No firm can match the experience or success of Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. in this unique area of personal injury litigation. For decades, the Firm has been the friend of the injured New York City Firefighter and of the families of those firefighters who have given their lives in the performance of their duties.

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As General Counsel to the 8,000-plus member New York City Uniformed Firefighters Association, we are fully aware how these true heroes of our society place themselves in harm’s way to protect the lives and property of our citizens. Over the years Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements in cases where firefighters’ lives were unnecessarily placed in jeopardy because of poorly designed or maintained buildings or as a result of defective firefighting equipment. The firm’s interest in this area of the law does not stop with the litigation of individual cases.

In 2016 the firm won a $183 million verdict for three injured firefighters and the families of two deceased firefighters in the “Black Sunday Fire” case.1

The firm’s interest in this area of the law does not stop with the litigation of individual cases.

Over the years, Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. has been instrumental in shaping legislative designed to fully compensate firefighters and their families for the harm they have suffered through the fault of others. Indeed, the firm was instrumental in having Congress pass legislation establishing the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and then had the honor of representing 363 firefighters and families of deceased firefighters in the original September 11th Victim Compensation Fund securing more than $265 million for them, and not charging any legal fee earning the firm the National Law Journal’s 2004 Pro Bono Award.

Following the closure of the VCF in 2003, the firm went on to bring suit on behalf of 675 firefighters and first responders sickened by their exposure to toxins at the World Trade Center disaster site. Suit was brought in Federal Court against the City of New York and its contractors for failing to provide these brave individuals with proper respiratory equipment.

In 2010, SPBMC secured a $100 Million-plus settlement for its clients.

SPBMC’s work for 9/11 victims did not stop there. Since the reopening of the VCF in 2011 the firm has secured more than $1 billion in awards for its clients.


1 Defendants eventually agreed to settle and pay more than $72 million to the five firefighters and their families.

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