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Our Purpose

Lipsig, Shapey, Manus, & Moverman P.C. has dedicated our time and passion to practicing personal injury law. We are committed to obtaining the maximum settlement or jury verdict for our clients. Over the years, we have successfully represented hundreds of injured people and our promise to you is that we will investigate every possible legal option available to you. We will work to help you get the best treatment and care, and to obtain the best possible legal outcome for your case.

Our History

Harry H. Lipsig (1901 – 1995)

Mr. Lipsig established the firm in 1989. Often referred to as “The King of Torts”, he was called “the toughest, most successful personal injury specialist in the country.” by New York Magazine.

Over the course of his illustrious career, Mr. Lipsig repeatedly set new legal standards which ultimately contributed to the expanding horizon of the law. He was instrumental in winning hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts for his clients and devoted his life to securing compensation for them.

Mr. Lipsig’s long and distinguished career came to a close with his death in 1995. His passing was announced in newspapers around the country.


 

For decades, the attorneys of the Lipsig Law Firm have helped thousands of injury victims secure the compensation they deserve. Our philosophy is simple, and has remained unchanged over years of trial experience: recover the maximum amount to which our clients are entitled. Our focus is your recovery, and our only goal to see that you are properly cared for in your time of need.

A History In Personal Injury, A Legacy Of Success

The story of the Lipsig Law Firm begins with our founder, Harry H. Lipsig, a true titan in the world of New York personal injury law. Mr. Lipsig devoted his life to representing the rights of injured New Yorkers, and the firm continues to uphold his undying commitment to justice for all.

A prolific litigator, Mr. Lipsig truly earned the title of “The King of Torts.” By the time of his death, he’d secured hundreds of millions in settlements and court awards over a legal career spanning six decades. Famously eloquent and doggedly tenacious, Mr. Lipsig was honored by New York Magazine as “the toughest, most successful personal injury specialist in the country.” But Mr. Lipsig was as influential as he was successful: many of his cases shaped the very legal standards under which negligence claims are fought today.

Harry Lipsig’s death in 1995 was honored in obituaries across the nation, but his legacy remains as vibrant as ever.

Our Personal Injury Lawyers

Lipsig Law Firm is just as strong as it was before Harry Lipsig’s passing. Many of our current litigators worked alongside Harry, learning daily from his decades of experience. We’re still devoted to the mission that he established so many years ago: secure the most for those who need it the most.

Partners

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Alan M. Shapey, Esq.

Over 30 years of trial experience, Alan M. Shapey has recovered multi-million dollar verdicts in news-making cases. Mr. Shapey’s practice is focused on catastrophic injuries and matters of complex liability, claims requiring a particularly nuanced approach to negligence law. His most resounding successes have involved infant lead poisoning, product liability claims against car manufacturers, train accidents involving the New York Transit Authority system, municipal liability and construction accidents.

Mr. Shapey maintains a robust trial practice, and continues to represent injury victims throughout the city. He’s also routinely chosen as a visiting lecturer for the American Trial Lawyers Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

He has successfully conducted complex and challenging trials on behalf of clients of the Lipsig Law Firm, one of them included a jury trial held in Bronx County Supreme Court. In this jury trial Alan Shapey represented a young man who dropped his cell phone on the tracks of the subway and climbed down on the tracks to retrieve it. As he tried to climb back up onto the platform, the train approached and entered the station. Unfortunately, our client was unable to climb up in time, and the subway train struck him, resulting in the amputation of both of his legs.

Alan Shapey was successful in proving to the trial jury that the subway train operator was partially at fault since the operator had sufficient time and distance to stop the train before striking our client’s body. The jury returned a verdict for the Lipsig Law firm’s client and awarded damages for his injuries that totaled more than $8,000,000.

Recent Verdicts & Settlements:

$50 Million

jury verdict won for a child who suffered brain damage after lead poisoning

$42 Million

jury verdict against the City of New York for failing to install a traffic light

$20 Million

jury verdict against the NYC Transit Authority for a woman hit by a bus.

Education:

  • New York Law School, New York, NY

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2d Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1980

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Marc E. Freund, Esq.

Marc Freund joined the Lipsig Law Firm straight out of Fordham Law in 2005. Under the leadership of Tom Moverman, Mr. Freund has become known for winning jury verdicts far higher than the initial settlements offered prior to trial.

2012 saw Mr. Freund secure over $20 million in compensation for our clients, including $3 million alone for a construction worker who fell from a ladder and broke multiple bones. In recognition of his outstanding successes that year, Mr. Freund was named a partner in the Lipsig Law firm, our youngest partner ever.

In 2013, Mr. Freund topped his achievements the year before, securing multiple jury verdicts without a single loss. In October of that year, he won $5 million for a man thrown off the roof of his apartment building due to negligent security. He was named one of Super Lawyer’s “Rising Stars,” an accolade noted by the New York Times.

Recent Verdicts & Settlements

$13 Million

won for a shelter worker assaulted by a violent former resident.

$7.5 Million

jury verdict for a bricklayer who fell from unstable scaffolding.

$3 Million

jury verdict for a man who fell down his apartment building’s stairs

Education:

  • Fordham Law School, New York, NY 2005

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, (2006)

 

 

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Tom J. Moverman, Esq

Establishing the firm in 1989 along with Harry Lipsing, Mr. Moverman has devoted the majority of his practice to product liability and similarly complex cases. He is active in representing construction workers injured by hazardous site conditions, but his cases also range over defective consumer and industrial products, motor vehicles and dangerous drugs and medical devices.

After a string of large jury verdicts, Mr. Moverman was asked to write significant portions of a product liability law textbook. He was among the first trial lawyers to use computerized accident models in court.

In his own words, Mr. Moverman says:

“My client’s lives and families are the most important aspect of what I do. I hope the lawsuits that I bring and the results I obtain will allow them to try to restore themselves both physically and personally. Most of these actions help to make our environment and the workplace safer so that others will not have to endure these painful losses.”

Recent Verdicts & Settlements

$6.4 Million

jury verdict for a man injured after falling in a mall parking lot.

$5.3 Million

for an airport worker whose leg was caught in a motorized air stair.

$2.6 Million

for a worker who injured his knee and back in a fall from defective scaffolding.

Education:

  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1979

 

 

Associates

Charles E. Wisell

Bringing more than 20 years of trial experience, Mr. Wisell joined the Lipsig Law Firm in 2014. He concentrates his practice on construction injuries, car accidents and premises liability claims. Mr. Wisell’s focuses his efforts on representing undocumented workers, and frequently takes on cases that other attorneys call “unwinnable.”

Fluent in both Spanish and English, Mr. Wisell can be seen on CNN Español as a guest commentator. He is often called on by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as a speaker on legal topics.

Recent Verdicts & Settlements

$2.25 Million

won for an undocumented worker who fell between floors on a worksite.

$1.75 Million

for an undocumented worker who fell off a ladder, injuring his back and wrist

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$800,000

Verdict for a 26-year-old construction worker who fell from a scaffold while performing masonry work.

Education:
  • Touro Law School, Central Islip, NY
Bar Admissions:
  • New York, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

 

 

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Thomas Patrick O’Malley

Joining the Lipsig Law Firm in 2013, Mr. O’Malley comes with years of experience as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office for Brooklyn. In that capacity, Tom was successful in convicting numerous criminals, for charges including murder, robbery and assault.

As a civil trial lawyer, Mr. O’Malley gained more than 15 years of practical experience, taking over sixty cases to verdict throughout New York. He focuses his practice on construction accidents and labor disputes, car accidents, medical malpractice and dangerous drugs.

Recent Verdicts & Settlements

$4.9 Million

Settlement from the City of New York for an infant who suffered a traumatic brain injury when a car being pursued by the police hit him.

$4.9 Million

Settlement for the family of a nurse who suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died.

$2.5 Million

Settlement negotiated for a pedestrian who suffered multiple injuries when he was struck by a car.

Education:
  • St. John’s University, School of Law
Bar Admissions:
  • State of New York
  • State of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York

 

 

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C. Michelle Clemmens

Admitted to practice in New York State since 2006, Michelle Clemmens has practiced exclusively personal injury law throughout her legal career. Marking Ms. Clemmens’ practice is a deep commitment to every client, and handles lawsuits from their inception to trial. Over hundreds of cases, Ms. Clemmens has focused her practice on premises liability, medical malpractice, workplace injuries and wrongful death claims.

Education:
  • Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Fordham University School of Law in Manhattan
Bar Admissions:
  • State of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District
  • United States District Court, Southern District

 

 

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Carmine J. Goncalves

Carmine J. Goncalves joined the attorneys at the Lipsig Law Firm in 2008, bringing over 15 years of trial experience. As an associate, Mr. Goncalves has focused on construction injuries, devoting the majority of his practice to promoting workplace safety throughout the city. He also fights for the victims of car accidents and defective consumer products.

Recent Verdicts & Settlements

$2.6 Million

Settlement for a construction worker who fell from a scaffold.

$1.75 Million

Settlement for a construction worker who suffered injuries after a fall at the worksite.

$1.35 Million

Settlement for a construction worker who fell through a hazardous opening. 

Education:
  • Hofstra Law School, Long Island, NY
Bar Admissions:

Mr. Goncalves is licensed to practice in:

  • State of New York

 

 

James Neville
James Neville

Before entering personal injury law, James Neville gained substantial experience in the world of business. As the owner of several highly-profitable ventures, Mr. Neville learned first-hand the legal tactics employed by defense counsel and insurance companies. James brought his knowledge to the Lipsig Law Firm, joining the firm as an associate in 2008.

Education:
  • St. John’s University School of Law, Jamaica, New York
Bar Admissions:

Mr. Neville is licensed to practice in the following courts:

  • State of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District
  • United States District Court, Southern District

 

 


Erin K. Hurley

Education
  • New York Law School, New York, NY
Bar Admissions:
  • State of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District
  • United States District Court, Southern District
  • United States District Court, Northern District

Our Passion, Your Success

At the Lipsig Law Firm, we’re devoted to investigating the facts of your case in painstaking detail. Our lawyers are committed to exploring every avenue for recourse available. If need be, we’re more than prepared to fight aggressively for what you deserve in court. Don’t hesitate to call us with any legal questions; our compassionate attorneys are here to help, and your consultation is free.