Adam D. White is a principal of the firm. He has represented injured cyclists, pedestrians and other accident victims for more than 17 years. He has successfully obtained substantial compensation on behalf of hundreds of clients through settlements and verdicts.
Among Mr. White’s notable achievements include his representation of seven cyclists who suffered serious injuries on the Williamsburg Bridge bicycle and pedestrian path as a result of defectively designed metal expansion joint covers. His work not only resulted in his clients’ receiving proper compensation but also in prompting the City of New York to remove these hazards from the path’s Manhattan approach.
In another significant case, he won justice for the family of a young woman killed by a driver while bicycling, upon whom the NYPD had placed all the blame for the crash. Mr. White obtained a jury verdict which found the driver in fact to be almost entirely at fault. He also recovered from a major insurance carrier payment to an injured cyclist that was substantially beyond its insured’s policy limits, by invoking the rule against insurer “bad faith,” winning a jury verdict, and successfully defending it on appeal. That award was generally considered to set the high water mark for sustainable non-economic (pain and suffering) damages for a knee injury that did not require surgery.
In addition to representing seriously injured individuals, Mr. White is a daily bicycle commuter and long-time advocate for safe streets. He is a frequent guest speaker at cycling clubs and community groups briefing their memberships about everything from basic bike safety to the intricacies of New York Insurance law. His firm also serves as a proud long-time sponsor and supporter of major New York cycling events such as the Transportation Alternatives Century Ride and the Five Borough Bicycle Club Montauk Century Ride, and other organizations and safe streets advocacy groups including Streetsblog.org and Streetsfilm.org., Recycle-A-Bicycle, and The League of American Bicyclists where he serves as a member of the Legal Affairs Committee.
Mr. White is a graduate of the Horace Mann School, Brandeis University (A.B. ’86) and The Benjamin Cardozo School of Law (J.D. ’90).
Mr. White is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Supreme Court.
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Steve Vaccaro is a principal of the firm. He primarily represents seriously injured cyclists and pedestrians, as well as plaintiffs in civil rights and employment disputes. He has settled or taken to trial numerous personal injury claims involving complex scientific evidence and tens of millions of dollars in damages. In a profile of his personal injury practice, the New York Law Journal described Mr. Vaccaro as “perhaps New York City’s best-known lawyer advocate for bicyclist and pedestrian rights.“
On behalf of cyclist and pedestrian victims of motorist negligence, Mr. Vaccaro has secured compensation for scores of clients and brought groundbreaking impact litigation aimed at improving government’s response to traffic violence. He has won orders requiring NYPD to promptly disclose investigative files to crash victims’ families, sued NYPD to require investigation of all crashes resulting in serious injuries, and drafted legislation to impose criminal liability for sober, reckless driver who injure and kill without justification. He has questioned several high-ranking government officials under oath, including former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. For his civil rights clients, Mr. Vaccaro won a judgment establishing that the MTA discriminated on the basis of disability, and court orders requiring sign language interpreters for hearing-impaired hospital patients and basic medical care for a statewide class of prisoners.
A daily cyclist and committed cyclists’ advocate, Mr. Vaccaro has served on the Transportation Alternatives Advisory Council since 2007 and was named TA’s 2010 Volunteer of the Year for his work to bring protected bike lanes to First and Second Avenues on the Upper East Side and in East Harlem. In 2013, Mr. Vaccaro convened and founded StreetsPAC, a registered New York political action committee that supports candidates for public office committed to safe, complete and livable streets, for which he currently serves as Boardmember and General Counsel. Mr. Vaccaro is also a certified ride leader for the Five Borough Bicycle Club. He comments regularly on traffic law issues in his “Street Justice” column for Streetsblog, and elsewhere.
Mr. Vaccaro is a graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A. ’86, Women’s Studies & Government), and of the Rutgers School of Law-Newark (J.D. ’96, summa cum laude, Moore Prize in Employment Law). From 1996 through 2010, Mr. Vaccaro practiced law at Debevoise & Pimpton. From 1986 through 1994, Mr. Vaccaro worked as an organizer and business representative for two New York City unions, Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, and the Committee of Interns and Residents.
Mr. Vaccaro is admitted to the bars of the States of New York and New Jersey; of the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and of the District of New Jersey; and of the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits.
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Peter W. Beadle is Of Counsel to the firm. He is an experienced litigator who has been practicing law for over 18 years in State and Federal courts. Mr. Beadle is a former insurance defense attorney who has handled a wide range of matters including aviation crashes, motor vehicle crashes, premises liability, products liability, foster care sexual abuse claims, EEOC claims and labor contract negotiations and disciplinary arbitrations. He also served for five years as a Small Claims Court Arbitrator. His experience means he thoroughly understands how the judicial system functions and how insurance companies will evaluate and value your case.
He is also a transportation advocate, currently serving as Chair of Transportation Alternatives’ Queens Activist Committee and an active civic leader, serving as a member of Queens Committee Board 6 (parks, zoning and transportation committees), and a facilitator for the NYC Council District 29 Participatory Budgeting Transportation Committee. He also has volunteered for more than a decade as a Legal Observer with the National Lawyers Guild monitoring interactions between police and protestors. He is committed to the effort of making our streets safer and better for everyone, and knows from personal experience the issues facing bicycle riders and pedestrians on our busy City streets.
Mr. Beadle is a graduate of Binghamton University (B.A. ’93) and the SUNY Buffalo Law School (J.D. ’96).
Mr. Beadle is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York, and to the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of New York.
Gail Miller is Of Counsel to the firm. She has worked with the firm for more than a decade. Prior to that, she represented injured plaintiffs in private practice and defendants in personal injury lawsuits for the in-house counsel of a major insurance carrier, and was an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department. She is an expert in all aspects of personal injury litigation, including appeals. Her experience representing insured defendants provides a unique insight into the nuances of an insurance company’s operations, helping the firm maximize efficiency and achieve the best results.
Ms. Miller is a graduate of Brandeis University (B.A. ‘87), Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D. ‘90) and New York University School of Law (LL.M. ‘96).
Ms. Miller is admitted to the bars of the States of New York and New Jersey, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey.