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. To read more about attorney Mark E. Seitelman click here.

Michael Goldfarb

Associate Attorney

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

Associate Attorney

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).

Nicholas A. Chivily

Of Counsel Attorney

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 estate 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.

Of Counsel Attorney

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

Elise is both an attorney and a registered nurse. She also had a medical malpractice expert service. She has handled hundreds of medical malpractice file reviews for the retention of experts. 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

Of Counsel Attorney

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 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

Of Counsel Attorney

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. In his private practice Gary handled all types of motor vehicle and transportation accidents as well as accidents involving apartment houses and schools.

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).

Minna Seitelman

Office Administrator

Minna manages and runs the business and administration side of the law office and supervised non-lawyer personnel.

She is involved in all aspects of the “business of the firm”, such as our relationships with our outside vendors, insurance, benefits, and supplies.

Montfort Ameris, Jr.


Montfort handles paralegal duties on client matters from intake to conclusion.

Montfort speaks French, Creole, and Spanish, and he is able to service our clients from the Haitian and Hispanic communities.

Natalya Gyadukan


Natalya was formerly a chemist in the Ukraine of the former Soviet Union. Natalya has an important job in making sure that our clients and lawyers are in the right place at the right time.

She arranges our busy calendar of court dates, examinations before trial, hearings, and motions. Natalya also helps with reception, office management, storage of closed files, and the opening and closing of client case files.

She speaks Russian and Ukrainian.

Sherry Heckstall


Sherry handles clients’ cases from inception to trial to closing.

She supervises the service of the summons and complaints which is the start of every lawsuit. Sherry also handles much of the litigation, such as preparation and service of subpoenae.

Sherry has over twenty years of experience as a personal injury. She has a strong knowledge of No Fault and medical expense and lost income problems faced by our clients in motor vehicle cases. She is able to guide clients from the start of the case to the finish.

Sherry is also active in local politics and community affairs in her Brooklyn neighborhood.

Julia Norales


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


Damaris has twenty plus years of experience in personal injury matters. She worked with us in the 1990’s, and she recently returned to our office.

Damaris has handled clients’ cases from the initial call to the trial and eventual conclusion. She takes great care in explaining the process to our clients.

Damaris is from the Dominican Republic, and she speaks fluent Spanish. She is known for her warm personality and sense of humor.

Sonia Weekes


Sonia handles the “front of the office” including the phones, reception, mailroom, and scheduling clients for appointments for their Independent Medical Exams and Physical Examination.

She is often the first and last person that a client meets (both in-office and on the phone), and she is warm, courteous, and efficient despite having to juggle three things at once.

Elina Zhuravleva


Elina handles the end stages of a client’s case, such as settlement and receipt of the funds. One of her key duties is the breakdown and payment of the settlement and the negotiation and payment of liens, such as Medicare, Medicaid, Public Assistance, and physician liens. Elina prepares the client’s final, net settlement payment.

Elina originally comes from Uzbekistan from the former Soviet Union. She initially was a lawyer in Tashkent. Elina later moved to Russia where she became a police detective investigating property crimes, such as burglary and theft.

Elina speaks fluent Russian.

Ivan Lam

Legal Assistant

Ivan is our law student/legal assistant. Ivan attends the Law School of St. John’s University.

Donald Casale


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

    Donald was an excellent, all-around lawyer who could handle any part of a case from the initial investigation to trial and to appeal. He was also a friend, loved and respected by all. He was known for many small kindnesses which he did not publicize, such as “loans” to friends in need. Don never intended on getting these “loans” repaid.

    You can read our tribute to Don here.

    Phyllis “Melody” Sorrentino


      Phyllis Marie “Melody” Sorrentino, one of our senior paralegals, passed away on March 4, 2014. She had just turned 59. She lived at the Ditmas Park Rehabilitation Home in Brooklyn for the last six years.

      She preferred her nickname, “Melody.” She consigned her “legal” first name, Phyllis, to banking, taxes, etc. She adopted the name Melody because she loved to sing, and she sang in several church choirs. Read more about Melody...