Areas of Practice – Personal Injury
Education – B.S. State University of New York, J.D. Western New England College School of Law
Admissions – New York State Bar Association State of Connecticut Bar Association
Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited
Community – Newburgh Armory Unity Center, Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build 2015, Ongoing fundraising efforts for various Orange County community organizations.
Verdicts, Arbitrations, Meditations, and Settlements
$3.2 Million Dollars- Settlement- was paid to an Orange County male who under went multiple cervical surgeries as a result of being struck head on by a defendant that was drag racing another motor vehicle.
$249,000-Settlement- was paid to an Orange County male who sustained a fractured sternum as a result of a rear end motor vehicle accident.
$625,000-Settlement- was paid to a Dutchess County woman who sustained a neck injury requiring surgery due to her vehicle being struck by a Bus that failed to stop for a stop sign.
$920,000-Settlement- was paid to the Estate of an Orange County male whose injuries resulted in his death. The defendant crossed over the double yellow line striking our client’s vehicle head-on. The defendant was ticketed for driving while intoxicated and unfortunately only carried insurance coverage of $25,000. Through the investigative efforts of Finkelstein & Partners, we discovered the name of the bar that continued to serve alcohol to the defendant whose blood alcohol was in excess of the legal limits. The majority of this settlement was recovered through the bar’s dram shop policy.
$290,000-Settlement-was paid to a Rockland County woman who sustained a fractured leg that required surgery after falling from the stairway leading into a private family home due to the failure of the homeowner to have the required hand railings in place.
$850,000-Settlement- paid to an Orange County woman whose motor vehicle was rear-ended by the defendant vehicle. Our client injuries resulted in her having to undergo surgery to her neck, back and arm.
$1.3 Million Dollars-Settlement- was paid to a Sullivan County male who while a passenger in an automobile was ejected from the vehicle when the operator lost control of the car. Our client was air-lifted from the scene to the hospital where he underwent several surgeries to his internal organs.
$750,000- Settlement – A young driver ignored a stop sign and crashed into our client. The force of the crash caused severe damage to our client’s neck which eventually required surgery. The case was settled just as closing arguments were about to be made an Orange County Jury. Read more.
$584,000-Settlement- paid to a Sullivan County woman involved in a motor vehicle accident as a result of the defendant’s failure to stop at a stop sign. Our client sustained a fractured metacarpal and injuries to her neck.
Careless Newburgh Driver Held Accountable – Our client was severely injured when a Newburgh man backed out of his driveway in such a rush that he didn’t even look behind him. He backed up directly into our client who was parked nearby. Had the other driver taken just a moment to check behind him, as all reasonable and responsible drivers do, the crash never would have happened. Read more.
Melody Gregory joined Finkelstein & Partners in 1977, having graduated from Newburgh Free Academy. From her initial position of a Case Manager, she took on more and more responsibility in various departments within the firm. While working for the firm, she continued her education and obtained a BS degree from State University of New York. After 20 years of excellent service to the firm and our clients, Finkelstein & Partners provided a full scholarship to attend law school at Western New England College School of Law where she received her J.D. Ms. Gregory was the first recipient of such a scholarship from this law firm. After passing the New York State and State of Connecticut bar exams and being admitted as a lawyer, Ms. Gregory began representing seriously injured clients in a greater capacity.