Joseph M. Puzo
Joseph M. Puzo is a founding member of the firm. He was admitted to the Bar in 1992. He has more than twenty years of insurance defense experience and has tried cases in all New York City boroughs as well as in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Mr. Puzo was named as a “Super Lawyer” in the 2013 edition of the “Super Lawyers” publication. Mr. Puzo attended C.W. Post College (B.A. 1984) and Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Touro College (J.D. 1991). He is admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, and is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association.
William E. Morrissey
William Morrissey is an accomplished trial attorney with more than twenty years of trial experience who has tried cases in all five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as in the Eastern District and Southern District Districts of New York. A graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1989, Mr. Morrissey immediately began working as an associate at the law firm of Curtis, Vasile Devine & McElhenney and was eventually elevated to partner. He joined Zaklukiewicz and Puzo in 2002. Over his career, Mr. Morrissey has tried cases for Metropolitan Suburban Bus Authority, New York City Transit Authority, Long Island Railroad, Allstate, State Farm, Royal, Nationwide, St. Paul, Travelers, Lancer, Preferred Mutual, U.S.F&G, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Claims Service Burea of New York, Cunningham Lindsey, NYS Liquidation Bureau, State Insurance Fund, Waldbaums and many local municipalities and private clients. Mr. Morrissey is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section and of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and is currently serving on the New York State Bar Association Committee on the Tort System.
Stephen F. Zaklukiewicz
Stephen F. Zaklukiewicz, an Associate of the firm, was admitted to the Bar in 1995. With nearly twenty years of negligence defense experience, Stephen has tried cases in all five boroughs of the City of New York and in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Stephen is a regular presence in Kings Supreme where he currently handles most of his trials. He attended St. Bonaventure University (1987) and St. John’s University School of Law (J.D. 1994). He is admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Maria Caraballo-Mitra is a new associate with the firm. She was admitted to the New York and New Jersey bar in 1997. Prior to working for Zaklukiewicz, Puzo and Morrissey she worked for several different defense firms including Cheven,Keely & Hatzis, The Law Offices of Gregory Parisi and Picciano & Scahill. She also had her own practice for approximately eight years where she provided per diem services to various plaintiff and defense firm, handling court appearances and deposition on their behalf in the five boroughs, Nassau and Suffolk county. She began her legal career doing plaintiff work at the Law offices of Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald located in Yonkers, New York. She has experience in all areas of negligence work including, bench trials, mediations, arbitrations, motions and depositions. She attended St John’s University (B.A.1988) and Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Touro College (J.D.1997). She was a past member of the NY Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association.
Jenny Lynn Lazar is admitted to the New York State Bar as well as the New Jersey bar. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Stony Brook University in 2010 and received her Juris Doctor degree from Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Touro College in 2014.
Prior to working at Zaklukiewicz, Puzo & Morrissey, she was a litigation associate at a large firm, where she became experienced in motion practice, conducting closings, and appearing in court. She currently focuses in the areas of negligence and no-fault defense, including depositions, court appearances, motion practice, and appellate claims. She is a past member of the New York State Bar Association and Suffolk County Women’s Bar association.
Jinan Monique Arafat
Jinan Monique Arafat joined the firm as an associate in 2016. Jina is admitted to the New York State Bar as well as the Federal Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Prior to working for Zaklukiewicz, Puzo and Morrissey, she worked for several insurance defense firms handling general insurance defense litigation matters including motor vehicle accidents, labor law/construction claims and premises liability claims and she has also handled matters involving insurance coverage claims. Jina began her legal career as an attorney for the Administration for Children’s Services for the City of New York prosecuting abuse and neglect cases in Manhattan Family Court and, thereafter, transitioned into handling plaintiff personal injury matters. Jina has experience in all areas of negligence work including motions, depositions, mediations, arbitrations and trials.
Jina earned her Juris Doctor degree with honors from St. John’s University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the State University of New York at Albany. Jina is currently a member of the New York State Bar Association and a past member of the Suffolk County and Nassau County Bar Associations.
Judith S. Pluviose, Esq.
Judith Saintvil Pluviose joined the firm as an associate in 2016. Judith is admitted to the New York State Bar as well as the Federal Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Prior to joining Zaklukiewicz, Puzo and Morrissey, she worked for a small boutique firm handling personal injury litigation matters including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability claims, medical malpractice and contracts. For most of her legal career, Judith has focused on medical malpractice as well as personal injury litigation.
Judith is a graduate of the Widener University School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 2012. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from CUNY-John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Investigation. Judith is currently an active member of the Nassau County Bar Association and a member of the Amistad Black Bar Association of Long Island. She is a past member of the New York State Bar and the New York State Women’s State Bar Associations.
Craig M. Dolinger, Esq.
Craig M. Dolinger joined the firm as an associate in 2016. He has 20 years of personal injury experience. He has experience in all areas of negligence defense including trials, motion practice, depositions, mediations and arbitrations. He has successfully tried cases in most New York jurisdictions. Prior to joining the firm, Craig spent a majority of his career with McAndrew, Conboy & Prisco where he focused on premises liability. Craig graduated from Stony Brook University in 1993 and then attended New England School of law in Boston where he graduated with honors in 1996. While in law school Craig was on Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Award in both Torts and Professional Responsibility. Craig is admitted to the New York State Bar as well as the Federal Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. He is currently a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association.