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Michael P. Burakoff

Michael P. Burakoff

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court (NJ)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, J.D.
  • Ithaca College, B.A.

About

Michael Burakoff has been an attorney representing accident victims in the State of New Jersey for over 40 years. His personal injury practice is devoted to protecting the rights of accident victims and their families who have sustained catastrophic and serious injuries and related economic losses because of the careless and negligent conduct of others.

For more than 40 years, Michael has recovered millions of dollars from GEICO, Allstate, State Farm, New Jersey Manufacturers and other major insurance companies throughout the country on behalf of his injured clients and their families. Michael was co-counsel for Essex County, Union County, and twelve New Jersey municipalities in representing their interests in the mass tort litigation against the lead paint industry.

  • Memberships
    • New Jersey Association for Justice (formerly known as the New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association), Member
    • Workplace Injury Litigation Group, Former member Board of Directors
    • New Jersey Bar Association, Member
    • Morris County Bar Association, Member
    • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
    • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Member
    • Worrall F. Mountain Inn of Court , Member

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  • $1,800,000 Verdict

    19-year-old girl is rear-ended and had a herniation in her neck that will eventually result in surgery. The insurance company for the other driver, Mercury Insurance, claimed all of the spinal damage was due to old age and only made a minimal settlement offer. The jury was able to see how much the spinal damage and constant pain impacted the future for this young woman. 

  • $4,100,000 Verdict

    A 14-year-old girl’s father ran a stop sign and collided with a passing car. She suffered a herniation in her neck, which harms her ability to play the viola. She had been a serious candidate at Julliard. The insurance company, Allstate, offered $7,500 pre-trial, which forced this case into the jury’s hands. 

  • $750,000 Verdict

    A woman leaving work at 1 a.m. slipped on black ice in the parking lot outside of her office building, fracturing her ankle. She worked at an international company that conducted business at all hours of the day. The company that was hired to perform 24/7 monitoring of the property claimed it had no idea that people would be working that late and therefore should not be held responsible for re-freeze situations. We successfully argued that the snow and ice removal company, which received weather alerts every two hours, should have known that there was a re-freeze situation, and that it was well aware people worked in this office 24/7.

  • $2,000,000 Verdict

    An elevator maintained by Schindler Elevator Corporation dropped and slammed to a stop in Stateline, Nevada, severely injuring one of the passengers. Schindler and its attorneys maintained throughout the case that it did nothing wrong despite the admissions of its own supervisors that it was not maintaining the elevators to the proper standards.

  • $5,000,000 Verdict

     A 72 year-old man slipped and fell on black ice outside a Wells Fargo Bank. He suffered a spinal injury and required emergency surgery that confined him to a wheelchair. Wells Fargo and the company it hired to clear ice from the property attempted to blame the victim, but we were able to convince the jury the ice was an ongoing condition caused by a poor drainage pipe. 

  • $1,455,000 Verdict

    Аn 18-year-old woman was rear-ended on her way home from college and suffered a herniation in her lower spine. Her doctors said her injury would eventually result in a fusion surgery. The insurance company, New Jersey Manufacturers, offered only $50,000 to resolve the case before trial started. We were able to show the jury how the terrible injury to this young woman has dramatically altered her life, and the woman’s treating doctors showed how the damage to her spine is progressive. 

  • $7,750,000 Verdict

    Schindler Elevator Corporation created false work reports claiming a secretary performed maintenance on an elevator at the Headquarters Plaza building in Morristown, NJ. The elevator eventually failed catastrophically, severely injuring the carpenter inside. The man will never work again and is now in constant pain from his injuries. This case was a retrial after a previous jury entered an award of $4,000,000 in the same case that Schindler was able to get reversed on appeal. 

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