Our reputation as trial lawyers is well known. When we appear in a case, our opponents know that they are facing an adversary that has the willingness and capability to see the matter through to verdict and to win. This is a unique capability in the present litigation environment, in which jury trials—and experienced jury trial lawyers—are rare.
Nancy is an AV-rated attorney with over 35 years of experience in the commercial litigation, class action defense, and the healthcare/health product defense field. She is national counsel to a Florida-based biotech company that produces allografts and xenografts for surgical transplantation. She was substituted as counsel for the company in 1,000 lawsuits involving allograft recipients (which arose after a recall of the product was necessitated by an independent (unrelated) recovery agency’s fraudulent activities) after the cases had been litigated for five years without disposition of a single case, and the erosion 75% of the client’s insurance limits on defense costs. She successfully negotiated and completed a global settlement in the Federal and State courts within the remaining limits. Nancy remains their national counsel and recently defended a commercial arbitration on its behalf, involving a $25 million indemnity claim that resolved with a defense verdict.
She is currently national counsel to a senior living provider and has, for the past twelve years, supervised all litigation for its near 300 individual facilities She supervises all litigation, risk management and third-party administration services to this client, which has enjoyed an unparalleled success rate in low claims initiation and disposition values.
Nancy also enjoys a long history in infertility litigation. She second-chaired in the trial of the first “test tube baby case”, DelZio v. Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, which was tried in the Southern District of New York in 1978. Since that time, she has been Counsel to several infertility programs for the purpose of risk-management (informed consent issues) and the defense of pending litigation, both commercial and tort-based. She has represented two distinct institutionally-based infertility programs in class actions involving allegations involving “success statistics”. She argued before the New York Court of Appeals the first General Business Law claim regarding infertility treatments (Karlin v. IVF America, 93 NY2d 282(1999)), and currently provides risk management and litigation services to individual infertility practices.
Nancy’s appellate practice has been diverse, and she has handled numerous appeals in all of the New York Appellate Division Departments, the New York Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Her appellate practice has included not only products cases, but an array of commercial, professional liability (attorneys and accountants) and coverage matters.
Deborah’s practice concentrates on the defense of products liability and general liability actions, class action defense, insurance matters, professional malpractice, and appellate practice. Her litigation experience in products liability includes involvement in asbestos, prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals and lead paint claims. Deborah has extensive experience in defense of professional liability matters, with an emphasis in attorney malpractice and disciplinary matters. Deborah has also engaged in coverage litigation “on both sides of the aisle”.
Deborah also has varied appellate practice experience—before the New York Court of Appeals, Appellate Divisions, and Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Daniel E. Siff
Prior to his current role, Dan was the managing partner of a 220-attorney litigation defense firm, from 1972 to 1994. His extensive litigation practice includes professional liability, medico-legal issues, general liability tort defense (including products liability), and commercial litigation.
Charles C. DeMartino
Charles is a member of the firm. He is a member of the New York bar and admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York. He is a graduate of St. John’s Law School and a former member of its American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College.
His practice focuses on national litigation defending publicly traded corporations in the biotech and senior living fields. He also handles commercial litigation for major modeling, fashion, sports, and entertainment management companies – as well as the prosecution and defense of civil rights and defamation claims involving managed talent.
He has also handled and assisted in the handling of toxic tort cases for a leading aerospace company, complex products liability cases for a crane manufacturing company and a major manufacturer of industrial material handling equipment.
Keela is a member of the firm. He is a member of the New York bar and admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York) and obtained his law degree from Fordham University. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, complex products liability cases, general liability actions, insurance matters and trials.
The firm enjoys the support of a dedicated staff of paralegals, a nurse consultant and firm administrator. Our staff is capable of assuring our clients of complete service as we transition our growth.