Breaking The Mold Of The Assembly Line Workers’ Compensation Firm By Building Client-Based Defense Partnerships

Cassie Christman

Cassandra E. Christman

Nickname: Cassie

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Practice Areas

  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Former Family and Housing Attorney for Veterans

Current Employment Position

  • Associate Attorney

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2018

Verdicts/Settlements/Cases of Note/Favorite Win

    • My favorite win is Legacy Health Care (WCB# G0031412, January 4, 2021), which was my first Board Panel win on the issue of extreme hardship. Claimant tried to manipulate their income figures and expenses using an improper allocation of above and below the line expenses, and also threw their hands up instead of actually trying to do things on their end to reduce the amount of “hardship” they’d experience. Needless to say, we shined a light on all their tricks and the Board Panel wasn’t fooled by them.
    • My other favorite win was a disallowance for a claimant who was alleging chemical exposure in the work place, but was never exposed to the chemical. This was a favorite win because all the doctors, including the IME, unanimously gave causal relationship. However, just in time for writing the Memorandum of Law,  a new Third Department case came down stating that if the doctor’s opinions are based on a faulty premise, they are not credible. The case had a very similar fact pattern including an IME which also gave causal relationship. Through witness testimony we were able to prove the chemical exposure claimant alleged occurred never actually occurred, and therefore every doctor in the claim based their opinion of the faulty premise that there was an exposure. The claim was ultimately disallowed, as the WCLJ credited the testimony of the lay witnesses over the claimant.

Education

  • University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, New York
    • Juris Doctorate - 2017
  • State University of New York FMCC, New York
  • State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, New York
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Executive Chair of the Community Veterans Engagement Board of WNY
  • Former Veterans Treatment Court Mentor

Tenure at firm

    • 1 year and 10 months.

Your Legal Superpower

    • The power of Transparency, which is the power to see through a claimant’s façade and seek justice where due.

Pets and Hobbies

    • No pets. Hobbies include traveling, spending time with family, and playing softball.