Know Your Attorneys
As you know, if you have an issue, every firefighter's first call should be to the Union. That said, it is important for each UFA member to know the resources that the Union provides. One of those resources is our legal counsel.
UFA GENERAL COUNSEL
Our General Counsel are Michael Block and Thomas "TJ" McManus. Their firm, Sullivan Papain Block McGrath and Cannavo ("SPBMC"), has been our General Counsel for nearly 40 years. They handle day to day legal needs of the Union and represent our members at BITS and EEO. They also represent our members in the Victims Compensation Fund, and when line of duty injuries should arise. Each member should realize that SPBMC also represented our members and their families pro bono in their claims to the first Victim Compensation Fund.
Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C.
120 Broadway, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10271
UFA CRIMINAL ATTORNEY
Our Criminal Attorney is Robert T. Gallo. Rob has handled our members' criminal cases for nearly 13 years. He is always on call for our needs. Should you require Rob's services, you are entitled to be represented by him for free at the arraignment. In addition to defending you, he will also explain your rights and responsibilities regarding reporting the arrest and will offer advice as to potential disciplinary proceedings that may follow as a result of the arrest.
Robert T. Gallo, Esq.
1140 Franklin Avenue, Suite 200, Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 343-6000 or (516) 745-6700
UFA LABOR COUNSEL
Our Labor Counsel are Paul Linzer and Jen Bentley of Certilman Balin Adler and Hyman, the union's labor lawyers for over 25 years. Paul and Jen are involved in all labor matters that affect you and the union. They file grievances when the job fails to abide by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and also file improper practice charges when terms and conditions are unfairly changed or when policies cause a safety impact. They are also counsel who assist with contract negotiations with the City.
Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman LLP
90 Merrick Avenue, East Meadow, NY 11554
NOTE: Neither Michael Barasch, nor his firm Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, are affiliated with the UFA.