Client Testimonials

FOA has over a half century of expertise in providing legal services to union members and their families throughout New York State. FOA prides itself on advocating for the rights, benefits, and well-being of injured workers and their families and has a proven track record of success.

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FOA Attorney Patricia Fontaine, Esq. was Amazing! I never had to ask any questions because she always fully explained everything to me. Ms. Fontaine communicated with me every step of the way. She was courteous and extremely knowledgeable about my case. She did a fantastic job representing me in court.

Patricia E

FOA Attorney Stephen Heath, Esq. has consistently done exactly what he stated he would do and I have the-upmost confidence in his ability. My case is more difficult than most because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the approach my employer chose to take regarding the matter. The first time I spoke with Mr. Heath was the day before my first court date. I was sobbing and in complete despair, but he was patient and listened to my story. It was only a matter of hours before we were scheduled to appear in court that he received my documentation, yet there was not one detail of my case that was unknown to him. The confidence I have in him allows me to concentrate on attending my medical appointments and my recovery. I couldn’t be happier or in better hands.

Brenda W

I contacted FOA Legal Assistant James Rand with some questions I had about my case. I have worked with James on a few cases in which I had acquired injuries while on the job.  James is very personable, professional and is an asset to your company. James was able to answer all my questions and actually made me feel that I had contacted a capable law firm to handle the job.

Thomas A

FOA Attorney Stephen Heath, Esq. took the time to call me immediately and help ease my anxiety. Mr. Heath spoke to me in a soothing and comforting tone.  He explained next steps and told me what a great job I did.  Meanwhile, it was really FOA that did all the work.  Definitely a law firm above all the rest!

Melissa Q

FOA Attorney Howard Lipman, Esq.  is extremely helpful and friendly.   He always has time to answer any questions I have.

Marcel P

FOA Legal Assistant Sarah Vega was very helpful and FOA Attorney Charlemagne Yawn, Esq. was great to me.   I really like him and I am thankful for his help.

William O

FOA Attorney Paul Walker, Esq.  takes the time to talk to and understand his clients’ needs and issues, and was very well prepared for my hearing. FOA Legal Assistant Mary Gonzalez addresses any questions or problems that are asked appropriately.

Andrew R

FOA Attorney Paul Walker, Esq.  took over my case towards the end. He was great, 10 out of 10. FOA Attorney Noreen Tuller, Esq. represented me at the hearing. She was very professional and knowledgeable. Thanks to everyone that helped me. A good experience.

Donna M

FOA Attorney Kevin Burgess, Esq. has been extremely helpful handling my claim.  He is very proactive.

Carmen P

My case was handled right away. Staff was very helpful during this time.

Cindy P

My experience with Legal Assistant Megan Kearney and Attorney Justin Cinnamon, Esq.  was great .  Every time Justin has worked on a hearing for me, the outcome has been positive. He has always offered me clear information and I have confidence in him. Justin is terrific and I look forward to having him as my representation going forward.

Jennifer H

The service has been excellent. My attorneys  Mr. Stephen Heath, Esq. and  Mr. Kevin Burgess, Esq. and Legal Assistant Ms. Megan Kearney have been very courteous, thorough and helpful during this process. If your entire staff is this good, you have an excellent organization that I would greatly recommend to anyone I know that needs WC representation.  For the amount of cases that your organization must handle, you exceeded my expectations. Keep up the fine work. You have some excellent people working for you.

Carmen P

Excellent Representation – I am going to recommend FOA to all of my fellow union members. I received outstanding customer service from my Attorney Noreen Tuller, Esq. and Legal Assistants Cristina Parra and Desire DiMichele.

Derrick S

I continue to be pleased with and am grateful for the excellent help I’ve received from your firm – specifically from  my Attorney Kevin Burgess, Esq. and Legal Assistant  Mary Gonzalez. My injury left me unable to work and I’m certain that without their assistance, I would not have been able to navigate the Workers’ Comp and SSDB systems. It’s a huge relief that I now have enough of an income to support myself and ongoing medical coverage for my injury.

Chana M

My attorney Charlie Yawn, Esq. has been attentive and has answered my questions in a timely manner.

Jonathan W

I was very comfortable with my attorney Robert Seidner, Esq. He had the patience to explain everything.

Louise L

I am very happy with Legal Assistant James Rand.  He always calls me back right away and explains everything that is going on.   James is outstanding and is always helpful.  My attorney Robert Seidner, Esq. did an outstanding job at my last hearing.  Everything went my way and couldn’t have worked out any better.  I’m pleased i have James and Robert in my corner.

Edward B

Working with the FOA team has been a knowledgeable experience from everyone that has been in contact with me including my attorney Karen O’Brien, Esq.  My questions have been answered fully and explained in everyday language – not just a bunch of legal terms that the average person would not understand. My phone calls have been answered usually the same day as well as any emails.  Hoping to get this case settled soon. I had a virtual hearing due to mandatory stay at home and attorney Noreen Tuller, Esq. called me as soon as it was done to explain everything since I was not able to hear all of the hearing due to technical sound issues . I have in the past recommended FOA and will continue to do so because of the services I have received from the FOA team.

Susan B

I am very satisfied with Mr. Charlemagne Yawn, Esq. and have been very impressed with Ms. Sarah Vega whom I communicated with before my hearing. She addressed my personal/family concerns about attending an IME examination during this pandemic. I am grateful for her professionalism. In addition, I was a bit nervous during the days leading up to my first virtual hearing but Mr. Carl Raffa, Esq. called me a few days before and spoke with me for a long time explaining every detail of the goal of the hearing and answering all my questions and addressing my concerns. As a result of our conversation, I was confident going into the hearing. I was also very pleased with Mr. Carl Raffa’s representation and the results of the hearing. He called shortly after the hearing and we spoke again at length as he explained all that happened in the hearing. I am quite confident and pleased going forward with the representation I have in FOA law.

Christopher R

I would like to say that Justin Cinnamon, Esq., Rob Seidner, Esq., and Legal Assistant Carol Lahey did an excellent job. I have been working with them for the last 5 years and they are top notch professionals and I greatly appreciate the great job they have done for me. I have recommended multiple people to your firm and will gladly do so in the future. Thank you very much.

George B

It has been about five years since my disability case and I’ve been meaning to write this note in all that time. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Nilsa Perez, Legal Assistant, for helping me with this case.

Janet W

I would like to add , how grateful and extremely pleased I am. All that was done by my attorney Robert Seidner, Esq. & Legal assistant Sarah Vega was excellent thank you again!

Naby M

Both Mary Gonzalez and Kevin Burgess, Esq. have been supportive, helpful, and responsive, and made this difficult situation much easier than it might have been if I’d had to navigate it on my own. Many thanks!

Chana M

My experience was fantastic, Casey Pineda and Nilsa Perez got me thru this very difficult process.

James F

Excellent legal team, very satisfied.

Phillip S

Mr. Howard Lipman, Esq. was great at handling my SSDI case.

Marcel P

FOA treats your case with personalization and uses your documentation to get the job done correctly. All their lawyers give the upmost respect to clients and take the extra time to explain everything that happens in those Hearings that are filled with Law jargon. Nothing but positive experiences for me!

I work as Mail Clerk for a Medical Management Company in Syracuse, New York. As I was lifting a box, I injured my shoulder. I sought out the help of Fine, Olin & Anderman, LLP to file for Workers’ Compensation benefits on my behalf. I was extremely pleased with my Attorney Kevin Burgess, Esq. and Legal Assistant Patricia Glick. Kevin was very informative about everything and was a real advocate for me. I would highly recommend FOA to anyone who is in need of a Workers’ Compensation attorney.

Kathy T

Having worked with this law firm since a brutal compensation accident in 2007 here’s what I can say. Throughout my entire ordeal these individuals, everyone I encountered were professional, knowledgeable and most importantly compassionate. They continually advocated for my interests and we’re phenomenal in helping me navigate the horrific worker’s compensation laws of New York. My employer and insurance company lied right from the beginning. Everyone was superior in their support, and were always available to answer any questions, or just to listen and allow me to express my frustration. They were proactive and kept ahead of my insurance company, even scheduled hearings to advance my case when the insurance company wasn’t paying. Tim, my attorney from Syracuse became my friend. He’s a no holds barred tell it like it is in plain language kinda guy. He was realistic and definitely knows his way around the nightmare system of the NYS workers compensation system. They were able to negotiate a settlement for my case and for that I am thankful. Without hesitation when I asked that they go back to the table to negotiate a higher settlement, enough to cover their nominal fees they did and we’re successful. In the end I am compensated fairly in my opinion, and now have the ability to navigate and manage my own health care without any insurance company telling me or my physicians what to do. I’m thankful for all the professional people who took the time to get my case settled. Without hesitation I would recommend this law firm.

Drew S

I cannot say enough about the excellent representation that I received through Fine, Olin & Anderman, LLP. I especially wish to acknowledge Howard Lipman, Esq., for his attention to my case. Howard is always quick to respond to my concerns – however incidental. Mr. Lipman always patiently explained the legalities of my situation, and answered all of my questions without ever making me feel rushed or silly for having asked.

Cindy B

Being my first WC hearing, Mr. Rohit Kumar, Esq. knew I had no idea what to expect or say.  He explained everything to me in a confident way and I knew he was there for me, which allowed me to relax a bit. Thank you!


Trish Glick, my Worker’s Compensation Legal Assistant has been invested in me and my case from day one. She has gone above and beyond to handle all of my issues and questions, timely with extreme knowledge and professionalism. Trisha’s compassion and understanding has been a blessing during this tough time for my family and I.

Tara C

I just want to say that I was referred to the firm by my Union which is CSEA. I was assigned to Noreen Tuller, Esq. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this attorney! If not for her I would have had to struggle through some highly stressful events on my own most likely without much success. I don’t know what I would do without her council, expertise, knowledge and representation at my hearings. Kudos to FOA Law for having such wonderful attorneys such as Noreen Tuller and also her assistant, Angelina Fodera who is also always available to help in any way she can! If you’re looking for a great attorney I recommend you call them! You will be very happy you did.

Jennifer V

As my attorney for both NYS Comp claim and Social Security Disability claim, Howard Lipman was not only professional and thorough but fine representative of your firm. If anyone asks my advice on matters such as these, I will most certainly be advising them to go with FOA!

Douglas K

I highly recommend FOA for anyone dealing with a workers comp case. They fought very hard for me and made a huge difference in the outcome of my case. So give them a call and don’t go it alone and go with the Best! Special thanks to Noreen, Tracy and the entire staff at FOA.

Wayne F

I used this firm for my WC case and SS Disability case both were handled exceptionally well and professionally. My contact Dwan Ellison is always prompt with returning my calls, resolving any issues I may have. She made a very difficult time in my life so much more manageable. Thank you Mrs. Dwan Ellison for being such a caring person and committed in serving me as a client of this law firm.

Patti B

As a CWA union member I have known Marvin Anderman and his law firm Fine, Olin & Anderman, LLP for over 40 years. FOA is a great union law firm and is always looking out for labor. When my wife was almost run over by a worker in a golf cart riding on the sidewalk causing her to fall on a broken up sidewalk in Stuyvesant Town – Peter Cooper Village in Manhattan. i knew i needed the injury lawyers at Fine, Olin & Anderman. After i called they sent an investigator to the scene who secured the video tape showing the worker in the golf cart. Going up against this huge corporation required a law firm that was ready to go to battle and FOA definitely was. Sure it took longer than we wanted but in the end we were able to settle the case for a very fair amount. I tell all my brothers and sisters in the union, if you need a great law firm to help you or your family call FOA.

Tom M

The best law firm. My personal case has been handled for 15 years by Ms. Zip. Never once have I been let down.  Her professional manor has solved every problem I had.

Edward W

As I was driving in Clay, NY, I saw someone tailgating me.  As I tried to pull to the side of the road to let the car go by it hit me in the rear.  At first I didn’t think I was hurt too badly, but the aches and pains never went away.  I knew I had to call a lawyer.  Fine, Olin & Anderman handled a prior work related injury where I got Workers’ Compensation so I called them again.   Everyone at FOA did a great job, especially Cindy Williams my Case Manager and the Trial Attorney Victoria Lightcap.  They always kept me informed and I was happy they were able to settle my case without having to go to court.

Richard B

I am an experienced Technician for a major Telecommunications company in New York City and experienced a work related injury. My job function requires me to work with my hands every day. Due to the nature of my work and my vast work experience, I have severe Carpal Tunnel in both of my wrists. Carpal Tunnel makes work a challenge for me and also forces me to seek out constant medical treatment. I sought out the assistance of Fine, Olin, & Anderman, LLP (FOA) to help me address this work related injury and its effects on my life. I am glad I did and would recommend FOA to a family, friend, or colleague. My attorney Don Crouch, my Legal Assistant Michael Salas, and the entire legal team treated me with the utmost care and respect. FOA made a painstaking process virtually stress free and easy.

Dale E

I am very grateful to Catherine Kraus, a Labor Liaison with Fine, Olin and Anderman for helping me navigate working with a lawyer at FOA. I had an interest in completing my Will, Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy and due to the relationship with CSEA and FOA, I was offered a significant discount. Katherine directed me in the right direction and I met with a very good lawyer, Annie Ma, who showed great patience with me as I stumbled through the process. All of my documents are complete and I now have peace of mind regarding my affairs. Thank you, John.

John H

I worked as a Lineman for Verizon in Bethpage, New York. During the course of my work, I injured my right shoulder. I retained Fine, Olin & Anderman, LLP to file for Workers’ Compensation benefits on my behalf. I was very pleased with the high level of service I received from my attorney Robert Seidner and my entire legal team. Robert was extremely professional and answered all my questions in a clear and concise manner. Robert is an asset to FOA. I would highly recommend FOA to anyone who is in need of a Workers’ Compensation attorney.

Ronald A

I was blessed to have Carol Stabile work with me on my SSDI case. She went above and beyond to make sure my benefits were secured. Her knowledge of the process was remarkable. Besides being impressed by her work ethics l was overwhelmed by the heart she put into her work. Carol always checked in on my health and the wellbeing of my family. She gave my family and l the peace to concentrate on my health while she worked on keeping food on my table and a roof over my children’s head. Thank you Carol.

Tara C

I would like to give my thanks and appreciations to the entire firm at Fine Olin and Anderman, LLP. I have used them for various cases and have always had a great experience and great results. At this time, I am presently using the firm for a workers compensation case. My attorney Justin cinnamon and my paralegal Sarah Vega are amazing and incredible. Every time I have a problem, no matter which one I call, they get back to me very quickly and take care of any problems that I have just as quick. If we’re not for them I definitely know the people at workers comp will not pay me and they would walk all over me. I haven’t lost a case thanks to Justin and Sara. I can’t not say enough great things Justin and Sara and everyone at the entire firm.

Richard P