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Steven Aripotch

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Steve Aripotch, who joined O’Dwyer & Bernstien in 1990, prosecutes, defends, and argues complex dispositive motions relating to the personal injury practice in the lower courts and acts as principal appellate attorney for the personal injury practice.  Mr. Aripotch’s winning arguments in dozens of appeals in the State’s appellate courts, maximize the value of our client’s cases, enabling settlements and upholding jury verdicts totaling tens of millions of dollars for the Firm’s clients.

Mr. Aripotch has briefed and argued numerous appeals resulting in significant advances to worker protections under the New York State Labor Laws, including multiple decisions that reject attempts by contractors to avoid liability due to alleged worker error or disregard of safety rules and decisions preventing contractors from limiting the kinds of hazards covered by the Labor Law.

One particularly memorable decision involved a bricklayer who was seriously injured when he tripped over a brick removed from a wall his employer directed him to tear down and rebuild. Mr. Aripotch’s arguments to the appeals court prevailed over the long established defense that a worker cannot recover money damages if the hazard is an integral part of the work being performed. This decision is significant because it not only resulted in a substantial recovery for the bricklayer involved, it helped establish precedent that makes it possible for other workers similarly injured to recover damages for their injuries.

In another case, Mr. Aripotch’s skillful advocacy resulted in the expansion of work site protection where the appeals court that held a construction laborer who was injured by a falling object could recover money damages despite the defendant’s objection based upon existing law, that the distance the object fell was too slight to establish a claim under the Labor Law.

Mr. Aripotch has lectured on Personal Injury and Construction Accident Law. He is a member of the New York County Lawyer’s Association.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US

“When I got hurt in a traffic accident while riding my bike in New York City, my friend suggested I speak to O’Dwyer & Bernstien. Upon my initial phone conversation with a lawyer from the firm I was impressed by his courtesy, quick return phone calls and concise explanation of the legal tactics available to me. After meeting face to face with him, I decided immediately to retain O’Dwyer & Bernstien to represent me in my personal injury case. I was very happy with my attorney and with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend O’Dwyer & Bernstien to anyone seeking legal representation.”

“When I got hurt in a traffic accident while riding my bike in New York City, my friend suggested I speak to O’Dwyer & Bernstien. Upon my initial phone conversation with a lawyer from the firm I was impressed by his courtesy, quick return phone calls and concise explanation of the legal tactics available to me. After meeting face to face with him, I decided immediately to retain O’Dwyer & Bernstien to represent me in my personal injury case. I was very happy with my attorney and with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend O’Dwyer & Bernstien to anyone seeking legal representation.”

“I retained O’Dwyer & Bernstien on the recommendation of a friend. I was immediately impressed by the firm’s experience and reputation in personal injury law. From the start, my ODB attorney walked me through the process, answered all my questions, explained everything clearly, kept me updated regularly and always promptly returned my telephone calls and emails. My attorney was knowledgeable, professional, courteous and diligent. My case moved through the court system quickly. As trial neared, the insurance company saw that my attorney was experienced and thoroughly prepared to try my case to verdict. As a result, the insurance company caved and settled my case for the full limits of the insurance policy. I love my ODB attorney!”

“When I was hurt on the job I had nowhere to turn for help. I had been working as an electrician’s helper, but my boss was not insured and he had no license to do electrical work. I had just had a new baby girl and Con Ed was going to shut off my lights. A friend told me to call O’Dwyer & Bernstien. They took action right away and got great money for my case. ODB helped me get my life back on track. I will always be grateful.”