Defense Association of New York

DANY has been serving New York's 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 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 save the dates below.                  

June 20, 2016  -  Annual Downstate Golf & Tennis Outing 
Village Club of Sands Point, 1 Thayer Lane, Sands Point, NY

September 22, 2016  -  CLE:  Traumatic Brain Injury Defense, Version 3
Presented by Jeffrey A. Brown, M.D., Esq.,
                                     David M. Mahalick, Ph.D, and William N. DeVito, Esq.
                                      CLE 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., followed by food & beverage

Other Bar Association Events

Other bar association events of potential interest to DANY members may be listed here. 
If you wish to suggest an event for mention in this space, write to Tom Maroney (, Jim O'Connor ( and Brad Corsair (

June 14, 2016  -  NYSTLA - 49th Annual Installation of Officers & Directors
Ceremony & Cocktail Reception, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
                               at Cipriani, 25 Broadway, New York, NY
                                $210  -  to register, visit to

DANY Programs

Current DANY programs, such as the Diversity Initiative and Law Student Writing Competition, are described below.  This page also chronicles past DANY events and programs, so please read on and view our other web pages as well.

DANY Diversity Initiative Program  -  
Career Empowerment for Diverse Attorneys:
Leadership, Mentorship and Rainmaking
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 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


DANY Law Student Writing Competition

The Defense Association of New York, celebrating its 50th Anniversary, is proud to offer a writing competition for enrolled law school students.  For details, please click on the following link:  Memorandum - DANY Writing Competition   

Very Truly Yours,

Glenn A. Kaminska, Esq.
Chair, DANY Scholarship Committee


DANY's Annual Spring Awards Dinner  -  "The Pinckney"
May 16, 2016  -  Celebrating 50 Years of Service

Thank you for having attended this historic event!  Congratulations to acclaimed award recipients Hon. Sheila Abdus-SalaamHon. Lawrence Knipel,  Hon. John Gleeson, and Thomas J. Maroney, Esq.  DANY also expresses its gratitude for the CLE on Civility and Ethics by Steven Dyki, Esq., Henry Miller, Esq., and Richard J. O'Keeffe, Esq.  A recap with many more photographs is coming soon.  Please continue to join DANY in celebrating its 50 year history throughout this year of 2016.


DANY Continuing Legal Education --  April 14, 2016
Doctors, "Lies" and Videotape:
Protecting the Defense Physical Examination

DANY extends thanks to the presenters below for their intriguing presentation on protection of the defense physical examination.

Colin F. Morrissey, Esq.  -  Baker, McEvoy, Morrissey & Moskovits, P.C.

Salvatore J. DeSantis, Esq.  -  Molod Spitz & DeSantis, P.C.


DANY Continuing Legal Education --  February 25, 2016
Ethics and Social Media: Attorney Advertising
and Use as a Litigation Tool

DANY is appreciative of the informative CLE presentation titled Ethics and Social Media:
Attorney Advertising and Use as a Litigation Tool:

Speaker:  Andrew Cabasso  -  Juris Page

Moderator:  Andrew Zajac  -  McGaw, Alventosa & Zajac


DANY Continuing Legal Education --  November 5, 2015
Jury Research (the Millennial Juror) and The Science of Storytellin

DANY would like to thank the presenters below for their enlightening CLE presentation titled Jury Research (the Millennial Juror) and The Science of Storytelling:

Ross Suter, Esq.  -  Magna Legal Services

Mark Yagerman, Esq.  -  Smith, Mazure, Director, Wilkins, Young & Yagerman, P.C.

Thomas P. Giuffra, Esq.  -  Rheingold Valet Rheingold McCartney & Giuffra

DANY's Past Presidents' Dinner  -  October 21, 2015

Thank you members, guests and sponsors for making this another successful event -- 
we look forward to seeing you again!  Please view our list of Committees on this web site via the "Committees" tab;  DANY welcomes your participation and feedback.  Also, congratulations to DANY's new Executive Director, Connie McClenin, and to newly elected Board members Eileen Buholtz and Thomas E. Liptak.  A complete list of DANY's Officers and Directors is on this web site via the "Leadership" tab.  Further, DANY extends its gratitude to Hon. Joseph P. Spinola, former Justice of the Supreme Court / Nassau County, for his informative CLE presentation on Mediation Advocacy.

Nine of DANY's Past Presidents, along with current President Margaret Klein

                                             DANY's Past Presidents

DANY Annual Golf & Tennis Outing 2015

It was a wonderful day of golf, camaraderie and good times -- 
thank you for your participation.

DANY's Annual Spring Awards Dinner  -  April 23, 2015

Awards and Recipients:

          Charles C. Pinckney Award:

The Honorable Jenny Rivera -  Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals

          Education and Literary Award:

The Honorable Ariel E. Belen (Ret.) -  Associate Justice, Appellate Division,
Second Department, 2008 - 2012;  Now Mediator and Arbitrator at JAMS

          James S. Conway Achievement Award:

Kevin J. Kelly, Esq. -  Partner, Conway, Farrell, Curtin & Kelly P.C.

          Public Service Award:

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik -  Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Mount Sinai