VBPNP Recognized by the Prestigious Super Lawyers®

VBPNP is very proud to announce that 19 of our attorneys have been recognized by the prestigious Super Lawyers®, a rating service which identifies those attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than five percent of lawyers from a given state are selected. The following attorneys have […]

Gary W. Patterson, Jr. Secures Unanimous Defense Verdict – Sept. 2022

On September 21, 2022, Gary W. Patterson, Jr. secured a unanimous defense verdict before Justice Thomas Zugibe of the Supreme Court, Rockland County.  Christian McCarthy served as second chair counsel to Mr. Patterson.  Plaintiff claimed the defendant, an orthopedic surgeon, negligently performed a biceps tenodesis, leading to nerve injury. The surgeon had misidentified a variant […]

Mamie Stathatos-Fulgieri Wins a Defense Verdict

Congratulations to Mamie Stathatos-Fulgieri for a Defense Verdict in Supreme Court, Queens County where she represented a hospital and the Emergency Department staff in a case involving the suicide death of a 20-year-old male seven hours after being discharged from the Emergency Room (ER). Plaintiff claimed that his son should have been admitted in light […]


Hon. Ruth B. Kraft, Chair of the Employment Law Group, was honored at the Top Lawyers of Long Island Awards Gala on September 13, 2022.  The gala, celebrating Long Island’s legal leaders, recognized her achievements as a trusted advisor to business organizations and successful litigator. Judge Kraft leads the VBPNP team defending wage/hour and prevailing […]

Dawn Bristol Wins a Defense Verdict

On September 14, 2022, Dawn Bristol secured a defendant’s verdict for a Staten Island property development and management company in a premises liability case tried in Richmond Supreme Court before the Honorable Lizette Colon.  Plaintiff claimed that the defendant, as owners of the subject property, failed to properly maintain a stairwell and failed to properly clean […]

Arthur Yankowitz and Daniel O’Connell Secure a Directed Verdict

On May 11, 2022, in Supreme Court, Queens County, Arthur Yankowitz with the assistance of Daniel O’Connell secured a Directed Verdict at the close of plaintiff’s case on behalf of an Emergency Services Group and a physician.  Plaintiff’s counsel alleged a failure to timely diagnose and treat a  pneumothorax during an Emergency Room presentation which […]

Joseph Muscarella Secures Defense Verdict

On May 5, 2022, Joseph Muscarella secured a defense verdict on behalf of our client, a Car Dealership/Auto Repair Shop, in Rockland County Supreme Court before the Honorable Thomas Zugibe. Plaintiff’s counsel alleged that the client’s mechanics negligently repaired the plaintiff’s vehicle, resulting in the plaintiff’s automobile accident on a major highway. At trial, plaintiff […]

Jeffrey Nichols and Angela Bonica Secure Defense Verdict

On April 6, 2022, Jeffrey Nichols and Angela Bonica secured a unanimous defense verdict on behalf of an Emergency Medicine physician in Suffolk County Supreme Court before the Honorable Thomas F. Whelan.  Plaintiff’s counsel alleged that the physician negligently prescribed Haldol to address agitation in the geriatric patient which their expert alleged was used off […]

Gary W. Patterson, Jr. Secures Directed Verdict In New York County Supreme Court

On March 21, 2022, the Honorable Lyle Frank of the Supreme Court, New York County, granted Mr. Patterson’s motion for a directed verdict on behalf of his client, a well-regarded plastic surgeon. The 34 year old male plaintiff claimed the doctor negligently performed a circumferential body lift procedure, leading to sexual dysfunction, depression and post-traumatic […]