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General Defense


33 Whitehall Street, 16th Floor, New York, New York 10004

Established: 1996

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Automobile
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Trial Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bodily Injury
  • Property Damage
  • Toxic Torts
  • Health
  • Life Insurance
  • General Liability
  • Lead Paint
  • Subrogation
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Construction Litigation
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Dram Shop Liability
  • Group Benefits
  • Coverage Questions
  • Chemical Exposure
  • Environmental Complex Tort Litigation
  • First Party Benefits Defense

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About Us

RUSSO & TONER, LLP is a civil litigation firm which focuses its practice on the defense of insurance companies, insureds and self-insured entities from liability arising out of property, casualty and professional liablity claims pending in both state and federal court.

The firm's primary practice areas include: general liability; auto liability; construction accident cases; complex tort (lead paint, asbestos, mold exposure, etc.); products liability; health, disability and life insurance; ERISA; medical malpractice; errors and ommissions; directors and officers insurance coverage disputes; and appeals.

RUSSO & TONER, LLP was founded in New York City in 1996 by experienced trial attorneys premised upon the promise of delivering results, not merely a defense. The firm is committed to providing the best defense possible with integrity and purpose. It is this commitment which gives us a competitive edge enabling us to consistently achieve our client's goals - whether by trial, settlement, appeal or alternative dispute resolution.

We invite you to browse the RUSSO & TONER, LLP website to learn more about the firm, our attorneys, and the legal services we provide.

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Additional Locations

  • Edison, New Jersey
  • 1024 Amboy Avenue
  • Edison, New Jersey 08837
    • Telephone: 973-533-4494
  • Trevose, Pennsylvania
  • One Neshaminy Interplex, Suite 206
  • Trevose, Pennsylvania 19053
    • Telephone: 215-874-6816
  • Hartford, Connecticut
  • 100 Pearl Street
  • Hartford, Connecticut 06103
    • Telephone: 860-986-7845
  • Stamford, Connecticut
  • One Stamford Plaza
  • 263 Tresser Boulevard
  • Stamford, Connecticut 06901
    • Telephone: 203-883-0800
  • Buffalo, New York
  • 12 Fountain Plaza, Suite 600
  • Buffalo, New York 14202
    • Telephone: 716-800-6389

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Combe Incorporated
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • One Lenox Realty
  • Pritchard Industries, Inc.

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Personnel Information

Members of the Firm


Alan Russo

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 38

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1980
  • New York, 1981
  • New Jersey, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2017
Memberships:
  • Defense Association of New York
Education:
  • American University, B.A. (with honors), 1977
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1980

Born: 1955

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Stephen B. Toner

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 34

Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 1984
  • New York, 1986
  • Connecticut, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First and Second Circuits, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1987
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Insurance Federation of New York
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Certifications:
  • Certified, Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)
Education:
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.S., 1978
  • University of London, England, 1979
  • University of Hong Kong, 1980
  • New England School of Law, J.D., 1983

Born: 1956

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Partners


Kevin G. Horbatiuk

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 36

Admitted
  • New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (Life Health and Disability Committee)
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Fordham University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1978
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1981

Born: 1957

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David Gould

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 26

Admitted
  • New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1998
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 1986
  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., 1991
Language:
  • Spanish

Born: 1964

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John J. Komar

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 30

Admitted
  • New York, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association
Education:
  • State University of New York at Purchase, B.A., 1980
  • University of Massachusetts, M.A., 1982
  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., 1988

Born: 1954

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Theresa Villani

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 37

Admitted
  • New York, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1982
Education:
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A., 1977
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1980

Born: 1955

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Marie A. Castronuovo

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 36

Admitted
  • New York, 1987
Education:
  • St. John's University, B.S., 1982
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1986

Born: 1960

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Lee-David Weiner

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 12

Admitted
  • New York, 2006
Education:
  • University at Albany, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2002
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 2005

Born: 1980

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Charles B. Stokes

Trevose, PA and Edison, NJ

Years of Experience: 38

Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2008
Education:
  • Temple University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1977
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1980

Born: 1955

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Of Counsel



Judith H. Maxwell

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 19

Admitted
  • New York, 1999
Education:
  • Cornell University, B.S., 1968
  • St. Johns University School of Law, J.D., 1998

Born: 1947

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Marc S. Russo

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 38

Admitted
  • New York, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of New York, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education:
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), 1973
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1978

Born: 1951

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Maurice Recchia

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 24

Admitted
  • New York, 1994
Education:
  • State University of New York at New Paltz, B.A., 1985
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1993

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Josh H. Kardisch

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 32

Admitted
  • New York, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1990
Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association
Publications:
  • Forty Articles in the Areas of Toxic Torts and Insurance Coverage
Education:
  • City University of New York, B.A., 1980
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1984
Language:
  • Hebrew

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Associate Attorneys



Timothy P. Welch

Buffalo, NY

Years of Experience: 17

Admitted
  • New York, 2001
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Western Districts of New York, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Education:
  • Fairfield University, B.A., 1997
  • Albany Law School, J.D., 2000

Born: 1975

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Marcin J. Kurzatkowski

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 8

Admitted
  • New York, 2010
Education:
  • New York University, B.A., 2006
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 2009
Language:
  • Polish

Born: 1984

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Alexandra L. Alvarez

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 7

Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2011
  • New York, 2012
Education:
  • Fordham University, B.A. (Dean's List), 2006
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2011
Language:
  • French

Born: 1984

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Fallon J. Mulerman-Oreo

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 3

Admitted
  • New York, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 2016
Memberships:
  • New York State and New York Women's Bar Association
  • Defense Association of New York
Education:
  • State University of New York at New Paltz, B.A. (cum laude), 2010
  • Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, J.D., 2014
Honors:
Jacob D. Fuschberg Touro Law Center Public Interest Law Fellowship, 2013
Language:
  • Russian

Born: 1988

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Matthew Shock

New York, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Education:
  • Brooklyn College, B.S. (magna cum laude), 2015
  • Pace University School of Law, J.D. (summa cum laude), 2018

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Senior Associates



Cecil E. Floyd

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 34

Admitted
  • New York, 1984
  • Connecticut, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1984
Education:
  • Colby College, B.A., 1976
  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 1981

Born: 1954

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Florina Altshiler

Buffalo, NY

Years of Experience: 13

Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2005
  • New York, 2006
  • Alaska, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2014
Education:
  • Binghamton State University, B.A., 2003
  • St. Johns University School of Law, J.D., 2005

Born: 1982

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Catherine J. Fiorentino

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 8

Admitted
  • New York, 2011
  • New Jersey, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of New York, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2016
Education:
  • Long Island University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2007
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 2010

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Brenna C. Gubala

Buffalo, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Western Districts of New York
Education:
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A. (cum laude), 2004
  • The University of New Mexico, M.A. (summa cum laude), 2006
  • New York Law School, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2011

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Eric West

New York, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Education:
  • Binghamton University, B.A., 1996
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1999

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