NYSTLA Officers

President

Edward H. Gersowitz, Esq. is one of the co-founders of Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. In addition to handling pharmaceutical, motor vehicle, municipal liability and toxic tort cases, he also oversees many of the firm’s daily activities.

 

Mr. Gersowitz received his bachelor of science at Cornell University and received his Juris Doctor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is admitted to the New York State Bar, United States District Courts, Southern District and Eastern District of New York.

 

Mr. Gersowitz has worked primarily in personal injury litigation and his success as a litigator has earned him various recognitions. He has been chosen for Super Lawyers from 2010 to the present and Best Lawyers from 2012 to the present.

 

Mr. Gersowitz has successfully handled a variety of high profile cases, which have resulted in notable settlements and jury verdicts. Most notably, Mr. Gersowitz and his firm were recognized by the National Law Journal in 2013 for achieving the #1 and #4 top verdicts in the country for an $18 million settlement for the sole survivor of a tragic car accident on the Bronx River Parkway that claimed the lives of six family members, as well as for a $12 million settlement in a class action lawsuit for victims who got sick from the Bronx Pelham Bay Landfill.

 

President-Elect
Matthew A. Funk, Esq. is a partner at Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP. He handles the litigation of workers compensation cases for the firm. He received his undergraduate degree from Albany University in 1995 and later went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1998. He has been practicing law since 1999 and became a partner at the firm in 2007. He is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Legislative Committee. Since 1999, he has co-authored  the  New York State Trial Lawyers  Decisions program on Workers’ Compensation Law. Matthew is a Board Member of the Injured Workers Bar Association. He is a Workers Compensation Committee member of the New York Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH). Matthew regularly lectures on the workers compensation law to various labor organizations.
 
First Vice President
Michele S. Mirman, Esq. a partner and trial attorney at Mirman Markovits & Landau.  She has been an active member of the New York State Bar for almost 40 years. She is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Florida and Washington D.C., as well as the Federal Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Mrs. Mirman is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, The Brooklyn Bar Association and the American Bar Association, previously served on the Board of Directors for the Brooklyn Bar Association, and is on the Board of Directors for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mrs. Mirman enjoys the highest ranking of 10 from Avvo.

 

Mrs. Mirman is committed to making a difference in her community. She is a member of AllinBrooklyn, a community of women which makes grants to organizations that strengthen Brooklyn. She is longtime supporter of both the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, which raises money for preschools in underprivileged areas in Brooklyn,and The Making Headway Foundation, whose purpose is to raise money for research into brain cancer in children. She is a Trustee of the Tenement Museum of New York City, whose mission is to tell the story of the immigrant experience in the United States and to celebrate the achievements immigrants have made. As the Vice President of the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association, she has spearheaded the drive to raise money for the Safe Homes Project of Brooklyn, which provides shelter and services for abused women and children. And Mrs. Mirman also served on the judiciary committee for the New York State Women's Bar Association, which rates New York State judicial candidates.

 
Second Vice President
Daniel P. O'Toole, Esq. a partner and trial attorney at Block O’Toole & Murphy, LLP.  He graduated from the Fordham University School of Law in 1992 and is admitted to the New York and New Jersey bars.  Mr O’Toole has devoted his career to giving voice to those injured in accidents.  In addition to his landmark verdicts, in the last four years, Mr. O’Toole personally has settled in excess of $175,000,000.00 in personal injury cases.                   
 
In 2014, Mr. O'Toole began serving his third 3 year term on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. In June of 2014, Mr. O'Toole was named Second Vice President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and the following year, ascended to the office of First Vice President. Mr. O'Toole is also the Co-Chair of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association Labor Law Committee. 
 
Mr. O’Toole is an avid supporter of charities focusing on pediatric disease and autism, causes close to Mr. O'Toole's heart. Mr. O’Toole has also established endowments and scholarships at Catholic grammar schools, high schools and at his alma mater Fordham Law.  
 
Secretary
David Oddo, Esq., a member of the firm Okun Oddo & Babat, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Cortland in 1986.  He obtained his Juris Doctorate at the Jacob D. Fushberg Law Center at Touro College (1989), where he was an Editor of the Touro Law Review (1988-1989).  He was admitted to the New York State and Connecticut Bar in 1990 and is also admitted in the United States District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (1993).  He has been a member of the NYSTLA Board of Directors since 2010, currently serves as Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee.  He has also served as a lecturer on topics concerning the economist’s role in trial preparation and presentation, the use of biomechanical experts at trial, as well as the role and function of the U.S. Civil Justice System.

Mr. Oddo is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association of Justice and the New York County Lawyer’s Association, among a number of other Bar Associations. As an Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office (1989-1993), Mr. Oddo fought for crime victims in his prosecution of serious criminal cases. He then brought his passion for justice, as well as his vast trial experience, to private practice specializing in the litigation and trial of complex civil cases in the fields of medical malpractice, products liability and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has skillfully and successfully handled complex cases in New York and Connecticut State Courts as well as in the United States Federal Courts.  He has represented clients in a number of high profile civil and criminal cases throughout the State, and was named one of the Top Lawyers Northeast and Top Lawyers New York, by Arrive Magazine in 2011.
 
Treasurer
Annamarie Bondi-Stoddard, Esq. is the managing partner at Pegalis & Erickson, LLC. In addition to being NYSTLA Deputy Treasurer, she also serves as a Dean of NYSTLI.  Annamarie has 30 years of experience representing plaintiffs in medical negligence cases, specifically women’s health issues, birth injuries, surgical, neurosurgical, cardiac, and cancers. As an advocate for patient safety awareness, she devotes time to community health services and lectures on patient safety and medical malpractice for lay audiences and law industry professionals.
 

Annamarie is admitted to practice in New York, and New Jersey, in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, in the United States District Court of New Jersey, in the United States Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Federal Claims.  She is a member of New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association, Nassau County Bar Association as member of the Medical Legal Committee, the American Association for Justice, New York State Bar Association, Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, New York County Bar Association. She obtained her law degree from Boston University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Seton Hall University where she graduated summa cum laude, with departmental honors.

Annamarie and her husband have three children and reside on Long Island, NY. In 2013, she was awarded the Corporate Leadership Recognition Award from United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau.  In 2012, and in 2005, the Long Island Business News (LIBN) named Annamarie one of Long Island’s Top 50 Business Women. She is noted in Best Lawyers and in New York SuperLawyers and has been very year since 2007.  As past president of the Long Island Women's Agenda (LIWA) she organized health seminars for women, she has been active on the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women annual luncheon committee to promote the fight against heart disease, and she was active in the American Cancer Society’s ‘Choose You’ movement, encouraging women to put their health first and be healthy role models. 

 

Deputy Treasurer
Thomas Valet, Esq. For the past 6 years Tom has served on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and was elected as NYSTLA’s Parliamentarian in 2015.  Tom is a Past-Chair of the Trial Lawyer’s Section of the New York State Bar Association and has served on the Executive Committee of the Trial Lawyer’s Section for the past 20 years.  He also Chairs the New York State Bar Association’s Medical Malpractice Committee and is the immediate Past-Chair of the Medical Malpractice Committee of the Bar Association of the City of New York.  Tom obtained his Juris Doctorate from the Hofstra School of Law in 1985 and is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the United States District Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
 
Parliamentarian
Halina Radchenko, Esq. is an attorney in the law firm of Hach & Rose of New York City, New York.  Halina Radchenko provides expertise in the area of motor vehicle car accidents as well as general negligence cases. Prior to joining Hach & Rose she maintained her own practice focusing on helping persons who were injured or killed due to the negligence of others. Halina is a proud member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Halina believes it is imperative for attorneys to become involved in government and politics because it is the duty of every lawyer to inform government of the stories they see and hear daily from their clients all in effort to improve upon existing laws.
 
Immediate Past President

Evan M. Goldberg, Esq. is a partner and senior trial attorney with the New York City firm of Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman.  As a third generation lawyer, he has continued his family’s tradition of service during his exclusive representation of negligence victims over the past 25 years in matters involving  automobile, construction and premises accidents, medical malpractice, product liability and wrongful death proceedings.  After his graduation from Brooklyn Law School in 1989, on the advice of his father, a Supreme Court Justice, he immediately joined NYSTLA and remained a member for the entirety of his career, which helped shape him into the concerned victims advocate he is today. Mr. Goldberg has also been active in the New York State Bar Association, first chairing a Medical Malpractice Committee within the Association, then serving as the elected Chair of the Trial Lawyers Section and ultimately being elected to the Association’s Executive Committee and House of Delegates, where he helps to govern the 75,000 attorney member organization.  Between his work with the State Bar, as well as his participation as an Officer and Director of NYSTLA, he has chaired programs and committees, lectured to attorneys and the public, authored book chapters and articles and has given his expert legal commentary on network television and radio, all involving different aspects of personal injury law.  As a Bar Leader, he lobbies the State Legislature, the Governor’s office and the United States Congress to help secure the continued rights of accident victims. His verdicts and performance in court have achieved recognition in the media, in “Top Verdicts in New York” listings, as well as by his inclusion in the “Super Lawyer ” list for the New York region.  Mr. Goldberg devotes considerable time to charitable endeavors, being a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation and serving the legal needs of the Children’s  Arts & Science Workshops, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing choices and development for at-risk youth in New York City.  He is also a District Leader in the Westchester County Democratic Committee and a member of the American Association for Justice, the New York City Bar Association, the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Kings County Inns of Court, the Westchester County Democratic Committee, the Westchester County Bar Association, the Rockland County Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association and the Puerto Rican Bar Association.   He lives in Westchester, NY with his wife Maria, a legal interpreting business owner, and their two sons.