GARY B. PILLERSDORF is the founder of GARY B. PILLERSDORF & ASSOCIATES, P.C., one of New York’s most prominent litigation firms, with its principal office in Manhattan. He is board certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. With over 35 years of courtroom experience, Gary has taken more than 350 verdicts, including 28 verdicts exceeding one million dollars, as well as many multi-million dollar settlements.
Mr. Pillersdorf is a member of the Million-Dollar Advocates Forum, has been selected for Who’s Who in American Law and has been elected to “Super Lawyers, the Top Attorneys in New York” for the past three years. He has won the prestigious Mel Award from the Melvin Belli Society, the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Institute of Jewish Humanities and was the first northerner to win the War Horse Award presented by the Southern Trial Lawyers Association.
He is a past president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, where he currently serves as Dean Emeritus for New York State Continuing Legal Education. He has authored the highly acclaimed textbook New York Motor Vehicle Accidents, published by James Publishing, and is a frequent contributing author to Trial Magazine, a national publication for the trial bar. Mr. Pillersdorf is a highly sought after lecturer, teaching courses in Trial Advocacy, Medicine and Courtroom Techniques, throughout the Nation.
Heidi L. Wickstrom joined the firm as an Associate in 2007. Heidi immediately began “second-chairing” cases with Mr. Pillersdorf across New York City, Long Island, Westchester County and in Federal Court. Through trial and post-verdict practice, she has assisted in obtaining many multi-million dollar recoveries for clients; namely, a $15.7 million verdict for the plaintiff in a case against Consolidated Edison of New York; and $10 million and $5.4 million verdicts, respectively, for two plaintiffs in cases against the New York City Transit Authority. Heidi has also tried many cases on her own, achieving her first solo jury verdict in the amount of $625,000.00 only two months after being admitted to practice in New York State courts. In addition to her trial work, Heidi has attained countless six and seven figure recoveries for injured plaintiffs through mediation, arbitration, and out-of-court settlement. Heidi also engages in Appellate practice, having authored and argued appeals in both the First and Second Departments of the Appellate Division.
Heidi graduated from the University of Michigan in 2003 with degrees in Communication Studies and Film and Video Studies and, after taking a year off to work for the general counsel of a property development firm, she attended Syracuse University College of Law. While a student at Syracuse University College of Law, Heidi was on the Executive Board of the Moot Court Honor Society and worked for a boutique personal injury law firm as a law student intern.
For a large portion of her undergraduate career, Heidi concentrated in a pre-med course of study, with the goal of working towards being a neurologist or psychiatrist. Through many twists of fate, Heidi decided to pursue law school instead and discovered that she could combine her interests in medicine, helping injured people, and law by working on behalf of plaintiffs in the personal injury field. Heidi believes that the most rewarding part of her job is being able to engage directly with her clients and their families, and relishes the opportunity to speak on the behalf of those who may not be able to do so.
In her spare time, Heidi enjoys embracing all that New York has to offer, playing and watching sports, theater, and hanging out with her dog, Jack.
Sam Rosmarin, a Cornell undergraduate who attended Boston University School of Law, has thirty years experience in the field of medical malpractice. Sam, as our senior of-counsel attorney, heads our Westchester office. He developed his expertise defending the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center for 15 years before devoting the next fifteen years to representing those harmed by medical negligence. Every potential medical negligence case is evaluated by Sam and a team of highly credentialed medical consultants to identify departures from the standard of care.
Glenn A. Herman is a senior associate in our trial department. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in Social Sciences and Legal Studies. He attended Suffolk University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts where he was a Law Review Editor and a Research Assistant for school's Annual Survey of Constitutional Law. He is a tireless advocate for his clients who has been representing injury victims in New York for over 25 years. Mr. Herman's areas of practice include all aspects of personal injury litigation including medical malpractice, aviation accidents, bus, automobile and motorcycle accidents, construction accidents, premises negligence, police excessive force and civil rights cases, uninsured/underinsured motorists cases, products liability, municipal liability and wrongful death.
Throughout his career, Mr. Herman has represented hundreds of injured clients and has obtained many multi-million dollar settlements. He is member of the Bar of New York State and the bars United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Herman has also practiced in the area of entertainment law and has represented musical artists in connection with various publishing, management and recording agreements.