Justin S. Teff, Esq., was born in Washington, D.C., and raised on Long Island, New York. He graduated from the State University at Albany in 1998, and received his law degree from Albany Law School in 2001. Mr. Teff was admitted to practice in the Third Department in 2002, and has since focused his career on all aspects of workers’ compensation law and practice. Prior to joining Mr. Ralph Kirk’s firm in 2007, Mr. Teff worked for the defense litigation firm of Stockton, Barker & Mead, as well as the Special Funds Conservation Committee.
Mr. Teff is the current President of the New York State Injured Workers’ Bar Association (IWBA) and is a member of the New York State, Albany County, and Ulster County Bar Associations. He is the Ulster County Bar Association’s delegate to the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates. Mr. Teff is also a member of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Teff is an avid writer and lecturer on various subjects including workers’ compensation law. He has taught numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars throughout the state on workers’ compensation matters. His academic articles have been cited by two of New York’s four Appellate Divisions. Mr. Teff has previously authored amicus curiae briefs for the Court of Appeals on behalf of the IWBA.
Mr. Teff is the Chair of New York State Bar Association Committee on Procedures for Judicial Discipline, and is a former member of the Special Committee to Review the Code of Judicial Conduct.
"How to Spot a Lie: Checking Substance and Source." New York State Bar Journal, July/August 2003 (Part 1 of 3)
"Detecting and Prosecuting Automobile Insurance Fraud." New York State Prosecutor's Training Institute Magazine, 2003
"Distinguishing Intended Deception from Unconscious Inaccuracy." New York State Bar Journal, March/April 2004 (Part 2 of 3)
"Human Memory is Far More Fallible and Malleable Than Most Recognize." New York State Bar Journal, June 2004 (Part 3 of 3)
"Election Law: The Need for Campaign Finance Reform in New York." New York State Bar Journal, March/April 2007
"Lopez Torres and Judicial Selection in New York: An Argument for Merit-Based Appointment to the State Supreme Court." 71 Alb. L. Rev. 475 (2008)
"The Judges v. the State: Obtaining Adequate Judicial Compensation and New York's Current Constitutional Crisis." 72 Alb. L. Rev. 191 (2009)
"After Burns v. Varriale: Essential Lessons for Workers' Compensation Third-Party Action Attorneys" New York State Bar Journal, January 2011
“More Burns v. Varriale Lessons for Workers’ Compensation Third-Party Action Attorneys.” New York State Bar Journal, October 2012
“Revisiting the Collateral Effects of Agency Determinations in Subsequent Legal Proceedings.” New York State Bar Journal, January 2013
“Auqui v. Seven Thirty One Limited Partnership: An Update on Preclusion Issues in Work-Related Injury Cases.” New York State Bar Journal, March/April 2014