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:
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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