Michael N. Block is a firm member and one of the most accomplished and influential attorneys in the area fire-related litigation, particularly in defending the rights of firefighters who have been injured on the job.
For more than three decades, he has been general counsel to the Uniformed Firefighters Association, the 8,000-member labor union for New York City firefighters, and his expertise has helped firefighters recover hundreds of millions of dollars in personal injury claims. Mr. Block’s work extends from New York City to Albany and Washington, where he has been a forceful advocate with state and federal officials on behalf of firefighters and their families. In the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he successfully fought for passage of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, and he headed a pro bono team from Sullivan Papain that recovered more than $260 million from the fund on behalf of firefighters and their families. On a daily basis, New York firefighters and their union rely upon Mr. Block’s counsel. And he has helped shape a body of law to help compensate firefighters and their families for the harm they have suffered through the fault of others.
A Special Relationship with New York’s Firefighters — As general counsel to the Uniformed Firefighters Association, Michael Block provides daily legal representation for New York City’s 8,000-member firefighters labor union. He helped gain passage of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which provides compensation for first responders and the families of first responders who were injured or killed at the World Trade Center disaster site. And in a groundbreaking pro bono effort, successfully represented 362 firefighters and their families in recovering $260 million from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.