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Cellino & Barnes law firm may dissolve, NYC TV commercials will never be the same

Sing "800-888-8888" in its honor.
Cellino & Barnes law firm, and its earwormy jingle, may soon be a thing of the past.
Cellino & Barnes law firm, and its earwormy jingle, may soon be a thing of the past. (Facebook/Cellino & Barnes)

Updated, May 12, 10:26 a.m.: After news broke Thursday of the pending hearing regarding the dissolution of the Cellino & Barnes law firm, which many New Yorkers recognize due to its earworm-y ad jingle, the firm sent Metro a statement on the matter.

Named after partners Ross Cellino Jr. and Stephen Barnes, Cellino & Barnes “continues to operate around the clock in a fully functional manner,” the statement said. “Mr. Barnes and the firm plan to aggressively oppose the dissolution papers filed by Mr. Cellino; however, we reiterate that regardless of outcome, the firm will continue to do business in the many markets we serve.”

Cellino & Barnes, which has several locations in New York and California, said they will not comment on the ongoing litigation.

“We encourage any personal injury victim in need of representation to contact our firm. The attorneys at Cellino & Barnes continue to take calls and are available to help clients achieve the best possible results for their case,” the statement concluded.

A hearing regarding the dissolution of Cellino & Barnes is slated for May 19. 

Original article: May 11, 11:26 a.m.: If you’ve never sung Cellino & Barnes’ “800-888-8888” jingle when it comes on your TV, then you’re probably not a real New York resident — nor may you get the chance to earn that moniker as the law firm’s namesake lawyers seem to be on the outs.

Civil documents filed Wednesday in New York State Supreme Court show that Ross Cellino Jr. is in the process of suing his partner, Stephen Barnes, to dissolve the firm, according to Buffalo TV station WIVB News 4.

Another Buffalo station, WGRZ, said the sealed court documents show that Barnes will appear in court to demonstrate why the longtime firm should not be dissolved on May 19.

The attorney representing Cellino, Terry Connors, declined to give a comment to either station regarding the lawsuit.

The current — and seemingly coming-to-an-end — incarnation of Cellino & Barnes can trace its roots back to 1958, when Cellino’s father, Ross Sr., founded Cellino & Likoudis.

Cellino & Barnes covers suits for everything from auto accidents and wrongful deaths to truck accidents, medical malpractice and even dog bites and defective products among many others. In addition to having locations across New York in Buffalo, Rochester, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Long Island, the firm also practices in California, with offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland and San Francisco.

According to its website, the firm currently has a roster of more than 50 attorneys, and its personal injury lawyers have recovered more than $2 billion for its clients.

Cellino & Barnes did not respond to requests for comment.

However, the Twittersphere certainly had a reaction to the news of the firm’s potential end that is akin to the retirement of infamous New York City subway advertiser, Dr. Jonathan Zizmor.

Here are just a few of our favorites: 

 
 
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