Scott Occhiogrosso joined the firm in June, 2011. He adds another young, aggressive and very experienced trial attorney to the talented roster of Block O'Toole & Murphy. Mr. Occhiogrosso will be handling construction accidents and serious personal injury cases on behalf of the firm.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Occhiogrosso - - like several of his colleagues at the firm - - began his training as a trial lawyer in the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. He handled thousands of serious cases and spent his days navigating the gritty, cavernous courtrooms in downtown Brooklyn. He had occasion to work side-by-side with now firm partners Stephen J. Murphy and S. Joseph Donahue and made a distinct impression on them while he honed his skills as a prosecutor. Mr. Occhiogrosso was recognized for his tenacity and skills, resulting in a promotion to the prestigious Brooklyn Gang Unit. While with the Gang Unit, Mr. Occhiogrosso focused on prosecuting criminals that were involved in violent crimes and gang related activities. He handled cases involving drug, robbery, burglary, assault, attempted murder and murder charges and did so with tremendous success. It was at the District Attorney's Office where Mr. Occhiogrosso developed a reputation for being an ethical but formidable adversary. Most importantly, his experiences solidified his desire as a lawyer to impact people in a positive way. He left the District Attorney's Office in 2005 determined to advance his skills and experience as a trial attorney, beginning as a defense attorney in the civil arena for the Port Authority. Mr. Occhiogrosso fought on behalf of police officers and other Port Authority employees, successfully defending hundreds of multi-million dollar cases through trial and settlement. He continued to gain valuable courtroom experience while learning the nuances of civil practice. In 2010, he left the Port Authority and joined a well respected, boutique plaintiff personal injury practice, continuing his career as a New York City trial attorney. In his brief but invaluable tenure with that firm, among other successes, he obtained a jury verdict of $5.5 Million in a fiercely contested medical malpractice case against a seasoned adversary in Manhattan. Mr. Occhiogrosso is now the fifth attorney at Block O'Toole & Murphy that boasts a trial verdict in excess of five million dollars.
Since joining the firm, Mr. Occhiogrosso has handled many very significant construction accident cases and well as other catastrophic injury matters that have resulted in multiple 7 figure settlements for our clients. He continues to be a fiercely devoted courtroom advocate who has achieved 7 figure jury verdicts and won hotly contested liability cases, leading to favorable settlements during trial.
In 2013 Scott joined Jeffrey A. Block, Daniel P. O'Toole, Stephen J. Murphy and S. Joseph Donohue in being selected by his peers as a New York Super Lawyer, signifying that he is among the top 5% of attorneys in the field of plaintiff's personal injury law.
Recent results include:
- $5,900,000 for union bricklayer who suffered back, head and wrist injuries in a ladder fall
- $5,500,000 jury verdict for woman injured during child birth
- $4,750,000 for undocumented day laborer who suffered back, hip and shoulder injuries in fall from warehouse shelf
- $4,500,000 for plumber's assistant who suffered neck, should and back injuries when struck by a falling metal pipe
- $4,250,000 for union excavator who suffered shoulder and back injuries when struck by falling trench shoring planks
- $4,000,000 for a motorist who suffered neck, shoulder and back injuries in a two car collision
- $3,100,000 for a security system installer who suffered lower back injury in a fall from an unstable ladder.
- $2,270,000 jury verdict for Brooklyn woman injured in New York City Transit bus accident
- $835,000 jury verdict for freelance photographer injured in motor vehicle accident
- $2,750,000 For a woman injured in trip and fall on uneven sidewalk
Scott works as an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at The St. John's University School of Law where he teaches trial techniques and has coached national and regional championship trial advocacy teams. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three young children.
Year Joined Firm
Areas of Practice
- Catastrophic Construction Accidents
- Serious Personal Injury Cases
- St. John's University School of Law, New York, New York
- Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
- Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, St. John's University School of Law