Jean Marie Westlake

Jean Marie Westlake

Attorney
Location:
East Syracuse, New York
Phone:
315-479-9000
Fax:
315-479-9300
Email:

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, premise 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.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Premise Liability
  • Construction Accidents
  • Products Liability

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

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York
    • J.D. - 2001
  • LeMoyne College
    • B.S. cum laude - 1994

Classes/Seminars

  • Instructor, Syracuse University College of Law Trial Team Program
  • Advisor, Hamilton College Undergraduate Trial Team Program

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, House Delegate , 2013 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, House Delegate Alternate , 2012
  • Onondaga County Bar Association, President
  • Onondaga County Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Onondaga County Bar Association, Chair, Human Resource Committee
  • Onondaga County Bar Association, Member, Executive Committee
  • Onondaga County Bar Association, Member, Finance Committee
  • Onondaga County Bar Association, Member, Judicial Committee
  • Onondaga County Bar Association, Member, Nominating Committee
  • Onondaga County Bar Association, Former President-Elect , 2014
  • Onondaga County Bar Association, Former Vice President, 2013
  • Onondaga County Bar Association, Former Secretary , 2012
  • Volunteer Lawyer’s Project of Onondaga County, Board of Directors , 2014 - Present
  • Assigned Counsel Program of Onondaga County, Board of Directors , 2014
  • Central New York Women’s Bar Association
  • Central New York Women’s Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2007 - 2012
  • Central New York Women’s Bar Association, Chair, WBASNY , 2010 - 2012

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