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Lois Law Firm Welcomes Addison O’Donnell to New York Defense Team

Lois Law Firm is bolstering our statewide New York defense practice with the addition of an attorney focused on defending workers’ compensation claims.

Attorney Addison O’Donnell joins LOIS as an associate in the Construction Defense Practice which represents employers, carriers, project owners, and owner controlled insurance programs in workers’ compensation cases throughout New York. The Construction Defense Practice, led by partner Tashia Rasul, routinely handles complex cases involving occupational injuries, pulmonary diseases and catastrophic injuries involving some of the largest and most ambitious construction projects in New York City. More about Addison O’Donnell.

LOIS has established a reputation as a powerful advocate for employers who are defending catastrophic injury cases due to a broad range of accidents, including motor vehicle accidents, construction injuries, and death claims.

With 25 attorneys serving a diverse range of clients LOIS prides itself on giving each case the complete attention it deserves and requires at every step of the legal process.

The Cutting Edge of Workers’ Compensation Defense

Lois Law Firm LLC is a trial firm representing employers. We focus on complex and catastrophic workers’ compensation losses in New York and New Jersey and our lawyers have tried some of the most important worker’s compensation matters for the largest companies in the world. Our clients rely on us to aggressively defend them from baseless, predatory lawsuits filed by current and former employees.

With offices in New York and New Jersey, Lois Law Firm is the preeminent workers’ compensation defense firm. Founded by managing partner Greg Lois our experienced trial lawyers are devoted to the diligent and aggressive defense of high exposure claims.

The firm’s partners are nationally recognized advocates who have consistently achieved success in defending employers in thousands of workers compensation trials and hearings. “Our team approach to the defense of each case is important,” says partner Declan Gourley. “Our partners lead teams consisting of associates and paralegals who collaborate on cases. This collaboration fosters intimate familiarity with each cases detail and nuances and allows its defense to be strengthened throughout the course of litigation.
“We have a track record of resolving cases that appeared unwinnable,” add partner Tashia Rasul. “Through our aggressive representation, we have repeatedly prevailed in challenging venues and with equally challenging facts.”
“Our experience in the courtroom, in the trial of significant cases, and our reputation among the bench and bar set us apart from other litigation defense firms,” says partner Christian Sison. “The depth, knowledge, and expertise of our trial partners and associates enable us to obtain the best results for our clients.”
“Our partners all come from different backgrounds, yet all share a belief that hard work and integrity yield the best results and forge lasting relationships,” says partner Joe Jones. “These principles are the cornerstones of our firm’s practice and are reflected in our daily approach to our clients, adversaries, ad the practice of law.”

Tashia Rasul on Best Practices in Dual Jurisdiction Claims at CLM Annual Meeting

LOIS Partner Tashia Rasul will participate in a panel “Best Practices for Dual Jurisdiction Claims” at the CLM Annual Conference in Orlando Florida on March 14, 2019. This is one of the largest professional conferences of its kind in the country, with more than 2,000 participants and the presentation explores the role of workers’ compensation defense counsel in coordinated multiple-jurisdiction cases. These types of cases are common in the New York construction litigation arena, where project owners and construction entities are often defending civil actions brought under New York’s Labor Law and a workers’ compensation claim prosecuted before the New York Workers’ Compensation Board.

Rasul leads the construction practice at the firm and represents a wide array of clients in the defense of workers’ compensation claims before the New York Workers’ Compensation Board, including construction contractors, general contractors, project owners, developers, architects, engineers and other professionals in all aspects of construction litigation.

LOIS is consistently regarded as a Firm that fights for construction clients with an unmatched track record. The Firm’s lawyers use their expertise and years of experience handling construction cases to fully defend construction injury claims. “I make a difference for my clients because I am hands-on with my cases,” says Rasul. “Sitting behind a desk and appearing in court comprise only a fraction of what I do for my clients. I visit constructions sites so I can learn about the projects and what is important to my clients. I also visit the sites so I can meet with the key players face-to-face, observe the accident location, and develop defense strategies.”

With six attorney partners and more than 17 associate attorneys, LOIS prides itself on giving each case the complete attention it deserves and requires at every step of the legal process. “Our promise to clients is that we will aggressively defend their case. We begin envisioning how the trial plays out the first day we take on a new matter from the client, ” says managing partner Greg Lois. “That has always been our recipe for success and my partner Tashia Rasul exemplifies the type of strong, dedicated advocate that we think best represents our clients.”

“I believe this approach makes a difference for my clients because it allows me to obtain first-hand knowledge of the job-site and where the accident occurred, as well as the parties that were involved, resulting in a well-rounded understanding of the underlying details of the case,” says Rasul “This in turn helps me to determine the evidence I need so I can piece a defense strategy together.”

Trial-tested Lois Law Firm Recognized by Peers

“I am honored and grateful for the recognition of my fellow New York attorneys,” says Greg Lois, coauthor of the LexisNexis Practice Guide and managing partner of Lois Law Firm LLC. “I have always measured the quality of my legal services by the results I achieve for my clients, and I think this recognition speaks to my long track record on behalf of employers.” Over his nearly twenty year career Lois has defended every industry and tried cases throughout New York and New Jersey, including venues ranging from Buffalo, New York to Atlantic City, New Jersey. “We succeed thanks to our trial-tested techniques, technology advantages, and exceptional communication and teamwork skills.”

Lois’s partners bring considerable expertise to the firm, with Joe Jones leading the New Jersey workers’ compensation defense practice throughout New Jersey. “With our specialized skills and resources, we can guide clients with the heart of a teacher while we aggressively defend their interests in any court proceeding,” says Jones. “Our trial attorneys are experienced and regularly try cases in all Jersey courts.” Continue reading Trial-tested Lois Law Firm Recognized by Peers

Congratulations to 2018 Mock Trial Winners!

The 2018 Mock Trial Program

At LOIS we encourage and foster an atmosphere of career-long learning and training. Our workplace encourages collaboration between attorneys in an informal sense – discussing cases and clients and trading “best practices” among colleagues. The Firm also facilitates formal training programs such as our Mock Trial Program. This Program, chaired by Partner Christian Sison, took place over six month, beginning in February 2018 and culminating in a awards ceremony on September 21, 2018.

Each team and attorney prepared six trial-related events and presented to their peers and the partners. This included cross-examination of hostile witnesses and preparation of trial briefs. The events were graded on several factors, such as issue spotting, knowledge of the issue(s), persuasiveness, tone, grammar, and professionalism. While teams rotated during the competition, individual scores were tallied from month to month.

Our 2018 Winners are:

TOP LEFT: The 2018 Mock Trial overall attorney winner, Associate Attorney Joseph Melchionne (left) pictured with Program Chair Christian Sison.

TOP RIGHT: The 2018 Mock Trial first runner up (attorney) Christopher Major, pictured with Program Chair Christian Sison.

BOTTOM LEFT: The 2018 Mock Trial overall paralegal winner, Ashlee Allgayer (left) pictured with Program Chair Christian Sison.

BOTTOM RIGHT: The 2018 Mock Trial first runner up (paralegal) Amy Figueroa.

Congratulations to the winners and all who participated in this year’s program!

LOIS LLC Welcomes Andrea Abudayeh to New York Workers’ Compensation Defense Practice

Today the Firm welcomes attorney Andrea Abudayeh who joins the New York Workers’ Compensation Defense Practice at Lois LLC.

Associate attorney Andrea Abudayeh concentrates her practice at LOIS on defending employers and carriers in New York workers’ compensation claims. Andrea’s prior experience includes years as Supervising Attorney for a well-regarded claimant’s practice, representing claimants before the Board, where she handled all aspects of workers’ compensation cases from start to finish. This includes hearings, trials, depositions, client intakes, appointments, appeals and settlement negotiations. A true litigator, Andrea regularly appears in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.. Continue reading LOIS LLC Welcomes Andrea Abudayeh to New York Workers’ Compensation Defense Practice