Gerard J. Marulli


Admitted to New York and Maryland State Bars
United States District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

New York University (B.A., Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1972)

New York University School of Law (J.D., 1976)

Member: New York State Medical Defense Bar Association; New York County Lawyers Association; New York State Bar Association and Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Gerry is the founding partner of Marulli, Mannarino & Erichsen, LLP.  He has represented health care providers in virtually all medical specialty fields. Gerry also attended the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has tried numerous high exposure cases, including complex medical malpractice cases, often without the assistance of outside experts. Gerry has extensive trial experience in all counties of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester. He values the importance of thorough preparation and an understanding of the unique skills, background and needs of his respective clients. Gerry is comfortable in establishing good working relationships with prospective jurors, based on mutual respect and trust, in whatever county they reside.

Gerry has repeatedly been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America, has been listed in Who’s Who in America Law, and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the State of New York. He is an Arbitrator for The American Arbitration Association.

Richard O. Mannarino


Admitted to the New York Bar, 1995; New Jersey Bar, 1994; Arizona Bar, 2011, United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1996, Northern and Western Districts of New York, 2012, and the District of New Jersey, 1994

Education: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D., Cum Laude, 1994); New York University (B.A., Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa 1991)

Member: New York State Bar Association, New York County Lawyers’ Association

Over the course of his career, Richard has focused on defending complex medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and general negligence matters, in both state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey, from pre-suit investigation, pleadings and discovery through trial and appeal. He has successfully tried cases involving diverse areas of medicine. He has also handled many dental and podiatric malpractice cases. He has extensive experience in the defense of malpractice and negligence actions involving nursing and rehabilitation facilities, including claims brought under New York Public Health Law § 2801 (d), and nursing home class action suits. He has obtained favorable verdicts for both MTA Bus Company and the New York City Transit Authority. He has also drafted and argued appeals on a wide range of procedural and substantive issues.

Richard believes that success in litigation is achieved by keeping clients and their carriers closely involved in the decision-making process at every stage of a case, and fully informed of all developments throughout the litigation.  Richard strives to identify both the strong and weak aspects of a case early on, to help guide the defense of the client, to determine which cases may best be resolved by early settlement to avoid unnecessary litigation costs, and to have ample time to thoroughly prepare for trial those cases that cannot be resolved by settlement.

Francesca M. Erichsen


Admitted to the New York Bar, 1997; United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (1997)

Education: Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1996); St. John’s University (B.S., Cum Laude, 1990)

Member: New York State Bar Association; New York County Lawyers Association

Francesca is the managing partner at Marulli, Mannarino & Erichsen, LLP who joined the firm as a law student in 1996 and then worked her way up to becoming a supervising partner.

Francesca is a New York City resident and has over 20 years’ experience defending physicians, dentists, podiatrists and other health care providers in a wide range of legal matters. Francesca has successfully represented medical providers in all aspects of litigation, including at the trial court level, and on the appellate level. She is a tireless advocate for her clients and her hard work and perseverance have resulted in the dismissal of numerous cases on summary judgment in very complex medical cases. She has particular expertise in the defense of dentists, podiatrists and  medical specialties including Ob-Gyns, radiologists, general surgeons, orthopedist, neurologists and ophthalmologists.

Roy Schuchman


Admitted to the New York Bar (1979); the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; Education: Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY (B.A., Cum Laude, 1975); New York Law School, NY, NY (J.D., 1979).

Mr. Schuchman has handled cases on behalf of multiple insurance carriers during his career including the following: Starstone Insurance Company, Enstar Insurance Company, RLI Insurance Company, Mt. Hawley Insurance Company, Corporate Claims Service, Inc., Castle Point Insurance Company, National Interstate Insurance Company, CNA Insurance Companies, Colony Specialty, AXA Insurance, Zurich American Insurance Group, Discover Re, Mercury Insurance Company, Hartford Insurance Company, Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company, Medical Malpractice Insurance Association, Medical Malpractice Insurance Pool of New York, Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurance Company, TIG Insurance Company, Academic Health Professionals Insurance Association, Medical Protective Company, Group Council Mutual Insurance Company, United States Liability Insurance Group, Torus Insurance Company, CNA HealthPro, Catholic Health Care Systems, Iron Shore Insurance Company, Sedgwick Claims, Metropolitan Dental, Tri Star and others. We have recently been added as panel counsel by the New York Liquidation Bureau.

Sam Messa


Admitted to the New York Bar, 2020

Member: New York State Bar Association, New York County Lawyers Association

Education: University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., Cum Laude, 2019); Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 2015)

Sam focuses mainly on the defense of physicians and their practices, as well as municipality defense. He is actively involved in numerous medical malpractice trials, by assisting senior trial counsel during all aspects of litigation. Sam has experience researching and drafting detailed motions before New York courts, conducting and attending depositions, handling discovery, and attending court conferences.

Prior to joining the Firm, Sam worked at the Office of Disciplinary Counsel within the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation; where he assisted in the prosecution of various medical professionals accused of professional misconduct. He brings the knowledge he gained through investigating and prosecuting these cases, to effectively defend medical professionals accused of malpractice.

While at the University of South Carolina, Sam helped found the Legal Entrepreneurship Club; a student run organization which educated law students about non-traditional ways in which they can use their law degree.

Jarred Moffet


Admitted to the New York Bar, 2023. Admitted to the New Jersey Bar, 2022.

Member: American Bar Association, New York Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association, Middlesex County Bar Association.

Education: New York Law School(J.D., 2022); Towson University (B.S., 2019)

Jared currently assists on the defense of the firm’s medical malpractice cases as well as MTA Bus Company and New York City Transit cases, providing litigation support to senior trial counsel. Prior to joining the firm in 2023, Jared served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Randall Corman J.S.C., in Middlesex County, New Jersey, where he gained extensive litigation and mediation experience in personal injury and landlord-tenant matters.

While at New York Law School, Jared stayed active working for the non-profit, Family Legal Care, providing legal advice and assistance to pro se litigants in New York Family Court. Jared also worked at multiple family law offices drafting pleadings, conducting legal research, and propounding discovery.

Erica Agbokou, Esq.


Admitted to the New York Bar, 2022.  

Education: Saint Louis University School of Law (J.D., 2021); Iowa State University (B.S., 2017)

Erica currently assists on the defense of the firm’s medical malpractice cases as well as MTA Bus Company and New York City Transit cases, providing litigation support to senior trial counsel.  Prior to joining the firm in 2023, Erica served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Hon. Avion M. Benjamin in Essex County Superior Court – Criminal Division and gained key experience in mediation.

While at Saint Louis University School of Law, Erica served as a board member of the Saint Louis University Law Journal.  She was Vice President of the International Law Student Association and served as a Faculty Fellow for the Center for International and Comparative Law.

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