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With six offices and over one hundred lawyers, Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP consistently delivers focused and effective legal services to its national and international clients. Our work product is clear and delivered on time. As a result, our clients proceed with confidence.

 

KBR's experienced attorneys have earned national and international recognition as leaders in their respective fields, including:

 

- Professional Liability

- Insurance Coverage

- Employment Practices Litigation

- Healthcare Law

- General Liability

- Nursing Home and Long Term Care

- Appellate Practice

- Product Liability Defense

- Environmental, Toxic and Mass Torts

- Commercial Litigation

 

We have a passion for our work and an unshakable dedication to our clients' interests. We provide strong representation and build even stronger client relationships. Our unwavering dedication to total client satisfaction is the driving force behind our firm. It is our commitment to deliver high quality, cost-effective services to our clients.

NEWS & EVENTS

 

KBR partner Jonathan Rubin will be a panel member at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders on August 4, 2015 in St. Louis.

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KBR Partner Keith L. Kaplan Wins Summary Judgment in Kings County Obstetrical Malpractice Case

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KBR's Jacqueline Mandell and Stephanie Gitnik win appeal of New York “Firefighter’s Law” case.

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KBR partner Joan Gilbride is a participating panelist at ACI’s 23rd Employment Practices Liability Insurance conference in New York City on July 28th.  Joan will be presenting on the ever-evolving topic of Joint Employer Liability, including the NLRB Guidance on Where the Liability Falls, and Beyond.

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KBR Partners Wayne Borgeest and Robert Benjamin are among the presenters for a Bloomberg webinar on July 22 titled “Transactional Insurance – M&A and Representations and Warranties Considerations.”  Please contact Wayne or Robert for a discount code.

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KBR partner Scott Schechter will be moderating a CLE seminar on behalf of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society entitled The Business of Private Equity on July 21st.

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KBR welcomes Santosh Chitalia, Michael Battema and Jamie Greenfield to the firm.

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KBR Appellate Practice Team prevails in appeal of summary judgment

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Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan has been added to the National Law Journal's annual survey of the nation's 350 largest law firms. With 124 lawyers, the Law Journal now ranks KBR as the 332nd largest firm in the country. 

 

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Keith Kaplan will be a panel speaker at the New York State Bar Association Torts Insurance and Compensation Law Section Meeting on October 11. The theme of the presentation will be Medical Malpractice in New York: A View from All Sides.

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KBR founding partner Julianna Ryan spoke at the ACI National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions on May 28, 2015. 

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KBR partner Jonathan B. Bruno was a panelist at the New York City Bar Association’s CLE program entitled “The ‘How To’ of Successful Motion Practice: Practical Advice & Tips” on May 19, 2015.

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KBR Partner, Robert A. Benjamin, spoke on Insurance Bad Faith at the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section conference in Philadelphia, PA.

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Steve Weiner, partner in the firm and Chair of KBR’s Long Term Care Group, will be presenting at the Litigation Risk and Defense Strategies Conference for Long-term care and Assisted Living Providers, Insurers and Brokers to be convened in Memphis on May 1, 2015.

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Partner Jeffrey C. Gerson was a featured speaker at the Stony Brook University Hospital Department of Surgery Grand Rounds on April 15, 2015.

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Partner Jonathan Rubin will be presenting a lecture to the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy On Wednesday  April 8, 2015  on an Introduction to Risk Management, the Ethical and Legal Issues Related to the Practice of Psychotherapy.

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KBR is pleased to announce that Eileen Fullerton, Christina LaMarca and Matthew Spergel have been become partners in the firm. 

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Partner  Jonathan Rubin will be presenting a lecture on  The Perils and Pitfalls of Electronic Communication in the Hospital Setting at Lutheran Medical Center on Thursday April 2nd.

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Partner Jonathan Rubin will be presenting a talk on the Legal Implications of Social Media and E-Communication in Healthcare at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York on March 12, 2015.

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Partner Jonathan Rubin will be presenting a talk on the Legal Implications pf Social Media and E Communication in Healthcare at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn New York on March 12, 2015.

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KBR Partner, Rocco Matra, and Associate, Doug Domsky, win summary judgment and obtain a dismissal of plaintiff’s personal injury case.

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Steven D. Weiner, senior partner in our Toxic and Mass Torts group, will be speaking at the upcoming Mass Torts Judicial Forum with Hon. Marina Corodemus (ret.).

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Partner Jonathan Rubin will be a featured Presenter at the California Society for HealthCare Risk Management’s (CASHRM ) Annual Conference on March 4th 2015 in Napa, California.

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Partners Jeffrey Gerson and Jonathan Rubin are featured speakers in a Presentation on Good Samaritan Law and Medical Liability for Emergency Response Caregivers along with Dr Robert Meyer and Dr John McNelis as part of the Police Surgeons Group of the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association Conference on The Medical Response to a Coordinated Terrorist Attack:  Immediate and Long Range Considerations to be held at the NY Hilton Hotel 2/23-2/24 2015

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KBR Partners Steven D. Weiner and Keith L. Kaplan will be speaking at the annual convention of the New York Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators on March 9, 2015 in Callicoon, New York.

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KBR Partner Jonathan Bruno will be a speaker at the New York State Bar Associations Legal Malpractice 2015 program.

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KBR Partner Jonathan Bruno and Associate Deborah Zawadzki Win Dismissal of Claims against Hedge Fund Administrator.

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KBR Partner Jonathan Bruno and Associate Deborah Zawadzki Win Dismissal of Claims for Legal Malpractice Against Attorneys.

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KBR Partner Jonathan Bruno was a speaker at American Conference Institute’s Advanced Forum on LPL/Legal Malpractice.

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KBR Partner Paul Curley and Associate Matthew Schiffhauer Win Summary Judgment for Directors & Officers Liability Insurer in Lawsuit Asserting Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Claims.

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KBR Partner Steven Weiner recently provided the keynote address at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Legal Issues Forum in Washington, D.C. addressing Best Practices for Standards Developers and Conformity Assessment Bodies to Avoid Legal Liability in Tort, Antitrust, and Other Areas of the Law.

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KBR Partner Michael Mezzacappa was a speaker at the New York State Bar Association’s 2014 Honing Your Deposition Skills seminar in Melville, Long Island on October 16, 2014.

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Partner Jonathan Rubin will be speaking at the Annual ASHRM (Association of Health Care Risk Managers) Conference in Anaheim California this month. The conference takes place from October 26th – October 29th.

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Steven Weiner, a Partner in our products liability and techology group, will be the Keynote speaker at the 2014 ANSI Conference in Washington, DC on October 22, 2014.

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KBR Partner Jonathan Rubin will be presenting as a featured speaker at the Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company (MLMIC) 2014 Risk Management Seminar in Syracuse NY on Friday September 19, 2014.

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KBR Partner Jonathan Bruno and Associate Deborah Zawadzki Win Dismissal of Counterclaims for Legal Malpractice Against Attorney

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KBR Partners Jacqueline Mandell and Margaret O’Connor won an affirmance of an order granting summary judgment in favor of their client, a laboratory, which was alleged to be negligent in their reporting of drug tests.

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KBR Partner Jonathan Bruno and Associate Deborah Zawadzki Win Dismissal of Third-Party Action Against Attorney.

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KBR Partner Jonathan Bruno and Associate Alex Niederman Win Dismissal of Defamation Action Against Condominium Board.

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KBR Partner, Jeffrey C. Gerson, and Associate, Patrick A. Dolan, were  granted summary judgment in a chiropractic malpractice case where a 35 year old woman suffered from a very extensive schwanomma tumor in her spine, allegedly resulting in cauda equina syndrome and requiring an emergency tumor removal surgery, spinal fusion, and laminectomy.

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KBR Partner Jeffrey C. Gerson gave a presentation on legal issues involving electronic medical records and the impact of HIPAA and malpractice litigation at the annual meeting of alumni and faculty of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hershey, PA on June 28, 2014.

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KBR Partner Jeffrey C. Gerson obtains a defense verdict in a Kings County, Supreme Court podiatric malpractice case on July 14, 2014.

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KBR Partner, John Mullahy, and Associate, John Leo, win summary judgment and obtain a dismissal of plaintiff’s medical malpractice case.

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KBR Partner, Rocco Matra, and Associate, Doug Domsky, win summary judgment and obtain a dismissal of plaintiff’s toxic tort case.

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KBR Partner Jonathan Bruno and Associate Alex Niederman Win Dismissal of FDCPA lawsuit

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KBR Partner Margaret Davino will be speaking on July 1, 2014 at the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Annual Meeting on the topic of New York State of Health Law: Trendsetter or Over-Regulator?

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KBR Associate Dennis Williams will be speaking on June 16, 2014 at the Nassau County Bar Association on Urgent Care Centers

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KBR Partner  Belinda Dodds-Marshall and Associate Patrick Dolan Win Summary Judgment in a Kings County Supreme Court Podiatric Malpractice case dismissing the case entirely.

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KBR Partner  Belinda Dodds-Marshall obtains a defense verdict in a Kings County, Supreme Court podatric malpractice case.

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KBR Partner Andrew Kaufman will be speaking at the American Conference Institute’s 13th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims.

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KBR Partner Andrew Kaufman will be speaking at the American Conference Institute’s Medical Professional Liability conference. 

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KBR Partner Jonathan Rubin will be speaking this Sunday May 18, 2014 in Charlotte North Carolina as part of a Panel discussion on issues related to a Risk Management/Litigation case study for Addiction Treatment Providers at the NAATP Annual Convention (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers).

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KBR Partner Jonathan B. Bruno was a speaker at the New York City Bar’s Bridge-the-Gap Program on May 21, 2014, on the topics of Legal Malpractice Claims and Risk Management.

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Partner Jonathan Rubin will be speaking as part of an AM Best Complimentary Webinar Panel on Tuesday, May 6th.

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Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP attorneys Michael P. Mezzacappa and Julie A. Tribble, of the firm’s New York office won summary judgment in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, resulting in dismissal of third-party action seeking contribution for $20 million in alleged property damages. The firm’s client was Integrated Systems and Power, Inc. (ISPI).

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KBR Partner Jonathan Rubin will be presenting a Risk Management Talk on Wednesday April 9, 2014 to the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s mental health counselors in New York City.  

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KBR Partner Keith L. Kaplan Wins Summary Judgment in a Nassau County Personal Injury Lawsuit Against a Nursing Home

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KBR Partner, Rocco Matra, and Associate, Mark Mascolo, win summary judgment and obtain a dismissal of plaintiff’s construction case.

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KBR Partner Keith L. Kaplan and Associate Caroline A. Sullivan Win Summary Judgment of a Bronx County Personal Injury Lawsuit Against a Nursing Home

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KBR Partners Chris DiGiacinto, Jon Rubin and KBR Associate Allison Angel will be presenting a CLE lecture at the Manhattan offices of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation on March 6, 2014. The presentation is on the topic of Finding, Preserving and Utilizing Social Media in Healthcare Litigation.

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Partner Jonathan Rubin will be presenting a Professional Ethics Workshop before the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy  (ICP) in NYC on March 5, 2014.

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Partner Joan M. Gilbride will be speaking in an upcoming Strafford live webinar, "Family Responsibility Leave: Defending Against Employee Claims in an Uncertain Legal Framework" scheduled for Wednesday, March 26, 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT.

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KBR Partner Keith L. Kaplan and Associate Patrick A. Dolan Win Dismissal of a Bronx County Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Nursing Home Client Due to the Failure to Substitute an Estate Representative as Plaintiff

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Michael P. Mezzacappa and Julie A. Tribble win Summary Judgment in United States District Court, Southern District of New York resulting in dismissal of third-party action seeking contribution for $20 million in alleged property damages.

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Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP is pleased to announce the opening of its sixth office in Stamford, Connecticut.

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KBR Partner Keith Kaplan and Associate Patrick Dolan Win Summary Judgment Dismissing Nursing Home Negligence, PHL  §2801-d and Wrongful Death Case

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KBR Partner, Rocco Matra, and Associate, Mark Mascolo, win summary judgment and obtain a dismissal of plaintiff’s negligent security premises liability lawsuit.

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On September 19, 2013, Garden City Partner Jeffrey C. Gerson lectured to the New York State Podiatric Medical Association in Buffalo, New York on the topic of “Top 10 Reasons Podiatrists Get Sued”.  His lecture included advise on preventing lawsuits and examples of recent verdicts and settlements in New York.  

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KBR Partner Rocco P. Matra recently obtained a directed verdict on behalf of a general dentist at the close of plaintiff’s case in a trial in Supreme Court, Queens County, New York.

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KBR attorney Dennis Williams will be a speaking on "What You Need to Know Right Now About the Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare")” to be held at the Nassau County Bar Association on September 24, 2013.

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KBR Partner, Rocco Matra, and Associate, Mark Mascolo, win summary judgment and obtain a dismissal of plaintiff’s premises liability lawsuit.

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Joan Gilbride, Jeffrey Gerson, and Cristina LaMarca spoke at a New York State Bar Association Panel entitled: "Health, Fitness and Adventure Sports Liability" on August 1st, 2013.

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KBR attorney Andrew Oldis will be a participating panelist in the CLE presentation “Insurance Claims: From Notice to Resolution” to be held as part of the ABA Annual Conference on August 9, 2013 in San Francisco.

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KBR Partner Steven Weiner will be a presenter at the ASHRM Annual Conference.

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Edward R. Noriega has become a Partner in the Firm.

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KBR Partner Jonathan Bruno and Associate Alex Niederman Win Dismissal of FDCPA Lawsuit.

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KBR Partner Jonathan Rubin will be a co presenter at the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management’s Annual Educational Conference on June 6, 2013, on the topic of Behavioral Health, Risks and Liabilities.

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KBR Partner Jonathan Rubin will be speaking at the New York State Psychological Association’s Annual Convention on May 31, 2013, on the topic of Risk Management Issues for Psychologists – Record Keeping in the Digital Age.

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KBR Partner Douglas FitzMorris won a defense verdict on behalf of an emergency room physician and a hospital following a 13 day jury trial in New York Supreme Court, Queens County.

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KBR Partners Steve Weiner and Wayne Borgeest will be featured speakers at a seminar in Memphis, Tennessee on May 2-3, 2013 on the topic of Litigation Risk and Defense Strategies for Long Term and Assisted Living Providers, Insurers and Brokers

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KBR Partner Jonathan Bruno and Associate Alex Niederman Win Dismissal of Accountant Malpractice Lawsuit

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KBR Partner Joan Gilbride is a participating panelist in an ABA webinar addressing discrimination claims by working family caregivers.

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KBR Partner Barbara Costello will be a speaker for the American Bar Association’s CLE, “Recent Developments in Employment Practices Liability: What’s Keeping In House Counsel and EPLI Carriers Awake at Night,” on the topic of emerging employment practices liability exposures.

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KBR Partner Jonathan Rubin obtained a defense verdict in New York Supreme Court, Bronx County on behalf of a surgeon in a medical malpractice case involving a retained foreign object. 

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KBR Partner Steven D. Weiner, Co-Team Leader of the Appellate Practice Group Jacqueline Mandell and Senior Associate Julie A. Mickiewicz win Summary Judgment.

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KBR Partners Jonathan B. Bruno and Kristopher Dennis were recent speakers at a Strafford webinar entitled “Attorney Professional Liability: Responding to Claims and Minimizing Malpractice Risks.”

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KBR Partners Jonathan Bruno and Paul Colucci, and Associate Katherine Gotelaere, obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a hospital, the hospital’s parent company and a pediatrician in a civil rights and medical malpractice case tried in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York.

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KBR Partner Jonathan Bruno and Associate Deborah Zawadzki Win Summary Judgment in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Lawsuit

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KBR Partner Julianna Ryan will be a speaker on the topic of the Lloyd's of London insurance market.

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Partner Margaret Davino has been elected as Chair-elect of the Health Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

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KBR Partner Jonathan Bruno and Associate Deborah Zawadzki Win Dismissal of a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Lawsuit.

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KBR Partners Andrew Kaufman and Rocco Matra along with Jacqueline Mandell, Of Counsel and a Team Leader of the KBR Appellate Practice Group, obtained a reversal on appeal, winning summary judgment for their clients in a medical malpractice action.

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Congratulations to KBR Partner Douglas FitzMorris, Co-Team Leader of KBR’s Appellate Practice Department Jacqueline Mandell, and Associate Naomi Nova in obtaining a final dismissal of a twelve year old case with a tortured procedural history involving allegations of wrongful death following an unwitnessed stroke.

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KBR Partner Jonathan B. Bruno and Associate Alex N. Niederman Win Dismissal of $1.2 Million Legal Malpractice Lawsuit

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KBR Partner Jonathan B. Bruno and Associate Alex N. Niederman Win Dismissal of Legal Malpractice Case

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KBR Partner Joan Gilbride and Associate Brian Sher win unanimous reversal of the trial court’s ruling with respect to the ‘prior and pending’ exclusion in an E & O policy.

 

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KBR Partner Joan Gilbride and Associate Cara O’Sullivan win summary judgment in the Eastern District of New York on behalf of an employer dismissing Plaintiff’s claims of retaliation for his participation and opposition to discrimination in a New York State Division of Human Rights (“NYSDHR”) conference and for the filing of his own complaint of retaliation.

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KBR congratulates Jacqueline Mandell and Edward Guardaro, Jr. on the publication of New York Medical Malpractice.

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KBR Partner Joan Gilbride and Associate Brian Sher win dismissal of all defamation claims made by a disgruntled employee against her employer.

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Partners Jonathan B. Bruno and Kristopher M. Dennis were speakers at the New York City Bar’s Bridge-the-Gap Program, on the topics of Legal Malpractice Claims and Risk Management.

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KBR Partner Joan M. Gilbride and Associate Robert A. Benjamin, of the Insurance Coverage and Directors and Officers Litigation groups, obtained an affirmance by the New Jersey Appellate Division of summary judgment entered in favor of their client, a directors and officers policy insurer.

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KBR Partner Joan M. Gilbride and Senior Associate Laura B. Juffa  win summary judgment in the Southern District of New York knocking out age and disability discrimination as well as retaliation claims on the threshold issue of whether the Plaintiff was an independent contractor or employee.

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KBR Partner Jonathan B. Bruno and Associate Alex N. Niederman win appeal of a legal malpractice case before the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department.

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KBR is pleased to announce that Matthew M. Collibee has joined the Firm as an Associate.

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Joan Gilbride, NYC based partner, was interviewed concerning the potential exposure presented by retaliation claims at the PLUS Professional Risk Symposium on March 29th, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Jacqueline Mandell, one of the Practice Team Leaders of KBR’s Appellate Practice Department, wins summary judgment in a medical malpractice case involving the death of a patient.

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KBR is pleased to announce that Edward J. Guardaro, Jr. has joined the Firm as a Partner and Adonaid C. Medina, and Alyssa M. Panaro have joined the Firm as Associates.

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KBR Partner Jonathan Bruno wins dismissal of an appeal before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

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KBR Partner Joan M. Gilbride and Associate Tyra R. Saechao win summary judgment in insurance broker liability case in New York Supreme Court, Kings County.

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KBR Partner Douglas FitzMorris recently won a defense verdict on behalf of a urology practice following a six day jury trial in Queens County, New York.

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KBR is pleased to announce that Stephanie Gitnik and Margaret O’Connor have become partners of the firm and Jacqueline Mandell has become Of Counsel with the firm.

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KBR Appellate Counsel Jacqueline Mandell wins summary judgment when First Department reverses order denying relief to an obstetrician who performed an emergency c-section to save the life of a dying fetus which was ultimately stillborn.

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KBR Partner, David Varriale, Wins Summary Judgment in Nursing Home Negligence Case Alleging Failure to Timely Diagnose Breast Cancer

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KBR Partner Douglas J. FitzMorris recently won a defense verdict on behalf of a hospital and emergency room physician following a nine day jury trial in Queens County, New York.

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KBR Partner Douglas J. FitzMorris wins a defense verdict on behalf of an orthodontist following a 10 day jury trial in Richmond County, New York.

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KBR Partner Douglas J. FitzMorris wins a defense verdict on behalf of a hospital and a gynecologic oncologist following a two week jury trial in New York County.

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KBR Partner Jonathan B. Bruno obtained a defense verdict in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in an employment discrimination case alleging a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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KBR Partner Joan Gilbride was a Participating Panelist on Emerging Employment Law Issues

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KBR Partner Andrew S. Kaufman Wins Defense Verdict In Brain Damaged Baby Case

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The Proof Is In The Handwriting - KBR Partner Jeffrey C. Gerson Wins Defense Verdict In Podiatric Malpractice Case Where Plaintiff Alleged That The Signature On The Consent Form Was Not Hers 

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