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59 Maiden Lane, 39th Floor Reception, New York, New York 10038

Established: 1991

Practice Areas

  • Construction Law
  • Professional Liability
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Fidelity and Surety
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Regulation
  • Marine Insurance
  • Mass Tort
  • Municipal Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Property Loss
  • Reinsurance
  • Subrogation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trucking Law
  • Employment Litigation and Counseling
  • Catastrophic Loss Investigations and Litigation
  • National Appellate Practice
  • National Trial Practice
  • Professional Contracts and Disputes

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About Us

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Alfa Laval, Inc.
  • AmTrust
  • EMCOR Group
  • Enviant Environmental
  • Home Box Office, Inc.
  • Makita USA, Inc.
  • Milstein Properties Corporation
  • The Related Companies, L.P.
  • Skanska U.S.A. Civil Inc.
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Time Warner, Inc.
  • Turner Construction Company
  • The Walt Disney Company

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Personnel Information

Founding Partners


James L. Fischer — (Deceased)

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Bernard London

New York, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Additional Biographical Details:

Trustee, Village of Lloyd Harbor, 1999; Police Commissioner, Village of Lloyd Harbor; Selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers List (2009-2019)

Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association (Committees on Professional Liability, Reinsurance and Litigation)
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications:
  • Author and Lecturer on Construction and Insurance Law
  • Author of Municipal Zoning Codes, Professional Liability Insurance and Construction Law
Education:
  • New York University, B.S., 1972
  • The College of Insurance, St. John's University, 1973
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1977

Born: 1950

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Partners


Daniel Zemann, Jr.

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • General Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Construction Claims
  • Construction Defect
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
Admitted
  • Texas, 1983
  • New York, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1997
Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
Education:
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, B.A., 1975
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1983

Born: 1953

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Richard S. Endres

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Advertising Injury
  • Agent/Broker Liability
  • Bad Faith
  • Bodily Injury
  • Carrier Defense
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial Insurance
  • Comprehensive General Liability
  • Construction Accidents
  • Coverage Analysis
  • Declaratory Judgments
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Excess and Surplus Lines
  • Excess and Umbrella
  • Extra-Contractual Liability
  • Extra-Contractual Litigation
  • Fire Loss
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Errors and Omissions
  • Property and Casualty
  • Property Damage
  • Risk Management
Admitted
  • California, 1989
  • New York, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1989
  • Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division - Second Department, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of California, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association (Sections on Product Liability, Torts and Insurance, Construction, Trial Lawyers)
  • State Bar of California (Sections on Product Liability, Torts and Insurance, Construction, Business Litigation)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association (Insurance Section Secretary, 2016-2017; Chair Elect, 2017-2018; Chair, 2018-2019)
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Education:
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.S., 1985
  • California Western School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1989

Born: 1963

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James Walsh

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Reinsurance
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Arbitration
  • General Liability
Admitted
  • New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Reported Cases:
Klewinowski v. City of New York, 103 A.D.3d 547, 959 N.Y.S.2d 493 (1st Dep't 2013); In re Ancillary Receivership of Reliance Insurance Company. O'Brien & Gere Technical Services, Inc. v. New York Liquidation Bureau (Reliance Insurance Company in Liquidation) 81 A.D.3d 533, 918 N.Y.S.2d 25 (1st Dep't 2011); In the Matter of Continental Casualty Company v. Tibor Lecei, 47 A.D.3d 509, 850 N.Y.S.2d 76 (1st Dep't 2008); Romang v. Welsbach Electric Corp., 47 A.D.3d 789 (2d Dep't 2008); Travelers Indemnity Co. v. Bally Total Fitness Holding Corp., 448 F.Supp.2d 976 (N.D. Ill. 2006); Mickey's Rides-N-More Inc. v. Anthony Viscuso Brokerage Inc., 17 A.D.3d 308, 792 N.Y.S.2d 750 (2d Dep't 2005); Gannon v. JWP Forest Electric Corp., 275 A.D.2d 231, 712 N.Y.S.2d 494 (1st Dep't 2000)
Education:
  • Fordham University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1989
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1992

Born: 1967

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Anthony F. Tagliagambe

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Construction Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Municipal Liability
Admitted
  • New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Additional Biographical Details:

Lecturer, New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar, Practicing Law Institute, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Topics: Cross Exam of Experts, Defending Product Liability Actions, Defending Construction Cases, Handling Catastrophic Injury Cases, Litigating Food Safety Cases); Selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers List (2007-2019); Selected Best Lawyer in New York (2010-2020)

Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Elected Member, Chairman of the Premises and Security Liability Section)
Publications:
  • Author: "Defendant's Strategies for Summation in a Labor Law Case," NYSBA CLE, December 2011
  • "Cross-Examination of the Liability Expert," NYSBA CLE Construction Site Accidents, December 2009
  • "Food for Thought: Defending the Food Purveyor When the Meal Turns Bad," Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Quarterly, Fall 2008
  • "An Employee By Any Other Name is Still An Employee: Determining Employment Status Under New York Law," New York State Bar Journal, February 1992
  • "Jury Selection Chapter in Preparing For and Trying the Civil Lawsuit," NYSBA
Reported Cases:
Mas v. Two Bridges, 75 N.Y.2d 680, 55 N.Y.S.2d 669, 554 N.E.2d 1257; Abbadessa v. Sprint, 291 A.D.2d 363, 736 N.Y.S.2d 881 (Mem), 2002 N.Y. Slip Op. 01067 N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. Feb. 4, 2002; Allen v. Village of Farmingdale, 282 A.D.2d 485, 723 N.Y.S.2d 219 2001 N.Y. Slip Op. 02991, N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. Apr. 09, 2001; Colon v. BIC USA, Inc., 199 F. Supp. 2d 53, So. Dist. N.Y. 2001; Uzdavines v. Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc., 115 Misc. 2d 343, 454 N.Y.S.2d 238, N.Y. City Civ. Ct. , August 25, 1982
Education:
  • Columbia University, B.A. (cum laude), 1975
  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1978

Born: 1953

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Clifford B. Aaron

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • General Liability
  • Insurance Defense
  • Catastrophic Injury
Admitted
  • New York, 1984
  • Tennessee, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of New York
Additional Biographical Details:

Assistant District Attorney, Bronx County, New York (1983-1988); Adjunct Professor, New York Law School (1992-1995); Lecturer, DRI Electronic Discovery Abuse, 1999, San Francisco, CA; Lecturer, New York County Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education (2004-Present); DRI Steering Committee on Trial Tactics; DRI Mock Trial Faculty and Participant (2014), Miami, FL; Selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers List (2009-2019)

Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association (Treasurer, Product Liability Subcommittee of Tort Division)
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A. (cum laude), 1980
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1983

Born: 1958

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Virginia Goodman Futterman

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Defense Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Construction Litigation
  • Employment Discrimination
Admitted
  • New York, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York
Additional Biographical Details:

Mediator, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association
  • International Risk Management Institute
  • Attorney Grievance Committee, 1st Department
  • Claims and Litigation Management
  • Jewish Lawyers Guild
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Marymount College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1979
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1982

Born: 1957

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Brian A. Kalman

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Law
  • General Liability
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1993
  • New York, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2006
Additional Biographical Details:

Selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers list (2009-2019); Lecturer, New York County Lawyers Association Continuing Education (2012-Present)

Reported Cases:
UTC Fire & Security Americas Corp. v. NCS Power, Inc. 844 F.Supp. 2d 366 (S.D.N.Y. 2012), Auriemma v. Biltmore Theatre 82 A.D. 3d 1, 917 N.Y.S.2d 130 (1st Dept. 2011), Gayle v. National Railroad Passenger Corp. 701 F.Supp. 2d 556 (S.D.N.Y. 2010), Astudillo v. City of New York, 71 A.D. 3d 709, 895 N.Y.S.2d 731 (2d Dep't 2010), Mann v. Dambrosio, 58 A.D.3d 701, 873 N.Y.S.2d 317 (2d Dep't 2009); Heimbuch v. Grumman Corp. 51 A.D.3d 865, 858 N.Y.S.2d 378 (2d Dep't 2008); Meza v. Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, 50 A.D.3d 452, 854 N.Y.S.2d 646 (1st Dep't 2008); Seabury v. County of Dutchess, 38 A.D.3d 752, 832 N.Y.S.2d 269 (2d Dep't 2007); Singh v. Kolcas, 283 A.D.2d 350, 725 N.Y.S.2d 37 (1st Dep't 2001); Glockenberg v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, 110 A.D. 3d 612, 973 N.Y.S.2d 360 (2d Dep't 2013)
Education:
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A. (with honors), 1990
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1993

Born: 1968

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Spiro K. Bantis

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Corporate Practice
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Law
  • Insurance Regulation
Admitted
  • New York, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Additional Biographical Details:

General Counsel, Gulf Insurance Company (Retired); Board Member, Insurance Federation of New York; Board Member, Atrium Insurance Corporation

Memberships:
  • Bar Association of the City of New York
Certifications:
  • Certified Arbitrator - ARIAS-US
Education:
  • New York University, B.A., 1982
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1985

Born: 1960

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Michael J. Carro

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Labor and Employment
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Construction Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injury
Admitted
  • New York, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1989
Additional Biographical Details:

Lifetime Member of Strathmore's Who's Who; 2015 Honored by International Top 100 Magazine

Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association
Education:
  • Queens College, B.A., 1983
  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., 1987
Fraternity Information:
Phi Alpha Delta

Born: 1960

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Matthew K. Finkelstein

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Construction Accidents
  • Construction Defect
  • General Liability
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Transportation
Admitted
  • New York, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2018
Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association
Education:
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., 1991
  • St. Johns University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1996

Born: 1970

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Daniel W. London

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Law
  • Insurance Regulation
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2005
  • New York, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Ninth Circuits
Memberships:
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • New York County Lawyers Association
Reported Cases:
Beazley Ins. Co. Inc. v. ACE American Ins. Co. 197 F.Supp. 3d 616 (S.D.N.Y 2016)
Education:
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 2001
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2005

Born: 1979

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James T. H. Deaver

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
Admitted
  • New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Reported Cases:
Representative Cases: Appalachian Ins. Co. v. General Electric Co., 796 N.Y.S.2d 609 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dep't, 2005); Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC v. Sompo Japan Ins. Co. of America, Civ. Ac. No. 3-02-1117 (M.D.Tenn)(case filed 2002)
Education:
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1985
  • Temple University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1991
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1992

Born: 1961

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Amy Kramer

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • General Liability
Admitted
  • New York, 1991
  • California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1991
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2004
Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association of New York
Reported Cases:
Klewinowski v. City of New York, 103, A.D.3d 547, 959 NYS 2d 493 (1st Dep't 2013); Gomez v. Santiago and City of New York, 135 A.D.3d 666, 24 NYS 3d 70 (1st Dep't 2016)
Education:
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.A. (Dean's List), 1985
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1990

Born: 1963

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Nicholas Davila

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Construction Defect
  • Defense Litigation
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • California, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Memberships:
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Vermont, B.A., 2003
  • New England School of Law, J.D., 2006
Language:
  • Spanish

Born: 1980

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Ryan Turner

New York, NY

Years of Experience: 15

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • New York, 2002
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Education:
  • Boston College, B.A. Political Science, 1998
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2001

Born: 1976

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Wendy J. Keenan

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Claims/Litigation Management
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2000
  • New York, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Education:
  • Binghamton University, B.A. Political Science, 1997
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 2000

Born: 1975

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Julie E. VanWert

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Employment Law
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Memberships:
  • State Bar of California
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
Education:
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1989
  • University of California at Los Angeles School of the Law, J.D., 1993

Born: 1968

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David B. Franklin

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Reported Cases:
Fabrizi v. 1095 Ave. of Americas, LLC 22 N.Y.3d 658 (2014); Lewis v. MBD Silva Taylor Housing Development Fund Co., 161 A.D.3d 489, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 03434 (1st Dept. 2018)
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 2004
  • DePaul University, J.D. (cum laude), 2007

Born: 1982

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Thomas A. Leghorn

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Defense Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
Additional Biographical Details:

Selected for Inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers List (2018-2019)

Memberships:
  • American and New York State Bar Associations
Education:
  • New York University, B.A., 1977
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1981
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1986

Born: 1956

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Anastasios P. Tonorezos

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Litigation
  • Risk Management
  • Legal Ethics
Admitted
  • New York, 2002
  • District of Columbia, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal and Second Circuits
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
Memberships:
  • American and New York State Bar Associations
Education:
  • University at Albany, B.A., 1997
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2001
Language:
  • Greek

Born: 1975

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Anna Drynda

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Transportation Liability
Admitted
  • New York, 2012
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Education:
  • Pace University Lubin School of Business, B.B.A. (magna cum laude), 2007
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 2010

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Neal M. Glazer

New York, NY

Practice Areas
  • Construction Defect
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance and Reinsurance Coverage
  • Mold, Toxic Tort & Environment
  • Insurance Policy Drafting
Admitted
  • New York, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Fifth and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Tax Court
Education:
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A. (cum laude), 1972
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1976

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