About Us

Since the founding of the practice in 1976, we have obtained many significant settlements and verdicts while representing thousands of clients. Our firm's experience and expertise is exemplified by the numerous cases and precedents set by our firm in published case reports and trials throughout the state of New York. We work on contingent fee, which means we only get paid if we are successful in the obtaining of a recovery for you. If your case cannot be resolved by a settlement, you can rest assured that we have extensive courtroom experience.

Sometimes, there are cases that cannot be resolved without a trial. If that occurs, you will be represented by Robert E. Lahm, Joshua Gillette, and Janet M. Izzo - lawyers who know the courtroom and have tried many cases to verdict before jury.

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Robert E. Lahm - Managing Partner

Robert Lahm has been prosecuting personal injury and negligence cases for over 30 years. The focus of his legal career from the beginning has been on negligence/personal injury, primarily in the areas of Wrongful Death; Medical Malpractice; Defective Products Liability; Construction; Automobile and Tractor Trailer Crashes and Highway Defects that are created or maintained by Municipal entities, State, County and Towns.


My favorite cases are representing children

Robert is one of the leading trial lawyers in the State of New York. He has, over the years, won numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. He is listed in the Personal Injury Law and Medical Malpractice sections of "The Best Lawyers In America." He has been a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate since 1995, which means that he has taken a separate Bar Examination administered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy to become certified. As one of the Founders of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, he has been elected president. He is also a past president (1996-1997) of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. In addition he is admitted to practice in the state of Pennsylvania and all Federal Courts.

He also a member of the American Association of Justice, The New York State Bar Association, The Onondaga County Bar Association, The Civil Justice Foundation and The Women's Bar Association of New York and ranked as an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Robert is a well known expert on Trial Advocacy and frequently lectures on the subject. He has written exam questions for the Civil Trial Advocacy Bar Examination and has lectured at seminars for the New York State Bar Association, NYSTLA and other seminars. He is a frequent Lecturer for the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. He was also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the State University of New York Medical University for thirteen years.

After the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, Robert and the firm joined with the Association of Trial Lawyers of America in forming Trial Lawyers Care (TLC). They represented several victims of the tragedy without compensation. The founding goal of TLC was to provide representation to the families of the victims who were killed and injured without compensation to the individual lawyers and law firms.

He is admitted to practice in the state of New York; The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Federal District Courts in New York and Pennsylvania and the Federal 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.


Joshua M. Gillette - Partner

Joshua M. Gillette is a partner with Robert E. Lahm, P.L.L.C., where he focuses on plaintiff's medical malpractice, catastrophic injury and personal injury cases.

Mr. Gillette spent more than 9 years with a defense firm focusing on medical malpractice and catastrophic injuries, including over two years as a partner with that firm. He has extensive experience in cases involving medical malpractice, products liability, wrongful death and premises liability. He takes his experience having worked on both sides of civil litigation to fight for his current clients.

Mr. Gillette has tried cases for both defendants and plaintiffs in New York Courts and is admitted to practice before all New York State Courts, and the Northern, Western and Southern District Courts of New York. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Onondaga County Bar Association, and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Gillette has lectured at several continuing legal education programs on many topics within civil litigation. He has also 1lectured to physicians, nurses, and medical students on the topics of medical malpractic and disciplinary proceedings, including giving a presentation at the 43rd Annual Regional Perinatal Symposium. Mr. Gillette has been named to Super Lawyer's Rising Star list for the past three years consecutively.

Mr. Gillette earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Pre-Law and a Bachelor of Arts in History with a Second Major in Interdisciplinary Social Science with an Emphasis in Business from Michigan State University through its Honors College. Mr. Gillette then earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Syracuse University College of Law.


Janet M. Izzo - Of Counsel

Janet started her career in the legal field after receiving an Associates Degree in 1988 as a secretary in a one lawyer firm. Within her first year, she realized law school would be in her future. She attended SUNY Oswego part-time, at night to earn her bachelors while still working for the same firm.

While continuing to work as a paralegal, she attended Syracuse University School of Law where she was an editor of the Syracuse University Law Review. Janet was admitted to practice law in 2000. Janet is actively involved in a number of professional organizations including the American Association for Justice, the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Onondaga County Bar Association and the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York.

She has served on various committees of the Central New York Women's Bar Association and was their President during 2005 - 2006. She continues to serve on the Judicial Screening Committee interviewing individuals seeking election to the courts in Onondaga and the surrounding counties.

Janet takes the obligations of her profession seriously and has served as a volunteer lawyer for Vera House helping those effected by domestic and sexual violence and represents clients free of charge through the Say Yes Pro Bono Law Clinic.

Janet lives in Baldwinsville, New York with her husband and three children. Her practice is dedicated to serving the men, women and children injured by the negligent and careless acts of others.