Mr. Lamonsoff is co-founder and a partner of Bergman, Bergman, Fields & Lamonsoff. With his overarching belief that an attorney should devote all of his focus and energy to one area of the law or he does his clients a disservice, he has represented injured people for three decades. He has successfully litigated thousands of cases in the areas of motor vehicle negligence, slip/trip and fall, wrongful death, medical malpractice and product liability, recovering tens of millions of dollars for his clients with an aggressive “take no prisoners” approach.
While he is aggressive in representing his clients in a court of law or negotiation, his approach to the business of law is personal. He understands that the firm’s clients entrust him with the utmost responsibility to protect their future. This relationship is one that must be based on earned respect and trust, and he takes pride in knowing that most of the firm’s clients have been recommended by prior clients. In fact, the firm has represented as many as four generations of family members and trusted friends.
Mr. Lamonsoff’s introduction to personal injury was not as a lawyer, but rather as a client. In college, he was injured badly in a car accident. Hospitalized for over a week and unable to attend school or work for months thereafter, this experience taught him the meaning of being in pain, unable to leave his bed and having to worry about making the rent. This feeling motivated him to enter the area of personal injury law and it is this same feeling that allows him to understand first hand, every time he sits with an injured client, how important it is to clients to have their cases resolved expediently. However, he also understands how critical it is to maintain the quality of representation to maximize the recovery. Mr. Lamonsoff’s, and the firm’s, fundamental approach to each case is to move swiftly but carefully.
Mr. Lamonsoff earned his Bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University and his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. During law school, he interned with Federal Magistrate A. Simon Chrein, who, at the time, was presiding over the Asbestos Class Action litigation. It was there where he learned the Court’s perspective on personal injury — an invaluable experience.
As a young lawyer, he rose from an Associate to Managing Attorney of a Manhattan law firm, attending Court by day and writing litigation documents by night. In 1997, he hung his own shingle and founded the Law Office of Eric J. Lamonsoff, practicing in a small rented office which he shared with his secretary Vania Vertus, with whom he continues to work. He later founded Bergman, Bergman, Fields & Lamonsoff, which has become a preeminent law firm in the State of New York.