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Jason A. Newfield
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 cases.
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Jason A. Newfield - Long Term Disability Lawyer

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 2013-2022.

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.

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.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1996
  • Pennsylvania, 1995
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America


  • Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York
    • J.D.
    • Law Review: Hofstra Law Review, Associate Editor, Member
  • State University of New York, Albany
    • B.A.

Representative Cases

  • Barber v. Sun Life & Health Ins. Co., 894 f.Supp.2d 174 (D. Conn., 2012)
  • Cacoperdo v. Hartford Life Ins. Co., 2011 US Dist LEXIS 115003 (S.D.N.Y. 2011)
  • Garban v. Cigna Life Ins. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89323 (S.D.N.Y. 2011)
  • Puri v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co., U.S. District Court For The District Of Connecticut, 2011 784 F. Supp. 2d 103
  • Burgio v. Prudential Life Ins. Co. Of Am., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90115 (E.D.N.Y. 2009) and 253 F.R.D. 219 (E.D.N.Y. 2008)
  • Testa v. Hartford Life Ins. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20741 (E.D.N.Y. 2011) and 485 Fed. Appx. 595 (2d Cir. 2012)
  • Martucci v. Hartford Life Ins. Co., 863 F.Supp.2d 269 (S.D.N.Y. 2012)
  • Mergel v. Prudential Life Ins. Co. of Am., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85594 (S.D.N.Y. 2009)
  • Hogan-Cross v. Metro. Life Ins. Co., 568 F.Supp.2d 410 (S.D.N.Y. 2008)
  • Trussel v. Cigna Life Ins. Co., 552 F. Supp. 2d 387 (S.D.N.Y. 2008)
  • Dream Spa, Inc. v. Fireman’s Fund Ins., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8933 (S.D.N.Y. 2008)
  • Asuncion v. Metro. Life Ins. Co., 493 F. Supp. 2d 716 (S.D.N.Y. 2007)
  • Lee v. Aetna Life & Cas. Ins. Co., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38205 (S.D.N.Y. 2007) and 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5809 (S.D.N.Y. 2006)
  • Samedy v. First Unum Life Ins. Co. of Am., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13375 (E.D.N.Y. 2006)
  • In re Acceptance Ins. Cos., Sec. Litig., 352 F. Supp. 2d 928 (D. Neb. 2001)
  • In re IKON Office Solutions, Inc., 277 F.3d 658, (3 Cir. 2002)

Published Works


  • National Disability Conference, June 12th 2008
  • National Legal Conference on Disability Litigation, May 20th, 2009
  • National Disability Insurance Law Conference, June 15th -16th, 2009
  • Prominent National Disability Insurance Conference, June 15th, 2009
  • ACI National Disability Conference, June 2009
  • National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability, American Conference Institute: 2014 – 2017
  • 17th National Conference on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, January 22 – 23, 2015.
  • National ERISA Litigation Conference, October 2015

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale AV Preeminent 5 of 5
  • Jason Newfield was named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list as one of the top New York metro area lawyers from 2013 to 2020.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Alliance of Disability Attorneys, Founding Member
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee
  • American Conference Institute, Member

Get To Know Jason A. Newfield - Long Term Disability Lawyer

Why did you become an attorney?

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.

Why did you decide to go into disability insurance law?

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.

What do you like most about Frankel & Newfield?

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.

What do you do outside of the office?

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.

What organizations or community events are you involved with?
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.
What would you tell people who are deciding which law firm to work with?
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.
What’s the biggest challenge in disability law?

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.

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