Defense Association of New York
 

Committees


Standing Committees

Constitution and By-Laws
Thomas K. Moore, Chair 

Court Practice & Procedures
Kevin G. Faley, Chair

Continuing Legal Education
Teresa A. Klaum and Bradley J. Corsair,
Co-Ch
airs

Dinners and Awards
James M. Begley and
Heather Wiltshire Clement, Co-Chairs

Diversity
Claire F. Rush, Chair

Insurance Law
Julian D. Ehrlich, Chair

Judiciary
Gary A. Rome, Chair

Legislation
Colin F. Morrissey, Chair

Medical Malpractice
Patrick J. Brea, Chair

Membership
Andrew L. Klauber, Chair

Nominating and On-Boarding
Gary A. Rome, Chair

Publications
John J. McDonough, Chair

Public Relations, Sponsors and Advertising
Christopher M. Hart, Chair

Special Committees

ADR
Brian J. Rayhill and James S. Fiedler,
Co-Chairs

Amicus Curiae
Andrew J. Zajac, Chair

Budget
Patricia G. Zincke, Chair

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

Employment Law
Richard L. Steer, Chair

Ethics and Professionalism
Thomas J. Maroney and Brian J. Rayhill,
Co-Chairs

Golf Outing
Lawton W. Squires, Chair

Scholarship
Glenn A. Kaminska, Chair

Technology / Website
Brian J. Rayhill and Bradley J. Corsair,
Co-Chairs

Young Lawyers
Heather Wiltshire Clement and Seth A. Frankel,
Co-Chairs

 

 




DANY Committee Chairs and Mission Statements




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, and James M. Merlino of Hannum, Feretic, Prendergast, & Merlino, LLC.

 

Court Practice & Procedures
Kevin G. Faley, Chair  -  kfaley@mdafny.com

The Court Practice and Procedures Committee will keep all DANY members and the defense bar up to date on the latest developments in the courts which affect our attorneys and clients.  These will include such issues as the recent changes in Supreme Court / New York County involving the Part 40TR (Trial Ready) and Judge Silver being appointed to the Judicial Mediation Part (J-Med).  The Committee will also apprise DANY of the procedures and practices of the different counties with respect to jury selection, summary judgment deadlines, TAP assignments, etc.  A quarterly newsletter will be sent out to all DANY members regarding new developments.  The committee Chair is Kevin G. Faley of Morris Duffy Alonso & Faley.

 

Continuing Legal Education
Teresa A. Klaum, Chair              Bradley J. Corsair, Chair
tklaum@conwayfarrell.com             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 Conway, Farrell, Curtin & Kelly, P.C., Co-Chair Bradley J. Corsair of The Law Offices of Leon R. Kowalski, Heather Wiltshire Clement, Colin F. Morrissey of Baker, McEvoy, Morrissey & Moskovits, P.C., Steven R. Dyki of Russo & Toner, LLP, and Eileen E. Buholtz of Connors & Corcoran, PLLC.  For materials from some of DANY's past CLE presentations, see the CLE page on this website: 
http://defenseassociationofnewyork.org/page-865645.

 

Dinners and Awards
James M. Begley, Chair               Heather Wiltshire Clement, Chair
JBegley@panynj.gov                       hwiltshireclement@gmail.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 Chairs are James M. Begley of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and Heather Wiltshire Clement.

 

Diversity
Claire F. Rush, Chair  -  crush@crfslaw.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 though-provoking programs to insure the advancement of diverse attorneys.  The committee Chair is Claire F. Rush of Rush & Sabbatino PLLC.  The committee also consists of Lawton W. Squires of Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C., Patricia G. Zincke of Cartafalsa, Slattery, Turpin & Lenoff, 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 Law Offices of Charles Siegel.


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 Rush & Sabbatino PLLC, Thomas J. Maroney of Maroney O’Connor LLP, and Colin F. Morrissey of Baker, McEvoy, Morrissey & Moskovits, P.C.

 

Insurance Law
Julian D. Ehrlich, Chair  -  Julian.Ehrlich@aon.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, Glenn A. Kaminska of Ahmuty, Demers & McManus, and Seth A. Frankel of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin.  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
Colin F. Morrissey, Chair  -  cmorrissey@bm3law.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 Colin F. Morrissey of Baker, McEvoy, Morrissey & Moskovits, P.C.

 

Medical Malpractice
Patrick J. Bréa, Chair  -  breayankesq@breayankesq.com

The Medical Malpractice Committee helps identify issues which confront attorneys who represent doctors, hospitals and other medical care providers in medical malpractice matters.  We help those who are first embarking on medical malpractice defense, by assisting in their understanding 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 The Defendant.  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 is Patrick J. Bréa of Bréa Yankowitz PC.  The DANY journal dedicated to Medical Malpractice is available via the following link: Defendant - Spring 2015 - Medical Malpractice.

 

Membership
Andrew L. Klauber, Chair  -  AKlauber@malaperoprisco.com

The goal of the membership committee is to further the mandate of the organization in maintaining the highest standards and encouraging new members of the defense bar and existing members of the defense bar to join and actively participate in our organization. To encourage diversity and inclusion, to maintain an active, concerned and motivated membership to further the interests and concerns of the organization in the representation of its clients, self-insureds and carriers.  We welcome any and all members of the defense bar who have not yet joined DANY to investigate and ask any questions about our organization and goals and invite them to join to further the mutual goals of the defense bar.  The committee Chair is Andrew L. Klauber of Malapero & Prisco LLP.

 

Nominating and On-Boarding
Gary A. Rome, Chair  -  grome@bmmfirm.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 Gary A. Rome of Barry, McTiernan & Moore.

 

Publications
John J. McDonough, Chair  -  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 John J. McDonough of Cozen O’Connor, Vincent P. Pozzuto of Cozen O’Connor, Colin F. Morrissey of Baker, McEvoy, Morrissey & Moskovits, P.C., and Bradley J. Corsair of The Law Offices of Leon R. Kowalski.  For access to many past issues of The Defendant, see the Publications page on this website: http://defenseassociationofnewyork.org/page-856696.

 

Public Relations, Sponsors and Advertising
Christopher M. Hart, Chair  -  chart@goldbergsegalla.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 Christopher M. Hart of Goldberg Segalla.

 

Special Committees

ADR
Brian J. Rayhill, Chair            James S. Fiedler, Chair
brianrayhill@gmail.com                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
Andrew J. Zajac, Chair              
Andrew.Zajac@aig.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 Andrew J. Zajac of McGaw, Alventosa & Zajac, who chairs the Committee, as well as Rona L. Platt of Enstar, Brendan T. Fitzpatrick of Goldberg Segalla, 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, and Caryn Lilling of Mauro Lilling Naparty LLP.  For access to many of DANY's amicus curiae briefs, see the following page on this website:  http://defenseassociationofnewyork.org/page-857262

 

Budget
Patricia G. Zincke, Chair  -  patricia.zincke@zurichna.com

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 Chair is Patricia G. Zincke of Cartafalsa, Slattery, Turpin & Lenoff.

 

DRI and Other Bar Organizations
Thomas J. Maroney, Chair                                James P. O’Connor, Chair
TMaroney@maroneyoconnorllp.com            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.  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                                Brian J. Rayhill, Chair
TMaroney@maroneyoconnorllp.com                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 Outing
Lawton W. Squires, Chair  -  lawton007.lws@gmail.com

The mission of The Golf Outing Committee is to plan and conduct DANY’s primary fund raising and social event, to ensure the support of DANY’s Amicus Curiae briefs, CLE events and other activities for the education and benefit of its membership.  The Committee is comprised of Chair Lawton W. Squires of Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C., Thomas J. Maroney of Maroney O’Connor LLP, and Bradley J. Corsair of The Law Offices of Leon R. Kowalski.

 

Scholarship
Glenn A. Kaminska, Chair  -  glenn.kaminska@admlaw.com

The purpose of the Scholarship Committee is to encourage law school students to participate in DANY.  Such participation is to be obtained through the writing competitions, which will result in the awarding of scholarships and membership in DANY, as well as the publication of the student's work.  This will also contribute content for DANY’s journal, The Defendant.  The Chair is Glenn A. Kaminska of Ahmuty, Demers & McManus.

 

Technology / Website
Brian J. Rayhill, Chair                   Bradley J. Corsair, Chair
brianrayhill@gmail.com               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 Chairs are Brian J. Rayhill of Gialleonardo & Rayhill and Bradley J. Corsair of The Law Offices of Leon R. Kowalski.

 

Young Lawyers
Heather Wiltshire Clement, Chair                   Seth A. Frankel, Chair
hwiltshireclement@gmail.com                         safrankel@mdwcg.com
                                            

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. The Committee is comprised of Chair Heather Wiltshire Clement, Co-Chair Seth A. Frankel of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, Vincent P. Pozzuto of Cozen O’Connor, Bradley J. Corsair of The Law Offices of Leon R. Kowalski, Diana Neyman of Cullen & Dykman LLP, and Nicole M. Witteck of Morrison Mahoney, LLP.





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