Andy Siegel graduated Great Neck North High School in 1981. He was involved in athletics and was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the lacrosse team. Andy attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated cum laude in 1985. He was a member of the lacrosse team that won the First Southwest Championship of Lacrosse and was elected Team Captain for his senior year.
Mr. Siegel went to Brooklyn Law School and worked at a medical malpractice defense firm during the course of his studies. Defending doctors and hospitals gave rise to the decision that his place in the legal community would be on the side of the injured individual. He has represented the injured victims of medical misadventures and general negligence continuously since graduating law school in 1988.
Andy litigated his first jury trial the day after he was admitted to the bar and has been in the courtroom ever since. He is the founding and senior litigating partner of Siegel & Coonerty, LLP, and has litigated to jury verdict multiple cases in his devoted and passionate manner successfully receiving large jury awards for the life altering injuries suffered by his clients. Mr. Siegel understands that to be a successful litigator, each trial requires full devotion of time and dedication of emotion to the client. It has been this formula, together with his passion for all things medical, that has made him such a courtroom success.
There are a wide range of matters involving serious bodily injury Andy litigates, but has a special compassionate interest in representing survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Andy recognizes that “fair compensation” for the unquantifiable losses brought about by brain injury can never truly be achieved. Even the 43 MILLION DOLLARS a jury awarded one of Andy’s TBI client’s—the 3rd largest medical malpractice verdict in the United States—cannot tell the entire story.
Andy is on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyer’s Association as well as the Brain Injury Association of New York State. His many trial successes have regularly placed those outcomes among the “Top 100 Verdicts” reported in the state annually. Andy has been honored as a Super Lawyer continuously from 2010. Superlawyer selection represents the top 5% of lawyers in the specialty of personal injury and medical malpractice practicing in the State of New York.
Andy is also a published author of the Tug Wyler Mystery series, which are medical-legal thriller novels. His debut book, Suzy’s Case, published by Scribner, chronicles a little girl from Brooklyn whose future had been filled with tremendous promise until she sustained a brain injury. With Suzy, Andy wanted to put a human face on a reality he knows so well from his work life: the intensity of the experience of traumatic brain injury survivors and their families. Suzy’s Case was optioned by CBS Television; was a People.com Best Beach Read; a Suspense Magazine Best Book; and, was selected by Poisoned Pen Bookstore as a Best Debut Novel. Andy’s second novel, Cookie’s Case, was selected by the prestigious Conversations Book Club as a Top 50 Book and Top 10 Best Beach Read. Nelly's Case, Elton's Case & Jenna's Case were published in May of 2018, with Jenna’s Case being selected as a Conversations Book Club Best Beach Read. For more about the books, click here.