Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., Remembers Founder Leonard A. Arye

The attorneys at the Manhattan personal injury law firm Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., sadly announce the passing of the firm's founding partner, Leonard A. Arye, Esq., who died on June 9, 2013. He was 88.

Mr. Arye's career as a trial lawyer spanned more than 50 years, during which he developed a respected law practice representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases and achieved a number of significant verdicts and settlements. He was a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

'Consummate Lawyer, Mentor And Friend'

"He had a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest trial lawyers in the New York Metropolitan Area," said firm partner D. Carl Lustig III, who was a new attorney when he began working with Mr. Arye in 1979. "He was a consummate lawyer, mentor and friend."

Mr. Arye was a calm, well-prepared trial lawyer. Despite his low-key demeanor, he maintained a commanding presence in the courtroom. "He was a man of his word," Mr. Lustig said. "Everybody trusted him."

More Than 50 Years In Practice

Mr. Arye was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in World War II. He earned an undergraduate degree from the City College of the City University of New York and a law degree from New York University. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1950 and entered private practice.

Early in his career, Mr. Arye worked with Alfred Julien, the nationally recognized New York trial attorney. In 1963, Mr. Arye founded Arye & Kors, P.C., which is now Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C. Mr. Arye remained with the firm until his retirement in 2006, though he continued to visit the office after his retirement. He lived in Mamaroneck, New York.

Mr. Lustig and firm partner Mitchell J. Sassower continue to operate the Manhattan firm, which handles a wide range of personal injury claims, including motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents and medical malpractice.

Case Results

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  • $2.1 million settlement

    for 33-year old electrician who fell from ladder while attempting to fit heavy cable into crown box when cable sprung back and struck him, causing him to suffer left shoulder injury with impingement.

  • $1.6 million settlement

    for 38-year old electrician who slipped and fell on debris on stairway with resulting cervical herniated disc and aggravation of pre-existing arthritic changes.

  • $2.55 million settlement

    for 42-year old electrician who fell into an uncovered, unprotected hole and suffered a severe low back injury with herniated disc(s) that required surgery at L4-5 and L5-S1 levels.

  • $1.75 million settlement

    for 26-year old construction worker who fell through opening in roof and fractured his wrist, requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation, external fixation device, and eventual fusion.

  • $2.5 million settlement

    for 38-year old female electrician (with history of prior neck injury) who tripped on uneven Masonite protective floor covering, and suffered neck injury with herniated discs requiring cervical fusion.

  • $1.2 million settlement

    during trial for 40-year old sheet metal worker who was struck in the neck and shoulder by an air conditioning unit and suffered herniated cervical discs and cervical radiculopathy.