Justin C. Frankel is committed to fighting for the rights of clients when their long term disability insurance claims have been denied, delayed or terminated. His entire legal career is focused on representing long term disability insurance policy owners. His clients are treated with the utmost of concern and care during very difficult times.
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Mr. Frankel represents clients in ERISA appeals and administrative proceedings every day. His in-depth understanding of this focused area of the law allows him to provide his clients with knowledgeable and experienced representation. Mr. Frankel brings an understanding of the ERISA appeals process, the highly complex laws and rules that govern the ERISA process, and the tight time frames that are so critical to this area of the law to each matter that he handles.
Long term disability insurance claims are a complex and challenging area of the law. Mr. Frankel’s years of experience and his knowledge of the law and the LTD insurance business offer clients a comprehensive understanding of the LTD claims process and the inner-workings of the insurance companies that seek to deny their claims. For some clients, working with Mr. Frankel is a one-time event, where their claims are resolved and their disability benefits continue to come in. For others, Mr. Frankel works with clients on an on-going basis to ensure that their disability benefits continue to be paid. Each situation may be different, but Mr. Frankel works diligently and aggressively to solve the problem.
Clients represented by Mr. Frankel include a Registered Nurse who posted a review on AVVO that said that he understands chronic pain and the impact that it has on her life “better than any doctor” she has ever talked to. An attorney who was referred to Mr. Frankel by another attorney gave him a five-star review on AVVO and said that “In my view, when your claim comes in on Justin’s letterhead, the insurance company pays attention.”
One of the key differences for clients working with the Frankel & Newfield law firm is that clients work with partners. The firm has deliberately maintained its focus on the disability insurance practice and on a one-on-one relationship with clients. The firm believes that this offers clients a better experience in terms of the care and compassion they receive with their legal representation. It is understood by all members of the firm that a delayed, denied or terminated disability claim at a time when the person is too disabled to work is one of the hardest times for them and their families. The partners at Frankel & Newfield made a deliberate decision to maintain the two-partner format to provide clients with the most effective representation.
Mr. Frankel is also a highly skilled and trained litigator and represents clients in court at all levels of litigation: county, state and federal. He represents owners of privately owned or individual long term disability insurance policies whose benefits have been terminated, delayed, denied, or who are being investigated by the insurance companies.
Martindale-Hubbell® has rated Mr. Frankel an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated, the highest possible designation from Martindale-Hubbell. Super Lawyers has named Mr. Frankel to its select list of attorneys for the 2011 and 2013 – 2019 New York Metro listings. Only five percent of the lawyers in the New York Metro area are named by Super Lawyers to this prestigious group.
Prior to forming Frankel & Newfield, Mr. Frankel worked tirelessly representing policyholders in all types of insurance matters, primarily long term disability insurance litigation and complex civil litigation. Previously, he spent many years at a major law firm representing individuals whose rights had been violated through class action litigation throughout the country.
Mr. Frankel is a regular speaker before bar associations and medical organizations regarding disability claims, and has published numerous articles on Disability Insurance. He received his B.A. from Stony Brook University and his J.D. from CUNY School of Law.
He is 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.
There’s a lot of satisfaction from righting a wrong and that’s a lot of what we do in the firm. Being a lawyer gives you the ability to make a difference in people’s lives. That was my goal.
Disability insurance law was emerging as a David vs. Goliath kind of law not long after I graduated. I had worked on class action lawsuits suing large insurance companies based upon their deceptive sales practices, but working with an individual versus a large group of people was more satisfying.
We have clients who we have represented and protected from insurance companies for many years, and they trust us to watch out for them. That feeling of trust is a good one. They know they can rely on us, and we do our utmost to earn that trust.
I have many passions beyond my work helping people secure financial relief from their disability policies. My family is most important to me. My wife and I are blessed to have twins – a boy and a girl. Watching and helping them grow into young adults is the true highlight of my life. Besides my family, I enjoy playing golf and watching historical movies.
I was honored to serve for many years on the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee, a federal committee which advises the US Department of Health and Human Services regarding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I spent many years volunteering as a coach of youth sports, including men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s basketball.
Disability law is a very specific area and requires knowledge and experience of this exact area of law. You can’t just become a disability lawyer, like you can’t just decide to become a brain surgeon. Your lawyer needs to have the experience and tenacity to represent you aggressively.
Sometimes it is hard not to become infuriated with the abusive behavior of the insurance companies on behalf of our clients. We remain professional and focused, but sometimes the things we see are just outrageous.
Justin Frankel is a founding partner of the disability insurance law firm Frankel & Newfield and is a highly skilled litigator and advocate. He has published numerous articles on the challenges facing clients with private or individual disability insurance policies and those who own group or ERISA disability insurance policies.
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