Mr. Kotzamanis graduated from Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1983 and is admitted to the Colorado, New York and Ohio State Bars. In 1980, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Adelphi University in Economics.
Mr. Kotzamanis began his legal career practicing law in Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in insurance defense and subrogation litigation. After seven years of practice in the Midwest, he relocated to London, England, where he headed the London Legal Department of the largest Greek vessel owner in the world. Subsequently, he qualified to practice law in the United Kingdom as a Solicitor and thereafter, began working for two well-respected London firms specializing in maritime litigation. After five years in London, Mr. Kotzamanis was recruited by a Greek ship owner to join its Legal Department in Piraeus, Greece where he practiced in-house before moving back to his home state, New York, after two years. Between 1999 and 2018, he joined a New York personal injury firm first as an Associate, then a Senior Trial Attorney and finally the Litigation Partner.
While in New York, Mr. Kotzamanis was highly regarded for his career in and out of the courtroom and was often called upon by fellow trial attorneys for advice and to serve as trial counsel on their cases. In fact, in 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, he was selected by his peers as a “Super Lawyer”, recognizing him as one of the top 5% of personal injury trial lawyers in the New York metropolitan area. In 2015, 2016, 2017 and again in 2018, he was also recognized by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as being in the top 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States. Mr. Kotzamanis consistently reported some of the largest settlements and verdicts in New York, and has been featured, on numerous occasions, in the New York Law Journal and the New York Jury Verdict Reporter.
Mr. Kotzamanis is a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Auto Litigation and Premises Liability Committees.
Prior Settlements & Verdicts
$6,000,000 – Robert Lawson v. City of New York and Martin Strickland: Bicyclist claimed he was struck by driver who ran stop sign causing paraplegia.
$3,600,000 – Mohamed Khan v. Jose Juina Triangle Services, Triangle Service Inc. & Triangle Aviation Services, Inc: Plaintiff claimed vehicular crash caused psychological trauma
$2,841,652 – Mohammed Mostafa v. Dmitry Daraselia: Man’s leg smashed when he was pinned between vans
$2,210,000 – Yaniv Israeli v. Jose D. Ruiz and Fierman Produce Exchange, Inc.: Forklift’s driver didn’t look before backing
$1,848,607 – Alfonso Rojas v. New York City Transit Authority & Metropolitan Transit Authority: Motorist struck by object that fell from subway trestle
$850,000 – Zorina Ali v. New York City Transit Authority and Shannon Jennings: Bus’s door closed on passenger, caused fracture of hip
$850,000 – Hazam Zaid v. Andrew DeJoy & Harbor View Transportation of Staten Island, Inc.: Car accident’s parties debated alcohol’s role
$700,000 – Donna Jackson v. Williams and We Transport: Bicyclist struck by school bus making left turn.
$500,000 – Heomawattie Mahadeo, Gurdath Mahadeo, Gurdath Mahadeo (individually) v. Kenneth Chin Christine L. Chin: Motorist didn’t yield while turning, injured teen claimed
$250,000 – Corazon Ligon v. Pereza Auto Corp and Miguel Rodriguez: Cab struck woman while turning through intersection.
$230,000 – Patricia Hicks v. Gabriela Stolz: Driver exited parking lot and struck woman crossing street
$225,000 – Anthony George v. K Montgomery- Dortch, Robert F. Montgomery: Motorist didn’t yield while turning, injured pedestrian claimed
$140,000 – Indira Shortte v. Henry Gibbs Jr.: Car crash caused spinal injuries, plaintiff alleged