Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. (SPBMC) proudly serves as General Counsel to the Uniformed Firefighters Association of New York and continues its more than 40-years of successfully representing injured NYC firefighters and their families. In 2016, SPBMCC won one of the largest awards ever against the City of New York – $183 million – on behalf of 3 firefighters who were injured, and the families of two firefighters who died, as a result of the tragic 2005 Bronx blaze known as the “Black Sunday Fire.”
We began our work with the UFA in the early 1980s and have a deep and successful record of advocacy on behalf of the union’s 8,000 members. Michael Block, a member of the firm, serves as the union’s general counsel, and along with his partners, has earned the trust and respect of firefighters across New York City. Through our work with the UFA, Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. is fully aware of how firefighters heroically place themselves in harm’s way to protect the lives and property of New York citizens.
We also know, from many years of experience in handling fire-related litigation, that the lives of firefighters are unnecessarily placed in jeopardy because of the wrongdoing of others — be it in the faulty design or maintenance of buildings or as the result of inadequate or defective fire equipment. Over the years, SPBMC has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for injured firefighters and for surviving family members of those who were killed in the line of duty.
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