John Zervopoulos bases his practice on a lifetime of fighting for the little guy. The son of Greek immigrants, John experienced the pain of being the odd kid. This feeling cultivated a desire to stand up to bullies. “We represent many people who don’t have a voice. They can’t achieve what they are entitled to by standing up for themselves because they don’t have the tools. It’s a challenge to stand up against the insurance companies–they are the grown up schoolyard bullies. That’s what fuels my passion for my job.”
John credits his love of life and close-knit family for the ability to connect on a personal level with the firm’s clients. “Each and every case is unique and I treat them all the same way. Every story is a sad story, often with a death or life-changing injury. It’s shameful that even with a death, the insurance companies try to assign blame.” In one such case, John helped a family win their case after losing a parent and siblings in a fire. “The surviving children come in now, and ask me for advice. They’re good kids and that’s very touching for me. I can’t bring their family back, but if I can help them recover, I’m happy to.”
With an undergraduate degree in psychology from Long Island University, C. W. Post, John has a particular understanding of the stress caused by injury. “Often times clients can’t work, and they have bills to pay. We are there to help them get through difficult times. We don’t bill for phone calls and conferences—it’s the nature of our business.”
Thank you letters and cards from clients adorn John’s office. “People I haven’t represented in years reached out to congratulate me after I became a partner of the firm.”
Within his personal injury practice, John has a sub-specialty in maritime law. He handles cases that involve loss of transport, shipboard injuries (among passengers and workers), and other related issues.
John joined Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro as an intern while still at Hofstra Law School. Founding partner Bob Sack recognized John’s talent for working with people when he was working as an assistant manager at a local dry cleaners. Impressed with John’s work ethic and customer relations proficiency, Bob offered him an internship. From the start, John knew he had found his calling, and the law firm at which to build his career. He soon was elevated to partner.
John is very active with several organizations and associations. He was named to the board of the Long Island-based Hellenic Networking Group.