We are Committed to Asbestos Justice™.  John N. Lipsitz and Michael A. Ponterio founded the law firm of Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC, in 1995. Prior to the formation of Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC, both John and Michael represented victims injured by asbestos at another Buffalo law firm. Their demonstrated commitment to seeking justice for victims of the asbestos industry ideally suited them to form a legal partnership.

Since 1985, John N. Lipsitz has represented victims suffering from industrial diseases, such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.  John is the co-author of "The Treatment of Mesothelioma Cases in the American and United Kingdom Legal Systems, a chapter on the medico-legal considerations regarding mesothelioma included in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, published in 2006 by Oxford University Press.  He is an experienced trial and appellate attorney. 

Michael A. Ponterio has been representing victims suffering from mesothelioma and lung cancer caused by asbestos for over 30 years. Michael obtained the first personal injury jury verdict in an asbestos-related disease case in the State of New York.  The Plaintiff was an asbestos worker, and the jury imposed punitive damages on the defendant asbestos manufacturer for its reckless disregard of the rights of the Plaintiff (Racich v. Celotex Corporation).  Two years later, Michael Ponterio and John Lipsitz obtained the first personal injury jury verdict in an asbestos-related personal injury case in Buffalo, New York.  Again, the Plaintiff was an asbestos worker, this time from the Union’s Buffalo local. (Wolf v. Celotex Corporation).

In 1995, John P. Comerford, a recent law graduate, began working for the firm as a law clerk.  John quickly became a tireless investigator and soon a fine trial lawyer. In 1996, he was admitted to practice in the State of New York, as well as in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2001, John P. Comerford became a partner at Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC.

Since the firm was established in 1995, the attorneys at Lipsitz & Ponterio have recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of their clients diagnosed with mesothelioma.

The firm’s experienced trial lawyers regularly obtain jury verdicts for the plaintiffs they represent. The firm’s attorneys have contributed to the development of the laws governing asbestos-related personal injury actions in New York, at both the level of the State’s intermediate appellate courts, as well as in the State’s highest court in Albany.

We hope that you will never be diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease. However, in the event you do receive such a diagnosis, please contact us immediately.