Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

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Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

Your Online Portal for Claims Industry Information



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


Krez & Flores, LLP

225 Broadway, Suite 2800, New York, New York 10007

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Transportation
  • Federal Employer Liability Claims (FELA)
  • Labor Law (§§240, 241)

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About Us

Krez & Flores, LLP, is a certified minority owned, AV rated insurance defense firm specializing in the defense of high-exposure, personal injury cases. Our attorneys are all seasoned trial attorneys with over 150 years of personal injury litigation experience and an extensive record of defense verdicts in difficult venues such as the Bronx and Brooklyn, New York. A representative sampling of some of our verdicts can be found on our web site at www.krezflores.com

Our philosophy is to provide top quality representation at a reasonable cost. We offer "large firm" expertise with "small firm" quality control and individualized client attention. Our litigation and negotiation skills, along with our firm size and extensive experience enable us to contain costs and ensure that client and carrier can obtain quick and accurate information concerning a pending matter.

We are committed to early evaluation of potential liability and damages issues and to prompt, accurate and thorough reporting. Emphasis is placed on the swift resolution of matters through summary judgment motions, when appropriate.

Our expertise covers the following areas:

General Liability - including premises, security, recreation, police excessive force and civil rights claims, assault and motor vehicle litigation

Professional Liability - defense of physicians, nurses and other medical care providers, lawyers and other professionals regarding claims of malpractice, assault and breach of fiduciary duty

Labor Law (§§240, 241) - construction injury litigation and toxic tort defense

Insurance Law - including coverage disputes, claims analysis, excess, reinsurance and aggregate analysis

Rapid transit, FELA and commuter railroad defense

Appellate Advocacy

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • New York City Housing Authority
  • Verizon, Inc.

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Personnel Information

Managing Partner


Paul A. Krez

New York, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Western Districts of New York, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
Education:
  • Fordham University, B.A., 1972
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1977
Language:
  • Spanish

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Partners


Edward A. Flores

New York, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1991
Education:
  • Yale University, B.S., 1980
  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., 1984
Language:
  • Spanish

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Gregory Wilson

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 23

Admitted
  • New York, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Education:
  • Siena College, B.A., 1983
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D. (Dean's Award), 1993

Born: 1961

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Joseph M. Hiraoka, Jr.

New York, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Education:
  • University of California, Riverside, B.A./B.S., 1988
  • New York Law School, J.D., 1991

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Karla Alston

New York, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 1986
Education:
  • Cornell University, B.A., 1982
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1985

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William J. Blumenschein

New York, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 1975
  • Vermont, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1988
Education:
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1963
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1972
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel, LL.M., 1974
Military:
Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve (Active Duty-Vientnam & Washington, D.C., 1964-1968)
Language:
  • German

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N. Jeffrey Brown

New York, NY

Admitted
  • Ohio, 1983
  • New York, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1994
Education:
  • Ohio University, B.A., 1979
  • University of Toledo School of Law, J.D., 1982

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Virginia Gillikin

New York, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1988
Education:
  • Providence College, B.A. (Dean's List), 1974
  • Columbia University, M.A./M.Ed, 1976
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1982

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Larisa Girsh

New York, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 2000
  • New Jersey
Education:
  • Temple University, B.A. Political Science, 1996
  • Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, J.D. (cum laude), 1999
Language:
  • Russian

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Mark Taustine

New York, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 2000
Education:
  • State University of New York at Geneseo, B.A., 1991
  • New York Law School, J.D., 1999

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Associates



Karen S. Drotzer

New York, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1993
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1995
Education:
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A., 1978
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1983

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Jonathan D. Goldsmith

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 6

Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2010
  • New York, 2011
Education:
  • University of Rochester, B.A., 2007
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2010

Born: 1985

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