Marea L. Wachsman, incoming President-Elect, is a founding member and partner in the law firm of Schreier & Wachsman, LLP. She litigates various types of civil matters with a focus on representing seriously injured victims of medical malpractice, wrongful death, airline accidents, automobile accidents, construction accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other negligence matters. The firm also represents commercial litigants. Ms. Wachsman is involved from inception to completion on matters accepted by the firm.
Every potential medical malpractice case and most personal injury cases are reviewed by Ms. Wachsman for the firm. Over the past 22 years, she has reviewed thousands of potential cases. As part of her review, Ms. Wachsman works directly with the client and/or their families to gather evidence and pertinent medical records. She also performs legal/medical research and works with experts to determine if a case has merit. This extensive investigative work enables the firm to achieve successful results at trial, as well as settlements, whether in court, or by arbitration or mediation.
Ms. Wachsman has always believed in giving back to the community and has done so repeatedly through her pro bono efforts. Most notably, following Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, Ms. Wachsman worked for victims in Greene County and Nassau County, New York. She met with numerous victims and assisted them with their homeowner’s insurance claims as part of New York Trial Lawyers Care, Inc. The work she performed after Hurricane Irene included multiple meetings with CAT (catastrophic) teams from insurance carriers at victims’ homes, as well as litigation of claims in the Greene County Supreme Court.
Ms. Wachsman previously served as a WBASNY Vice-President for two years and this year served as WBASNY’s Corresponding Secretary. Ms. Wachsman also served both as a member and a Co-Chair of the WBASNY Legislation Committee. On the Chapter level she served as a Delegate, Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (“BWBA”). Ms. Wachsman is the President of the Women’s Trial Lawyer’s Caucus, Inc. (“WTLC”) and has repeatedly screened the applicants for the New York Court of Appeals. Ms. Wachsman is a past First Vice President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (“NYSTLA”), a statewide bar association comprised of over 3,500 members and is a member of its Board of Directors. In addition to WBASNY, BWBA, WTLC and NYSTLA, Ms. Wachsman is a member of the American Association for Justice, New York City Bar Association, Long Island Board of Realtors and the New York State Association of Realtors.
While she was born in Atlanta, Georgia during her father’s neurosurgical residency, Ms. Wachsman was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She received her B.A. in Political Science from The American University and her Juris Doctor from New York Law School.