Michael A. Ponterio is a founding partner of Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC. Mr. Ponterio represents families who have suffered injuries as a result of exposure to asbestos, childhood lead poisoning, as well as representing families suffering injuries as a result of defective products.
Admission Dates & Jurisdictions
- 1984 – New York State
- J.D., 1983, New England School of Law
- B.A., 1978, St. Bonaventure
Mr. Ponterio has been representing people suffering from mesothelioma caused by asbestos for over 28 years. He obtained the first personal injury jury verdict in the State of New York for an asbestos victim (Racich v. Celotex Corporation). Mr. Ponterio also obtained the first punitive damage award for an asbestos worker in the State of New York (Racich v. Celotex Corporation). Mr. Ponterio and his partner, John Ned Lipsitz, also received the first personal injury jury verdict in Buffalo, New York, on behalf of an asbestos victim (Wolf v. Celotex Corporation).
In September 2011, Mr. Ponterio, together with Mr. Vona and Neil McKinnon obtained the first jury verdict in Western New York on behalf of a lead poisoned child. In November 2013, Mr. Ponterio, together with Lipsitz & Ponterio attorneys Keith R. Vona and Zachary J. Woods, obtained a verdict on behalf of a Rochester, New York, child for injuries resulting from exposure to lead based paint.
Since 1988, Mr. Ponterio has obtained over $100 million in settlements on behalf of the firm’s mesothelioma clients.
Honors & Awards
- 2016 – Lifetime Achievement, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®.
- 2016 – Lawyers of Distinction, Recognizes the Top 10% of Lawyers in the USA.
- 2015 & 2014 Legal Elite Honoree, Business First of Buffalo, recognized by peers as one of Western New York’s top attorneys
- 2016; 2015; 2014; 2013; 2012; 2011 – Selected as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters
- 2012 – AVVO Rating of Excellent based on experience, industry recognition and professional conduct.
- 2010, 2009, 2008 – Listed BV Distinguished Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest peer review rating for both legal ability and ethical standards.
- American Association of Trial Lawyers
- New York State Trial Lawyers’ Association
- Western New York Trial Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association
- Bar Association of Erie County
- Distinguished Justice Advocates – Top 1% Attorneys in America
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum – The Top Trial Lawyers in America®
The Buffalo News: For families, justice elusive over deadliness of asbestos
Verdicts & Settlements
- October 2015 – Mr. Ponterio, together with Lipsitz & Ponterio attorney Keith R. Vona, obtained a bench trial decision awarding $5.6 million dollars to a 58 year old engineer who worked two summers as a college student at Durez Plastics in North Tonawanda.
- August 2014 – Mr. Ponterio, together with Lipsitz & Ponterio attorneys Keith Vona and Mathew Morton, obtained a Bench Trial Decision awarding $3 million dollars to a former Durez worker.
- April 2014 – Mr. Ponterio, together with Lipsitz & Ponterio attorney Keith Vona, obtained a Bench Trial Decision in Buffalo awarding $3 million dollars to a former Durez worker with mesothelioma and his spouse for her loss of services and companionship as a result of his terminal cancer.
- August 2013 – Mr. Ponterio, together with Lipsitz & Ponterio partner John Comerford,obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $3 million dollars on behalf of a former Ashland Oil employee.
- October 2012 – Mr. Ponterio, together with Lipsitz & Ponterio attorney Joseph Kremer,obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $3 million dollars on behalf of a former GM worker.
- March 2012 – Mr. Ponterio together with Lipsitz & Ponterio attorneys Keith Vona, and Matt Morton, obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $325,000 on behalf of a Former Durez Plant Worker in Lung Cancer Case.
- December 2011 – Mr. Ponterio together with Keith Vona, obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $2 million dollars on behalf of a former Durez factory worker. The jury in this case assigned 100% of the responsibility for damages to defendant Hedman, and the jury also found that Hedman’s actions were taken with reckless disregard for the safety of others.
- July 2011 – Mr. Ponterio and Keith Vona obtained a jury verdict in the sum of $2.5 million dollars against Ford Motor Company on behalf of a former chemist.
- November 2009 – Mr. Ponterio and Keith Vona served as counsel for a trial in Buffalo, New York, and obtained a $3 million dollar settlement award on behalf of our client, a local union boilermaker for injuries resulting from exposure to asbestos on the job.
- New York State Bar Association
- 2014 – Honing Your Deposition Skills
- Products Liability;
- Vital Aspects of Your Care;
- Civil Litigators Guide to Discovery Under New York Law