JUSTYN L. VERZILLO, born, Lawrence Hospital, Bronxville, New York, March 2, 1992; admitted to bar, February 6, 2019, New York. Education: State University at Albany (Major: Philosophy, Minors: Criminal Justice, Business, 2014); Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (J.D., 2018). Member: New York County Lawyers Association; New York State Trial Lawyers Association; Columbian Lawyers Association. Practice Areas: Personal Injury; Motor Vehicle Accident; Property Damage and Insurance Litigation; No-Fault Asset Recovery; Medical Malpractice; Commercial Litigation.
Justyn was born and raised in Yonkers, New York and prides himself on working hard, asking questions and being vigorously dedicated to improvement day in and day out. The oldest of five children, Justyn began working in the restaurant industry at the age of 14 and has maintained a sense of great responsibility and desire to improve.
In 2014, Justyn moved into White Plains, New York where he began to work on networking in the area and acquiring his legal degree at Pace University. While in law school, Justyn worked as a bartender before eventually moving on to legal work. Justyn started his legal career as a summary judgment law clerk for Progressive House Counsel. At Progressive, Justyn was focused on Personal Injury Litigation and was responsible for the drafting, revision and filing of both liability and threshold summary judgment motions. After spending a year in this role, Progressive filed 50 motions more than the year prior and saw a 10% increase in settlement of claims. Before leaving, Justyn created templates for liability summary judgment motions on issues ranging from the emergency doctrine, rear end collisions, left hand collisions as well as threshold summary judgment motion templates for each respective provision enumerated in New York State Insurance Law 5102(d).
After Progressive, Justyn spent time working as a clerk for a solo practiconer focused on Real Estate Law and Construction Law; which included handling and filing of mechanics liens. Through this experience, Justyn was able to gain first-hand experience with the Court systems and sat second chair to a trial in Westchester County that resulted in a $100,000 verdict on the theory of unjust enrichment.
Justyn took the New York State Bar in the July, 2018 and took a position at La Sorsa & Beneventano in September of 2018; with a directed focus of handling personal injury, general liability, no-fault recovery and medical malpractice. At the onset, Justyn was responsible for client intakes, drafting discovery, electronic filing, court filings, and assisting the partners in legal research as well as drafting of motions and other responsive pleadings. Upon his February 6, 2019 admission to the New York State Bar, Justyn then expanded his role in the firm and immediately started attending preliminary conferences as well as compliance conferences in Westchester, Bronx, New York, Brooklyn and Queens.
Over the course of several months, under the tutelage of Mr. La Sorsa and Mr. Beneventano, Justyn learned how to handle a case from the cradle to the grave. In addition to being responsible for client intake, Justyn learned the nuances of managing client expectations and providing sound legal advice. Mr. La Sorsa & Mr. Beneventano continually provided thorough and specific information about obtaining the discovery necessary to make out a prima facie case for a variety of lawsuits. In addition to teaching an extreme attention to detail, La Sorsa & Beneventano also provided the opportunity to learn the various aspects of settling lawsuits.
In July of 2019, Justyn became the handling attorney for La Sorsa & Beneventano’s No-Fault Recovery. During this time, Justyn appeared daily at the Bronx County Courthouse and took part in dozens of trials on the issue of the medical necessity of a claim, as well as various trials on evidentiary issues. Over time, Justyn began to settle large volumes of the No-Fault claims, through in court and out of court settlements. This was highlighted by a recovery of $30,000 on a singular claim and a high-water mark of over $150,000 recovered in October of 2019.
After establishing a rhythmic nature to the handling of the No-Fault claims, Justyn became more involved in the assistance in handling the personal injury, general liability and medical malpractice cases at La Sorsa & Beneventano. In addition to maintaining an aggressive approach in obtaining necessary discovery and attending various conferences, Justyn conducted and defended several depositions related to motor vehicle accidents.
Under the advice, guidance and instruction of Mr. La Sorsa & Mr. Beneventano, Justyn has fast-tracked the first year of his legal career and is constantly hungry for more responsibility within the firm. Answering the bell is something that Justyn takes great pride in and does his best to do so for each and every client at La Sorsa & Beneventano.