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Richard P. Amico

Personal Injury Attorney- Rochester, New York

Email: richard.amico@cellinoandbarnes.com
(800) 888-8888 Phone
(585) 454-3279 Direct Fax
Rochester, NY

I began practicing law in 1989. I have limited my career to the representation of people who have been injured by the negligence of others. This includes lead poisoning, and severe construction and auto accident cases. In the past 27 years, I have handled jury trials against large corporations, and many different municipalities/states. I have obtained numerous million dollar settlements and verdicts for my clients. One of my greatest experiences was working as trial counsel with Johnnie L. Cochran in the claim against the local Galleria Mall in 1998. The Mall denied access from urban bus routes onto the Mall property which forced a young African American single mother to cross a major highway to get to her job in the food court. Tragically she was struck and killed on her way to work. The lawsuit not only resulted in damages for her young son but as forced the Mall to change its policy and promote equal access to the Mall for everyone.

In March 2017, my partner Stephen Ciocca and I negotiated a settlement in the amount of $2,000,000 for a client that was struck on the head and neck by an acoustic tile that fell from the ceiling above the food court at the Walden Galleria Mall.

In 2016, I was rated “Distinguished” as having very high rating in legal ability and ethics by my peers as reported by Martindale-Hubbell.

I was named Top 50 in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2016.

In 2016, I was recognized as one of the Legal Elite in Buffalo by the Business First Magazine.

In February 2016 I was welcomed as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, ABOTA. A national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

In September 2015 I was the lead attorney that successfully negotiated at 2,200,000.00 settlement of a complex claim arising from a construction accident that caused permanent injuries to his knees and ankles.

On May 28, 2015 a jury found in favor of our client who sustained a neck strain that caused her to be out of work for five months. Along with my partner Stephen Ciocca, we convinced the jury she was injured and the jury awarded her $80,000 for her temporary impairment.

In 2015, I was named one of Western New York’s top attorneys and Legal Elite honoree by Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal.

For the third time in the last five years I was named one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Upstate NY Super Lawyers for 2015.

I was elected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2015.

In 2015, I was selected to become a Member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel which consist of the Nation’s Top One Percent of Trial Lawyers. The NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. Members are vetted by a research team, a blue ribbon panel of attorneys, and a judicial board review. By virtue of the incredible selectivity of our appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in the NADC.

In January 2015, I secured a sizable jury verdict for a young lady who suffered a disc protrusion in her cervical spine from a motor vehicle crash in 2010. The insurance company refused to offer my client anything more than $65,000. Although my client did not have surgery and was able to return to her job 18 months after the crash, the jury awarded her $50,000 for past pain and suffering and $432,000 for thirty years of future pain and suffering.

I was elected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2014.

I was named part of the Legal Elite in Buffalo Business First for 2014.

I was honored as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Upstate New York for 2013.

In 2013, I lead a team of Cellino & Barnes trial attorneys to a verdict that held the County of Monroe and the Rochester Airport Authority accountable for causing the death of a 17 year old girl and significant injuries to many more in a 36 car collision that occurred adjacent to the a runway on I-390. The jury found the County and Airport Authority 100% liable for failing to install snow fences that would have prevented the death and injuries on a sunny cold day in February 2008.

I was elected to Top 100 Legal Elite for Buffalo Business First for 2013.

I have been named one of The Best Lawyers in America since 2011.

I was honored as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Upstate New York in 2011.

I am a member of The National Trial Lawyers Association which limits its members to the top 100 Trial Lawyers in each state of the nation.

I am included in 2011 Who’s Who in Personal Injury Law.

I am included in the Who’s Who in American Law

I was invited to join the distinguished National Academy for Trial Advocacy Group. The Academy has brought together the nation’s foremost personal injury litigators to help serve those individuals with serious injuries recover fair and just compensation through settlement or trial. I am a Past Regional President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association which is dedicated to promoting a safer and healthier society, assuring access to the civil justice system by those who are wrongfully injured and advancing representation of the public by ethical well trained lawyers. I am also a member of the regional and statewide Board of Directors. I am a past member of the Board of Editors of the statewide monthly report on personal injury law.

In 2010, I received a Top 10 Verdict Award from the New York Law Journal for obtaining an award of $3,810,000 for a man injured in a motor vehicle crash.

In 2009, I received a Top 50 Verdict Award from the New York Law Journal for obtaining an award in the amount of $1,310,000 for a worker injured in a crash.

In 2009, I received a Top Verdict Award from the New York Law Journal for representing a worker that was injured in a complex construction site accident and resulted in a $1,000,000 settlement.

I am a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum which limits its membership to Trial Lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in Advocacy by achieving a trial verdict, award or settlement in the amount of One Million Dollars or more.

I am listed in Upstate New York SuperLawyers for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

In 1998, I was trial counsel along with Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. in the representation of the Estate of Cynthia Wiggins v. Walden Galleria Mall.

I travel to Albany to lobby the New York State Assembly and Senate for the preservation of the rights of accident victims and consumers.

I give my clients my cellular telephone number to contact me whenever the need arises.

I am committed to excellence in the representation of my clients in order to bring them the justice they deserve and the compassion they need.

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I would like to thank your firm for representing our family on behalf of my late husband. This whole process was, at times, difficult for us and sometimes painful. But, we were always in good hands as Brian and Maria are two of the hardest working and sincerest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. They did a tremendous job.

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