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Charles J. Barreras

CHARLES J. BARRERAS is a founding partner at Chartwell Law, where he handles general liability, premises liability, insurance coverage and employment law matters on behalf of domestic and London-based insurance carriers. Mr. Barreras manages all aspects of litigation including strategy development, investigation supervision, preparation and defense at arbitration and trial in both state and federal court. Mr. Barreras was named to the Philadelphia Magazine, and the Pennsylvania Edition of Super Lawyers®...

Lauren M. Bilasz

LAUREN M. BILASZ  is a partner in the firm's New York Workers’ Compensation Practice Group. She is dedicated to the defense of insured and self-insured entities in New York State. Ms. Bilasz’s work ranges across multiple industries, including construction, hotel, delivery, transportation, and home care. Ms. Bilasz works proactively with employers, carriers, and third-party administrators to minimize exposure before and throughout the life of a claim, from advising on best practices for...

Adam T. Devine

ADAM T. DEVINE defends self-insured employers, insurance carriers, and third-party administrators. He leverages his previous experience as a claimant-side attorney to represent his clients in the full lifecycle of compensation claims, including representation at hearings, settlement negotiations and depositions.  Mr. Devine has appeared at most of the southern New York hearing locations, and has developed strong relationships with the other professionals in the worker’s compensation field. Prior to joining Chartwell Law, Mr. Devine...

Linda Fridegotto

LINDA FRIDEGOTTO focuses her practice on insurance coverage analysis and litigation, subrogation and commercial litigation. In addition to prosecuting and defending declaratory judgment actions relating to insurance and indemnity obligations, Ms. Fridegotto also advises domestic and foreign insurers in the handling of first-party property damage claims, third-party liability claims, casualty liability, products liability and employee, director, and officer liability actions. Ms. Fridegotto provides domestic and foreign insurers with advice in...

Andrew J. Furman

ANDREW J. FURMAN is an associate in Chartwell’s New York City office. He is a 2002 graduate of Columbia University and a 2007 graduate of Brooklyn Law School. Throughout law school Mr. Furman worked in the public sector, through clinical programs and internships at both the New York and Kings County District Attorney’s Offices, and a semester working for the Hon. John M. Leventhal, who then sat for the Supreme Court,...

Kenneth D. Goldberg

For more than 40 years, Kenneth D. Goldberg has been known for his innovative, strategic and result-oriented approach to litigation in which he focuses on his clients’ business and legal goals.     Mr. Goldberg represents insurers, self-insureds and businesses in civil actions in the state and federal courts.  His diverse client base includes property and casualty insurers, Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions including one of the largest credit and charge card companies...

William H. Grae

WILLIAM H. GRAE has a breadth of litigation defense experience, with a primary focus on personal injury liability defense. He has a broad range of trial and appellate experience in this area and has worked on behalf of insurers and self-insured entities, principally involving cases of construction-site accidents, commercial and residential premises liability, defense of interstate motor-carriers in catastrophic truck accidents, and litigation of related coverage issues, in state and...

Jack Gross

JACK GROSS is the managing partner in our New York office. Mr. Gross is a 1980 graduate of Yeshiva University, summa cum laude, where he filled a number of literary positions and received various scholastic recognition awards; and a 1984 graduate of Hofstra University. While in law school, he participated in various moot court competitions and served as a contracts fellow. Prior to joining The Chartwell Law Offices, Mr. Gross...

Marissa J. Huber

Marissa J. Huber focuses her practice on defending employers in New York State in indemnity and medical exposure cases filed by injured workers. She is committed to providing high caliber legal services to her clients, making sure that their rights are maintained when claims are filed against them. Ms. Huber handles a variety of claims including construction claims, hotel claims, small employer claims, restaurant claims and HVAC claims, as well as...

Mikhail Iokheles

Mikhail “Misha” Iokheles focuses his practice in workers’ compensation matters. Having started his career in the insurance industry, he understands first-hand the internal operations and issues that might challenge his clients. Mr. Iokheles has worked for a carrier and a claimants’ firm, so he possesses a deep understanding of both his clients and their opposition. Mr. Iokheles began his career as an underwriter for a prominent carrier, where he specialized in...

Matthew Kraus

MATTHEW KRAUS focuses his practice on insurance coverage analysis and litigation, appellate work, subrogation, and commercial litigation. Mr. Kraus represents and advises domestic and foreign insurance companies, corporations, insureds and individuals in insurance coverage actions, first-party property litigation and employment matters involving claims of discrimination. Mr. Kraus joined Chartwell in March 2017. Previously, he was a partner with a New York litigation firm. Due to his strong background in litigation, Mr....

Len Kushnir

LEN KUSHNIR represents property owners, bars and restaurants, business owners, trucking companies and insurance companies in a variety of liability defense matters. He assists clients in premises liability, large-scale property loss, Dram Shop claims, negligent security, construction and motor vehicle accidents, trucking incidents and wrongful death cases.  An experienced trial attorney, Mr. Kushnir has argued before the Appellate Courts on several occasions. He has handled all phases of insurance defense litigation...

Phillip J. Lagana

PHILLIP J. LAGANA concentrates his practice in workers’ compensation and insurance defense. He counsels clients on all types of workers’ comp cases, both on- and off-site.  Mr. Lagana represents both insurance companies and private employers, practicing with an employer-first approach. He prioritizes being responsive and available for his clients. Mr. Lagana understands the importance that each case has for his client and takes the time to focus on any questions they have as...

Jessica L. Morris

JESSICA L. MORRIS defends clients in workers’ compensation matters. She represents self-insured employers, carriers and third-party administrators at hearings before the Workers’ Compensation Board, daily. Ms. Morris has tried numerous cases and made appearances before many New York hearing points. Having handled a high volume of cases, she is familiar with local workers’ compensation law judges and claimant’s counsels, which provides her clients with the advantage of her extensive experience....

Erin O Connor

Erin E. O’Connor appears regularly throughout New York State to defend claims and advise employers or their insurance carriers/third party administrators throughout all phases of complex workers’ compensation litigation.  She works closely with her clients, ensuring attentiveness to every detail of each claim. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. O’Connor worked as an attorney at a law firm representing injured workers before the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, the New York...

Joseph C. Raffanello

JOSEPH C. RAFFANELLO focuses his practice on Workers’ Compensation defense. Mr. Raffanello has experience representing insurance carriers, self-insured entities and third-party administrators. Prior to joining the team at Chartwell Law, Mr. Raffanello spent almost three years performing claimant’s work, where he litigated cases from start to finish at the southern New York hearing points. Mr. Raffanello negotiated over 400 settlements and built a strong rapport with judges, opposing counsel members,...

Kristen L. Rexroat

KRISTEN L. REXROAT is a partner in the New York Workers’ Compensation Practice Group, where she defends self-insured employers, insurance carriers and third-party administrators.  She is dedicated to defending her clients and serving their interests in New York workers’ compensation claims, including representation at hearings, preparing appeals, negotiating settlements and conducting depositions. Ms. Rexroat has tried numerous cases and made appearances at all of the southern New York hearing points. She...

Mona Sarmadi

MONA SARMADI is a partner and the head of the New York Workers’ Compensation Practice Group. She is committed to the defense of self-insured entities, insurance carriers and third-party administrators. She has tried numerous cases and has made appearances at all of the New York State hearing points. Ms. Sarmadi is very familiar with the workers’ compensation law judges and claimant’s counsels involved in her field, providing her clients with...

Gregg S. Scharaga

Gregg S. Scharaga focuses his practice on the defense of premises liability matters, including those brought against residential and commercial properties, bars, night clubs, gyms, recreational clubs, and venues, as well as supermarkets. He handles matters arising from construction accidents based on allegations of violations of the New York Labor Law, product defects and claims of environmental impairment, violations of the Dram Shop Act, assaults, negligent security, contracts, insurance coverage...

Jaclyn M. SchianodiCola

Jaclyn M. SchianodiCola focuses her practice on insurance coverage analysis and litigation, insurance defense, subrogation, commercial litigation, and general liability. She has experience representing insurance companies and policyholders in claims involving premises liability, products liability, contract disputes, property damage, as well as labor law claims. Ms. SchianodiCola also assists in the prosecution and defense of declaratory judgment actions relating to insurance and indemnity obligations.  She represents domestic and foreign insurers,...

Jarett L Warner

Jarett L. Warner defends telecommunications and construction companies, as well as premises owners and managers in personal injury and commercial matters. These cases often include actions based on allegations of violations of the New York Labor Law and the Dram Shop Act, negligent security and general negligence claims. Mr. Warner’s practice includes assisting clients in various product liability claims, the defense of employee, director and officer liability actions, insurance coverage evaluations...

Christopher Wosleger

CHRISTOPHER WOSLEGER practices in all areas of civil litigation including insurance coverage, insurance defense, general liability, professional liability, commercial litigation, subrogation, transportation and employment law. He has extensive experience in defending landowners and business operators in premises liability and commercial matters, including landlord tenant relations and contractual disputes. Mr. Woselger has assisted clients in recreational sporting claims including operators of bowling alleys, roller skating rinks and parks. He defends professional liability...


Charles J.
Barreras

New York
Valley Forge

Lauren M.
Bilasz

New York

Adam T.
Devine

New York

Linda
Fridegotto

New York

Andrew J.
Furman

New York

Kenneth D.
Goldberg

Deerfield Beach
New York

William H.
Grae

New York

Jack
Gross

New York

Marissa J.
Huber

New York

Mikhail
Iokheles

New York

Matthew
Kraus

New York

Len
Kushnir

New York

Phillip J.
Lagana

New York

Jessica L.
Morris

New York

Erin
O Connor

New York

Joseph C.
Raffanello

New York

Kristen L.
Rexroat

New York

Mona
Sarmadi

New York

Gregg S.
Scharaga

New York
White Plains

Jarett L
Warner

New York

Christopher
Wosleger

New York

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