Valentine J. Wallace, Esq. ( aka

Valentine J. Wallace, Esq. ( aka "Val")

Personal Injury Lawyer

P: (212) 683-2814 F: (212) 683 2815

Areas of Practice

Education

  • University College Dublin, B.C.L., H. Dip Eur Law., 1994

Admissions

  • New York State (all courts), 2000
  • Federal, Southern District of New York

Memberships

  • Bar Association of the City of New York
  • The New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Irish American Bar Association of New York

My background has been described as somewhat unique.  Admitted to practice in all courts in the State of New York in the year 2000, I am also a dual Irish-American citizen.  A law graduate from University College Dublin, after working for an insurance company in California, and learning about the insurance business, I decided I wanted to be on the side of the afflicted, and moved to New York in 1998.  For two years, I worked as a paralegal in a downtown firm while studying at night for the bar exam.  I passed the New York Bar exam  in the year 2000, and worked my way up in a mixed practice plaintiffs and defense firm, representing the NYC Transit Authority in bus and train accident cases.  This allowed me to gain an appreciation for the concerns and methods of defense attorneys, who are on the other side of a case.  I also represented prison guards in disciplinary hearings on Riker's Island, which was an eye-opening experience.  Usually, I made daily court appearances in all courts in the 5 boroughs of New York City, in Westchester and Nassau counties, and further afield, and over the years acquired the specialist knowledge of personal injury law practice.  I particularly enjoy this area of law because it gives me the opportunity to really help people and their families.

I'm also very interested in medicine, and over many years I have developed as a practitioner in areas of law that focus on medicine.  As an 'of counsel' attorney to prominent medical malpractice firms, and as a solo practitioner since 2012, I have recovered substantial awards and settlements for my clients in serious personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice cases.

I also handle the administration of deceased clients' estates in the Surrogate's Courts, and responsive briefs in appellate courts, and personally ensure that the case is handled correctly from the beginning to the very end.  As a solo practitioner, I have recovered multiple seven-figure settlements for my clients.

My track record of success in medical malpractice cases include surgical error, delayed cancer diagnosis, post-operative infection, nursing home injury, plastic surgery error, Emergency Room failure to order appropriate tests, paramedic pre-hospital negligence, and many other life-changing cases.  I aim to bring a compassionate and professional approach to difficult situations for my clients and achieve a just outcome for them.

The advantage of retaining a solo practitioner to handle your case is that you are more than a file number. When a client calls, they speak to me, their attorney, not an associate or paralegal. I know immediately what is going on with my clients' cases because I handle them personally. You only have one case, and I know that.

Upon consultation and retainer, my office will investigate your case, prepare all paperwork, advance case expenses, obtain records, review medical records, consult with experts, investigate liens, present claims, correspond with insurance claims adjusters and defense lawyers, keep you informed of every step in the process, file your lawsuit, and all court papers, pleadings and discovery exchanges.  I will personally appear in court on your case, pursue crucial documents, take and defend all depositions, subpoena records, engage in motion practice, engage in settlement negotiations, draft all papers necessary to accomplish settlement, and if we can't get an adequate settlement, proceed to pick a jury for trial, secure all records for trial, draft trial memoranda and submissions, present and try your case to verdict, and prepare all papers necessary to enforce judgment, and resolve liens.  In a wrongful death case, I will also prepare and file Surrogate's Court estate administration petitions.  I work hard to ensure that your case moves forward in a thorough and professional manner.