UFA General Counsel

For firefighters, Sullivan Papain is probably a familiar name: During nearly four decades, the firm has represented the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA), and firm member Michael Block serves as the union’s general counsel. Over the years, we have served the UFA at Union meetings and beyond.

From defending firefighters at BITs and EFO to helping them and their families when they have been in an accident, SPBMC are the firefighters go-to attorneys.

Michael N. Block

The team includes Michael N. Block, a member of the firm who has for many years served as general counsel to the UFA. Mr. Block has been a leading lawyer in the area of fire-related litigation for 40 years and has been an essential advocate on behalf of firefighters and their families who have suffered injuries in the line of duty.

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Thomas J. McManus

Thomas J. McManus, the firm’s managing member, also serves as general counsel to the UFA. Mr. McManus works with the union on a daily basis, which includes defending the rights of firefighters at both EEO and BITS. He also represents firefighters and their families for injuries suffered in the line of duty.

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Nicholas Papain

Nicholas Papain is one of New York’s most prominent personal injury lawyers.

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Robert G. Sullivan

Robert G. Sullivan, the firm’s senior member, is a pioneer in personal injury law and in litigation on behalf of firefighters. He represented the widows and children of six firefighters killed in a Waldbaum’s supermarket fire in Brooklyn. He has won millions on behalf of injured New Yorkers since joining the firm in 1972.

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Vito A. Cannavo

Vito Cannavo is a member of the firm who has won a string of multi-million dollar verdicts for clients in medical malpractice, premises liability, motor vehicle and firefighter-related litigation, including a historic $183 Million verdict against the City of New York arising out of the tragic Bronx “Black Sunday Fire.”

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Christopher T. McGrath

Christopher T. McGrath, a member of the firm, has won a string of multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, earning him a stellar reputation as a top trial attorney.

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Glenn W. Nick

Glenn W. Nick, a member of the firm, represents firefighters who are injured in the line of duty. Additionally, he regularly represents firefighters in investigations by EEO and BITS.

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Those are just a few of the talented and experienced advocates committed to helping firefighters with their legal needs. To learn more about our legal team, click here. If you have questions about the services we offer, send us a message via our contact page or call us at 800-962-9954.