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DANY has served New York's Civil Defense Bar and legal community for over 50 years bringing together attorneys and qualified non attorneys in the state of New York who devote substantial professional time to the handling of litigated cases primarily for the defense.  Please look below for an overview of DANY's upcoming events and programs.

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Free CLE via Zoom  -  November 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

How to Effectively Use a Neurosurgeon in the Courtroom
2.0 NY CLE Credits (Skills)

Presented By: 
Dr. Christopher Allyn Lycette    Board Certified Neurosurgeon 
Christopher Donadio, Esq.  -  Plaintiff's Perspective
Jennine Gerrard, Esq.  -  Defense Perspective
Sean Dugan, Esq.  -  Moderator

To register, click here, then click on the gray "register" tab:
CLE 11/12/20 Registration Page

For CLE materials, click here:   CLE Materials 11-12-20

For a CLE credit affirmation form, click below and e-mail your completed form to
Attorney Affirmation Form

DANY thanks ABOTA (NYC chapter) for co-presenting this event,
 and Expert Institute, Lexitas and PM Legal for supporting it.


Publication Opportunity:   Premises Liability Journal

Authors, you are encouraged to submit articles for proposed publication in a journal dedicated to premises liability litigation.  For a list of suggested topics, or to discuss a topic of interest to you, please contact Brad Corsair at  This premises liability publication will include approximately twenty articles and will distribute in two phases.  Phase one will be published in November 2020.  Articles may still be submitted for phase two, intended to publish in March 2021.  Below is a link for a page on this website which provides access to nearly thirty years' worth of DANY's "Defendant" journal  -  thank you for your efforts!

DANY "Defendant" journals page


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Free CLE via Zoom  -  November 5, 2020 at 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Defending Slip / Trip and Fall Cases with Biomechanical Analysis
1.5 NY CLE Credits (Skills)

Presented By: 
William N. Devito  Managing Attorney, Kowalski & DeVito
Angela Levitan, Ph.D., CPE  -  Senior Biomechanist, ARCCA

This course covered topics including
kinematics and human movement;  engineering codes and standards;  human factors;  scene photos;  injury biomechanics;  fraud factors;  surveillance and/or accident videos;  maintenance and inspections;  slip resistance and the slip-o-meter;  evolution of biomechanics law and admissibility of experts;  rebutting plaintiff experts;  and summary judgment.

For CLE materials, click here:  CLE Materials 11/5/20

For a CLE credit affirmation form, click here:
Attorney Affirmation Form

DANY thanks ARCCA for supporting this event.


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Free CLE via Zoom  -  October 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
Defending Exaggerated Knee and Hip Personal Injury Claims:  Part One  -  The Knee
One NY CLE Credit (Skills)

Presented By:  Ronald P. Grelsamer, M.D. and John P. Connors, Esq.

This was part one of this two part series.  The panelists are educating, from medical and legal viewpoints, about recognizing and overcoming smokescreens which make tiny knee and hip injuries seem major.  DANY thanks iMedView for having supported this event.

For a CLE credit affirmation form, click here:  
CLE Credit - Affirmation Form

For CLE materials, click here:  
CLE materials 10-22-20


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Free CLE via Zoom  -  September 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Inside the Mind of a Mediator:  Avoiding Impasse and Maximizing Outcomes in Mediation
One Credit (Skills)

Presented By:  Richard P. Byrne, Esq., NAM Mediator

Although mediation resolves most disputes, some mediations end in impasse.  Such disappointments can usually be avoided and positive resolutions achieved when advocates are armed with knowledge of common mediation pitfalls and develop negotiation skills that can enhance mediation outcomes.  This course educated as to appropriate preparation, smart brief-craft and thoughtful strategies during the mediation session – focused on the purpose, logistics and goals for the session – to reduce the potential for failure and maximize results.  DANY thanks NAM for having supported this event.

For CLE materials, click here:

CLE Materials - September 24, 2020

For an attendance affirmation form, click here: 



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Free CLE via Zoom  -  August 18, 2020 at 5:45 p.m.
100th Anniversary of Women's Voting Rights  -  Passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
One Credit (Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias)

Moderator:  Teresa Klaum, Esq.  -  President, DANY

-   Hon. Doris Gonzalez  -  Chief Administrative Judge, NY Supreme Court / Bronx County
-   Doris Cheng, Esq.  -  President, ABOTA / San Francisco Chapter
-   Alecia Walters-Hinds, Esq.  -  President, ABOTA / New York City Chapter
-   Grace Weatherly, Esq.  -  President-Elect, ABOTA

For CLE materials, click here:

CLE Materials August 18, 2020


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Free CLE via Zoom  -  July 29, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Defense of the Spinal Fusion Personal Injury Case  - 
Medical and Legal Perspectives

one credit (skills)

Leon R. Kowalski, Esq.  - 
   Managing Attorney, Kowalski & DeVito

Jared Brandoff, M.D.  -  Orthopedic Spine Surgeon,
White Plains Hospital Physician Associates

For CLE materials, click here:

CLE materials 7-29-20

DANY thanks iMedView for having supported this event.


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Free CLE via Zoom  -  May 14, 2020
The Biomechanics of Injury Causation:
  Traumatic Brain Injury

one credit (skills)

Steven Balson-Cohen, Esq.  - 
  Captive Trial Counsel, American Transit Insurance Company

Calum G.A. McRae, Ph.D., M.Eng. of ARCCA  -  Senior Biomechanist

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For materials, click here:  CLE Materials 5-14-20

DANY thanks ARCCA for having supported this event.


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Free CLE via Zoom  -  April 7, 2020
Taking Remote Depositions by Videoconference

Teresa A. Klaum, Esq.  -  Conway Farrell Curtin & Kelly, PC
Mark Hoorwitz  -  President, Lexitas NY-Tristate Division

For materials, please click here:  CLE Materials

DANY thanks Lexitas / Dietz Reporting for having supported this event.


What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws  -- 
please click on the following link:

   U.S. EEOC - Memorandum re COVID-19


The following event has been postponed:
Fifth Annual Yankees Game and CLE

Before onset of the COVID-19 crisis, DANY had arranged for its Fifth Annual Yankees Game and CLE based on major league baseball scheduled at the time, i.e. Yankees v. Angels on July 22, 2020 (evening).  For future reference, below are details about what was to take place.  Hopefully this event can be offered again in 2021.

5:15 p.m.  -  One hour CLE  --  Supreme Court, Bronx County  (Topic TBA)

7:05 p.m.  -  LA Angels v. NY Yankees  -  Seats in section 214B, rows 12-19

Details:  Tentative pricing of $80 per person for members of DANY and participating bar associations, and $95 per person for non-members.  Attorneys may buy extra tickets at a reduced price to share with clients, family and friends who are not attending the CLE.  Food and beverage will be provided at the conclusion of the CLE.  These seats in Section 214B will provide a view even better than what is shown in the photo below!  As always, DANY thanks its members and sponsors for their support.  Please save the date, and look again here for a registration link in the future.

DANY Law Student Scholarship Opportunity

The Defense Association of New York proudly announces that it will award two $2,000.00 scholarships to law students who, through education and future practice, are looking to improve the services of the legal profession, elevate the standard of trial practice, support and work for the improvement of the adversarial system of jurisprudence in our courts, and facilitate and expedite the trial of disputed claims.  For details, please click on the following link:

2020 Scholarship Application

DANY also notes the successful completion of its past Law Student Writing Competitions.  Awardees were recognized at DANY's Annual Awards Banquets held in 2019 and 2018.

CLE January 15, 2020       
the bodily injury plaintiff's background  -  obtaining and admitting the evidence from inception through trial

Please click here:  CLE materials

Another fine event now complete, and there are many thanks to provide  - 
to the speakers for their presentation, to the New York State Insurance Fund
and Thalassa for hosting, to Terrier Claims Services, iMedView and other
DANY sponsors for their support, and of course, to members and guests for their attendance  - 
thank you all, and see you again soon!

2019 Past Presidents' Dinner  -  November 20, 2019

DANY was pleased to provide this long-standing event at the elegant Down Town Association at 60 Pine Street in lower Manhattan (  This event honored DANY's Past Presidents for their fine leadership and contributions.  There was an installation of the current DANY President, James P. O'Connor, and certain other Officers and Directors.  This occasion began with a one hour CLE course at 5:30 p.m., titled 2019 Essential CPLR Updates, presented by David Paul Horowitz, Esq. of McNamara & Horowitz, as illustrated below.  That was followed by a cocktail hour with Tuscan antipasto station at 6:30 p.m., and a banquet dinner at 7:30 p.m.  More photos to come, and thanks for having participated!  Link for the CLE materials:
             2019 Essential CPLR Updates - CLE materials


Annual Young Lawyers Committee Chelsea Piers Golf Event  -   October 30, 2019

With thanks to Chelsea Piers and DANY sponsor iMedView, numerous DANY members and guests of multiple generations enjoyed an hour of golf instruction and practice, which was followed by a happy hour and bowling.  Keep your eye on this website  for additional innovative events!  Photos to be posted.

Annual Downstate Golf and Tennis Outing  -   October 7, 2019

It was another great day of golf, networking and camaraderie, at Village Club of Sands Point on Long Island  -  additional photos will be posted