Creative Capital Sponsors NYSTLA's 50th Installation of Officers and Directors.
June 14, 2017
Creative Capital a Skyline Partner for Justice was proud to sponsor NYSTLA's 50th Installation of Officers and Directors. The team at CCI extends its best wishes and congratulations to Matt Funk and his fellow 2017-2018 officers and directors.
Manhattan workers' compensation attorney Matthew Funk will take over July 1 as the new president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
Funk, 43, is a partner at Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, where he has practiced law since 1999 and began working as a file clerk at age 15.
He is the first workers' compensation lawyer to be president of the NYSTLA and the second-youngest president since its founding in 1953. He also serves on the executive board of the Injured Workers Bar Association and is a workers' compensation committee member of the New York Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health.
Funk, a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, said in an interview that a primary issue for NYSTLA is to see the passage of Laverne's Law, which would change the statute of limitations on medical malpractice suits to give victims more time to file complaints and seek restitution. The bill is named for Laverne Wilkinson, who died in 2013 at age 41 after her lung cancer was misdiagnosed.
"We want to continue to focus on making sure the voices of consumers and patients are heard in Albany—we don't need anyone else to suffer," he said.
NYSTLA will also continue efforts to protect the state's Labor Law statutes and consumer's rights to a trial by jury in contractual and other disputes. "A lot of companies are burying arbitration clauses in contracts," Funk said.
Funk succeeds Edward Gersowitz of Gersowitz Libo & Korek in Manhattan as president of the 3,500-member bar group.
He was ceremonially sworn in by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Tuesday at a NYSTLA event at Guastavino's in Manhattan.