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On this page we share interviews by Board Member and
Labor & Employment Law Committee Co-chair Tejash V. Sanchala, Esq. 
with WCBA members about their experiences and insights.
The articles were originally published in the Member Spotlight column in
the WCBA's Westchester Lawyer magazine, We hope you are inspired by
their stories!

Tejash welcomes your comments and suggestions for future columns.
He can be reached here.

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Anthony Pirrotti, Jr., Esq.

 


 

 


Number of Years as a WCBA Member, positions held and awards received:

WCBA Member since 1991; CLE Speaker on Trial Practice, Affiliate President of NYS Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) (2011–2017), Selected Top 25 Lawyers in Westchester Area by Super Lawyers®, 2012–2016, Selected for inclusion in Metro New York Super Lawyers® 2007, 2010–2016.

My current job and practice area are: Trial Attorney concentrating in Plaintiff’s personal injury (Auto, Medical Malpractice, Labor Law, Slip/Trip & Fall, and Products Liability).


How I decided to become a personal injury attorney: I first started as a defense attorney for Commercial Union Insurance Company, and soon realized that I was on the wrong side of the “v,” and changed to be a plaintiff’s attorney representing victims of negligence.

One of my favorite legal success stories include: Medical malpractice case. The surgeon performed an experimental robotic surgical repair on my client’s husband’s abdominal aortic aneurysm, which resulted in him becoming paraplegic, and soon thereafter he died. We reviewed over 2,500 pages of medical records, and obtained experts. We found a note that a video was taken intra-operatively, compelled and obtained the video. The surgery was 16 hours, but the video was only 10 hours. My partner, Adam, and I watched the entire video, some parts were blacked out and exactly when the bleeding occurred at dissection, the video was cut and the next video clip showed the aorta reconnected. We then demanded the entire unedited video (they couldn’t believe we watched it all). Additionally, a “Dr. Carlos” told the family that he begged the surgeon to stop the surgery and convert to an open repair, but the Surgeon would not convert as he wanted to be the “pioneer” of this robotic surgery. We scoured the names of every intern/resident at the hospital and learned that “Carlos” was the first name, not the last name, and we found him in Texas. We got commissions, booked a flight to Texas, and noticed our adversary of the deposition of “Dr. Carlos.” Due to the impending deposition of “Dr. Carlos,” and the demand for the unedited video, the case resolved. On another case, prior to cross examination, I saw the doctor reading a note pad. I got the note pad and flipped to the last page wherein he wrote “play dumb” and “act stupid”. My cross examination after a few critical questions was: “Doctor, are you playing dumb with me?” (It was a plaintiff’s verdict in Dutchess).

My legal mentors are: Prof. Jay Carlisle, Judge Nicholas Colabella and my Uncle John Longo.

If I were not practicing law I would be: a teacher/professor inspiring others.
People may be surprised to learn: I was a carpenter and was told to go to trade school and that I could never become a lawyer. Surprise to those persons! We’ve collected over 100 million dollars in settlements, judgments and verdicts.

The best thing I did to improve my skill set as an attorney: Attended the National Institute of Advocacy (NITA); attended NYSTLA/WCBA CLEs taught by trial giants—Tom Moore, Ben Rubinowitz, Harvey Weitz, Bob Conason, Johnny  Cochran, Jay Carlisle, and Henry Miller. Early on, I read every deposition transcript that I could.

What I splurge on: Good food, wine and family vacations (when I can)!

The best part of my day is: Between 5–11 p.m. when I can get my work done!

Favorite meal: Prociutto di Parma, olives, cheese, bread and a glass of vino.  

My favorite vacation: Tuscany, Italy. I have been to Tuscany over 12 times.   

Three things I can’t live without: My wife, my daughter and good health—I had a near fatal incident when I was 36 and consider every day a gift.

Best advice I ever got: “If you are talking too fast, the court reporter can’t take it down, and if he/she can’t take it down, the jurors won’t get it either.” (Bernie Fabel, Senior Court Reporter in 1995.) Also, always introduce yourself and never assume that anyone who is not a close friend knows your name (Ralph Nobile, Esq., in 1996).

My advice to new lawyers: “Preparation, preparation, preparation.” Always strive to be the best you can be. Never leave the office before your boss leaves.    

Last time I was out of my comfort zone: Introducing myself to my wife.

One of my future ambitions is to: Write a book about our profession.

My favorite part of being involved with the WCBA: The people.  


 


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