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Continuing Legal Education

The CLE Committee endeavors to provide quality, cutting edge, and stimulating continuing legal education, coupled with networking socials at fine dinner clubs and restaurants.  These informative and enjoyable occasions are offered to DANY members and the Bar at large for very reasonable pricing.  The Committee consists of Chair Teresa A. Klaum of Hanover, Chair Bradley J. Corsair of Kowalski & DeVito, Steven R. Dyki of Berkshire Hathaway Guard, Heather Wiltshire Clement of Columbia University, and Eileen E. Buholtz of Connors, Corcoran & Buholtz, PLLC.

DANY has been providing Continuing Legal Education courses several times per year since 1998.  We have been updating this page to include materials from some of DANY's past CLE presentations.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, DANY has been providing CLE via Zoom, free of charge.  Past programs are described below.

Please see DANY's Events page for upcoming CLE courses and other events.


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

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.


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

DANY thanks ARCCA for supporting this event


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


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


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


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.


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

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

DANY thanks ARCCA for having supported this event.


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.


Thanks for having attended DANY's live CLE events,
some of which are described below.

BI Plaintiff's Background  -  January 2020


Leon R. Kowalski  -  Kowalski & DeVito - 

Jamie V. Tarallo  -  Pillinger Miller Tarallo -

Mark Wilhelmsson  -  Terrier Claims Services -

Jason J. Gudaitis  -  Terrier Claims Services -

2019 Essential CPLR Updates


  • David Paul Horowitz – McNamara & Horowitz, LLP

New York Labor Law Update 2019


  • Michael B. Titowsky – Morris, Duffy Alonso & Faley

Traumatic Brain Injury Defense 2018


  • Jeffrey A. Brown, M.D., Esq.
  • David M. Mahalick, Ph.D, ABPN
  • William N. DeVito  /  Kowalski & DeVito

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


  • 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

Insurance Coverage for the Insurance Defense Lawyer


  • DANY Past President Julian D. Ehrlich  -  Aon Risk Services Northeast
  • Darrell John  -  Conway, Farrell, Curtin & Kelly, P.C.
  • Rona L. Platt  -  Enstar
  • Jennifer A. Ehman  -  Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.

Labor Law Update - 2017


  • Leon R. Kowalski  -  Kowalski & DeVito
  • Michael J. Pearsall  -  Kowalski & DeVito
  • Gary A. Rome  -  Barry, McTiernan & Moore
  • Christopher M. Hart  -  Nationwide Insurance

Dram Shop Liability in New York

By:  Andrea M. Alonso  /  Morris Duffy Alonso & Faley

Defending Damages in Catastrophic Medical Injury Cases


  • Leon R. Kowalski  -  Kowalski & DeVito
  • Michael J. Pearsall  -  Kowalski & DeVito

New York's Settlement Math Made Easy!


  • Sam Senders  -  EPS Settlements Group
  • Joshua Cohen  -  DeCorato Cohen Sheehan & Federico 
  • Edward Guardaro, Jr.  -  Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan
  • Emilio Grillo  -  Goldberg Segalla

Traumatic Brain Injury Defense, Version 3


  • Jeffrey A. Brown, M.D., Esq.
  • David M. Mahalick, Ph.D, ABPN
  • William N. DeVito  /  The Law Offices of Leon R. Kowalski

Assumption of Risk in Sports

By: Kevin G. Faley  /  Morris Duffy Alonso & Faley

Civility and Ethics

By: Steven R. Dyki  /  Russo & Toner, LLP

Ethics and Social Media - Attorney Advertising and Use as a Litigation Tool


  • Andrew Cabasso  /  JurisPage
  • Andrew Zajac  /  McGaw, Alventosa & Zajac

Mediation Advocacy

By: Hon. Joseph P. Spinola (Ret.)

New York Serious Injury Update 2015 - Winning Strategies for the Defense


  • Colin F. Morrissey  /  Baker, McEvoy, Morrissey & Moskovits, P.C.
  • Seth M. Weinberg  /  Mauro Lilling Naparty LLP

The Cutting Edge 2015:  Delving Deeper into TBI Law and Science


  • William N. DeVito  /  The Law Offices of Leon R. Kowalski
  • Jeffrey A. Brown, M.D., Esq.
  • David M. Mahalick, Ph.D, ABPN

Information Security:  Cyber Breach & Coverage Issues

By: David J. Walton  /  Cozen O'Connor

Preservation of Issues for Appeal


  • David B. Hamm  /  Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C.
  • Andrew Zajac  /  McGaw, Alventosa & Zajac

Ethical Considerations for the Use of Social Media in Litigation


  • Andrew Zajac  /  McGaw, Alventosa & Zajac
  • Dawn C. DeSimone  /  McGaw, Alventosa & Zajac

What Judges Expect from Attorneys


Hon. Martin Schoenfeld
Associate Judge, Appellate Term
First Judicial District

You Lost ...  Now What?  Move to Renew,to Reargue and/or Appeal


  • Elizabeth Anne Bannon
  • Dawn C. DeSimone

DANY has been serving New York's Defense Bar and legal community for over 50 years.  Historical materials, photographs, and announcements may be found throughout this website.

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