Cory A. DeCresenza concentrates his practice on workers’ compensation litigation, drawing from significant experience in general and appellate litigation. He has experience handling trials at the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, including lay and medical testimony on all issues of controversy, entitlement to indemnity or medical benefits, fraud issues, and extensive administrative appeals experience. Cory has advised clients on all aspects of workers’ compensation claims handling, from claims filing through closure by settlement or alternative disposition, with a focus on early, cost-effective claims resolutions.
Another significant portion of Cory’s practice involves drafting appeals and rebuttals to the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department and Court of Appeals above the Workers’ Compensation Board level.
Prior to entering private practice, Cory was a clerk for the New York State Appellate Division, Fourth Department. He has extensive experience analyzing and writing about the latest rulings, developments, and trends impacting the defense of workers’ compensation claims. Cory has been recognized as a Rising Star by the Upstate New York Super Lawyers and is a contributor to Law360. When not practicing law, Cory enjoys cooking, baking, and playing with his two rambunctious border collies, Hazel and Mona.
Upstate New York Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2014-2023
The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.
- Cory was involved in the New York Court of Appeals’ decision in Youngjohn v. Berry Plastics (2021) in which a carrier’s liability for a posthumous scheduled loss of use was reduced to the accrued portion of the award capped by reasonable funeral expenses under the intricate framework of Section 15 of the Workers’ Compensation Law.
- Cory has additionally achieved many favorable outcomes at the Appellate Division, Third Department. In Matter of Coll v. Cross Country Construction (2022), he successfully defended an outcome in which the claimant’s indemnity awards were suspended as a result of claimant’s lost time being related due to a COVID-related downsizing as opposed to the claimant’s compensable injury.
- In Matter of Richards v. Allied Universal (2021), Cory successfully maintained the denial of an injury claim for lack of timely notice under Section 18 and lack of credible evidence of a causally-related injury.
- In Matter of Scriven v. Davis Ullmer Sprinkler Company (2020), he achieved an affirmance of a Board reversal in which a claim was disallowed as outside the scope of employment when the claimant was injured in a motor vehicle accident with co-workers on the way to an informal lunch.
Bar and Court Admissions
New York State Bar
Syracuse University College of Law | J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2009
Dickinson College | B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 2006
News & Events
News & Events
- Author, “Three Things to Know: When Handling a Claim: Average Weekly Wage (AWW),” Vaughan Baio & Partners, February 15, 2023
- Author, “Recoupment Questions Follow NY Workers’ Comp Ruling,” Law360, November 7, 2022
- Co-Author, “New York Appellate Summaries, Workers’ Compensation,” Vaughan Baio & Partners, August 11, 2022
- Author, “Recent Workers’ Comp Decision Affecting Schedule Loss of Use Awards,” Vaughan Baio & Partners, May 10, 2022
- Co-Author, “New York Appellate Summaries, Workers’ Compensation,” Vaughan Baio & Partners, January 27, 2022
- Co-Author, “New York Appellate Summaries, Workers’ Compensation,” Vaughan Baio & Partners, October 18, 2021
- Feature, “Company news: Four to lead Vaughan Baio & Partners office opening in Syracuse,” Syracuse.com, August 24, 2021
- Feature, “Vaughan Baio Snags 9 From Goldberg Segalla, Grows In NY,” Law360, August 11, 2021
- Press Release, “Vaughan Baio & Partners Welcomes 9 New Attorneys in Two New Offices in NYS,” Vaughan Baio & Partners, August 10, 2021
- Co-Author, “Employment of Undocumented Workers by Subcontractors: Evaluating General Contractor Workers’ Compensation Potential Liability,” USLAW Magazine, Spring/Summer 2014
- Author, “Rethinking the Effect of Public Funding on the State-Actor Status of Private Schools in First Amendment Freedom of Speech Actions,” 59 Syracuse L. Rev. 471, 2009