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Principal Attorneys

Mark E. Seitelman

Mark E. Seitelman

email: mark@seitelman.com

Mark E. Seitelman is the principal attorney.

Mark E. Seitelman handles all aspects of a clients case in either a "hand-ons" or supervisory capacity. He has handled over 10,000 client matters.

Mark E. Seitelman is admitted to practice in New York as well as other courts, such as the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the 2d Circuit. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School (J.D. 1979) and Brooklyn College (B.A. 1976).

In 1990 Mr. Seitelman opened Mark E. Seitelman Law Offices, P.C., which concentrates in plaintiffs' personal injury and insurance matters.

Mark E. Seitelman is one of New York's premier personal injury attorneys.

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Associate Attorneys

Michael Goldfarb

Michael Goldfarb

email: michael@seitelman.com

Michael has settled thousands of personal injury cases.

Michael is our "inside" man.  In law firm parlance an "inside" man manages and prepares cases in the office for either settlement or trial as compared to trying cases in court. In managing clients' cases, he meets with clients from initial sign-up to closing.

Michael's expertise is settling cases, such as direct negotiations with the insurance company, negotiations with defense counsel, private mediation, arbitrations, and negotiations in court. 

Michael Goldfarb is admitted to practice in New York.  He is a graduate of New York Law School (J.D. 1992) and the University of Maryland (B.S. 1987).

Mirsade Bajraktarevic

Mirsade Bajraktarevic

email: mirsade@seitelman.com

Mirsade is a trial attorney.

She spends almost every day in court handling trials, hearings, motions, depositions, and court conferences.   Her personal injury experience began as early as law school where she worked at the Staten Island Torts Division of the Corporation Counsel, the attorneys for the City of New York.

She represents the Albanian community in personal injury, property damage, and insurance matters.  Mirsade speaks fluent Albanian.

Mirsade Bajraktarevic is admitted to practice in New York.  She is a graduate of New York Law School (J.D. 1999) and St. John's University (B.A. 1996).

Jonathan L. Pryor

Jonathan L. Pryor

email: jonathan@seitelman.com

Jonathan is a graduate of Amherst College with a B.A. in psychology. He was recruited to Amherst’s soccer team. Jonathan still plays and coaches soccer at Asphalt Green in Manhattan.

Between college and law school Jonathan taught mathematics at the East Harlem School, a charter school for 7th and 8th grades. He also coached its soccer and basketball teams. However, Jonathan intended on becoming a lawyer like his father, an immigration attorney. Jonathan attended St. John’s Law School (J.D. 2013). He worked briefly for his father as well as the Lipsig Law Firm and a busy firm in Bronx.

Jonathan likes helping all kinds of people, and this is why he has decided to emphasize personal injury practice.

Donald Casale (1948-2013)

Donald Casale (1948-2013)

Don was a very special lawyer and person.  Don started-out with Mr. Seitelman back in 1981, and he was part of our firm for about 10 years.   

Don was not only an excellent all-around lawyer, but he was loved and respected by all.  You can find tribute by clicking here.

Of Counsel Attorneys

Nicholas A. Chivily

Nicholas A. Chivily

email: nick@seitelman.com

Nick is "of counsel" to our office.  That means that Nick works for us part-time while handling his own, independent law practice.  In the 1990's he was one of our full-time associate attorneys.  

Nick handles both "inside" and "outside" work for us.  The "inside" work consists of file reviews, preparation of pleadings, and any estates aspect of our personal injury work.  His "outside" work includes litigation work outside the office, such as City hearings, court appearances, and examinations before trial.

Nick has handled thousands of personal injury cases.

Nicholas A. Chivily is admitted to practice in New York.  He is a graduate of Albany Law School (J.D. 1989)  and Syracuse University (B.A. 1986).

Elise Alpert, R.N., M.P.A., J.D.

Elise Alpert, R.N., M.P.A., J.D.

Elise concentrates in mass torts, medical device and drug product liability, and medical malpractice.

She is both an attorney and a registered nurse.  Elise is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and District of Columbia.  She is a graduate of New York Law School (J.D.), University of Pennsylvania (B.S.N. [nursing]), and New York University (M.P.A. [health care]).

Irina Roller

Irina Roller

Irina’s practice, The Law Offices of Irina Roller, PLLC, is dedicated exclusively to representing children with special educational needs and their families.  Irina and her staff work to ensure that children obtain the services and education that they need and are entitled to by law.  Her website is www.nycspecialeducation.com.

Prior to starting her firm in 2004 Irina worked for premier plaintiff and defense law firms as a trial attorney where she handled all sorts of personal injury and malpractice cases.

Irina speaks fluent Russian, and she is an active member of the UJA-Federation of New York (Russian Division) for over 15 years.

Irina Roller is admitted in New York and is a graduate of New York Law School (J.D. 1999) and Hofstra University (B.A. 1996).

Gary Smoke

Gary Smoke

Gary is a professor of business law at the Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York.  He has authored the business law textbook used at the College.

Prior to teaching, Gary had his own personal injury law practice for many years in lower Manhattan.

Gary S. Smoke is admitted in New York.  He is a graduate of New York Law School (J.D.), and New York University (B.A. and two M.A. degrees in arts).

Office Manager

Minna S. Monte

Minna S. Monte

email: minna@seitelman.com

Minna is our Office Manager. She manages and runs the business side of the office and supervises the non-lawyer personnel. She also is our client ombudsman, firm conscience, and trouble shooter.

Paralegals

Montfort Ameris, Jr.

Montfort Ameris, Jr.

email: montfort@seitelman.com

Montfort handles paralegal duties on client matters from intake to conclusion. He speaks French, Creole, and Spanish.

Andrea Batts

email: andrea@seitelman.com

Andrea has vast experience in personal injury.  She started with us about 20 years ago, and she left for a period to work on the defense side.  She handles some of our more litigated matters.  
Natalya Gyadukan

Natalya Gyadukan

email: natalya@seitelman.com

Natalya was formally a chemist in the Ukraine of the former Soviet Union and is responsible for opening and closing clients' cases as well as handling administrative matters. She speaks Russian and Ukrainian.

Sherry Heckstall

Sherry Heckstall

email: sherry@seitelman.com

Sherry works-up clients' cases from initial meeting to conclusion.

Julia Norales

email: julia@seitelman.com

Julia is our in-house investigator, and she does investigation, site visits, photography, and home and hospital visits with our clients. Julia also is a “floater” and fills-in when our other paralegals are on vacation or are ill. Julia has been with us off and on for about 20 years. Julia is fluent in Spanish.

Damaris Saunders

email: damaris@seitelman.com

Damaris has much experience in personal injury matters.  She worked for us in the 1990’s, and she recently returned.  Damaris speaks Spanish fluently, and she services many of our Spanish speaking clients.  She is known for her warm personality. 
Sonia Weekes

Sonia Weekes

email: sonia@seitelman.com

Sonia handles the "front of the office" including the phones, reception, and scheduling clients for appointments and their physical exams.

Elina Zhuravleva

Elina Zhuravleva

email: elina@seitelman.com

Elina hails from the former Soviet Union where she was a police detective. Elina handles the closure of cases including the thorny issues of liens. Elina speaks fluent Russian.

In Memoriam: Phyllis

In Memoriam: Phyllis "Melody" Sorrentino

Phyllis Marie “Melody” Sorrentino, one of our senior paralegals, passed away on March 4, 2014. She preferred her nickname, “Melody,” which she adopted because she loved to sing, and she sang in several church choirs. more >

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