Former High School and College Football Standout Joins Firm as a Law Clerk

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Nicholas Ferrara Enters Legal Profession after Hip Injury Ends Prospects of an NFL Career Awaits Acceptance to the New York State Bar

GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK — After achieving much success as a high school and college football player, Nicholas Ferrara attempted to go to the next level: the National Football League (NFL). But when a devastating hip injury during tryouts sidelined his pro football hopes, he decided to rethink his career path and set his sights on being an attorney.

Montfort, Healy, McGuire & Salley LLP has announced that Mr. Ferrara has joined the firm as a Law Clerk. He has recently taken the New York State Bar exam in the hopes of becoming one of the firm’s Associates.

Mr. Ferrara was a member of the St. Anthony’s High School varsity football team from 2007 to 2009. At the time, he was ranked the top high school kicker/punter in the country and garnered All-American, All-Tristate, All-State, All-Long Island, All-Metro New York and All-Catholic High School Football League honors.

He continued his football career at the University of Maryland — the alma mater of another Long Island high school football standout, Boomer Esiason, who went on to play for three NFL teams — where he started all four years as a kicker and punter. He was a first-team freshman All-America pick by the Football Writers Association of America and all-Athletic Coast Conference honors by Sporting News and He finished at Maryland with 30 field goals made (ninth in school history) and 143 points (10th in points by a place-kicker and 17th in all-time scoring).

After graduation, he attempted to continue his football career by attending New York Jets training camp as a walk-on. However, his dreams of playing in the NFL ended when he injured his hip after making a tackle. He underwent two surgeries at the Hospital for Special Surgery for his hip. Doctors told him that, if he injured his hip again, he would never walk again. After examining his post-football career options, he decided to take the LSAT.

In 2014, he enrolled at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Central Islip. While attending law school, he served as a Legal Intern at the Law Office of William A. Schafer in Mineola. He received his Juris Doctor in May 2017. In July 2017, he took the New York State Bar exam; he is currently waiting for the results. Once he passes the Bar, he will become an Associate with the firm.

In addition to serving as a Law Clerk, Mr. Ferrara is a Volunteer Football Coach at Saint Anthony’s High School in South Huntington and Assistant Director of Koeppelin Kicking in Commack.

Mr. Ferrara resides in Hicksville.

“I am very glad to be a part of the Firm,” Mr. Ferrara said. “I look forward to passing the Bar and working at the firm full-time as an Associate Attorney.”

“We welcome Nicholas to the firm,” said James M. Murphy, Managing Partner, Montfort, Healy, McGuire & Salley LLP. “We are confident that he will pass the Bar and become a new member of the practice.”

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Based in Garden City, New York, Montfort, Healy, McGuire & Salley LLP provides businesses, hospitals, medical professionals, and insurance companies with knowledgeable legal advice about insurance defense, and personal injury issues. Since 1950, the firm has represented clients throughout New York City and Long Island in disputes related to hospital liability, medical malpractice, municipal law, premises liability, insurance coverage, motor vehicle claim defense, product liability and construction and industrial accident defense. The firm has received the AV Preeminent peer review-rated through Martindale-Hubbell and admission into the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. For more information, call (516) 747-4082 or visit