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 Vice President, 5th Judicial District for the New York State Bar Association and Vice President of the Onondaga County Bar Foundation. She is also Past 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.