Defense Association of New York
 

DANY has served New York's Civil Defense Bar and legal community for over 50 years --  bringing together by association, communication, and organization 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.

DANY is committed to improving the services of the legal profession, elevating the standard of trial practice, supporting and working for the improvement of the adversarial system of jurisprudence in our courts, and facilitating and expediting trial of disputed claims.

DANY Announcements and Upcoming Events

Upcoming DANY events such as continuing legal education, banquet dinners, and the annual golf outings, once ready for registration, are posted on this web page in the column to the right;  if you see a link, click on it to register.  Please also note any announcements and dates described below.  Some of DANY's past events and photographs are presented later on this web page.  Additionally, kindly visit the other pages of this website for e.g. past "Defendant" journals, amicus briefs, and CLE materials.


September 17, 2018  -  CLE  -  Trial Techniques, Session 2

Join us for the second session of a multi-part CLE series titled "Trial Techniques: Interactive Lessons from the Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives," co-sponsored with New York County Lawyers Association and being held at its second floor auditorium at 14 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10007.  This ongoing educational series will address all significant components of a trial.  This first session, which will be made available on video, addressed preparing for trial, jury selection, common motions in limine, and opening statements.  A list of presenters and other details will follow.

October 1, 2018  -  DANY Annual Downstate Golf & Tennis Outing

At Village Club of Sands Point on Long Island.  See www.villageclub.org for directions, photos of the club facilities and course.  Pool and Tennis facilities will be available.

  • Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. prior to the 11 a.m. shotgun start
  • Lunch will be served on the course.
  • Cocktails from 5-6 p.m.
  • Dinner from 6-7 p.m.



November 5, 2018  -  DANY's annual Past Presidents' Dinner with CLE

DANY welcomes members and guests to attend this annual event which honors DANY's past presidents.  The event will begin with a one hour "CPLR Update" CLE presented by David Horowitz, Esq.  A cocktail hour and banquet dinner will follow.  Additional details to come.


Other Events and Announcements for Your Consideration

Announcements and events of other bar associations and organizations of potential interest to DANY members may be listed here.  If you wish to suggest an event or announcement for mention in this space, write to Tom Maroney (tmaroney@maroneyoconnorllp.com), Jim O'Connor (joconnor@maroneyoconnorllp.com), and Brad Corsair (bradley.corsair@aig.com).



Job Board Announcements:

DANY member firms who may be interested in advertising a job opening here may contact DANY's President and/or Chairs of DANY's website committee --  please see the Leadership and Committees links above for contact information.



DANY Programs


DANY Diversity - 2018 Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative 

DANY's Diversity Committee wishes to call attention to the 2018 Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative.  This is an annual program for college students that DANY co-sponsors with the Brooklyn Bar Association and the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association.  It runs from January through September.  To learn more, please review the 2017 brochure with application and Brooklyn Eagle write-up that are available via the links below, and kindly publicize this opportunity with as many people in your networks as possible.  Also, please let us know if you or any members of your firm would be interested in becoming involved either as a mentor or mock interviewer. We are also seeking firms who would be willing to provide our participants with an 8 week  summer internship opportunity. Because our target participants are economically disadvantaged we are encouraging firms that are interested in providing internship opportunities  to commit to providing the participants with a $1,000 stipend to cover their transportation and incidental costs. We have high hopes for this program and are grateful to DANY and its leadership for its ongoing commitment to developing a more inclusive legal community.  Please contact Claire Rush at crush@crfslaw.com.  Link for Pipeline Program brochure with application:

Brooklyn Pipeline App

Brooklyn Eagle write-up:

http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2017/2/28/brooklyn-legal-pipeline-aims-increase-diversity-legal-community#.WLb43h4SHK0.email



                           DANY Law Student Scholarship Opportunity

DANY notes the successful completion of the 2017-18 Law Student Writing Competition The awardees were recognized at DANY's Annual Awards Banquet held May 10, 2018.




Recap of DANY Events and Programs

The remainder of this home page recapitulates past DANY events, and past or pending DANY programs.  This is generally in reverse chronological order, but we do mix in classic items from time to time --  please read on and enjoy the photographs.  Also, be sure to visit DANY's other web pages via the links at the top of this screen, for valuable information such as "Defendant" journals, amicus briefs, CLE materials and more.


DANY Annual Yankees Game with CLE  -  July 31, 2018

DANY once again extends great thanks to Andrea Alonso, Esq. of Morris Duffy Alonso & Faley for her informative presentation titled "Be Careful Walking to the Game  -  An Update about Liability for Sidewalk and Premises Conditions in New York State."  Additionally, DANY thanks its members, guests and sponsors for attending this CLE and the Yankees game, making this yet another truly excellent event.  We watched the Yankees defeat the Orioles from seats in Sections 226 and 227A along the third base line, and in Section 129 which is field level next to left field.






DANY Annual Upstate Golf Outing  -  June 15, 2018

DANY's third annual Upstate Golf Outing with CLE was successfully held at The Sagamore Resort in Lake George / Bolton Landing, New York.  A one hour CLE was presented by DANY Past President Lawton W. Squires.  This CLE was titled "Challenging Plaintiff's Expert on Cross-Examination & Summation, Using Technology."  There was a shotgun start at the delightful Sagamore Golf Course. This event was in collaboration with the 2018 DRI Atlantic / Northeast Regional Meeting.  DANY expresses its gratitude to the sponsors illustrated below.




Young Lawyers Committee -  June 7, 2018 -  Golf and Networking Event

On this day, lawyers with 10 years of experience of less joined some more experienced attorneys in hitting golf balls with instructor tips at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.  The group then took a nice walk on the High Line (see photos below) and landed at the Half King for food, beverages, networking and socializing.  DANY thanks its sponsor iMedView for supporting this event, and also thanks its Young Lawyers Committee for making this happen - it was a great experience for all involved.





Continuing Legal Education -  May 30, 2018 -  Frye Hearings and the Effective Use of Biomechanical Experts

This excellent CLE was presented by Hon. Bernard Graham of Supreme Court / Kings County, Alecia Walters-Hinds of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Steven Balson-Cohen of Baker, McEvoy, Morrissey & Moskovits, P.C, Christopher J. Donadio of Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf, and biomechanist Calum G.A. McRae, Ph.D. of ARCCA.  This was offered in conjunction with the NYC chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  Both organizations express their gratitude to these fine presenters.  After the informative course, there was a very enjoyable food, beverage and networking reception at Battery Gardens inside Battery Park in lower Manhattan.







DANY's Annual Awards Banquet  -  May 10, 2018

Thank you members, guests and sponsors for attending this annual event, which was held at the New York Marriott Downtown, 85 West Street, New York, New York.  This event honored Hon. Michael J. Garcia, Associate Judge, NY Court of Appeals;  Hon. Adam Silvera, Justice, NY Supreme Court, New York County;  Hon. Martin Schoenfeld, Justice, NY Supreme Court, Appellate Term, First Department (Ret.);  and Patricia Zincke, Esq., retired DANY officer.  Additionally, there was a one hour CLE starting in the new CLE category of Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias.  The course is titled “Taming the Elephant in the Courtroom - Strategies for female lawyers and their supporters to identify, defuse and combat bias in the courtroom and in the boardroom.”  The presenters:

-          Claire F. Rush of Rush & Sabbatino, PLLC  (Moderator)

-     Suzanne M. Halbardier – Barry McTiernan & Moore LLC

-         Andrea Alonso – Morris, Duffy Alonso & Faley

-         Margaret G. Klein - Law Offices of Margaret G. Klein & Associates – Attorney of Record for GNY

-         Karen Campbell – Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

-         Doris Rios Duffy - Kowalski & DeVito – AIG Staff Counsel

-     Moya O'Connor  -  MetLife


Here are two photographs from this fine occasion.  Additional photographs will follow.







Continuing Legal Education -  April 18, 2018 -  Insurance for the Insurance Defense Attorney

On April 18, 2018, approximately 90 persons attended a very informative CLE in an excellent space, at which fine food and beverage was served!  DANY wishes to thank the presenters of this excellent program:  DANY Past President Julian D. Ehrlich of Aon Risk Services Northeast, Darrell John of Conway, Farrell, Curtin & Kelly, P.C., Rona L. Platt of Enstar, and Jennifer A. Ehman of Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.  DANY also extends its gratitude to the host venue, i.e. Battery Gardens inside Battery Park in lower Manhattan - to which DANY will return for another compelling CLE on May 30, 2018, concerning Frye hearings and biomechanical experts.  Here now are materials for the insurance CLE:

materials - Insurance Coverage for the Insurance Defense Lawyer



Continuing Legal Education -  January 29, 2018 -  Trial Techniques, Session 1

On January 29, 2018, there was the greatly successful the first session of a multi-part CLE series titled "Trial Techniques: Interactive Lessons from the Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives," co-sponsored with New York County Lawyers Association and held at its second floor auditorium at 14 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10007.  This ongoing educational series will address all significant components of a trial.  This first session, will be made available on video, addressed preparing for trial, jury selection, common motions in limine, and opening statements.  The presenters for this session were Hon. Eileen A. Rakower of Supreme Court, New York County, who provided the Court's perspective;  Anthony D. Martine of McMahon, Martine & Gallagher LLP, a member of DANY's Board of Directors;  Stacy L. Moon of F&B Law Firm, P.C.;  Kevin Pinter of Nicoletti Gonson Spinner LLP, Adjunct Professor for Trial Advocacy at Brooklyn Law School;  Wayne A.J. Wattley of Burns & Harris, an officer of the Bronx Bar Association, and Sherri E. Holland of Burns & Harris.  Please view the video once available, and join us for future sessions;  this is an excellent opportunity to learn tips and techniques for developing trial skills and proficiency in trial advocacy.  Future sessions will again be immediately followed by a dinner and networking reception.


DANY Continuing Legal Education -  November 15, 2017 -  Employment Law

An intriguing two hour CLE titled Sexual Harassment and Employment Discrimination - Understanding and Preventing Legal Exposures was presented by Richard Steer, Esq. of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin.  As with DANY's previous CLE program, the educational portion of the event took place at State Insurance Fund at 199 Church Street, New York, NY.  This was followed by an after-CLE social, including a buffet dinner with beer and wine, at Thalassa Restaurant at 179 Franklin Street in TriBeCa.  Thanks again to State Insurance Fund and Thalassa, as well as to Mr. Steer.


DANY's Past Presidents' Dinner  -  October 24, 2017

Thank you members, guests and sponsors for attending this annual event that honors DANY's past presidents --  more photographs to come.

DANY also expresses its appreciation to the presenters of the Ethics CLE, which involved two mock oral arguments.  The CLE was presided over by Hon. Peter P. Sweeney of Supreme Court, Kings County.  One oral argument addressed an insurance defense attorney dilemma:  to report or not to report deposition testimony of an insured that would cause the carrier to exam.  This was argued by Paul J. Callahan, Esq. of Brown & Kelly, LLP, and by Eileen E. Buholtz, Esq. of Connors, Corcoran & Buholtz, PLLC.  The other oral argument addressed an insurer staff counsel dilemma:  potential disqualification after having investigated a claim.  This was argued by James M. Strauss, Esq. and Melissa A. Foti, Esq. of Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP.







DANY Continuing Legal Education -  September 25, 2017 -  Labor Law Update

An informative Labor Law update CLE was presented by Gary Rome of Barry McTiernan & Moore, Christopher Hart of Nationwide, Leon Kowalski of Kowalski & DeVito, and Michael Pearsall of Kowalski & DeVito, and was moderated by Brian Rayhill.  The educational portion of the event took place at State Insurance Fund at 199 Church Street, New York, NY.  This was followed by an after-CLE social, including a buffet dinner with beer and wine, at Thalassa Restaurant at 179 Franklin Street in TriBeCa.  Approximately 100 persons attended this highly successful event, which was organized by Brian Rayhill, Terry Klaum, Brad Corsair and others.  Thanks as always to State Insurance Fund and Thalassa, as well as to the presenters.  Photos to come.


End of Summer Mixer  -  September 19, 2017

To say goodbye to Summer and welcome Autumn, a mixer was organized by DANY's Young Lawyers Committee.  This took place at The Ketch, 6 Platt Street, New York, NY 10038.  Thank you members, guests and sponsors for attending this enjoyable event -  photos to come.



DANY Annual Yankees Game with CLE  -  August 1, 2017

DANY extends great thanks to Andrea Alonso, Esq. of Morris Duffy Alonso & Faley for her informative presentation titled Dram Shop Liability in New York.  Additionally, DANY thanks its members and guests for attending this CLE and the Yankees game, and making this the excellent event that it was.



              



DANY Annual Golf & Tennis Outing  -  June 19, 2017

Thanks to all for a great day of golf, tennis, ceremony and celebration --  additional photos to come       


                  


         


         


         


            


           


                       


  


     


          


          



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DANY Continuing Legal Education --  May 23, 2017

  An Ethical View from the Bench - Opening and Closing Statements, Trial Objections, Trial and Post-Trial Motions and Protecting the Record

DANY wishes to thank the presenter and moderators below for their lively and informative presentation, and also Thalassa Restaurant for once again hosting the food and beverage social.

Hon. Lewis J. Lubell  -  Justice, Supreme Court, Westchester County

Carlos M. Calderon  -  Weisman & Calderon

Brian J. Rayhill  -  Gialleonardo & Rayhill


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DANY's Annual Awards Banquet  -  April 25, 2017

Thank you members, guests and sponsors for attending this annual event --  an event recap and photographs are forthcoming.




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DANY Continuing Legal Education --  April 4, 2017

  Defending Damages in Catastrophic Medical Injury Cases

DANY wishes to thank the presenters below for their intriguing presentation, and also Thalassa Restaurant for hosting the food and beverage social.

Leon R. Kowalski, Esq.  -  The Law Offices of Leon R. Kowalski

Michael J. Pearsall, Esq.  - 
The Law Offices of Leon R. Kowalski




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DANY Continuing Legal Education --  February 15, 2017

  The Risk of Going to Trial:  The Psychology of Jury Awards

DANY wishes to thank the presenters below for their informative presentation, and also Maxwell's Bar & Restaurant for hosting the food and beverage social.

Kenneth P. Carter, MAOL, CPCU  -  Merchants Insurance Group

Tom Gorton, Esq.  - 
Gorton & Gorton, LLP

Eric Rudich, Ph.D  -  Blueprint Trial Consulting






DANY Continuing Legal Education --  January 19, 2017

  New York's Settlement Math Made Easy!

DANY wishes to thank the presenters below for their comprehensive presentation, and also Bar Cyrk for hosting the food and beverage social.

Sam Senders  -  EPS Settlements Group

Joshua Cohen, Esq.  - 
DeCorato Cohen Sheehan & Federico

Edward Guardaro, Jr., Esq.  - 
Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan

Emilio Grillo, Esq.  - 
Goldberg Segalla

 

Take me out to the ballgame, August 16, 2016  --
CLE on Assumption of Risk, and Yankees v. Blue Jays

DANY expresses its gratitude to Director Kevin G. Faley, Esq. for his excellent CLE presentation, and to the many members and guests who also attended the Yankees game.  DANY strives to offer a variety of events and programs with education, networking and enjoyment all in mind.


DANY Diversity Initiative  -  May 31, 2016 Session
 
collage by Marsha Hamilton




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DANY Diversity Initiative Program  -  
Career Empowerment for Diverse Attorneys:
Leadership, Mentorship and Rainmaking
In Progress  --  March 29, 2016 - November 29, 2016

Dear DANY Member,

The Defense Association of New York is pleased to announce that it will offer its award winning leadership and business development training program for women and diverse attorneys in 2016. This program entitled “Career Empowerment for Diverse Attorneys: Leadership, Mentorship and Rainmaking” is being held through November 29, 2016 at the New York State Insurance Fund.  It is providing 25 women and diverse attorneys with direct training in leadership and business development skills. The DANY Diversity Initiative aims to teach mid-level women and diverse attorneys how to effectively compete for leadership positions, negotiate work arrangements and successfully pursue professional opportunities.  This program promotes the retention and success of women and diverse attorneys through direct instruction and mentoring. The cost for individual applicants is $600.                       

Why Attend? Attorneys  participating in the DANY Diversity Initiative will receive one to one coaching sessions and 10 hours of formal instruction in leadership and business development skills from seasoned business coaches. They will additionally be assigned to smaller groups of 5 facilitated by DANY’s professional coaches where they will receive hands on instruction in a supportive group setting.  Most importantly, participating attorneys will be paired with a volunteer mentor drawn from a panel of seasoned diverse litigators committed to fostering long term mentoring relationships.

Industry Networking Sessions:   Panel discussions and networking events will be held in September, October and November 2016. Leading attorneys from the public and private sector as well as members of the judiciary will discuss the skills women and diverse attorneys need to develop in order to succeed in the courtroom, advance their careers and compete for business as outside counsel. Following each of the panel discussions the DANY Initiative participants, panel members and representatives from the sponsoring law firms will attend an intimate networking reception.

Sponsorship:   Law firm sponsors are  guaranteed acceptance of one qualified applicant from the firm, recognition of their sponsorship on all program  and promotional materials and an invitation for one additional firm member to attend the moderated panel discussions and networking sessions with judges, corporate counsel, governmental attorneys and representatives from major insurance companies and Fortune 500 Companies.  The cost of a law firm sponsorship is $1,500. Law firms interested in sponsoring the Diversity Initiative should contact the undersigned or Connie McClenin, the executive director of DANY.

We hope your firm will consider supporting this initiative by publicizing it to your women and diverse associates or by becoming a law firm sponsor. Below for your reference is a link to a copy of DANY's Diversity Initiative Brochure. The program has already received much favorable attention as evidenced by an article that appeared in the  New York Law Journal; see the second link below. If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call.  

2016 DANY Diversity Initiative Brochure

2015 NYLJ Diversity Initiative Honorees

Warm Regards,

Claire

Claire F. Rush
Rush & Sabbatino, PLLC
111 John  Street, Suite 800
New York, NY 10038
(O) (212) 600-2454          
(F) (212) 600-2533
(M) (917) 623-5179
   

   




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