Michael Della CV

Strictly serving plaintiffs who have been injured on complex and serious civil cases from the time I became an attorney, I serve as trial counsel and supervisor of settlements. I handle high-stakes cases involving wrongful death, catastrophic injury, labor law, falls, boating accidents and motor vehicle accidents. I specialize in high profile matters.

Civil Matter Successes

  • Represented a family for wrongful death of their infant daughter and successfully settled the matter for one of the highest settlements in New York State history.
  • Represented a man who lost vision in his eye after defendants engaged in a prank gone-wrong. After over 10 years of appeals, trial resulted in a 3.6M verdict.
  • Represented a police officer injured in the line of duty against the City of New York and settled the case for $1,025,000 just before trial.
  • Represented a man for what the insurance company called “soft tissue” injuries, who did not have surgery but rather conservative treatment. After the insurance carrier offered $10,000, as trial counsel, the jury returned a verdict of $750,000.
  • Represented a boy who was injured in MCDonald’s on a class trip when he got his finger caught in a defective hand dryer. After the jury, unsolicited, asked if they could award punitive damages, they returned a verdict for exactly what I asked for: $1,300,000.
  • Represented a woman who was forced to undergo spinal surgery for her injuries and was able to settle the matter for $900,000 before trial.
  • Represented a family against the State of New York for loss of sepulcher when they failed to notify next of kin of his death and wrongly buried their father without last rites.
  • Represented a family against a school district for failing to call an ambulance after the boy’s complaints of headaches went unresponded to for over an hour
  • Represented a woman that was viciously attacked by two pit-bulls and suffered emotional distress.
  • Represented several individuals for the explosion of their Apple iphone devices
  • Represented the family of a woman who was a passenger in a vehicle that was being pursued by the police department without probable cause and ended up causing her death. A settlement was reached that was in excess of $1,000,000.
  • Represented a man that was bitten by a Shih Tzu in a case the Judge called impossible to win. As lead trial counsel, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff.
  • Created case law when an appeal resulted in a reversal regarding the labor law and the applicability of section 241 (6) that said preparing to paint was a covered act under the law. The case was subsequently settled for multiple six figures.
  • Represented an elderly man for bed sores that developed after a fall that stemmed from the negligence of a major fast-food conglomerate.
  • Represented a family whose son was run down by a vehicle while driving a motorcycle in a racially charged intentional act.
  • Litigated thousands of cases, mediated hundreds of cases, and tried dozens of cases to verdict

Awards and Distinctions:

  • Nominated by fellow attorney peers as a “Super Lawyer” and chosen by the publication as a “Super Lawyer” for New York State
  • Member of the New York Trial Lawyer’s Association
  • Eastern District of New York, Federal Court Bar admission

Presentations:

  • Appeared before the New York State Congress on boating safety
  • Section XI Athletic Commission: Game and spectator safety

Media Appearances:

  • NBC TODAY SHOW: Discussed a very high profile case with Matt Lauer involving the capsizing of a yacht where 3 children died after leaving the Dolan Family Fireworks show
  • Newsday: Quoted for the trial work involving the loss of vision of a man
  • Newsday: Quoted regarding the firm’s success in holding the Town of Islip accountable for the lack of maintenance to its roadways which caused a traumatic brain injury
  • Newsday: Quoted regarding a police pursuit case which resulted in the loss of a single mother
  • Interviewed by ABC, CBS, News12, and FIOS regarding the explosion of an Apple iphone