About Our Practice

Most firefighters know Sullivan Papain Block McManus Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. as counsel to the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA), but our commitment to helping New York’s Bravest goes well beyond our work on behalf of the UFA.

SPBMCC has won more than $1 Billion for firefighters injured, and for families of firefighters who have died, in the line of duty as a result of the wrongdoing of others.

We have also successfully represented firefighters injured off the job, as a result of a negligently caused accidents, defective products, medical malpractice or other wrongful acts.

SPBMCC is one of the most successful and experienced personal injury and medical malpractice law firms in the New York City Metropolitan area. Since 2000, we have recovered more than $3 Billion for clients injured due to the fault of others.

SPBMCC has a team of highly skilled lawyers who have the experience, knowledge and resources to take on a wide range of personal injury matters, including injuries and deaths caused by fires, gas explosions, motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, poorly maintained buildings, unsafe properties, dangerous products, defective medical devices, unsafe pharmaceuticals, medical malpractice and others.

For more information about SPBMCC and its experience in representing victims of negligence, wrongdoing and medical malpractice, please visit our website at TrialLaw1.com.

Why Choose Our Firm?


As the trusted General Counsel for the Uniformed Firefighters Association for nearly four decades, Sullivan Papain Block McManus Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. has been protecting the rights of firefighters in disciplinary and pension matters, as well as the numerous issues faced by the UFA on a daily basis. It is the firm’s privilege and honor to represent New York’s Bravest.

SPBMCC not only provides expert advice to firefighters on job-related legal issues, but as one of New York’s leading personal injury and medical malpractice law firms, we can help you in a wide variety of cases. We have won millions of dollars for our clients and are committed to knowing each of them individually and to addressing their particular concerns promptly, professionally and with compassion.

Recognition for Service

In the first September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (2002-2003), SPBMCC represented 362 firefighters seriously injured, and the families of firefighters who died, as a result of the 9/11 World Trade Center Terrorists Attack. We recovered more than $260 Million on their behalf, charging no fee – waiving more than $25 Million in legal fees. Not taking any fees was our way of giving back to the community of New York Bravest, who lost so much on that day.


2016 Delagate’s Convention

At the 2016 Delagates Convention, SPBMCC Partner Michael N. Block was awarded the Seven Seals Award. The award was a surprise to Michael. It was given to him because of the pro bono hours spent advocating for military veterans in the FDNY.


An Open Letter to the Members of the New York Bar

The President of the UFA wrote an Open Letter to the NY Bar, in recognition of the efforts of SPBMCC for firefighters and their families in the first 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.


Lifetime Service Award

For his dedicated and tireless services to the Union and its Members, SPBMCC Partner Michael N. Block was honored with the Lifetime Service Award at the 2012 Annual Delegates Convention.

Our Team

Founded more than 80 years ago, Sullivan Papain Bock McManus & Cannavo P.C. has more than 40 lawyers dedicated to serving clients injured, or whose loved ones have been killed, due to the wrongdoing of others. With a team of highly skilled and experienced lawyers, we’re able to devote significant resources towards maximizing the compensation our clients deserve.

For many years now, SPBMC’s lawyers have been recognized as experts in the field of personal injury law. Our lawyers have often been called upon by various bar associations to lecture on important legal issues for not only lawyers, but judges as well.

Our attorneys are consistently honored by The Best Lawyers in AmericaSuper Lawyers®️, Leaders in the Law and many other leading organizations for legal recognition.