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Jean Marie Westlake, Esq.

jeanmarie@defranciscolaw.com
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Phone: 315-479-9000
Fax: 315-479-9300

6739 Myers Rd
East Syracuse, New York 3057

A lifelong resident of the Syracuse area, Jean Marie Westlake graduated from LeMoyne College, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Labor Relations in 1994. She received her Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law in 2001. While in law school, Ms. Westlake was a member of the Tournament of Champions and National Trial Teams, where she received extensive training in trial techniques. Prior to joining DeFrancisco and Falgiatano Law Firm, she was a litigation associate for a local law firm and is well versed in insurance industry practices.

Ms. Westlake is currently the President of the Onondaga County Bar Association.

Ms. Westlake focuses her practice on civil litigation involving serious personal injury and wrongful death. She has experience in a broad range of personal injury cases, including but not limited to medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, construction accidents and products liability.

She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Onondaga County Bar Association, Central New York Women's Bar Association, and the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Ms. Westlake is an instructor for the Syracuse University College of Law Trial Team program and is a former advisor for both the Syracuse University and Hamilton College undergraduate trial team programs.

Education

J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York, 2001

B.S., LeMoyne College, 1994
cum laude

Bar Admissions New York
U.S. Federal Courts
U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court Western District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
Professional Associations and Memberships

New York State Bar Association

  • House Delegate, 2013 - Present
  • House Delegate Alternate, 2012

Onondaga County Bar Association

  • President
  • Board of Directors
  • Chair, Human Resource Committee
  • Member, Executive Committee
  • Member, Finance Committee
  • Member, Judicial Committee
  • Member, Nominating Committee
  • Former President-Elect, 2014
  • Former Vice President, 2013
  • Former Secretary, 2012

Volunteer Lawyer’s Project of Onondaga County Membership No. Board of Directors
Member Since: 2014

Assigned Counsel Program of Onondaga County Membership No. Board of Directors
Member Since: 2014

Central New York Women’s Bar Association

  • Board of Directors, 2007 - 2012
  • Chair, WBASNY, 2010 - 2012

Classes / Seminars
  • Instructor, Syracuse University College of Law Trial Team Program
  • Advisor, Hamilton College Undergraduate Trial Team Program
Pro Bono Activities
  • Member of the Tournament of Champions and National Trial Teams
  • Arbitrator for the City of Syracuse Small Claims Court as well as The New York State Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program
 
Client Reviews
★★★★★
Mr. Falgiatano was very professional and did an incredible job when he worked with my family on our case. He met with us numerous times and was available when we called with questions. He explained the whole legal process to us and made sure we made the correct decision for my family! I could not thank Mr. Falgiatano enough and he is the only lawyer for my family! Jeff M.
★★★★★
Jeff Defrancisco and his team represented me after a bad fall while working on a construction site. They were always available to answer any and all questions and they genuinely cared regarding my health and were very sincere in helping me attain a settlement that far exceeded my expectations. My family and I received an amazing outcome and they are by far the best in the business. I highly recommend hiring their firm. Justin M.
★★★★★
I cannot thank DeFrancisco and Falgiatano enough! Charlie Falgiatano took my case and i couldn't have done it without him. I highly recommend this team of lawyers especially, Charlie. I will forever be grateful for him and because of him, all the time and effort he put into my case, my son can have a much easier life. Charlies understand, patient, kind, and one of the best people I know. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Katie C.