Block O'Toole & Murphy is a premier personal injury law firm in New York City with tremendous success representing victims of:

  • Construction accidents
  • Auto accidents
  • Premises liability
  • Third-party work injuries
  • Wrongful death
  • Other personal injury matters

Since 2012, no other law firm in New York has attained more results exceeding $1,000,000 than Block O’Toole & Murphy. In total, we recovered over $1 Billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Why Block O’Toole & Murphy?

Record-breaking Results: Our firm has a number of record-breaking verdicts and settlements, including a $110 million verdict for a Brooklyn cyclist paralyzed by a falling railroad tie (believed to be the highest non-medical malpractice verdict in all of New York State) and a $32 million verdict in a Suffolk County case for a pedestrian struck by a car (highest negligence result ever in Long Island history). To date, we’ve recovered over 300 verdicts and settlements that exceed $1,000,000.

Resources: Our attorneys will fight for every dollar that our clients are entitled to under the law. This means that we will and are able to invest in necessary resources to pursue top results. We work with some of the best financial, medical, and traffic experts to help us build the best case possible. For instance, in one case involving a car accident victim who was struck at night while she was walking home, we hired a nighttime visibility specialist.

Personal Injury Focus: Our law firm practices exclusively personal injury litigation, meaning we have fine-tuned our skill sets in the personal injury arena.

Extensive Trial Experience: Our team includes a number of former prosecutors with extensive trial experience. The attorneys are known for their fierce but fair negotiation skills in and out of the courtroom.

Activism: Several of our lawyers serve on the New York State Trial Lawyers Association's Labor Law Committee, a group that fights to preserve and improve laws that protect workers in New York.

Our attorneys represent hard-working New Yorkers who have been hurt in accidents, including members of trade unions as well as The New York City police, workers from the fire and sanitation departments, and many others. They are both clients and friends.

Fighting for the Underdog with Excellence and Skill

At Block O’Toole & Murphy, we are not interested in a “quick settlement” unless it benefits our clients. Our objective in every case is to recover maximum financial compensation that accident victims are entitled to under the law. We understand how an accident can devastate a person’s personal and professional life and are committed to making sure that juries and insurance companies truly understand the impact.

Our law firm is built on fighting for the underdog. It is a theme we pursue outside of the office as well, sponsoring important charities like the St. Jude Children's Hospital and the Frances Pope Memorial Foundation. Additionally, we help aid in disaster relief efforts, including cleaning up areas ravaged by Hurricane Sandy and donating supplies to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

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  • Construction Law
  • Labor Law - Union
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

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Raising the Bar

by John Fields

New York City-based powerhouse Block O’Toole & Murphy continues to set new benchmarks for personal injury cases, with the firm achieving landmark victories.

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Shine with Wine: One Firm’s Heroic Efforts to Combat Pediatric Cancer

by Best Lawyers

Block O’Toole & Murphy’s annual event has raised millions—and counting—for the world’s premier pediatric cancer treatment facility. Their commitment to the cure is unmatched, and each year boasts more success than ever before.

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Structurally Unsound

by Daniel P. O'Toole

Too often, developers and contractors put profits above the people who work for them. Construction site safety is nonnegotiable. Here’s how to make that aspiration a reality.

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Building a Safer Culture

by Stephen J. Murphy

More construction workers die on the job in the U.S. than in any other occupation, yet rules and regulations are often honored more in the breach than the observance. Here’s an overview—and a blueprint for change.

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Hit by a Truck? Here’s What Victims Need to Know

by Jeffrey A. Block

If you’re a driver or passenger in a car involved (or, especially, injured) in an accident with a much larger, heavier vehicle, it can seem Sisyphean just to get your life back on track. But you can do it, armed with this critical information.

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The Tragic Limitations of New York’s Outdated Wrongful Death Law

by David Scher

New York might be a progressive state in many respects, but its wrongful death law is itself a regressive tragedy—essentially the same statute first passed in the mid-1800s—that prolongs and deepens grieving families’ suffering. This must change.

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2022: Another Banner Year

by John Fields

Block O’Toole & Murphy continues to secure some of New York’s highest results for personal injury matters.

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Talent Meets Teamwork

by John Fields

A combination of skill and collaboration has led to enduring success at personal injury firm Block O’Toole & Murphy.


Overcoming Obstacles

by Sean Stonefield

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, personal injury firm Block O’Toole & Murphy is on track for its most successful year.

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Fighting for the Underdog

by Sean Stonefield

A combination of hard work and excellence in the courtroom has garnered outsize results for the injured.


Teamwork and Strategy

by Justin Smulison

In 2018, Block O'Toole & Murphy continued to secure multimillion-dollar results for injured victims and workers.

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Results Matter

by Sean Stonefield

With a history of record recoveries, Block O’Toole & Murphy continues to achieve some of New York’s largest personal injury verdicts and settlements.

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Giving 100% for Injury Victims

by Margaret Pierce

Block O’Toole & Murphy, LLP is passionate, well-prepared, and committed to helping their clients.

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