Michael T. Altman
Michael Altman is a 1992 graduate of the New York University School of Law. After law school, Mr. Altman served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County, where he prosecuted criminal cases, handled more than 50 appeals, and was responsible for a major criminal investigation. After leaving the D.A.'s office, Mr. Altman litigated environmental and other insurance coverage actions before beginning his career as a personal injury attorney. At Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman, he handles the firm's busy appellate and motion practice.
Mr. Altman has had a tremendous run of impressive appellate victories on behalf of the firm's clients and the community at large. They include:
- In Kihl v. Pfeffer, the Second Department affirmed an award of more than $11,000,000 (plus interest) resulting in a $13,000,000 settlement weeks later, the largest personal injury settlement ever entered into by Nassau County.
- Balbuena v. IDR Realty: In this case decided by New York's high court, the Court of Appeals, Mr. Altman successfully argued for the overturning of the Appellate Division's decision barring undocumented workers from recovering for certain categories of damages based upon their undocumented status. The Court of Appeals' decision, which confirmed the right of undocumented workers to fully recover for their injuries, has been cited by courts around the country, in many periodicals, and numerous scholastic and legal journals.
- The Second Department's affirmance of a medical malpractice verdict in Westchester County of more than $7,000,000, one of the highest such sustained awards
- The First Departments affirmance of an award of more than $5,000,000 for a worker injured as a result of violations of the Industrial Code as well as the affirmance of more than $340,000 to the worker's wife on her derivative claim.
- The Second Department's affirmance of an award of more than $3,000,000 for a worker who was injured in a workplace fall from a height.
- The First Department's confirming a mother's right to privacy of her medical records when making claim on behalf of her young child
- Multiple reversal's of motion courts' dismissal of our clients' actions
- The Second Department's determination that the jury's award of $15,000 for the Plaintiff's pain and suffering was too low and finding that the sum of $300,000 would be appropriate.
- The First Department's determination that a jury's award of $50,000 for future pain and suffering was too low and finding that the sum of $200,000 would be appropriate.
Mr. Altman was admitted to the State Bar of New York in 1993. He has also been admitted to the Federal Bar in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Labor Law
- Appellate Practice
- New York, 1993
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- New York University School of Law, New York, New York
- J.D. - 1992
- State University of New York, Albany, New York
- Kihl v. Pfeffer
- Balbuena v. IDR Realty (New York's High Court)
Past Employment Positions
- New York County, New York, Assistant District Attorney
- New York City Police Department, Narcotics Investigation