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Standing Committees

Amicus Curiae
Brendan T. Fitzpatrick, Chair

Constitution and By-Laws
Thomas K. Moore, Chair

Court Practice & Procedures
Kevin G. Faley and Steven Baker, Chairs

Continuing Legal Education
Teresa A. Klaum and Bradley J. Corsair, Chairs

Dinners and Awards
James M. Begley and Heather Wiltshire-Clement, Chairs
Jennifer Ehman, Deputy Chair

Diversity
Claire F. Rush, Chair

Insurance Law
Julian D. Ehrlich and Darrell John, Chairs
Keisha Parker, Deputy Chair

Judiciary
Gary A. Rome, Chair

Legislation
Steven R. Dyki, Chair

Medical Malpractice
Committee Chair Needed

Membership
Bradley J. Corsair and Thomas E. Liptak, Chairs

Nominating and On-Boarding
Bradley J. Corsair, Chair

Pro Bono
Heather Wiltshire-Clement, Chair

Publications
Vincent P. Pozzuto, Chair

Public Relations, Sponsors and Advertising
Steven R. Dyki, Chair

Young Lawyers
Committee Chair Needed

Special Committees

ADR
Brian Rayhill and James S. Fiedler, Chairs

Budget
Kevin Faley and Assistant Treasurer, Chairs

DRI and Other Bar Organizations
Thomas J. Maroney and James P. O'Connor, Chairs

Employment Law
Richard L. Steer, Chair

Ethics and Professionalism
Thomas J. Maroney, Chair

Golf Outings
Bradley J. Corsair and Thomas E. Liptak, Chairs;  Lawton W. Squires and Thomas J. Maroney, Emeritus Chairs

Judicial Screening
Andrew J. Zajac, Chair

Products Liability
Brian F. Mark and Keisha Parker, Chairs

Student Outreach and Scholarship 
Glenn A. Kaminska and Heather Wiltshire Clement, Chairs

Technology / Website
Steven R. Dyki and Patrick W. Kenny, Chairs;  Bradley J. Corsair, Emeritus Chair


 

 

Standing Committees

Constitution and By-Laws

Thomas K. Moore, Chair  -  TKMoore@travelers.com

The purpose of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee is to propose and draft updates and amendments to the By-Laws, and to keep the document current in support of the goals of the Defense Association of New York.  The committee consists of Chair Thomas K. Moore of Law Office of Thomas K. Moore, Thomas E. Liptak of Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP, James M. Merlino of Hannum, Feretic, Prendergast, & Merlino, LLC, and Teresa A. Klaum of Manson & McCarthy.

Court Practice & Procedures

Kevin G. Faley, Chair  -  kfaley@mdafny.com 

The Court Practice and Procedures Committee focuses on the latest developments in the courts which may affect the defense bar and clients, including updates to COVID-19 pandemic protocols, and changes relative to trial assignment and mediation court parts.  The committee also monitors as to the procedures and practices of the different counties with respect to jury selection, summary judgment deadlines, etc.  Members may be updated by e-mail blast announcements and publication.  The Chair is Kevin G. Faley of Morris Duffy Alonso & Faley.  The committee is also comprised of a sub-committee, chaired also by Steven Baker of Baker, McEvoy & Moskovits, P.C., which is dedicated to the subject of re-opening of the courts, especially for civil trial practice.  The other members of this sub-committee are Andrew Zajac, John McDonough, Thomas Maroney, James Begley, Teresa Klaum, Claire Rush, Thomas Liptak, Steven Dyki, Patrick Kenny, Orla Thompson and Patrick Butler.

Continuing Legal Education



Teresa A. Klaum, Chair
Tklaum@hanover.com

 

Bradley J. Corsair, Chair
Bradley.Corsair@aig.com

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 Manson & McCarthy, Chair Bradley J. Corsair of Kowalski & DeVito, Heather Wiltshire Clement of Columbia University, Steven R. Dyki of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD, Eileen E. Buholtz of Connors & Corcoran, PLLC, and Claire F. Rush of Barry, McTiernan & Moore.  For materials from some of DANY's past CLE presentations, see the CLE page on this website.

Dinners and Awards



James M. Begley
Chair
JBegley@panynj.gov  



Heather Wiltshire Clement
Chair
hwiltshireclement@gmail.com



Jennifer A. Ehman
Deputy Chair 
JEhman@MerchantsGroup.com    

The Dinners and Awards Committee is responsible for identifying potential venues, including information regarding attendee capacity, cost detail, and other relevant information for consideration by the Board and the Executive Director in their scheduling and arranging for an event.  When requested by the Executive Director, the Committee will select and purchase awards that are to be given to honor recipients by DANY. It also will reach out to Board members and other committees with respect to their identifying and soliciting sponsors for events.  If requested by the Executive Director, the Committee will review the event’s Program for completeness and accuracy and will assist with other support efforts the Executive Director might require in order to effectively hold a DANY event.  The committee is comprised of Chair James M. Begley of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (now retired), Chair Heather Wiltshire Clement of Columbia University, and Deputy Chair Jennifer A. Ehman of Merchants Group.

Diversity

Claire F. Rush, Chair - crush@bmmfirm.com

Diversity is a core value of our organization.  DANY seeks to promote the inclusion of all attorneys regardless of their gender, race, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation or physical challenges.  The Diversity Committee supports the implementation of cutting-edge and thought-provoking programs to insure the advancement of diverse attorneys. The committee Chair is Claire F. Rush of Barry, McTiernan & Moore.  The committee also consists of Lawton W. Squires of Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C., Margaret G. Klein of Margaret G. Klein & Associates, Karen L. Campbell of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Leigh Katz of Katz & Associates, Robert G. Androsiglio of Powell & Roman, and Loretta J. Hottinger of Nicoletti Spinner Ryan Gulino Pinter LLP.

Judiciary


Gary A. Rome, Chair  -  grome@bmmfirm.com

DANY's judicial committee serves as a strong link between DANY and the bench.  The committee keeps the judiciary aware of DANY developments and achievements.  In addition, the committee encourages members of the bench to contribute to DANY CLE programs, participate in DANY's diversity program, and attend DANY functions.  The committee is comprised of Chair Gary A. Rome of Barry, McTiernan & Moore, Claire F. Rush of Barry, McTiernan & Moore, and Thomas J. Maroney of Maroney O’Connor LLP.  

Insurance Law

 

Julian D. Ehrlich, Chair 
Julian.Ehrlich@aon.com   


 

Darrell John, Chair  
djohn@conwayfarrell.com 


Keisha A. Parker, Deputy Chair
kparker@cornellgrace.com

The purpose of the Insurance Committee is to address emerging insurance issues to the defense bar including through CLE topics and speakers, contributions to The Defendant, and service as a resource to the membership on insurance questions. The Committee is comprised of Chair Julian D. Ehrlich of Aon, Chair Darrell John of Conway, Farrell, Curtin & Kelly, P.C., Deputy Chair Keisha A. Parker of Cornell Grace, P.C., Glenn A. Kaminska of Ahmuty, Demers & McManus, Seth A. Frankel of Kaufman Dolowich Voluck LLP, and Jennifer A. Ehman of Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.  Feel free to contact us regarding a coverage issue, or check out the DANY journal dedicated to this subject via the following link: Defendant - Spring 2010 - Coverage.

Legislation


Steven R. Dyki, Chair  -  steven.dyki@guard.com  

The Legislation Committee aims to keep members apprised of substantive measures in proposed and/or passed NY Assembly and Senate Bills which relate to issues in civil practice areas.  It also seeks opportunities to furnish Legislators and/or State agencies with information useful in developing legislative reform.  The committee Chair  is Steven R. Dyki of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD.

Medical Malpractice

Committee Chair Needed

The function of the Medical Malpractice Committee is to identify issues which confront attorneys who represent doctors, hospitals and other medical care providers in medical malpractice matters.  It is to help those who are first embarking on medical malpractice defense, by assisting in their understanding of the discovery process, as well as helping the novice understand the pertinent and helpful information stored in medical records.  The Committee also discusses the latest changes in the law and broaches the trial aspects of defense practice.  The Committee provides this information through CLE presentations as well as through articles published in DANY's Defendant journal.  Those programs and articles are prepared by lawyers seasoned in the rigors of medical malpractice defense as well as representative of insurance companies who insure the medical community.  Lastly, the committee provides new insights to the membership by enlisting the services of judges and medical care professionals who elucidate related legal principles or discuss the medicine involved in certain cases.  The committee welcomes like-minded individuals to contribute to its mission.  The committee Chair was Patrick J. Bréa (deceased) of Bréa Yankowitz P.C. - a new Chair is needed.  There has been one Defendant journal dedicated to the area of Medical Malpractice -  it is available via the following link: Defendant - Spring 2015 - Medical Malpractice.

Membership



Bradley J. Corsair, Chair 
Bradley.Corsair@aig.com 



Thomas E. Liptak, Chair
TELiptak@kslnlaw.com

The principal goal of this committee is to encourage new and ongoing membership in DANY of constituents of New York's civil litigation defense bar, consistent with DANY's mission.  It is also to encourage committee participation, diversity and inclusion, and support of the interests of the organization, particularly as to representation of carriers, self-insureds and other clients.  Potential members are encouraged to consider joining by reviewing this website concerning membership types and criteria, and the many aspects of what DANY is and does.  This committee welcomes any questions about the foregoing.  Its chairs are Bradley J. Corsair of Kowalski & DeVito and Thomas E. Liptak of Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP.

Nominating and On-Boarding

    
Bradley J. Corsair, Chair
Bradley.Corsair@aig.com

DANY's nominating committee considers and evaluates all viable candidates who have expressed an interest in joining DANY's Board of Directors. The nominating committee after completing the interview process, then renders its recommendations to the full Board. Once an individual is added to the Board of Directors, the committee will assist the new Board member with becoming acquainted with Board practices and procedures. The committee Chair is DANY's immediate Past President, currently Bradley J. Corsair of Kowalski & DeVito.  The committee is also comprised of Past Presidents who serve on DANY's Board, including Heather Wiltshire Clement of Columbia University, Margaret G. Klein of Margaret G. Klein & Associates, Vincent P. Pozzuto of Cozen O'Connor, Julian D. Ehrlich of Aon, James P. O'Connor of Maroney O'Connor LLP, and Gary A. Rome of Barry, McTiernan & Moore.

Publications

                             

Vincent P. Pozzuto,                  John J. McDonough,
 Chair                                             Emeritus Chair
vpozzuto@cozen.com             jmcdonough@cozen.com

The mission of the Publications Committee is to disseminate scholarly writing on various topics that affect the practice of the civil defense bar, primarily through its well respected quarterly publication, “The Defendant”. The mission also includes the encouragement of defense professionals to submit articles for publication, to enhance the defense bar’s knowledge and competence in the defense of civil cases. The Committee is comprised of Chair Vincent P. Pozzuto of Cozen O’Connor, Emeritus Chair John J. McDonough of Cozen O’Connor, and Bradley J. Corsair of Kowalski & DeVito.  DANY wishes to recognize Past President Mr. McDonough for his service as Chair and Chief Editor of the Defendant from 1990 to 2020.  For access to many past issues of The Defendant, see the Publications page on this website.

Public Relations, Sponsors and Advertising


Steven R. Dyki, Chair  -  steven.dyki@guard.com  

The missive of the Public Relations, Sponsors and Advertising Committee is to capitalize on the many DANY accomplishments via the promotion of the organization throughout the Bench and Bar, to act as a liaison between third-party vendors for the mutual benefit of DANY members and high quality  providers of legal services, to create awareness of industry trends, legal developments and the many unique opportunities offered through DANY to our members and potential members, and to raise and maintain revenues necessary to support our continued activities.  The committee Chair is Steven R. Dyki of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD.  Also members of the committee are DANY Past President Heather Wiltshire Clement of Columbia University, Patrick Kenny of Barry, McTiernan & Moore LLC, Catherine J. Fiorentino of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, and Gianna N. McArthur of Cullen and Dykman LLP.

Special Committees

ADR



Brian J. Rayhill, Chair 
brianrayhill@gmail.com   

 

James S. Fiedler, Chair
 jfied@nysif.com 
 The mission of the DANY Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee is to educate and promote ADR to our members through Continuing Legal Education programs, DANY publications and collaboration with our group of diverse lawyers.  Case and claim resolution is changing at a rapid pace.  Trials are for the most part a secondary option.  Mediation, Arbitration and Summary Jury Trials are now the preferred resolution strategy for plaintiffs; defendants; individuals and corporations.  ADR facilitates earlier case and claim resolution while reducing litigation expenses.  Importantly, all the benefits of ADR do not hinder our skills as trial attorneys as Mediation, Arbitration and Summary Jury Trials allow us to continue to demonstrate our legal talents, just in a more efficient manner.  The DANY ADR Committee is here to answer your questions and provide reference and referral information.  The committee Chairs are Brian J. Rayhill of Gialleonardo & Rayhill and James S. Fiedler of New York State Insurance Fund.

Amicus Curiae

                                         

Brendan T. Fitzpatrick                                Andrew J. Zajac,
Chair                                                                 Emeritus Chair
bfitzpatrick@gerberciano.com               azajac1994@aol.com

The Amicus Curiae Committee was founded in 1997 by John J. McDonough, who was President of DANY at the time.  Since then, the Committee has been submitting amicus curiae briefs to the New York Court of Appeals on issues of vital concern to the defense community in this State.  The Committee is currently comprised of Chair Brendan T. Fitzpatrick of Gerber Ciano Kelly Brady, LLP, Emeritus Chair Andrew J. Zajac of McGaw, Alventosa & Zajac, Rona L. Platt of Accelerant Holdings, Jonathan Uejio / special counsel to Conway, Farrell, Curtin & Kelly, P.C., Lisa L. Gokhulsingh of Gannon, Rosenfarb & Drossman, Amanda L. Nelson of Cozen O'Connor, Caryn Lilling and Seth Weinberg of Mauro Lilling Naparty LLP, and Jessica L. Foscolo of Merchants Insurance Group in Buffalo, New York.  DANY wishes to recognize Past President Mr. Zajac for leading this committee from 1997 to 2020.  For access to many of DANY's amicus curiae briefs, see the Amicus Briefs webpage

Budget

The budget committee provides oversight of the costs incurred and anticipated to be incurred by the various other committees.  The focus is to be sure that the activities stay within the budget established by the committee.  The committee Chairs are DANY's Treasurer, which is currently Kevin G. Faley, and the Assistant Treasurer, who is to be announced. 

DRI and Other Bar Organizations



Thomas J. Maroney, Chair
TMaroney@maroneyoconnorllp.com



James P. O’Connor, Chair
joconnor@maroneyoconnorllp.com

The DRI and Other Bar Associations Committee advises DANY as to collaborative opportunities and innovative ideas to the mutual benefit of DANY and other attorney associations and networks.  The committee Chairs are Thomas J. Maroney and James P. O'Connor of Maroney O’Connor LLP.  Orla Thompson, another valued committee member, is DRI's New York State representative, coordinating DRI's efforts with DANY.  DRI is affiliated with 65 State & Local Defense Organizations (SLDOs) across North America, and DANY is the New York SLDO.  To learn more about DRI, visit http://www.dri.org/About.

Employment Law


Richard L. Steer, Chair  -  RSteer@tarterkrinsky.com

The Employment Law Committee brings to the attention of the defense bar significant developments and new issues that arise in the context of the workplace. The Committee’s focus includes examination of litigation theories regarding employment discrimination, wage and hour laws, misclassification of employees, workplace torts, and Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA’) enforcement, among others. The committee Chair is Richard L. Steer of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin.

Ethics and Professionalism



Thomas J. Maroney, Chair 
TMaroney@maroneyoconnorllp.com  



Brian J. Rayhill, Chair
brianrayhill@gmail.com

The DANY Ethics and Professionalism Committee develops and coordinates relevant CLEs in the areas of Ethics and Professionalism.  Our committee is also an available resource to provide assistance to DANY members when questions of professional ethics arise.  Through network collaboration, our committee is able to provide relevant resources and referral services for the benefit of members.  The committee Chairs are Thomas J. Maroney of Maroney O’Connor LLP and Brian J. Rayhill of Gialleonardo & Rayhill.

Golf Outings

                              
Bradley J. Corsair                                    Thomas E. Liptak
Chair, Downstate Outing                       Chair, Upstate Outings
July 18, 2022                                              TELiptak@kslnlaw.com                
bradley.corsair@aig.com 

                                                         

Lawton W. Squires,                                 Thomas J. Maroney,
Emeritus Chair                                         Emeritus Chair
lawton007.lws@gmail.com                  TMaroney@maroneyoconnorllp.com

The mission of the Golf Outings Committee is to plan and conduct DANY’s annual upstate and downstate golf outings.  These outings are important and enjoyable fundraising events, providing support for DANY’s Amicus Curiae submissions, CLE programming and other activities for the education and benefit of its membership.  The Chair for the upstate outing is Thomas E. Liptak of Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP.  The Chair for the downstate outing in any given year is the officer or director who procured the event.  The Emeritus Chairs procured outings in prior years.  The Committee members, in addition to Mr. Liptak, are Lawton W. Squires of Nationwide, Thomas J. Maroney of Maroney O’Connor LLP, Bradley J. Corsair of Kowalski & DeVito, Steven R. Dyki of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD, and Patrick Kenny of Barry, McTiernan & Moore LLC.


Judicial Screening


Andrew J. Zajac, Chair                                
azajac1994@aol.com

The purpose of the Judicial Screening Committee is to evaluate and provide ratings as to the qualifications for vacant Judicial positions in New York.  To date, DANY's Judicial Screening Committee has concentrated on the process of filling vacancies in the Court of Appeals, which is New York's highest Court. Through the efforts of its Judicial Screening Committee, DANY is one of 12 Bar Associations which interviews candidates for vacant positions on the Court of Appeals.  Each participating Bar Association then rates each candidate and forwards its ratings to the Governor of the State of New York.  The Governor then considers those ratings in making the final selection.  DANY's Judicial Screening Committee is comprised of the following:  Andrew Zajac (Chair), Glenn Kaminska, Steven Dyki, James Feretic, Thomas Liptak, Patrick Kenny, Orla Thompson, James Begley, Heather Wiltshire Clement, Teresa A. Klaum, Anne Marie Esposito, Brendan Fitzpatrick, Andrew L. Klauber, Robert R. Rigolosi, and Margaret G. Klein.

Pro Bono



Heather Wiltshire Clement, Chair 
hwiltshireclement@gmail.com


The mission of the Pro Bono Committee is to foster pro bono legal work by our members in collaboration with pro bono legal services providers, other bar associations and in their communities. The Committee members are Chair Heather Wiltshire Clement of Columbia University, Margaret G. Klein of Margaret G. Klein & Associates and Mary Frances G. Marino of Kowalski & DeVito.

Products Liability


Brian F. Mark, Chair  -  bfm@hurwitzfine.com


The Products Liability Committee informs the defense bar aoubt significant developments and new issues that arise in the area of products liability law.  The Committee will be a source of CLE presentations and contributions to DANY's Defendant journal. The Committee is comprised of Chair Brian F. Mark of Hurwitz & Fine, P.C., and Keisha A. Parker of Cornell Grace, P.C.

Student Outreach and Scholarship

                            

Glenn A. Kaminska, Chair                   Heather Wiltshire Clement, Chair
glenn.kaminska@admlaw.com          hwiltshireclement@gmail.com 

The purpose of the Scholarship Committee is to encourage law school students to participate in DANY.  DANY endeavors to annually award two $2,000.00 scholarships to law students who, through education and future civil defense practice, are looking to improve the services of the legal profession, elevate the standard of trial practice, support and work for the improvement of the adversarial system of jurisprudence in our courts, and facilitate and expedite the trial of disputed claims.  Law students are also encouraged to propose articles that they would author for potential publication in for DANY’s journal, The Defendant.  The committee is comprised of Chair Glenn A. Kaminska of Ahmuty, Demers & McManus, Chair Heather Wiltshire Clement of Columbia University, Alecia Walters-Hinds of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, and Monique Allen of Ahmuty, Demers & McManus.

Technology / Website

                             

Steven R. Dyki, Chair                  Patrick Kenny, Chair                                             
Steven.Dyki@guard.com          PKenny@bmmfirm.com



Bradley J. Corsair, Emeritus Chair  
Bradley.Corsair@aig.com

This committee provides a website that informs members and the public about DANY and its events, resources, committees and leadership.  The committee also uses LinkedIn and other social media to promote the organization, including its events and accomplishments.  The members are Chair Steven R. Dyki of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD, Chair Patrick Kenny of Barry, McTiernan & Moore LLC, Emeritus Chair Bradley J. Corsair of Kowalski & DeVito, Emeritus Chair Brian J. Rayhill of Gialleonardo & Rayhill, and Catherine J. Fiorentino of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.


Young Lawyers


Committee Chair Needed

The purpose of the Young Lawyers Committee is to facilitate the transition of new attorneys into the profession by providing career advancement forums through various vehicles such as networking socials, continuing legal education, and mentorship programs.


                                 


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