David Grey-Ret., a graduate of Clark University and Fordham University School of Law, was the firm’s senior partner. He had over three decades of experience in workers’ compensation and had represented thousands of clients at compensation hearings. He had published a number of articles in the field and had lectured on the subject of workers’ compensation to unions, attorneys and health care providers until his retirement in 2008.
Robert Grey, the managing partner of Grey & Grey, L.L.P., is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University (1987) and St. John’s University School of Law (1990). The firm represents workers in the areas of workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, Long Term Disability, personal injury and related matters. Its offices are located in Manhattan, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and the Bronx.
During his 25 year career, Mr. Grey has represented thousands of clients before the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. He has also tried many personal injury cases both in New York State Supreme Court and in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District. Mr. Grey also has significant experience as an appellate attorney. He has successfully argued appeals in the Appellate Divisions for the First, Second and Third Departments, as well as in the New York State Court of Appeals. On the federal level, he has successfully argued to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
In 2014, Mr. Grey was named to the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board’s Advisory Council. Since 2010, he has served as the Chair of the New York Workers’ Compensation Alliance, a political action committee advocating for injured and disabled workers. He has also served on the Board of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health since 2006, becoming its Treasurer since 2008. Mr. Grey is also the Outreach Committee Chair for the Mt. Sinai – Irving J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine Advisory Board, which named him its Man of the Year in 2008.
Mr. Grey has also taught a course in “Protecting the Injured Worker” as an adjunct professor at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and in 2008 he was the honoree of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 Widows & Orphans Fund.
Mr. Grey has been deeply involved in efforts to assist World Trade Center responders after September 11th. He helped to draft legislation expanding workers’ compensation and pension benefits, served as a technical advisor on the New York State September 11th Worker Protection Task Force, and was a participant in the Mount Sinai World Trade Center Health Program Advisory Board.
Mr. Grey is a frequent lecturer for the New York State Bar Association, and has also given many lectures for bar associations in Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and White Plains, as well as for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. His articles have been published in the New York Law Journal, the Journal of the Suffolk Academy of Law, the Syracuse University Law Review, the Nassau Lawyer, the Suffolk Lawyer, and the New York Times, among publications.
Brian P. O’Keefe, a partner in the firm, is a graduate of Boston College (1991) and Fordham University School of Law (1994). He has been with the firm since 1994, practicing primarily in the workers’ compensation department. He currently serves as the President of the Chaminade Lawyers Alumni Association and as the vice president of the Brehon Law Society of Nassau County. He has served as the president of the Brehon Society of Suffolk County and as the chair of the Workers’ Compensation Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. He has lectured in Continuing Legal Education programs for the Nassau County Bar Association, the Brooklyn Bar Association, and the Suffolk County Bar Association in topics relating to workers’ compensation and conflict resolution.
Kevin M. Plante, a partner in the firm, is a graduate of Fordham University (1988) and the Fordham University School of Law (1991), has practiced in the workers’ compensation field since 1991. He joined the firm in 2004 and practices before the Workers’ Compensation Board on daily basis.
Daniel A. Dutton, a partner in the firm, is a graduate of Holy Cross College (1994) and the University of Michigan School of Law (1997). He joined the firm in 1997, and has practiced in both the workers’ compensation and personal injury departments.
Alissa Gardos, a partner in the firm, graduate of Binghamton University (1993) and Brooklyn Law School (1996); has practiced in Workers’ Compensation since 1996; joined the firm in 2005 and practices in the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Department.
Sherman B. Kerner, a partner in the firm, a graduate of Queens College (1977) and University of Buffalo (1980), has over 25 years of experience in litigating personal injury claims. He joined the firm in 2002 and currently manages the firm’s personal injury litigation of cases in New York City.
Christa M. Collins, a partner in the firm, is a graduate of Brown University (1994) and the Villanova University School of Law (1997) and has practiced in the workers’ compensation field since 1998. She joined the firm in 2011 and practices in the firm’s Workers’ Compensation department.
Ronald L. Epstein – A graduate of SUNY at Buffalo (1979) and SUNY at Buffalo School of Law (1982), he is a former attorney and judge for the NYS Workers’ Compensation Board, and has appeared in administrative proceedings as well as Federal and State courts for over 25 years. He joined the firm in 2004 and is currently responsible for the Social Security, Pension and Long Term Disability Department.
Peter Tufo, a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1990) and St. Johns University School of Law (1999), formerly represented federal employees with workers’ compensation and disability retirement claims. He joined the firm in 2004 and currently practices in the firm’s Social Security Disability, workers’ compensation and personal injury departments.
Steven Rhoads is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany (1991) and Hofstra University School of Law (1994). Steve is the former Deputy Bureau Chief of the Nassau County Attorney’s Bureau of Tort and Civil Rights Litigation, and is responsible for the firm’s Long Island personal injury matters. In addition to his legal work, Steve is an Ex-Captain in the Wantagh Volunteer Fire Department, where he has served since 1992, and is presently the Secretary of the Open Space and Parks Advisory Committee to the Nassau County Legislature.
Sasha Shafeek, a graduate of Hofstra University (2000) and St. John’s University School of Law (2004), has over 5 years of plaintiff’s personal injury experience. She joined the firm in 2008 and currently practices personal injury litigation of cases in Bronx, Kings, New York and Richmond counties.
Sanjai Doobay is a graduate of New York University (2008) and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (2013). He joined the firm in 2013 and practices primarily in the Workers’ Compensation department.
Evelyn Gross graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. John’s University in 2001 and Hofstra University School of Law in 2004. Prior to joining the firm in 2015 she worked for a prominent insurance defense firm on Long Island handling bodily injury and various municipal law matters. Mrs. Gross is a member of our Personal Injury Department handling our litigation matters in Queens County.