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Best's Insurance Professional Resources

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General Defense


330 Old Country Road, Suite 305, Mineola, New York 11501

Established: 1956

Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • Health Care Liability
  • Insurance Coverage & Defense
  • General Defense Civil Litigation
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Product Liability
  • Appellate Practice
  • Construction Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Trial and Coverage Opinions
  • Declaratory Judgments

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About Us

Our firm was established in 1956 and is dedicated to providing quality legal representation to the policyholders of many of the largest insurance companies in the U.S. We specialize in trial & appellate practice, in both state & federal court, in the fields of general negligence, construction accidents, premises liability, products liability & medical & hospital malpractice. We also provide coverage opinions to these same insurers and prosecute and defend declaratory judgment actions on their behalf.

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Additional Locations

  • Riverhead, New York
  • 218 Griffing Avenue
  • Riverhead, New York 11901
    • Telephone: 631-727-0110
    • Toll Free: 800-437-7737
    • Fax: 516-739-0434

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Armco, Inc.
  • Choice Hotels International
  • County of Suffolk
  • CVS Pharmacy, Inc.
  • Electrolux Outdoor Products, Inc.
  • Genway Corporation
  • Honeywell, Inc.
  • MiniCo, Inc.
  • New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens
  • Northern Tool & Equipment Company
  • North Shore-LIJ Health Systems
  • Richmond University Medical Center
  • Royal-Liverpool Group
  • The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • State of New York, Office of the Comptroller - Division of Medical Malpractice
  • Subaru of America, Inc.
  • Synergy Gas Corporation
  • Town of North Hempstead

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Personnel Information

Partners


John D. Kelly — (1921-2000)


John Kenneth Rode — (Retired)


Shawn P. Kelly

Mineola, NY

Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • Insurance Coverage & Defense
  • Health Care Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Insurance Defense
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
Admitted
  • New York, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Claims Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Armed Services
Additional Biographical Details:

Lecturer: New York State Bar Association; Practicing Law Institute; Nassau County Bar Association; Suffolk County Bar Association; American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNSF) 2016-2018; Adjunct Faculty Member, Hofstra University School of Law; New York Metro Division Super Lawyers (2007-2018); Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating AV Preeminent; 2017 Lawyers of Distinction-Civil Litigation (Top 10% in USA)

Memberships:
  • New York State, Suffolk County (Chair, Trial Lawyers Section) and Nassau County (Chair, Trial Lawyers Section, 2001-2002) Bar Associations
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association (Member and Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, 1985-2002)
  • New York State Medical Defense Bar Association
  • New York State Medical Malpractice Task Force (Subcommittee Member, 2007)
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., 1974
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1977

Born: 1952


George J. Wilson

Mineola, NY

Practice Areas
  • Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • New York, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2003
Additional Biographical Details:

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating AV Preeminent; Top Lawyers, New York Law Journal (2015); New York Metro Division Super Lawyers (2016 & 2017)

Memberships:
  • New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations
  • Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Hofstra University, New College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1979
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1984

Born: 1957


Loris Zeppieri

Mineola, NY

Practice Areas
  • Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • New York, 1998
Memberships:
  • Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association (Officer; President; Past Treasurer)
Education:
  • Adelphi University, B.S., 1994
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1997
Language:
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Born: 1973


Kevin E. Way

Mineola, NY

Years of Experience: 32

Practice Areas
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • New York, 1986
  • New Jersey (Inactive)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2004
Additional Biographical Details:

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating AV Preeminent

Memberships:
  • New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations
  • Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception, B.A. (cum laude), 1982
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 1985

Born: 1960


Edward J. Kelly IV

Mineola, NY

Years of Experience: 27

Practice Areas
  • Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • Negligence
  • Professional Malpractice
Admitted
  • New York, 1992
  • California, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2000
Memberships:
  • Bronx County Bar Association
  • Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Former Intelligence Officers
Education:
  • Duke University, B.A. Economics, 1988
  • Boston University, J.D., 1991
  • Golden Gate University School of Law, LL.M. International Law, 2000
Language:
  • Thai

Born: 1966


Peter D. Garone

Mineola, NY

Years of Experience: 36

Practice Areas
  • Negligence
  • Insurance Coverage & Defense
  • Construction Accidents
  • Product Liability
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
Admitted
  • New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2009
Memberships:
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.S. Psychology (cum laude), 1976
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1981

Born: 1954


Hilary M. Wissemann

Mineola, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2014
Memberships:
  • New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations
  • American Health Lawyers Association
Education:
  • St. John's University, B.A. (cum laude), 2008
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 2012

Born: 1986


Brian M. Dunphy

Mineola, NY

Admitted
  • New York, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 2010
Memberships:
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Saint Anselm College, B.A., History, 1996
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 2002

Born: 1974

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Associates


  • Christopher M. Abiuso
  • Anita A. Ajiboye
  • Mahe-Noor Baig
  • Evan J. Becker
  • Emma E. Browning
  • Jessica Crimi
  • Samantha Desousa
  • Evan B. Feuerstein
  • Shannon Fillmore
  • Brian P. Flynn
  • Marili D'Emilia Gelardi
  • Christine M. Gibbons
  • Jerel T. Greenidge
  • Christina M. Gutierrez
  • Andrew D. Hallerman
  • Louis B. Imbroto
  • Karena K. Ioannou
  • Mary J. Joseph
  • Gunjan Kishore
  • Stephen F. Kusnetz
  • Olivier A. Labossiere
  • Rachel M. Mahoney
  • Laurence G. McDonnell
  • Patrick J. McGrath
  • John S. Meade IV
  • Ashley M. Pappas
  • Christopher J. Pedraita
  • Jennifer Prusiecki
  • Shikha Pursnani
  • Debra E. Ruderman
  • Tamir Saland
  • Steve K. F. Scott
  • Brian L. Smith
  • Eric P. Tosca

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Cases of Interest

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(Also see profile under Riverhead, NY)


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