Who We Are

Edward McIntyre

Edward McIntyre

Senior Partner

Edward McIntyre joined the original firm Sherman Federman Donovan and Sambur in 1997, becoming an equity partner in 2001.  In 2015 that firm subsequently became McIntyre Donohue Accardi Salmonson and Riordan.  Ed has practiced in issues relating to employment law since 1994 and has been a practicing Workers’ Compensation attorney for over 26 years.  He has a diverse background with a variety of experience related to representing both injured workers and those with employment related issues.

Ed worked as a New York City Police Officer from 1985 to 1989, assigned to patrol duties and the Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit and became a Suffolk County Police Officer in February of 1989.  In May 1988 he graduated from John Jay College.  While working for the SCPD, he received his Juris Doctorate from the City University of New York Law School in May of 1994. His work experience with the SCPD included assignments as a precinct patrol officer, two years in the office of the Suffolk County Police Commissioner as legal counsel, Highway Patrol Bureau, the Community Response Unit, and 10 years as a PBA union delegate. He retired from the Suffolk County Police Department as a Patrol Sergeant in October of 2004.

Mr. McIntyre has been a member of the Suffolk County PBA since 1989. He is a member in good standing of the Suffolk County Superior Officers Association, the Suffolk County Police Conference, and the Suffolk County Police Association. He also maintains membership with the Suffolk County Bar Association and the New York State Workers’ Compensation Bar Association.  In addition, Mr. McIntyre is disability counsel to the Suffolk County Police Conference. The Police Conference is an organization of professional Law Enforcement Officers from the State, County, Town and Village Police departments operating in Suffolk County, New York.  He has spoken before numerous police organizations as well as public and private sector unions on issues related to Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, and Municipal Pensions.

He resides in Suffolk County with his wife Janice.  They have three grown children, and two grandchildren.

The City University of New York.  New York City Police Officer, Suffolk County Police Officer, SCPD SGT. PBA Delegate, Attorney in the Office of the Suffolk County Police Commissioner.

The ability to help people who are quite often suddenly thrust into financial difficulty after suffering an injury.  It is very satisfying to be able to help people who are quite often very desperate for help.

Very personal.  I really strive to treat every one of them the way I would like a member of my family treated.

I truly believe that we do the best possible job for our clients.  We have the skill and ability to take cases that could not be handled by other firms.  A substantial number of our cases come from satisfied clients.

SCPBA, SOA, SC Police Conference, Suffolk County Police Association.

Richard Donohue

Richard Donohue

Managing Partner

Richard Donohue is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Hofstra University and received his Law degree from the Hofstra University School of Law. He has practiced in estate planning, administration and litigation including corporate planning and commercial litigation. He has also practiced real estate law and has practiced before the District, Supreme, Surrogate, and Family Courts of New York, in criminal, custodial and estate matters. Since early 1997, he has devoted his efforts to representing injured workers before the Workers’ Compensation Board as a highly respected New York Workers’ Compensation attorney. He joined the Firm in 1999, becoming Partner in 2004, and has continued to advocate on behalf of claimants before the Board at both the trial and appeal levels. He has spoken on Workers’ Compensation and Social Security issues before several union and professional organizations.

Mr. Donohue became Managing Partner of the law firm in 2014. He resides in Suffolk County with his wife, who is a Registered Nurse, and their handsome twin boys.

I attended Hofstra University School of Law. My prior legal experience includes estate planning, administration and litigation including corporate planning, commercial litigation and real estate law. I have practiced before the District, Supreme, Surrogate, and Family Courts of New York, in criminal, custodial and estate matters.

I love practicing WC because it allows me to advocate in a real, personal way for injured workers while standing right beside them.   Coming from a family with a construction Union background , I learned firsthand the dangers faced by workers in construction settings as well as many, many other work environments.   I learned that injuries can and will occur on the job in countless scenarios.   I also learned that workers are almost powerless against an insurance carrier without a strong and effective advocate,  as the carrier always has attorneys at their disposal.

After joining our firm in 1999 I never looked back because, although we were a much smaller firm than the one I came from, I was able to cultivate strong interpersonal relationships with our valued clients in a way that was not possible before. As we grew larger over the years,  I was able to effectuate these types of relationships on a greater and greater scale. I truly believe have found the perfect balance of providing personal advocacy on a large scale for our valued clients.

I enjoy Scuba Diving and Skiing with my wife and twin boys.

James Accardi

James Accardi

Partner

Mr. Accardi is a graduate of Hofstra University and obtained his law degree from Ohio Northern University. He was a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association. After a period of general practice primarily in the fields of trusts & estates, family law and criminal law, he entered into the practice of Workers’ Compensation law wherein he represented both claimants and carriers for six years before joining the firm in the year 2000. In 2004, he became a partner.

Due to his varied experience, he has handled every element of Workers’ Compensation claims from the initial interview of clients through preparation for Appellate Division presentation. Mr. Accardi has and continues to, negotiate numerous resolutions with optimal results.

Mr. Accardi lives in Suffolk County with his wife and two children and is an avid supporter of his children’s sporting events.

I received my undergraduate degree from Hofstra University and my law degree from Ohio Northern University. My prior experience includes 5 years working on the carrier’s side of workers’ compensation.

Very straight forward, no BS. I want to get the client the best compensation possible.

I enjoy hunting and golfing on my time off.

Scott Salmonson

Scott Salmonson

Partner

With over 20 years of experience representing injured workers, Mr. Salmonson has been named a named Partner in our firm since 2011.  Mr. Salmonson represents numerous clients before the Workers’ Compensation Board in all 5 boroughs and on Long Island. He litigates all aspects of Workers’ Compensation claims and handles cases from inception through trial, permanency and settlement.  He is a tireless advocate, working diligently to advance and protect the rights of injured workers.   Mr. Salmonson is a strong adversary who vigorously represents his clients and is well respected in the field.

Mr. Salmonson counsels many clients and union members including, New York State, New York City and Suffolk County Corrections officers, Nassau and Suffolk Police Officers, EMS members, Transport Workers’ Unions, teachers and social workers.  Mr. Salmonson advises many members of D.C.37 as well as Airline workers who are based out of New York State.  He works closely with injured workers, their unions and their doctors to optimize benefits on behalf of his clients.

Mr. Salmonson also represents first responders in all injury claims including their September 11, 2001 cases.  Mr. Salmonson laid the groundwork for a case making the front page of the New York Law Journal in June, 2014.  The case opened the door for an entire class of World Trade center volunteers who were previously unable to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits and allowed them to pursue their cases.

Mr. Salmonson perpetually educates, informs and protects the rights of injured workers .  He frequently speaks with various organizations and their membership concerning the rights of injured workers, as well as legislators to improve the law in this field.  Mr. Salmonson is actively involved with several charitable organizations seeking to improve the community.  He continuously strives to be a resource for the public as well as the profession.   He has often said that one of the aspects of his practice that he enjoys the most is that he can help a very deserving client through a difficult chapter in their lives and help them to plan their recovery while striving to maximize the benefits to which they are entitled.  He believes that workers suffering the misfortune of an injury, have the fundamental right to expedient medical care and financial benefits to support their families, while simultaneously being treated with dignity and respect.

Mr. Salmonson is a Cum Laude graduate of Lehigh University and obtained his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law.  He was Notes and Comments Editor of the St. John’s Law Review and is a New York State Certified Public Accountant.  He and his wife, Lisa, reside in Nassau County with their two children.

I attended St. John’s University School of Law.  Upon graduation I worked with Price Waterhouse as a tax advisor before entering the field of Elder Law and Estate Planning.  I entered the field of Workers’ Compensation in 1998.

No. I entered college with the thought that I would be a doctor or enter the field of business.  I decided I had more of an interest in business so I studied accounting so I could understand the financial information and health of businesses.  During my education as an accountant I took a business law course and enjoyed the thought process and advocating for clients.  I intended to combine the use of the accounting degree and the law degree in the field of business.

In 1998, I had an opportunity to represent injured workers in the field of workers’ compensation.  I realized that if I did my job right, I could help a lot of people through a very difficult chapter in their lives.  I have been in the field ever since.

I think I have a very good relationship with my clients because I care about them as people, I listen to their needs and I strive to obtain the best possible results while treating them with dignity and respect.

I would want my attorney to listen to my needs with sincerity and compasion.

I really like working with MDASR because we have a talented team of attorneys and staff that care for our clients and treat our clients like we would our family members.

I like to spend time with my family, travel, explore, work out, and work with community based organizations

I have worked with FREE, Bronx Clergy Task Force, Sunrise Day Camp, to name a few.

Sean Riordan

Sean Riordan

Partner

Mr. Riordan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Molloy College in 2000 and received his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 2004, where he was a member of the Journal of Legal Commentary. Upon admission to the practice of law, Mr. Riordan began representing claimants before the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication & Review and the various New York State/City Retirement Boards. Sean has been named disability counsel to a variety of NY unions and has lectured extensively to Correction Officers, Police Officers, Detectives, Teachers, Laborers and other workers regarding their disability rights. Sean has represented petitioners before the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, 3rd Department and the New York State Supreme Court on Article 78 Appeals and his victories have changed the disability pension landscape for Police, Correction Officers and all Municipal Workers.

Sean is an outspoken advocate for First Responders, having joined with advocacy groups and Congressional leaders to help pass legislation that affords greater health care and benefits to men and women that respond to emergency situations. Sean has been interviewed by Court TV and Eyewitness News, as well as various other media outlets, regarding his work in this area.  Mr. Riordan is also very involved in the Irish-American community. As Past-President of the Nassau County Brehon Law Society, Board Member of the NYC Brehon Law Society and a member of The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Long Island, Sean has been an advocate for human and civil rights in Northern Ireland and a proponent of the continued peace process. From 2008-2011 Mr. Riordan was named one of the Top 100 Irish-American attorneys in the United States by Irish America Magazine and the Irish Voice. In 2012 Sean was named to the 40 under 40 by the Irish Echo and in 2014 was named to the Top 50 Law and Order Leaders in America. Sean was selected by the American Institute of Legal Counsel as one of 2019 Workers’ Compensation “10 Best Attorneys” for New York in Client Satisfaction. Mr. Riordan was honored by the NYC DOC Emerald Society as Honorary Member of the Year in 2019 for his work on behalf of New York City Correction Officers.

Sean joined the firm in 2009 and became a partner in 2012. He is also a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; American Bar Association; New York State Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association. An avid sports fan, Sean can frequently be found rooting for his beloved Yankees, Knicks, Rangers and Giants. He lives on Long Island with his wife and two children.

St. John’s University School of Law – As an undergrad I worked for the NYS Attorney General as a Paralegal in the Consumer Protection Division; worked for Nassau County Legislature as Aide to Legis. Joseph Scannell (final year of undergrad into law school);  In law school worked as Law Clerk for DiRaimondo and Masi, LLP in the field of immigration law; then worked for the Queens County District Attorney as Law Clerk in the Intake Division; then began working for Pasternack, Tilker, Heller, Ruben & Rieff and remained there after graduating law school and until I took at job at Sherman, Federman.

Yes and No. I wanted to play professional basketball first and foremost. Knowing that that was a long shot, I also have wanted to be a lawyer since I was little. I figured I would be a District Attorney for life, although it didn’t go that way getting to work with law enforcement personnel on a daily basis is quite similar.

Delivering what is sorely needed to those that need it most. The large majority of the time attorneys in the disability field are what separates family from economic destitution and survival. If we fail to do our jobs properly entire families can suffer. Tremendous pressure at times, but amazing feeling when you deliver.

It’s a great question, and a complex answer as the relationship with any client evolves from first meeting to last. At first meeting, my role is to be the expert in my field and evaluate the facts and circumstances of the particular matter so that I may give a frank and unbiased opinion to the client. It is also my opportunity to both show the client my personality and attempt to evaluate the client’s. Once I am the attorney of record it is my responsibility to vigorously advocate for the client, but also to listen to and aide the clients during their difficult times. This period forms strong bonds of friendship during the case that remain even after the case is complete. Except in court, my client’s always know that I am a different person in court! Friendship stops at the court house steps, inside the court room my job requires me to have my client prepared and to fight for their rights. Once court is over, we are back to friendship!

Personality. If you don’t like your lawyer’s personality, you will rarely believe that they are providing a quality representation on your behalf. Don’t ever go by personality alone, but don’t ever exclude it from your analysis of an attorney either.

I enjoy fighting for the rights of injured workers and ensuring that they and their families receive the compensation they deserve.

Hang with the family, watch my Knicks and Yankees and movies. I am an avid runner.

I am involved in many organizations. General Counsel for the FealGood Foundation – President of the Nassau County Brehon Law Association, VP of NYC Brehon Law Association, Member of ACLU, National Association of Trial Lawyers, New York State Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, New York State Workers’ Compensation Bar Association, National Association of Social Security Representatives, Honorary Member of the New York City Department of Corrections Emerald Society and attorney to Various PBA’s and COBA’s throughout NYS.

James Seganti

James Seganti

Partner

James Seganti is a graduate of the University of Miami and obtained his law degree from Touro Law School. He joined the firm in 2012 and has successfully represented thousands of clients in all workers’ compensation matters before the workers’ compensation board. He was made a partner in 2018.

He oversees the 9/11 World Trade Center Department and works closely with both the injured worker and their families to ensure all of their rights are protected. He is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and the New York State Workers’ Compensation Bar Association. He has lectured at a variety of Union Organizations in regards to their disability rights under the law and continues to fight for the injured worker. He and his wife reside in NYC.

I attended Touro Law School and have worked for MDASR after graduating handling workers’ compensation claims assisting injured workers obtaining the benefits they deserve.

I did not always want to be an attorney. I majored in finance at the University of Miami, however after taking a few business law classes I decided to attend law school.

I like that the workers’ compensation field provides the opportunity to help people who are in need.

Most clients are relying on me to help provide them with a means to live in addition to medical treatment to sustain a normal level of daily living, so the relationship is very important to me and I want to make sure I do everything I can to help them in any way possible.

I would want an attorney who is relatable, who listens, and who will work with me to achieve a common goal.

Skiing, Travelling and anything on the water.

I am involved with Habitat for Humanity. I am also an active member of the Nassau Country Bar Association and New York State Workers’ Compensation Bar Association.

Lisa Salmonson

Lisa Salmonson

Senior Associate

With over 25 years of experience in New York State Workers’ Compensation law, advocating for the rights of injured workers, Mrs. Salmonson represents numerous clients before the Workers’ Compensation Board. She is well versed in litigation involving all aspects of Workers’ Compensation claims and negotiates optimal resolutions.

Mrs. Salmonson counsels many clients and union members, tirelessly advocating to ensure that the rights of injured workers are protected. She continuously strives to obtain the most favorable results for all of her clients.

Mrs. Salmonson graduated from Muhlenberg College and obtained her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law. She resides in Nassau County with her husband Scott and their two children.

I received my undergraduate degree from Mulhenberg College and went to law school at St. John’s University School of Law. While there, I was Editor of the St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary.

No, prior to becoming an attorney, I was certified to teach Spanish in middle and high school.

Just knowing that I’ve helped someone is the most rewarding thing that life has to offer. Whatever I can give, I will and I’ll always remain true to that.

I feel like that are part of my own family and I’ll fight for them just as I would my own. I have been advocating for the rights of injured workers’ for over 25 years. I am dedicated to obtaining maximum compensation benefits and optimal access for medical care for my clients.

If I were a client, I would want to be treated like they were representing a family member.

I am privileged to work at MDASR because we are a family and we treat our clients as part of our family.

I enjoy spending time with friends and family and traveling. I speak Spanish have always loved to learn languages.

I live in Nassau County with my husband and two children.

Mitchell Schuman

Mitchell Schuman

Licensed Claimant's Rep

Mr. Schuman graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 1985. He was licensed by the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board as a Carrier’s Representative in 1986. In 1990 he transferred his license and became a Licensed Claimant Representative. Since 1990 he has handled all aspects of Workers’ Compensation claims, including litigation and settlement conferences. He has represented thousands of claimants before the Workers’ Compensation Board in his thirty years of practice. Mr. Schuman has also lectured on Workers’ Compensation topics before various Chiropractic and union groups.

Mr. Schuman enjoys going to the gym and spending time with his wife, four lovely children and their two dogs.

I was always interested in the law. My background includes a full semester of work at Nassau legal aide. society.

I like practicing before the Workers’ Compensation Board for over 30 years. The satisfaction of helping injured workers obtain economic relief and necessary treatment due to our efforts is rewarding.

My relationship with clients has been very favorable over the years. To me, our clients feel like part of our extended family.

The people at the firm are helpful and hard working.

I enjoy going to the gym, biking, sports, playing cards, travelling, and spending time with my family.

Home Owners Association participant, president of poker club, former coach of flag football and softball teams.

Allison Curley

Allison Curley

Associate

Allison Curley is a 2009 graduate of Hofstra University School of Law. With a background in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice, Allison made the transition to Workers’ Compensation Law in 2011. She joined our firm in March of 2014 and is relentless in her pursuit to protect the rights of injured workers. She resides in Suffolk County with her husband and two beautiful sons.

I am a proud graduate of Hofstra, Class of 2009. I studied medical malpractice and personal injury law post graduation.  While in law school, I was involved in trial advocacy and was a Nassau County ADA intern.

Yes, I wanted to work for the District Attorney as an ADA, ridding the world of criminals; but with the economic decline in 2008, that wasn’t possible. Luckily, I found my home in workers’ compensation.

I’ve been practicing workers’ compensation for 8 years now and I thrive on knowing that what we do actually matters for our clients.  In personal injury, for example, it can take years to get your client some financial recovery but in workers’ compensation, what we do every day has a more immediate, positive impact on our clients, their families, and their lives.

Very personal. Knowing that I am responsible for their future in some capacity, I make sure to do everything in my power to ensure that they are taken care of in an exceptional manner.

Our firm is comprised of really hardworking and caring people. Having worked other places, I can really appreciate the environment at MDASR.

I am a mother of two wonderful boys, 10 and 6, so my family is my priority outside of the office.  I enjoy spending time with my boys at the beach or park.

Honestly, none. With work and family, I am preoccupied.

David Donohue

David Donohue

Senior Associate

David Donohue is a Senior Attorney at the firm and is in charge of the Disability Pension Department. David graduated from Binghamton University with a double major in Philosophy, Politics and Law and General Philosophy.  While earning his undergraduate bachelor degree, he interned at McIntyre, Donohue, Accardi, Salmonson and Riordan in the Workers’ Compensation Department.  He graduated from New York Law School in June of 2012 and began full-time work with McIntyre, Donohue, Accardi, Salmonson and Riordan in May of 2013 in the Social Security Disability Department.

Upon admission to the New York State Bar Association, David began representing injured workers before the Social Security Administration in pursuit of Social Security Disability benefits.  After numerous successful cases before the Social Security Administration and the Social Security Appeals Council, David began representing New York State workers in pursuit of disability benefits from the New York State and Local Retirement System.  David has worked on innumerable New York State disability pension cases and has played an instrumental role in all Article 78 appeals which McIntyre Donohue has successfully argued, most notably being DeMaio v. DiNapoli, which provided enhanced protections to correction officers in the New York State and Local Retirement System.

In addition to his work with members of the New York State and Local Retirement System, David also represents workers of the City of New York before the New York City Employees Retirement System.  He currently lives in Suffolk County with his wife Jennifer.

I attended New York Law School.  I interned at McIntyre, Donohue while I attended high school and again during college. I began working with them shortly after graduating from law school.

Yes, I have known since about high school that I wanted to practice some type of law.

What I like most about practicing Disability Pension cases is the significance of each case because in each case we are fighting for a lifetime benefit for a person that is no longer capable of performing their occupation.

Good as I think this is the most important aspect of an attorney’s job.

Other than experience and skill the most important aspect of an attorney-client relationship is trust.  A lot of times in litigation you will be faced with a multitude of decisions that will lead to uncertain outcomes.  Because of this, you will be leaning on your attorney to explain the possible ramifications of those decisions and provide a guide to you through the litigation process. If you do not trust your attorney or your attorney’s advice, it will undoubtedly lead to avoidable issues in your claim.

The people,  McIntyre, Donohue has a great staff and a team-friendly work environment.

Outside of the office, I am usually attending some sort of ice hockey-related event whether it is playing in a men’s league or attending islanders games.

Through the job I work with various COBA organizations, Suffolk County PBA, SSEU, Local 371, FDNY as well as many others.

Nancy Pavlovic

Nancy Pavlovic

Associate

Nancy Pavlovic is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and received her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She has practiced in personal injury, malpractice, real estate, social security and litigation including civil and corporate litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. She has extensively appeared before all trial courts of the State of New York, the New York State Appellate Division, the New York State Court of Appeals and the United States Federal District Courts. A skilled and effective advocate on behalf of injured individuals, she is now exclusively devoting her time to the field of Workers’ Compensation. She is an active supporter of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation (Washington DC chapter) and resides in Nassau County.

I attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland Ohio. Prior to working at MDASR, I practiced personal injury, malpractice, real estate, social security and litigation including civil and corporate litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.

There were only two things that I ever wanted to be when I grew up and fortunately, I’ve gotten to do both of them. I was always the one trying to change the system to make it equal for everyone. As my family says, they always knew that I’d be a lawyer—I was always advocating for someone.

Most days, you can make an immediate impact in getting for the claimant exactly what they need—be it money, treatment or both. When I did personal injury work, it often took years to bring true help or relief to people who were hurt. With compensation, you can make a real difference at every hearing to try and make the time they are out of work one where they can concentrate on getting better and know they are getting paid appropriately. Bringing that “instant” relief to people is very gratifying.

I view my role as the patient explainer trying to demystify a complicated and often frustrating system. Explaining how cases may play out, being honest without sugarcoating the situation, helps to put claimants at ease.

Someone who is patient and can provide clear information allowing the claimant to understand where things stand, where their case is heading and what can be done to get them what they need and are entitled to.

I truly enjoy and appreciate the people that I work with–both coworkers and other attorneys that I see on a regular basis. There is a true spirit of collegiality that flows throughout the office and makes it easy to know that we are all in this together putting the client first.

I go to a lot of concerts. Music informs my life and I’ve been known to travel for a good band. Good friends, family and of course my dog also take up my free time.

Angelman’s Syndrome Foundation–Dc Chapter has been a focus for the last decade since my goddaughter was diagnosed with this rare condition. Every spring will find me in DC helping to raise funds to support not only research to find a cure or additional treatment for this condition but raising funds for families whose children are affected.

Joseph Abrahams

Joseph Abrahams

Senior Associate

Joseph Abrahams is a senior associate with the Firm and is in charge of the Social Security Disability Department. Joseph received his undergraduate degree at Stony Brook University and interned at McIntyre, Donohue, Accardi, Salmonson and Riordan while attending Touro Law School. Upon his graduation from Touro in 2014, he began working full time with the Firm in the Social Security Disability and Municipal Pension Departments. Joseph has helped numerous injured workers obtain disability retirement benefits from the New York City Employees’ Retirement System and successfully argued several Article 78 appeals before the Kings County Supreme Court. He has also successfully aided many individuals in their pursuit of disability retirement benefits from the New York State and Local Retirement System. Joseph continues to vigorously fight to get Social Security Disability claimants’ the benefits they deserve. He currently resides in Suffolk County.

I attended Touro Law School.  Prior to that, I was a paralegal with MDASR.

I did not always want to be an attorney. It wasn’t until I worked here as a paralegal that I realized that I wanted to do more for our clients. That’s when I went to law school.

I like practicing Social Security Disability because it allows me to help disabled individuals get the benefits they need and deserve.

I greatly value my relationship with my clients and always strive to provide the best legal representation possible. I believe it is very important to have a good relationship with my clients so they feel comfortable discussing all their issues and impairments with me during what in many cases is a very difficult time in their lives.

If I were a client, I would look for sincerity and compassion in my attorney.

What I most like about working at MDASR is the sense of team work in endeavoring to do the utmost for our clients.

When outside of the office I like to spend time with my family, travel and go to the beach.

I am a member of the Injured Workers’ Bar Association.

Zachary Dworken

Zachary Dworken

Associate

Zachary Dworken is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park where he received his bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics. He obtained his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2015. Mr. Dworken joined the firm in September of 2015, specializing in Workers’ Compensation Law.  Mr. Dworken is passionate and handles every case with extreme vigor and commitment.  Mr. Dworken is focused on pushing the boundaries of Workers’ Compensation Law in favor of the injured worker.  Mr. Dworken believes his degree has allowed him to fight for the rights of people in great need of protections against overwhelming forces.  He takes this responsibility seriously.  The client is his main focus on each case.  He is fortunate to work with an extremely dedicated and hard-working group of people.  Mr. Dworken likes to focus on family and personal growth when he is not working.  He is involved with St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City, as well.

I attended Brooklyn Law School.  I have worked in Workers’ Compensation ever since graduating Law School.

Being able to help people has always been a goal and passion of mine.  Becoming an attorney has provided me with a way to achieve that goal.

My favorite part of practicing Workers’ Compensation is getting the opportunity to defend injured workers against insurance companies.

The relationship between myself and a client is a primary focus of mine.  A good relationship tends to facilitate good results.

I appreciate compassion.  I want my attorney to care as much about the case as I do because of the importance it has on my life and family.

My favorite part of working at MDASR is being able to work alongside brilliant minds and hard-working individuals.  Being a part of this team is a special honor.

I like to focus on family and personal growth outside of the office.

I am involved with St. Bartholomew’s Church regularly.

Timothy Finnegan

Timothy Finnegan

Associate

Timothy Finnegan focuses on the defense of Workers’ Compensation claims, with experience that includes representing clients in all types of workers’ compensation litigation before the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. Tim graduated from Stony Brook University in 2010 with a major in U.S. history. Tim subsequently attended Touro Law Center where he graduated with a Law Degree in 2014. At Touro, Tim was active is student programs and served as Student Bar Association President in his final year of school. Following Law school, Tim cultivated his legal experience by working for a number of law firms specializing in various practices, and in the summer of 2015, he began practicing workers’ compensation defense.

Tim joined our firm in June of 2016 with an enthusiasm to represent the working public in workers’ compensation matters. Currently, Tim is an active participant in the Injured Workers’ Bar Association and is currently serving as one of the IWBA Board of Directors. Outside of the practice of law, Tim enjoys sailing in the summer, playing guitar, and watching sports.

I attended Touro Law Center and have primarily focused my post graduate practice to Real Estate and Workers’ Compensation.

At a very young age, I was interested in the idea of becoming an attorney and representing people in need.

Workers’ Compensation claims are difficult to navigate. I appreciate the opportunity to help those in need maximize their benefits by getting the best care possible as quickly as possible as well as help those out of work get properly compensated for their ongoing loss of earnings.

I view my relationship with clients very seriously. I strive to give my clients the most information possible about their claim and the possible outcomes going forward. Additionally, I strive to help my clients come up with future plans regarding their claim.

As a client, I would expect that my counsel would be knowledgeable about my situation and honest about their opinion of the claim going forward.

Here at MDASR, I believe we share a common thread of zealous advocacy for our clients. Our Firm takes pride in the representation of injured workers and strives to provide the best result for each and every client.

I enjoy sailing in the summer, playing guitar, and watching sports.

I am a member of the Injured Workers’ Bar Association and am currently serving as one of the IWBA Board of Directors.

Shane Farrell

Shane Farrell

Associate

Shane Farrell began working for MDASR, LLP in 2008 and has been with the firm for the past 12 years.

He attended Eckerd College where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Comparative Literature. Upon finishing his undergraduate program, he became a Claims Representative assisting injured workers in their claims for Workers’ Compensation benefits.  It was this early exposure to assisting disabled workers that inspired him to attend Touro Law School’ Evening Program in the hopes of becoming a lawyer.

He was active in various student programs which cumulated in serving as the Student Bar Association Evening Vice President during the third year of his law school tenure. He also had the privilege of serving many other organizations including the Disability Law Society and Phi Alpha Delta Law.

While enrolled he also received several academic awards including: The Cali Award for Academic Excellence in Trial Practice, The American Bar Association//Bloomberg BNA: Excellence in Health Law, & The Touro Law Center Recognition: Contribution to Student Life.

Upon becoming an attorney in 2017 he has had the opportunity to advocate for claimants before the Workers Compensation Board, and assist in the firm’s litigation before the New York State & Local Retirement System.

I attended Touro Law Center’s Evening Juris Doctorate Program while working as a Claim Representative for the firm.

I first wanted to become an attorney when I began working for McIntyre, Donohue, Accardi, Salmonson, & Riordan eleven years ago. This firm has dedicated itself to making a difference in the lives of injured and disabled workers. I’m proud to carry on that tradition as an attorney, advocating for those who cannot do it themselves.

I take pride in being able to represent disabled workers as I myself have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy for nearly 30 years. I know firsthand how difficult it can be to navigate daily life with a disability. I’m happy to use the tools provided by this practice to help injured workers obtain the benefits that they are entitled to under the law.

I try and approach this relationship with the understanding that many of these clients have been able-bodied workers for most of their lives. It can be an incredibly harrowing, sometimes life-changing, experience to suddenly become disabled due to an accident. These clients may be experiencing the most vulnerable moment in their lives and I try to be sensitive to that.

I would gravitate toward an attorney who treated me with empathy, and that is something that is encouraged here at McIntyre, Donohue, Accardi, Salmonson, & Riordan.

I’ve always felt that the work we do here is worthwhile, and I think we are all committed toward providing the best service that we can. I’ve always been treated with respect here and I’m incredibly lucky to have started my career here.

I had the privilege to be a part of many organizations during my law school tenure including; the Student Bar Association, Disability Law Society, Phi Alpha Delta Law, and others. I’m currently a proud member of the Suffolk County Bar Association.

I reside in Suffolk and I am an avid cinema lover.

Oksana Davydova

Oksana Davydova

Associate

Oksana Davydova graduated from St. John’s University in 2008 with a major in Legal Studies. She received her law degree from CUNY School of Law in 2014. Throughout law school, she interned at various organizations and firms specializing in various practices. She was part of a program called Volunteer Lawyer for the Day that provided Limited Scope Representation to Pro Se Litigants on Housing Issues and Consumer Debt in Civil Court with the supervision of an Attorney. The Program provided advice and assistance to clients of their rights and procedures of the court with regards to Housing Matters and consumer debt.

Oksana started practicing workers’ compensation in 2015 and has since familiarized herself with handling all aspects of a case. Oksana joined our firm as an Associate Attorney in August of 2018. She resides in Queens County with her husband and four children.

I received my law degree from CUNY School of Law in 2014 and interned at various law firms with a variety of practices. I have been focused on workers’ compensation since 2015.

I enjoy helping people who are in a difficult position, helping them understand and navigate workers’ compensation and making sure that the insurance company doesn’t take advantage of them.

I try talking to clients and helping them like I would my own family and friends.

The firm is understanding and will work with you to fix any issues that arise.

I am an active member of various Bar Associations in New York.

Ryan McIntyre

Ryan McIntyre

Associate

Ryan McIntyre graduated from Cornell University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. He competed on the Cornell Lightweight Rowing Team and won the 2013 Second Varsity Lightweight Ivy League Championship. Subsequently, Ryan attended Wake Forest University School of Law where he participated in the Community Law & Business Clinic and Litigation Externship. He also competed on the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team and was elected Chief Justice of the Wake Forest Moot Court Board. Ryan graduated from Wake Forest and was admitted to practice law in North Carolina in 2016.

Ryan began his legal career at a boutique litigation law firm in Charlotte, North Carolina focusing on employment law, contract disputes, and estate litigation. He returned home to Long Island in 2018 and was admitted to practice law in New York in 2019. Ryan is an attorney in the firm’s Social Security Disability Department where he vigorously advocates for those clients who have remained out of the workforce for an extended period of time. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, New York State Bar Association, and the Queens County Bar Association.

Ryan has participated in multiple pro bono legal projects including the North Carolina Bar Association’s Lawyer on the Line program and Ask-A-Lawyer Day. Outside of the office, he enjoys running and is training for his first marathon. He is also an avid fan of the New York Rangers, Miami Dolphins, and AFC Wimbledon. Ryan resides in Long Island City.

I graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2016. At Wake Forest, I participated in the Community Law & Business Clinic and Litigation Externship. I also competed on the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team and was elected Chief Justice of the Wake Forest Moot Court Board. After graduating from Wake Forest, I was an attorney at a boutique litigation law firm in Charlotte, North Carolina where I focused on employment law, contract disputes, and estate litigation.

I first realized I wanted to be an attorney in college. At Cornell, a significant portion of my major focused on the long history of organized labor’s struggle for worker rights. I decided to become an attorney so I could participate in this ongoing fight throughout my career.

I enjoy practicing Social Security Disability law because my work achieves tangible results for clients in need. My clients have severe impairments which prevent them from working for more than a year. The Social Security Administration often rejects their initial application for benefits. However, my work on Social Security Disability appeals frequently results in full payment of past benefits owed and secures the future payment of ongoing monthly benefits for our most vulnerable clients.

I view each client relationship as a special bond. I am grateful for every client who entrusts me to represent them in a legal proceeding. In turn, I work diligently to provide my clients with the best legal representation possible.

I believe communication is essential to the attorney-client relationship. If I were a client, I would look for an attorney who takes time to answer all of my questions and help me understand the important parts of my case. This is why I always encourage my clients to ask me questions and timely provide them with the answers they need.

My favorite part about MDASR is the incredible teamwork which occurs on a daily basis throughout the office. MDASR has many employees and each serves a vital role in providing our clients the best legal representation possible. Every day I am amazed at how everyone works together to solve any issues that arise with any of our clients.

Outside of the office I enjoy running, cycling, and spearfishing. I am currently training for my first marathon. I also enjoy watching sports and am an enthusiastic fan of the New York Rangers, Miami Dolphins, and AFC Wimbledon.

I am a member of the North Carolina State Bar, New York State Bar Association, and the Queens County Bar Association. I have participated in multiple pro bono legal projects including the North Carolina Bar Association’s Lawyer on the Line program and Ask-A-Lawyer Day.

Dionisios Georgatos

Dionisios Georgatos

Associate

Dionisios Georgatos obtained his undergraduate degree in Finance and Business Law from Hofstra University and his Juris Doctor Hofstra University School of Law. Shortly after graduating law school he joined a prominent Manhattan firm where he represented clients who were injured as a result of exposure to toxic materials following the 9/11 attacks. Here he gained valuable experience navigating the complex world of Workers’ Compensation and personal injury.

Following the successful settlement of the 9/11 mass tort cases he focused his practice exclusively on representing injured workers. Mr. Georgatos has represented thousands of Union workers, city employees, municipal employees, home health aides, corrections officers, drivers and people in many more professions. Mr. Georgatos has spoken at union events and municipal employee meetings educating workers on their rights.

I received my undergraduate degree in Finance and Business Law from Hofstra University and my Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law.

I’ve wanted to be an attorney for as long as I could remember. My undergraduate degree in Business Law solidified that desire.

Advocating for injured workers’ in their time of need is extremely fulfilling. While there are sometimes bad days, it always feels good to know you’re helping someone else.

My relationship with my clients is always a personal one. I view them as friends who rely on me to make sure their rights are protected. This allows me to put 110% into my work.

Communication and honesty are the two keys to a successful attorney-client relationship. I will always, and honestly, keep you apprised of what is going on and what to expect.

MDSAR is a highly organized and experienced firm. The firm works together to ensure the best possible outcome for every case. Client communication is emphasized so that every Client is up to date on what’s happening in their case.

During my free time, I try and stay as physically active as I can. My wife and I are avid fitness enthusiasts and enjoy hiking and backpacking. Of course, I also enjoy a lazy beach day with a cold refreshment and a good book.

I often speak at union meetings regarding Workers’ Compensation law and practice. I enjoy keeping people as informed as possible about their rights. I am also a member of the Injured Workers Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

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