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William J. Croutier, Jr. is the managing partner at Hammill, O'Brien, Croutier, Dempsey, Pender & Koehler  Bill graduated from Iona College in 1975 and St. John's University School of Law in 1978.  He is a member of the New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations, and former President of the Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association. 

Bill has taken verdicts in all facets of personal injury trials including but not limited to motor vehicle, pedestrian knockdown, trip and fall, products liability and Labor Law.  He has lectured extensively in the field of litigation at St. John's University of Law and various bar associations. 

Bill presently serves as the Village Justice for the Village of Rockville Centre, New York.


Wade T. Dempsey has been with the firm for more than 25 years.  Wade received his Bachelor's Degree and Jurist Doctorate from Fordham University.  A member of the New York State and Suffolk County Bar Associations, he has also served as director of the Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association.  Wade has lectured on behalf of the New York State and Suffolk County Bar Associations on subjects including labor law, bad faith and trial practice.


Michael J. Pender was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1981.  He is a graduate of Iona College and St. John's University School of Law.  Michael is a member of the New York State and Suffolk County Bar Associations, and was former President of the St. John's Law School Alumni Association.  He lectures extensively at seminars sponsored by these associations on topics ranging from automobile liability, premises liability, and insurance related matters.


Richard C. Koehler joined the firm in 1994.  He has extensive trial experience litigating premises, automobile, labor law, products and general liability cases.  He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a minor in Business.  He received his Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1991.  Richard is also admitted to the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. 

Richard is a former School Board Trustee for the Lindenhurst School District and a former Board Member of the Lindenhurst Junior Squires Soccer League.  He is a member of the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, the Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Defense Association of New York.


Paul D. Lawless joined the firm in 2008 as the Queens County Team Leader and became a member of the firm in 2017.  Paul handles all phases of litigation from inception to trial.  He has taken numerous verdicts on both liability and damages in cases involving motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian knockdowns, residential and commercial premises liability, slips/trips and falls, sidewalk/roadway defects, and construction site accidents.  Paul has also represented clients at arbitrations, mediations and hearings on matters relating to Supplemental Underinsured Motorist Coverage and Uninsured Motorist Coverage.

Outside the firm, Paul serves as the Village Justice for the Village of South Floral Park, New York.  His professional affiliations include the New York State, Nassau and Queens Bar Associations, Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association and St. John's University School of Law Alumni Association.



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