelioma Attorney Gets Results
Michael, good morning to you. Again we thank you for all the great work in helping us in obtaining all these settlements.

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Work Experience

  • Member
  • Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC
  • 1995 - Present

Education

  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • St Bonaventure University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Legal Cases

  • $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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Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow
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  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
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  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
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  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
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  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Member
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 1% of Attorneys in America
  • Distinguished Justice Advocates
  • 2019
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Nation's Top One Percent (1%)
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2016
  • Nation's Top 10% of Lawyers in the USA
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2016
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Nation's Top One Percent (1%)
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
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Publications

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Products Liability in New York Strategy and Practice
  • 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • Lead Litigation Conference
  • Trial Strategies in Lead Poisoning Cases
  • 2012
  • New York State Bar Association, Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
  • Civil Litigator's Guide to Discovery Under New York Law
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  • New York State Bar Association, General Practice Section
  • The Vital Aspects of Your Case
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  • New York State Bar Association
  • Products Liability
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Buffalo Mesothelioma and asbestos Lawyer Michael Anthony Ponterio
Michael Anthony Ponterio
Mesothelioma and asbestos Attorney
Buffalo, NY
Licensed for 38 years