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Bronx Collision Between MTA Bus and FDNY Fire Truck Leaves 26 Injured

Dozens were injured when a fire truck, which was responding to a medical emergency and which had its lights on and sirens blaring, collided with an MTA bus at the intersection of East 175th Street and Webster Avenue in the Bronx neighborhood of Mount Hope. 

Gloria Prietto, 81, Struck and Killed by Dump Truck in Long Island

Tragedy occurred when 81-year-old Gloria Prietto was struck and killed by a dump truck in Bay Shore, Long Island on the morning of Friday, November 16, 2018. The accident occurred on the Sunrise Highway South Service Road near Redmond Avenue. 

US News Names BOM to 2019 Best Law Firms List for Personal Injury

Block O'Toole & Murphy is honored to be recognized once again as a Tier 1 New York City law firm for both Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs as well as Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs, the highest regional ranking in the 2019 "Best Law Firms" list released in collaboration by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®.

Two Charged with Safety Violations after Harlem Crane Accident

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has levied charges of felony assault and reckless endangerment against two construction company managers for the East Harlem crane accident which left two construction workers with life-altering brain and spinal injuries and occurred on June 25th, 2018.

93% of NYC Private Garbage Trucks Declared Unsafe by NYPD

After numerous serious and fatal accidents involving private garbage trucks, the NYPD ran a week-long crackdown on the industry and pulled 132 of 142 inspected commercial sanitation trucks off the road for dangerous infractions such as malfunctioning brakes, low tire pressure and defective steering columns.

Alberto Leal Killed by Garbage Truck Going Wrong Way in Brooklyn

Alberto Leal was tragically struck and killed by a Department of Sanitation (DSNY) garbage truck driving the wrong way down Brooklyn Avenue, a one-way road, on the morning of Thursday, October 11, 2018 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

12 Block O'Toole & Murphy Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in 2018 List

Block O'Toole & Murphy Attorneys Headshot

SEATED (left to right): David Scher*, Daniel O'Toole*, Jeffrey Block*, Stephen Murphy*, Joseph Donahue*
STANDING (left to right): Javier Solano, Ravi Sattiraju*, Romina Tominovic**, Thomas Brennan, Michael Hurwitz*, Scott Occhiogrosso*, Christina (Mark) Mercado**, Fred Aranki*, Dan Seiden**, George Freitag
*Chosen to 2018 New York Super Lawyers; ** Chosen to 2018 New York Rising Stars

The guiding principle of Block O'Toole & Murphy has stayed consistent: prepare every case as if it's the most important one in the office and treat every client with the utmost compassion. Our dedication to our clients has earned us the honor of having 12 of our attorneys being named to the prestigious Super Lawyers list, 3 of which have been named as Rising Stars.

To determine this exclusive list, Super Lawyers uses a thorough, peer-reviewed selection process. Attorneys are first nominated by other lawyers, and then evaluated using third-party research across 12 key categories of professional excellence, including verdicts and settlements earned, scholarly lectures and writings, and community service. The top 5% of lawyers in their practice area in each state are named Super Lawyers, and 2.5% more are named Rising Stars.

Join Block O'Toole & Murphy and St. Jude in Battling Childhood Cancer

There is no greater tragedy than for a child to be diagnosed with a life-threatening disease in the dawn of their lives, when they have the whole world before them. And yet thousands of families are forced to live this nightmare every year, with no easy answers.

That is why, this Thursday, October 11, 2018, Block O'Toole & Murphy will be hosting the 26th annual Autumn Wine Tasting to benefit The St. Jude Children's Hospital. St. Jude serves as a beacon of hope, supporting the children and families who have been given the dreaded news that no parent should ever have to receive.