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I am a First Responder and became ill as a result of toxic exposure. The Law Firm Did A Good Job representing me.



I talked to Geico and they verified that the $1,000,000 umbrella is above and beyond the $300,000 bodily injury liability. I also upgraded, for a nominal increase, to the SUM for the $300,000 on the auto policy.

Thanks again for the advice and work you and the firm deliver to all of our members.



Mike and Francesca,

I am happy we got to speak today. Mike as I said on the phone, every time I call or stop in the office, everyone is always welcoming , inviting and very kind.

For the last year, or so, I primarily have been communicating with Francesca, and she has been great. Always a pleasure to speak to. Your staff has really made me feel that you care for us.

Mike, Thanks for everything you do for me, and the FDNY.

Its Greatly appreciated.

Best Regards



Again, first and foremost, I would like to thank you and your entire staff for all the good work you do for all of my brothers and friends in the FDNY. Sally and I greatly appreciate the professionalism and respect shown this past Friday in completing the paperwork regarding our wills.

Fraternally grateful,

Rich and Sally K.

Hi Mike,

Hope you had an enjoyable holiday season.

Thank you for your letter, it was precise, informative and upbeat.

Best regards,


Dear Michael,

When one experiences a tragedy, such as 9/11, it requires all one has in order to cope with the difficulties that follow. Even when it looked as though all hope was lost with my case, Barasch McGarry Salzman and Penson continued fighting and did so fiercely. Despite what seemed like an endless stream of obstacles, they rallied again and again, in the end gaining the victory.

With gratitude, I thank each of you for the fine job you have done, on not only my behalf, but for all of us so adversely affected by this event.


Dear Barry, Michael, and the rest of the members of your firm,

I wish to take the opportunity to write you on the Anniversary of a day in which we fell victim to the a horrific terrorist act, but it was also a day in which we saw many people, both civilian and uniformed, carry out heroic acts of helping their fellow citizens. Many lost their lives and others have had their lives altered permanently.

I believe that the work you do on behalf of the families affected is laudable, which is the reason why I am sending you this message.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit the Observation Deck of the new World Trade Center and felt the power of our resilience as a country and ability to recover from such a devastating blow.

Warm regards,


Greetings Michael

Just wanted to compliment a few of your staff.


I am thrilled with the recent interactions I’ve had with some of your staff.

Nancy Tang has been amazingly thorough on follow-up. She is also savvy and compassionate.

Lee London, who has inherited my case, was very encouraging, clear, and patient.

Max Bushuyev was extremely and overwhelmingly detailed and insightful about the “conditions” issues and took the time to listen to my summary of the situation.

I am thrilled to work with all of you.

Thank you all for taking the time to understand my situation.



Dear Michael,

Thank you for the great news !!!!!!! Now I have a gift for Mrs. M on our 26th Wedding Anniversary. I know how hard all of you and your staff have worked on our behalf and we thank you from the bottom of our broken hearts. Wow, I won’t bother you anymore today, there seems to be a little water building up in my eyes, it’s hard to see the screen!

Thank You, Thank you, Thank you !

R.; L.; H.; & K. ?

Dear Michael,

I am so grateful for you fighting for us. I can’t believe I never told you that I also had prostate cancer. Being a psychologist I can’t believe the effect this has had on my not reporting everything. When my surgeon removed my bladder, he also removed my prostate and the pathology report stated that it also was cancerous.


Dear Mr. Michael Barasch,

I am a client at your Law firm and I usually don’t write letters, however I would like to write a letter of recognition on behalf of Mr. Brian Calamaras. I want to say that it is a pleasure dealing with him.

Mr. Brian Calamaras is extremely professional, kind, polite and patient with all my WTC 911 issues and concerns. Every time I call him with a question he is so efficient and knows the answers about my case without even looking at my file.

So often people complain about things and I felt the need to write something good. I am so happy to have your law firm representing me. I will always recommend your law firm because of great staff members such as Mr. Brian Calamaras.

R. M.

Thank you for the excellent service that Michael, yourself and the rest of the staff provided to me and my wife on our visit last week. I would certainly recommend your office to anyone I know that is looking for a personal injury law firm. As requested I completed the on line review of the firm on and gave a very favorable review. Thanks again and thank Michael for me.

Steve Cristello


I just want to extend by deepest heartfelt appreciation for all you and your firm have done for me. I can now truly say You saved my life, for your hard work will have a major impact in paying my insurmountable debt that’s been bleeding me dry for almost a decade.

The compensation award …has set me free because I have not only been deemed “Totally and Completely Disabled”, I am not permitted to hold any type of employment whatsoever, resulting in my debts continuing to mount.

Again, I am so overwhelmed, my mind is racing. Regardless of the fact that I’m constantly told that my medical condition is hopeless…hope is all I have left to cling to. Hope is a good thing, For regardless of how bad the odds have been against me, hope is the train of thought that has given me some form of acceptance and inner peace, however slight. Some is better than none.

Again I Thank You with Every Fiber of My Being and Every Beat of My Heart…You Will Forever Have My Deepest Respect And Gratitude.


Michael Barasch and his firm have had a profound and wonderful impact on my life. They genuinely care about their clients and provide outstanding legal services. The award they helped me obtain allowed my family and I to get through the hard times and maintain our dignity. God bless them.

Joseph Gibney

Dear Michael and Bruce, the heroes behind the heroes of 911:

This is to express my thanks and gratitude to you both on behalf of our family.

Bruce, I am so grateful to you for your kindness, compassion and expertise in deftly handling my issue. The night of my frightening assault, followed by the mystifying summons, clearly defined the phrase “adding insult to injury.” What an immeasurably frightening experience for me. Thank you so much, Bruce, for making the law seem right and just again. Thank you for making this random act of violence go away with incredible skill and grace.

Michael, Barry was catastrophically struck by the cab within two weeks of my incident. I was so anxious for Barry’s life that I spent over five weeks in the hospital keeping vigil and completely neglecting my own troubles.

Michael, I am so grateful you’ve taken on Barry’s case. You were so wonderful to come see Barry at the sub-acute rehab center.  You were so patient and kind to put up with my discovery efforts with regard to Barry’s tragedy, and then, amazingly, to offer your services for me as well. In the face of all this, your compassion brought tears to my eyes.

You guys are the good guys. You guys are the real thing. If these terrible experiences show us a glimpse of what is wrong in the world, Barasch McGarry shows us what is right.

Your history with 911 precedes you, and will forever distinguish you as the heroes behind the heroes.  And for me, personally and most especially so, as you help right the wrong for Barry in the coming months.

What a privilege to know you. I remain gratefully yours,


Dear Michael,

How do we begin to thank you for all you have done for us during the past two years? I don’t think words exist that can truly express our appreciation and gratitude for all you did for us.
When we embarked on this journey, we expected to deal with arrogant, uncaring and know-it-all attorneys. We quickly found out how wrong we were. You and your staff are the most caring, compassionate and professional people we have ever dealt with. You have proved over and over again how much you care for your clients, not only as clients but as people, and not only for their financial security, but also for their mental and emotional well being.

We are truly grateful for your skill and expertise on our behalf. The time, effort, persistence, commitment and willingness to go the extra mile (Workers Compensation settlement and MSA) demonstrated how much you cared about us. The settlement you negotiated far exceeded our farthest dreams.
Thank you for the advice, support and friendship you extended to us during the past two years.
Michael, thank you also for taking me under your wing those first few months after Bob’s accident. Your patience in helping me understand the legal system and taking off my plate all the dealings with the insurance companies allowed me to focus on Bob’s recovery. I want you to realize how much I appreciate your many calls to me inquiring on how Matthew and I were doing. We know that you have said that you are our attorneys for life, but more importantly, you will be our friends for life.

Diane and Bob


I am writing to express my deepest thanks for the work your law firm performed on my behalf. I am very thankful, not only for the positive outcome, but also for making me realize that there is a law firm that is truly concerned and understands the situations NYC Firefighters encounter on a daily basis. The caring, professional and knowledgeable staff made a difficult situation tolerable.

I suffered a career-ending injury in 2004. Your firm, and in particular Barry Salzman, worked tirelessly in an effort to recover compensation for me. After a very long time, which included court appearances by Mr. Salzman, numerous phone calls and sifting through much paperwork, the case is finally at a close, due in large part to the work of Mr. Salzman. He became not only my attorney but an understanding friend. I will never forget what your firm and Mr. Salzman have done for me.

In addition, I would be remiss if I did not also thank Angela Sozio, Mr. Salzman’s secretary. She was always there to handle my paperwork and phone calls. She is also to be commended.

My thanks to all for going “above and beyond the call of duty.”


Lt. Joseph B. DiMartino, FDNY (retired)


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