New York City, (WiredPRews.com) — Nicholas Papain, one of the state’s prominent personal injury trial lawyers, was sworn in as the 41st president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) on June 26. He will begin his one-year term on July 1, succeeding Jeff Korek, who was instrumental in leading NYSTLA through an increasingly challenging political climate, as special interest groups continued to wage their war on the civil justice system.
“I’m both humbled and honored to be president of this organization,” says Mr.Papain, the managing partner at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo PC. “My main goal is to keep NYSTLA doing what it does best: acting as a voice for
victims of wrongdoing.”Among Mr. Papain’s initiatives is a public awareness campaign to counter the attack on the civil justice system. “Trial lawyers stopped the asbestos companies and when New York won the tobacco suit, it got more than money – we got a settlement that required tobacco companies to air anti-smoking commercials and start telephone hotlines to help people stop smoking. We need to educate the public that we are a voice for those that otherwise would have no voice.”
When he takes office in July, Mr.Papain will already have a head start on many of NYSTLA’s key efforts for 2008-2009, having played an important role in shaping the agenda. “Nick and I have worked closely together and I have relied on his judgment so often that I am confident that NYSTLA will be in excellent hands in the upcoming session,” says Korek.
Among some of the goals that Mr.Papain has set for his administration are: fixing New York’s wrongful death statute and its unfair results, shaping better date-of-discovery rule, and keeping the scaffold and other labor laws on the books.
About New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Founded in 1953, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association – and its more than 4,000 members – works to assure that wrongfully injured New Yorkers have full access to the civil justice system. NYSTLA fights for the rights of all New Yorkers, promoting legislative changes that ensure their protection.
About Nicholas Papain
Nick Papain is one of New York’s prominent New York personal injury and products liability trial lawyers, having won numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for clients killed or seriously injured by defective vehicles, hazardous industrial products, fires, explosions, unsafe premises and negligently operated vehicles.