Russell T. Quinlan, an 87-year-old personal injury lawyer and expert in the field of labor law. Buffalo News



Nov. 10 in 1934. May 9 10th, 2022

The attorney Russell T. Quinlan applied his experience in the field of labor law in winning two major construction accident cases, each involving accidents and the absence of security measures. Zimmer in v. Chemung County Performing Arts and Smith v. Hooker Chemical and Plastics Corp.

In Zimmer incident, an accident that occurred during the construction of an extension to the Samuel L. Clemens Performing Arts Center in Elmira the state of New York, he relied on the law’s provision that a planking with a protective layer was required in order to avoid the possibility of falling. In Smith the case, when the safety mechanism failed and a safety device was not installed, the judge cited a statute that requires the proper protection.

The Zimmer appeal, which was sent through the State Court of Appeals, “set the interpretation and interpretation of the law which was followed across states,” his son William A. Quinlan declared.

Expert in personal injury claims over the past 50 years the late Mr. Quinlan died May 9. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo He was a graduate from 1952 of Canisius High School. He was a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute in 1956 and was a stateside soldier in the Army as Lieutenant. After graduating from an undergraduate degree at University at Buffalo Law School in 1961, he began working briefly with the New York State Unemployment Office before joining the firm that was formed by McDonough, Boasberg, Boasberg and Beltz.

In the year that Paul W. Beltz started his company in the year 1968 the firm’s founder, Mr. Quinlan joined him and worked until the outbreak hit on March 20, 2020. Quinlan filed a number of legal cases involving labor laws to the courts to the Beltz company.

Beltz along with Beltz were frequent collaborators with Beltz on legal cases, won another case that was groundbreaking with Bolm v. Triumph Corp., where the Court ruled that product liability can be argued in the event of a design flaw that led to the victim to suffer a “second crash.” It involved the motorcyclist, who sustained lower-body injuries due to the gas tank of his vehicle after a crash within the town of Tonawanda It also had relevance for. Quinlan, who also was injured when on his bike.

In a different major case of injury the judge was successful in a court appeal that granted more money for the family of a worker on the construction site who died when an unsupported bridge fell in the Chautauqua town of Hanover.

Long-time part of The New York State Trial Lawyers Association The late Mr. Quinlan was known for his humorous and down-to-earth demeanor and was adept at securing admissions from witnesses who were hostile. He served as a mentor for several young trial lawyers. He also provided advice to other attorneys suffering from addiction.

An avid historian and a devoted passion for his knowledge of the Civil War that stemmed from his time in VMI at Lexington, Va., where the students would each year put on an enactment that re-enacted The Battle of Newmarket, which was fought just minutes away from Lexington.

While studying at VMI at the time, he ran into Margaret Rachel Stevenson, a student in an adjacent junior college and they got married in the year 1957. Over the years they offered the foster homes for cats who came from Second Chance Cat Rescue.

The survivors include his wife and son William who works as an appellate lawyer at the Beltz firm.

The Christian Mass of Burial was held on May 21 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Snyder.