Christopher L. Sallay - Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, LLP

Christopher L. Sallay

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2016

As a partner at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, LLP, Christopher L. Sallay is committed to representing clients in the New York City area and in New Jersey. He focuses his practice on handling personal injury cases that involve construction and car accidents, medical malpractice, municipal liability and products liability.

Chris has been selected by Super Lawyers as a Top 100 Lawyer in the New York Metropolitan Area. Referred to as "The Best of the Best", he has received among the Top 100 point totals in the peer nomination process for the Super Lawyers New York Metro nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. Each year the results have been published in the Magazine Section of the New York Times. He has also been recognized by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and New York Magazine's Best Lawyers in New York in the specialty of Personal Injury litigation.

Chris has extensive experience in high profile personal injury cases in the areas of medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents and products liability. Chris is responsible for all aspects of litigation, from the initial meeting of clients through the ultimate resolution of the case and has tried cases in both New York and New Jersey. He is admitted to the Bar of New York and the Bar of New Jersey in addition to the Federal Courts of both states, and has practiced extensively in those Courts. Mr. Sallay has exceptional skills in the taking of depositions and has traveled throughout the country deposing necessary parties and witnesses. His skills in questioning medical professionals and confronting them with verifiable medical facts and principles have led to the swift and favorable resolution of multiple malpractice claims. His background and training in computerized legal research has proven to be an invaluable aid in the preparation of motions and appellate briefs for submission to the Appellate Divisions and the Court of Appeals. Chris believes that hard work is the hallmark of a great attorney and is the only way to truly represent the interests of a client. It is this conviction and attention to detail that has led to the significant resolutions of cases which involved difficult or unique legal questions.

Chris knows the physical and emotional turmoil a personal injury lawsuit can take, not only on plaintiffs, but also on their families. From the initial consultation to the final resolution, he has a reputation for communicating effectively with his clients regarding their case.

Over the course of his career, Chris has consistently secured outcomes that meet or exceed clients' expectations. For example, when an 18-year-old man was prescribed improper medication and suffered liver failure, Chris obtained an $8 million settlement. In another case, he negotiated a $6 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit concerning a drunk driver. For his successes and ethical standards, Chris has earned the highest rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell and holds an AVVO "Superb" rating.

Chris graduated near the top of his class from Brooklyn Law School where he was a member of the prestigious Moot Court Honor Society - National Trial Advocacy Team. While in law school, his writing and advocacy skills were recognized with the Samuel Witte Prize for Literature and the Law and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Trial Advocacy. He continues to be a member of several professional organizations including the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

Chris strongly believes in giving back to the legal community. He is a frequent lecturer for the New York State Bar Association and has co-chaired multiple CLE programs in the area of Motor Vehicle Accident Litigation. He has regularly served as Assistant Planning Chair, contributing author and lecturer for the NYSBA's annual statewide program on Construction Accidents and the Labor Law. He has given lectures in the areas of Automobile Litigation: Update and Strategies, Practical Skills - Basic Tort and Insurance Law Practice and Labor Law- Construction Accident Claims. He has also lectured on Constitutional Law challenges as they relate to Automobile Insurance Legislation as well as Ethical Considerations Concerning Automobile Litigation. In addition to lecturing, he has authored course material for the New York State Bar Association including course material on Evaluating Damages related to Automobile Accident Claims and Selecting the Right Experts.

Additional Information

Areas of Concentration

Personal Injury Litigation

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Construction Site Accidents

Medical Malpractice

Elevator Accidents

Stevens Institute of TechnologyBASc 1987Brooklyn Law SchoolJ.D. 1996
New York State Bar AssociationNew York State Trial Lawyers AssociationAmerican Association for JusticeChurch of St. John and St, Mary

Case History

Mesh v. QWQ Service, et. al.

This complicated action sounding in products liability and general negligence was settled by Mr. Sallay after several years of strongly-contested litigation in the amount of $3,785,333.34. 

This case arose from the multiple deaths from carbon monoxide asphyxiation due to a malfunctioning boiler.  Among the issues in the case was the dispute between the boiler manufacturer and the company that installed/serviced the subject boiler as to who was responsible for this tragedy.  During the extensive discovery process, Mr. Sallay was able to show that various parties bore culpability resulting in a favorable resolution on behalf of a young woman who lost both of her parents.

Fernandes v. Battery Park City Authority

This case involved a 42-year old construction worker who sustained serious injuries when he was impaled on uncapped rebar at a construction site. 

Mr. Sallay settled this matter for $3,975,000 before trial.  Among the legal issues in this case was whether the owner of the premises had actual notice of the defective condition (the uncapped rebar).  Through deposition testimony, Mr. Sallay was able to establish that the owner's representative saw the rebar at issue on a daily basis for weeks and did nothing about it.  Based upon this testimony, Mr. Sallay was able to argue that the owner was responsible for this accident pursuant to New York Labor Law Section 200 and obtain a favorable settlement for his client.

Office Location

The Woolworth Building, Suite 1800
233 Broadway
New York, NY 10279
United States

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Other Information

Gender: Male