NYSTLA Officers

President

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.

 

President-Elect

David M. Oddo, Esq. is a member of the firm Okun, Oddo & Babat, P.C., is a prominent New York trial attorney known for his attention to his clients, as well as his trial skills, which has resulted in many large verdicts and settlements. He has dedicated his career to representing people whose lives have been devastated by the negligence and recklessness of others.

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, concentrating his practice in the litigation and trial of complex civil cases in medical malpractice, products liability and catastrophic personal injury. “I love being a trial lawyer. Very few professions can make such a difference in people’s lives.” Mr. Oddo believes strongly that his practice has a larger purpose, to “fight for improvements in medical care and consumer safety. I am confident that our efforts contribute to bringing about a safer world, whether it be adequate medical care, safer cars or a safer workplace.”


Mr. Oddo received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York, College 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). In May 2016, Mr. Oddo was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

First Vice President

David A. Roth, Esq. is a founding Partner of Roth & Roth, LLP admitted in 1992 to the bars of  New York, New Jersey, US Eastern and Southern Districts of NY. Additionally, he has been admitted to try cases in the states of California and Virginia. He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Buffalo. He earned his JD from Albany Law School in 1991. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and is active in lobbying efforts as well as participating in various Committee projects. He is also a member of the national trial lawyers association now known as the  American Association for Justice and is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association.  David Roth has lectured on topics from general personal injury practice to technology in the courtroom.


In the course of his involvement with the Trial Lawyers Association, David Roth has been able to fight not only for his clients' rights but the rights of all New Yorkers.

 
 
Second 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.

Secretary
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.

Treasurer

Edward A. Steinberg, Esq. has represented and assisted victims of significant personal injury and medical malpractice cases for the past twenty years. At Leav & Steinberg, he has advocated for hundreds of clients and their families in their time of need, obtaining millions of dollars on their behalf. Countless successful results involved helping victims of negligence even after other attorneys in New York rejected the cases. After being admitted to the bar and practicing for some time at that firm, Mr. Steinberg met Mr. Leav and they formed what has grown to be one of the most aggressive, successful firms practicing negligence litigation in New York.

 

One of Mr. Steinberg's noteworthy achievements involved a woman who was gravely injured but the responsible party refused to compensate her for her injuries. The client ultimately recovered more money than was available in the defendant's insurance policy, making Mr. Steinberg one of the only attorneys in New York City to do so. He is one of the youngest members to serve on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association. He has been counsel to the Brain Injury Society, a non-profit organization which helps those who suffer from traumatic brain injuries.

 

Deputy Treasurer
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.
 
Parliamentarian
Marea L. Wachsman, Esq. is a founding member and partner in Schreier & Wachsman, LLP.  She litigates many types of civil matters with a focus on representing seriously injured victims of medical malpractice and general negligence.  Ms. Wachsman also represents commercial litigants.  Ms. Wachsman is involved from inception to completion on matters accepted by the firm.

 

In addition to being a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and serving on its Executive Board for the past several years, Ms. Wachsman is the President of the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, Inc.  Ms. Wachsman is also on the Board of the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association and just finished a two year term as a Vice President. Ms. Wachsman is also a member of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York and is a Co-Chair of its Legislation Committee. For the past two years, Ms Wachsman has served on screening panels for the judiciary including the Court of Appeals.  

 

Ms. Wachsman graduated from The American University in 1992 and began her career as a licensed commercial real estate broker.  While working during the day as a paralegal Ms. Wachsman returned to school and received her J. D. from New York Law School in 2000 and graduated number twenty (20) in her class.  

 
Immediate Past 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.