JASON A. NEWFIELD is a founding partner of Frankel and Newfield, P.C., in Garden City, New York, where he devotes his entire practice to aggressively representing claimants in disability insurance claims and litigation, including ERISA, private and governmental policies of short and long term disability, life and health plans.
Mr. Newfield litigates cases throughout the country on behalf of aggrieved claimants. He has been involved in a host of published decisions from Courts throughout the United States, from both state and federal courts. Jason has received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been selected as a Super Lawyer from 2013-2019.
He has authored numerous articles for medical journals and advocacy groups, including the CFIDS Chronicle, Interstitial Cystitis Newsletter, Podiatry Management, and Chiropractic Economics, and served for four years as a member of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee, a federal committee which advises the US Department of Health and Human Services regarding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a medical condition of particular passion to him.
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Mr. Newfield is also a frequent lecturer to medical organizations about the disability claims process and has been a Physician Educator to medical providers for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients. Mr. Newfield is an annual presenter at the American Conference Institute – Disability Claims conferences and has been a lecturer for ALI-ABA regarding the claim process for LTD claims.
He received his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was a member of the Hofstra Law Review. Mr. Newfield is admitted to practice law in the states of New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, the federal courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, District of Connecticut and Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Second and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
I’ve always felt the need to help the underdog, and have rooted for the underdog in sports my entire life. My dad tells me he knew I would be a lawyer when I was 4 years young.
When this firm was founded, there were very few law firms representing people who had disability insurance claims denied. Insurance companies were very happy to sell these policies, but not to pay on the claims. I saw how the companies were bullying claimants and felt compelled to become their voice. I had worked in defense work on malpractice cases and had to leave that arena despite my success as it did not feel compelling.
I like how our clients work directly with a partner. We are a well-run, tightly-knit office that balances our fun and hard work There’s no bureaucracy, no layers of bigwigs who have give their approval for things to move forward. We respond quickly and effectively for our clients. That’s important to me personally.
I have several passions outside of work. My family is critical to me and I am blessed to live next door to my brother and his family. The Newfield compound is rich in love and fresh ideas and perspectives spanning generations. I spend time in my yard working as a landscape designer – and enjoy spending others’ money designing their yards. Lastly, I play men’s soccer (goalie), which is a metaphor for who I am in seeking out challenges and enjoying the pressure.
I am an active member and long-standing supporter of the AHRC-Garden City auxiliary, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
You don’t need to be best friends with your lawyer – but you do need to connect with them in this arena, as our clients almost universally need to feel they have an advocate in their corner. And as importantly, you do need to be confident that they are going to do everything in their power to secure your disability benefits. I do not meet all my clients in person, but our connections are often as powerful as if we were sitting next to each other.
Having worked in numerous arenas, I know this is not an easy practice area. We are working with/against big companies with limitless resources. Often, they have little to lose when denying a claim. The courts do not eagerly embrace these cases, and clients often have limited choices due to financial constraints. Providing our clients with as much information about the process helps to manage expectations and inform clients.
Jason Newfield is a founding partner of the disability insurance law firm Frankel & Newfield. He has spent the majority of his legal career advocating for the rights of disabled workers. He has lectured other professionals, worked on a Federal Advisory committee, and published many articles in the field of disability insurance claims and litigation.
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