On the Pulse…Profile of Our New York City Office

Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2017

by Jeffrey J. Imeri, Esquire

Since its opening in April 2008, our New York City office has grown from three attorneys to over 30 in the most competitive legal market in the country. This achievement is not only a testament to our firm’s commitment to expanding our capabilities in New York in order to meet our clients’ needs, but also to our clients’ continuing loyalty to our firm. Today, we have an experienced, diverse legal staff who are fully equipped to handle all manner of general liability and professional liability matters in the New York City area. Coupled with our Long Island and Westchester offices, we now have nearly 60 attorneys who handle all types of defense cases and legal assignments throughout the state of New York.

We can proudly say that we are now at the forefront of the many defense firms in New York. No longer just a small satellite office, we have grown and gained traction with each passing year to the point where we are now a peer with our larger, long-established offices, such as those in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill and Roseland. This accomplishment is due to the depth of our talent and defense experience in New York and the hard work of our legal staff. It is also due to the careful planning of our management, which has not simply expanded our services in New York for growth’s sake, but has assembled a team of attorneys who truly work together as a unit to provide the full range of services requested by our many clients.

We have the personnel to handle the simplest to the most complex general liability and professional liability cases, from inception through trial. In the past few years, our New York City attorneys have obtained multiple defense verdicts in high-exposure jury trials, involving such claims as serious bodily injury, property damage and breach of contract. During a time when many defense firms in New York have only a few bona fide trial lawyers, our legal staff includes more than a dozen lawyers who, between them, have tried hundreds of significant cases to verdict during their careers.

We currently defend scores of high-exposure construction defect and New York Labor Law actions. We also handle many complex coverage matters, including additional insured tenders, bad faith matters and first-party property claims. Our Maritime Litigation Practice Group is regularly involved in various types of cargo defense, cargo subrogation, maritime-related personal injury litigation, including Jones Act and Long Shore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act cases, as well as collisions, oil spills and charter party disputes. Our appellate attorneys have successfully prosecuted and defended numerous appeals in New York’s state and federal courts. Our team of casualty lawyers, under the supervision of Steve Christman, one of the New York City office’s founding attorneys, defends hundreds of premises liability matters and product liability cases. In addition, we have expanded our SIU and fraud practice in New York. In the past year alone, we have received well over a thousand assignments in that area from our insurance company clients. We also handle consumer financial services litigation, such as the defense of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases. Professional liability cases involving architects and engineers, employment, discrimination, legal and medical malpractice lawsuits are also squarely within our areas of experience. Our lawyers not only know New York law inside and out, but they also know the courts, judges and opposing attorneys from years of interaction and experience in their respective practice areas.

Just as importantly, our New York City attorneys, as well as those throughout our firm, are trained and well-versed in compliance with guidelines promulgated by our clients. They know that doing a good job in a case means more than just obtaining a favorable result. It means communicating promptly with the client and providing timely reports, evaluations and budgets in the forms required by the client. It also means working hard to achieve the best result possible in the most cost-effective manner. Client satisfaction is, and will always be, our firm’s primary goal.

Our New York City office is located in Manhattan’s downtown financial district. We are in close proximity to the city’s supreme, civil and federal courts, and our attorneys routinely cover the counties of New York, Kings, Queens, Bronx and Richmond, as well as the Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

*Jeff is a shareholder who works in our New York, New York office. He can be reached at 212.376.6408 or jjimeri@mdwcg.com.



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