Mark A. Panzavecchia is Managing Partner at Panzavecchia & Associates' Garden City office. His principal practice areas are personal injury, negligence, toxic tort litigation, premises liability, criminal defense and commercial litigation. As an accomplished trial attorney, he has successfully tried numerous civil and criminal cases in New York and Florida.
Prior to joining the firm, Mark worked for nearly six years as an Assistant District Attorney with the Bronx County District Attorney's Office. During his tenure, Mark gained extensive jury trial experience by trying over fifty criminal cases to verdict including murder, organized crime, gang offenses, narcotics and many other press related cases. In addition, he also participated in a community service outreach program that taught the basic principles of law and the American judicial system to local students at Bronx elementary schools.
Thereafter, Mark joined the law firm of Levy, Phillips & Konigsberg, where he worked for two years on personal injury cases, toxic torts, and a class action lawsuit involving violations of civil rights. Notably, Mark was part of a team of attorneys that litigated and settled an employment discrimination lawsuit brought by thousands of Latino and African American police officers against the New York City Police Department.
In 2001, after the devastating attacks suffered on the World Trade Center, Mark personally handled three separate victim compensation fund claims, relating to personal injuries and wrongful death. Working these claims on a pro bono basis, Mark conducted damage award hearings before the September 11th Victims Compensation Board in order to maximize the damage award pursuant to the guidelines of the Fund.
As an associate at the law firm of Ahmuty, Demers & McManus, Mark's practice was in insurance defense litigation, bringing auto, premise liability, and property damage cases to verdict. In addition, Mark litigated numerous high profile cases ranging from wrongful death to automobile accident cases.
Mark is an adjunct faculty member at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a division of the City University of New York where he teaches Evidence, Criminal Law, the New York Penal Law, Constitutional Law, and the American Judiciary.
Mark graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in finance from the University of Delaware and earned his law degree from The John Marshall Law School in 1996. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of New York and Florida as well as the United States Supreme Court. In addition, Mark is admitted to practice law in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, United States District Court, Southern District of New York, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida and United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
Mark lives on Long Island, New York, with his wife and three children.