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EDUCATION, DIVERSITY and Justice for All

Welcome to DANY

DANY has served New York's Civil Defense Bar and legal community since 1965, 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.  

DANY By-Laws:  Available on this website via the Members-Only / Premium Content page

To Join DANY:  Click Here:  Membership Application

One year of free membership for attorneys / law firms in the Third and Fourth Departments!

Learn more about DANY 

Current DANY Events:  

Golf and Bowl with DANY at Chelsea Piers -

Presented by the Young & New Lawyers Committee
June 27, 2024 at 5:45 p.m.

This highly enjoyable annual event is for New York lawyers of all experience levels, and especially those admitted for less than ten years.  Come network and learn more about DANY and valued sponsor iMedView, who is graciously supporting this complementary event.  For details and to register, click here:
Chelsea Piers Golf & Bowl Event Link

Annual Golf, Tennis & Beach Outing
 -  July 22, 2024

Golf & Tennis:  Inwood Country Club, Inwood, NY

Beach Day:  Inwood Beach Clubon the ocean, Atlantic Beach, NY

Evening Reception for All Guests:  Inwood Country Club, Inwood, NY

DANY is pleased to offer this sequel to our greatly enjoyed July 2023 outing, with the same excellent experience and reasonable pricing as last year.  Complete participation options and other details are available through the web link that follows this summary;  some of the most pertinent information is as follows:

  • Full breakfast with omelet and nova stations, 10 am - 11:30 am;   golf range opens at 9:30 am
  • Golf scramble tournament with 11:45 am shotgun start and two carts per foursome
  • Barbecue lunch and refreshments on the golf course
  • Prizes for longest and most accurate drives, closest to the pin, hole-in-one and putting
  • Cocktail reception at 5:15 pm, with open bar throughout the dinner reception as well
  • Dinner reception 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm including skirt steak, swordfish, chicken, ribs & sundaes
  • Non-Golfers can enjoy tennis, the beach club, and cocktail and dinner receptions 

Looking for an enhanced sense of what attending this outing would be like?
Check out the 200+ images of great times from our outing here in July 2023;
please click on this link:
Images from Inwood CC and the July 2023 DANY outing there

And for additional event details and to register, please click here:
Outing Details & Registration Link


Op Ed in the December 4, 2023 Edition of the Albany Times Union - President, Thomas E. Liptak, and Board Chair, Claire Rush, Ask Governor Hochul to Veto Grieving Families Act

Wrongful death bill would cause legal and economic turmoil

Before the year ends, Gov. Kathy Hochul faces a decision with far-reaching implications. A bill passed by both houses of the Legislature would recklessly broaden the scope of liability in wrongful death lawsuits. It represents a seismic change that extends beyond the standard practices of other states. As written, the bill could have severe repercussions for our state's economy, our health care systems and our bedrock legal principles.

The ramifications are too significant to ignore: Gov. Hochul vetoed similar legislation earlier this year. She should veto this bill, too.

Despite some minor changes, the latest version of the bill continues to suffer from the same critical flaws that led Gov. Hochul to reject the previous proposal. Although lawmakers claim there will be no fiscal impact on the public or private sectors, medical professionals, small businesses and local governments warn that the bill will set off a cost crisis. Likewise, the Legislature insists that the proposed legislation would bring New York in line with 47 other states. This representation ignores that the bill under consideration is vastly more expansive than similar laws anywhere else.

An analysis by Milliman Inc., an internationally respected data analytics firm, forecasts significant increases in insurance costs across all sectors, from critical government services to health care providers to individual car insurance premiums. This economic burden will be shouldered by every New Yorker.

Under this bill, courts and juries will be left to interpret abstract concepts without clear guidelines to fairly assess and distribute damages. Such vagueness risks creating a system where awards are arbitrary and inconsistent. This ambiguity would not only undermine the fairness of the legal process but also would add to the already-substantial backlog in our courts.

What’s more, the retroactive application of the law as proposed in the bill will subvert long-standing legal principles and lead to a flood of appeals, creating chaos in the judicial system.

Perhaps most critically, any subsequent amendments aimed at mitigating its unintended consequences may be unconstitutional. Article I, Section 16 of the state constitution safeguards the right to recover damages for injuries resulting in death. Any post-enactment amendments could set off a constitutional crisis, making it imperative to get the legislation right the first time.

In its current form, this bill undermines the principles of fairness and due process in our legal system. While the intent to modernize the law is commendable, the method proposed here is deeply flawed. As such, we urge Gov. Hochul to veto this bill.

It's crucial that we take a more balanced approach, one that considers all stakeholders and the long-term implications. We cannot afford to make a hasty decision that will have devastating and potentially irreversible consequences.

Thomas E. Liptak is president of the Defense Association of New York. Claire F. Rush is chair of the Board of Directors.


Examples of Past DANY Events:  

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Annual Spring Awards Celebration   May 30, 2024 
The View at Battery in Lower Manhattan

On this gala evening occasion, DANY presented achievement awards to esteemed recipients, as follows: 
Civil Justice Award  -  Hon. Rowan D. Wilson, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
Distinguished Jurist Award  -  Hon. Joseph E. Capella, Administrative Judge for Civil Matters, NY Supreme Court, Bronx County
Conway Award  -  Andrea M. Alonso, Esq., Partner, Morris Duffy Alonso Faley & Pitcoff

This event also included a lively CLE course by Hon. George Silver (retired) and Hon. Adam Silvera, titled "Successful Defense Strategies for a Productive Mediation"  -  one credit for NY attorneys both new and experienced.  Attorneys unable to attend the Awards Celebration in-person were able to attend this CLE virtually, free of charge for DANY members, and $50 for non-members.  

A photo set showing the great times that all enjoyed, is expected to be available here in the future.


Complimentary CLE and Dinner   
How to Admit Evidence at Trial   
May 2, 2024
 (evening) at Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street, New York, NY
Jointly offered with ABOTA / NYC Chapter


Stephen B. Toner  -  Partner, McGivney, Kluger Clark & Intoccia, P.C.
Dr. Kevin Toosi  -  Biomechanical Engineer, BioEx Consulting 

One CLE credit in Skills for both new and experienced NY attorneys

Details:  Event Flyer


CLE & Knicks Game

NY Knicks  vs. Indiana Pacers

February 1, 2024

Defense Association of New York (“DANY”) has been granted CLE accreditation by the New York Office of Court Administration, and will provide the following program:

“Weathering the Storm an Overview of the Storm in Progress Doctrine”

1 Hour CLE - 1.0 Credit will be granted in Professional Practice

Appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys


Karl E. Daniel, Esq. - Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP

Brianna Carroll, Esq. - Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP

5:00 p.m.  - 1 hour CLE at 2 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001, (across the street from MSG)  

7:30 p.m.  – NY Knicks  vs. Indiana Pacers - Madison Square Garden, 4 Penn Plaza, New York, New York 10001

Sec 213, Row 16, Seat 7-23,  Sec 213, Row 17, Seats 10-23, Sec 213, Row 23, Seat 4-22

Sponsored by:  Bio Ex, Counsel Press, ExamWorks, Imedview and US Legal.



RUN TO 2024






January 1, 2024 to February 24, 2024

The Defense Association of New York is proud to announce the DANY Virtual 5k Run to 2024.  Let’s get 2024 off to a good start!  We want to bring everyone together virtually for a few good causes – Girls Rule the Law, The Food Bank for New York City and The DANY Scholarship Fund.   You will have two months to complete a 5 kilometer (about 3.10 miles) run or walk.   You can run or walk anywhere you want, inside or outside, as long as you complete the distance.  You do not have to finish in one run or walk, or even in one day.  You just have to finish the total distance between January 1, 2024 and February 24, 2024.   

If you want to enter the competitive race, you need to submit your time, date of completion and age.   The results may be posted after the race is completed. 

If you don't want to enter the competitive race, simply sign up and finish the distance.

This race is open to anyone – DANY members, their family members, our sponsors, our sponsors’ family members, or anyone else who wants to sign up and get some exercise!  Invite your family and friends!  The race is open to all ages.

Just make sure that you don’t run on any unsafe roads or areas that have been closed off to the public.  And please follow any other requirements set forth by any local, state or federal guidelines.  This is a virtual run only – so please do not gather as a crowd in any one location at the same time.**

If you want to submit any photographs of you or your family members participating in the 5k Run to 2024, we would love to receive them and will post them to our website after the race is over. 

All participants will receive a shirt after the race.   Proceeds from the race will benefit The Food Bank for New York City and the DANY Scholarship Fund. If you don’t want to participate in the run or walk, but still want to make a donation to Girls Rule the Law, The Food Bank for New York City or the DANY Scholarship Fund , you can do that from the registration page too. 

We look forward to seeing you all soon!  Don’t forget to register for this by February 20, 2024.  After February 20, 2024, registration will be closed. 

And a big thank you to our race sponsors, we could not do this without you!

BioEx Consulting, LLC


The Defense Association of New York

cordially invites you to attend the



Thursday, November 9, 2023




Supreme Court, New York County

Presented with the Defense Association of New York

                         Judicial and Academic Excellence Award



Kahana Feld LLP

Presented with the Defense Association of New York

                             John J. Moore Writing Award

and additionally

The Past Presidents of DANY

Location: TheView at Battery Park - 1 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  -  Elegant Cocktail Dinner Party
                                    with Hors D’oeuvres and EntrĂ©e Stations


DANY CLE:  October 3, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.  -  one evening, two courses:

Cybersecurity for Lawyers  -  Yes, You are a Target

1.0 CLE Credit Hours:  Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection – General

Data Protection for Lawyers  -  You Owe It to Your Client

1.0   CLE Credit Hours:  Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection – Ethics

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In collaboration with the Bronx County Bar Association

CLE & Yankees Game

Blue Jays v. Yankees

September 21, 2023

Defense Association of New York (“DANY”) has been granted CLE accreditation by the New York Office of Court Administration, and will provide the following program:

“Closing Cases Through Inter-Company Arbitration”

1 Hour CLE - 1.0 Credit will be granted in Skills

Appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys

Presenter:  Andrea Alonso, Esq. - Partner at Morris Duffy Alonso & Faley

5:15 p.m.  - 1 hour CLE at Supreme Court, Bronx County - 851 Grand Concourse- Room 600, Bronx, NY.   Food and beverage will be provided at the conclusion of the CLE.

7:05 p.m.  – Toronto Blue Jays v. New York Yankees - Seats in sections 228, Row 8, 9 & 10.

DANY & BCBA Members - $85.00

Non-Members - $95.00

Sponsored by: Orange Bank & Trust Company


Annual Golf, Tennis & Beach Outing  -  July 24, 2023

Golf & Tennis:  Inwood Country Club, Inwood, NY
                                   Past Host of the US Open and PGA Championship

Beach Day:  Inwood Beach Club, on the ocean, Atlantic Beach, NY

Evening Reception for All Guests:  Inwood Country Club, Inwood, NY

Registration Details FYI:  Click Here

DANY was pleased to offer this sequel to our greatly enjoyed July 2022 and October 2021 golf outings, now with some nice non-golfer options too.  We welcomed back tennis players to engage in a casual play format.  Beach lovers enjoyed a day at Inwood CC’s beach club in Atlantic Beach, including access to its swimming pool and the Atlantic Ocean.  Tennis players had the option to enjoy this beach club as well.  Golfers spent their day on the historic Inwood CC course that was entertaining as ever, with the club celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bobby Jones U.S. Open victory there.  A barbecue lunch was offered to golf and tennis players.  And, many guests enjoyed a pre-activity breakfast, as well as evening cocktail and dinner receptions, in very pleasant settings and with quite reasonable pricing.  Photos of the July 2023 outing will be provided here soon, and see the numerous LinkedIn posts --  it was a great time!  See also the link below for other past outing images.

Click Here:  Images from Inwood CC and the 2022 and 2021 DANY outings there


Thank you for participating in the dany 5k Run to 2023!


Due to all of the generous efforts of the participants and sponsors, we were able to raise $1,200 to donate to the Food Bank for New York City - which translates to 6,000 meals to those in need!  Thank you so much and see you next year for the Virtual Run to 2024! 

For more information on the Food Bank for New York City please visit:  Food Bank for New York City

Thanks Again to Our Sponsors: