Altagracia A. Davis is a partner at Davis & Venturni. She attended the State University at Stony Brook, graduating in 1986. She attended Hofstra University School of Law and received her Juris Doctorate degree in June of 1989. She was admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York in 1990. Altagracia commenced her legal career as an associate with the law firm of Fine, Olin & Anderman. In 1996, she became a partner with that firm, handling Workers’ Compensation claims, Social Security disability claims and other allied matters.
In 1999, Altagracia became a founding partner in the new firm of Davis & Venturini, which commenced operations on April 1st of 1999. In January, 2010 she was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Altagracia is an expert litigator and negotiator. Her numerous successes as an advocate for her clients has resulted in significant savings for employers and carriers. Altagracia is fluent in Spanish, which serves her well during hearings before the Board.
Jean M. Venturini attended Fordham University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1984. Thereafter, she attended Brooklyn Law School where she received her Juris Doctorate degree in 1987. During the period subsequent to her graduation from law school, she worked in a number of official positions with the City of New York including the Department of Investigations and the Office of Inspector General as a Legal Investigator and investigative attorney. Additionally, while assigned to a federal task force she was deputized as a U.S. Marshal. Ms. Venturini was admitted to the Bar in the State of New York in June of 1990 and the Bar in Washington, D.C. in September of 1991. In January, 2010 she was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
For the period between September of 1993 and June of 1997, Ms. Venturini was employed at Weiss & Wexler, a well-known carrier’s defense firm where she handled Workers’ Compensation claims before the Workers’ Compensation Board in Brooklyn and many of the outlying hearing points. After leaving that position as an Associate, she then worked on a per diem basis for the law firm of Jones & Jones in calendar years 1997 and 1998. After leaving that position, she was hired as an associate with the law firm of Rella & Associates located in White Plains, New York. There, she handled Workers’ Compensation claimants’ cases before the Board in Westchester County. After leaving that firm in February of 1999, she and Ms. Davis became founding partners of this full service law firm concentrating on the handling of claims before the Workers’ Compensation Board on Long Island and in the metropolitan New York City area.
Pauline Castillo graduated from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, in 1996 and is admitted to the bar in New York and California. After moving to New York in 1999, Ms. Castillo joined the firm of Stewart, Greenblatt, Manning and Baez where she gained experience in a variety of Workers’ Compensation cases, including complex cases involving occupational lung diseases.
In August 2001, Ms. Castillo joined the firm of Davis & Venturini where she has further honed her litigation experience at hearings and during depositions of medical and vocational professionals. Pauline heads the deposition department of the firm, and sees the cases through from the handling of the depositions to the preparation and filing of comprehensive written summations submitted to the Workers’ Compensation Board. Pauline’s extensive knowledge of the new Medical Treatment Guidelines, and the 2012 Permanency Guidelines, enables her to expertly depose medical professionals in all aspects of a worker’s injuries.
Pauline’s skill and knowledge of the Workers’ Compensation Law has brought Davis and Venturini’s clients numerous successful outcomes, resulting in considerable savings for employers, third party administrators and carriers.
Christine Morehouse joined Davis & Venturini in 2010, after practicing plaintiff personal injury and appellate law for more than twenty years. Chris graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She then attended Brooklyn Law School and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1984. She worked as an appellate attorney for the State of New York from 1984 to 1991. She then became the managing attorney for the personal injury litigation law firm of John K. Avanzino, PC, in Brooklyn, New York, and remained in that position until 2005. Following her passion for writing and editing, Chris worked as a literary agent for Dunham Literary and the Denise Marcil Literary Agency, both in New York City, until November of 2010.
At Davis & Venturini, Chris specializes in legal research and writing of appeals to the Workers’ Compensation Board, as well as to the Supreme Court, Appellate Division of the State of New York. She is the author of the Respondent’s brief in the case of Matter of Tawil v. Fallsburg Cent. Sch. Dist., 106 A.D.3d 1314 (3rd Dept., 2013). The decision in Tawil clarified the Court’s position regarding a claimant’s reduced earnings and continues to be cited by the Court to support decisions on this issue. She has been a member of the New York State Bar Association for over twenty-five years.
Andrea has worked in the legal field since 2001 and joined Davis & Venturini in 2007. She serves as the firm’s legal secretary. Her experience supporting attorneys and professionals in the areas of matrimonial law and workers’ compensation law has offered her opportunities to refine her time management, organizational, communication, and prioritization skills. She prides herself on being detail-oriented and quality-conscious. Andrea has completed several professional courses in paralegal studies. She is advanced in Microsoft Office skills, including the use of technological portals for client billing, as well as EXCEL and Microsoft Word.
Vicky has been the receptionist/secretary for Davis & Venturini since its inception in 1999. Vicky is one of the welcoming voices you will hear when calling our firm, and she makes every effort to ensure each call is handled with care and concern. With over 16 years of experience, Vicky manages the court calendar on a daily basis, assists in the scheduling of depositions, and maintains important relationships with claims examiners to be certain client/attorney communication runs smoothly. In addition, her duties include data input of new case inquiries, as well as client and court communication.