Our litigators are top-notch tenacious advocates, among the highest caliber in Rochester and beyond. Whether resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation or litigation, our experienced team gets results. We represent individuals, businesses, municipalities, and not-for-profit entities before state and federal trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies, in a broad spectrum of civil litigation matters.
Our knowledge is expansive. Our service is exceptional. Our commitment to clients is unwavering.
Our client was using home exercise equipment when a cable snapped, striking his face and causing permanent eye injury. His occupation requires extensive reading. We worked with a forensic engineering expert from a local university who determined that the design of the equipment was defective. As a result of our litigation team's investigation and advocacy, this federal court case settled for seven times the original offer made during negotiation.
When products are defective in manufacture, design, or because of inadequate warnings, manufacturers and sellers can be liable for resulting injuries to conscientious users.
Our client slipped down icy interior stairs in an office building. She suffered serious injuries to both of her hips, requiring several surgeries. Although the building's management knew the stairs were dangerous due to the ice, they did not act to make the stairs safe. As a result of our litigation team's investigation and advocacy, the case settled for three times the original offer made by the building management's insurance company.
Building owners and managers have a duty to keep premises safe. When they are made aware of a dangerous condition and do not fix it quickly, they can be liable for resulting injuries.
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- Arbitration & Mediation
When appropriate, Alternative Dispute Resoltuion is an effective option that involves less time and expense than litigation. We offer extensive experience in all forms of ADR, including mediation, arbitration and summary jury trials. Our litigators have successfully represented clients in various alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including private and court-mandated arbitration and mediation. We have also served as impartial arbitrators and mediators, and one of our litigators is a retired Supreme Court Justice who serves as a panelist for several commercial arbitration providers.
- Article 78 Proceedings
These special proceedings under Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules permit a court to review decisions of various governmental boards and officials. Our litigators have successfully represented petitioners and respondents in such proceedings, including towns, planning boards, zoning boards of appeals, developers and other businesses and individuals aggrieved by governmental actions.
The firm has handled a variety of cases on behalf of banks ranging from the enforcement of the “home office” protection provisions of New York’s branching rules to the defense of claims involving fraudulent endorsements.
- Civil Rights & Discrimination
Our litigators are experienced representing both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state actions involving civil rights violations under the United States Constitution, and under applicable state and federal anti-discrimination laws.
Our team is adept at negotiating agreements among owners, contractors and sub-contractors. We prepare contracts that are responsive to clients' needs, comprehensive, and minimize the risk of litigation. Should a dispute arise, we have the necessary experience with the diverse types of disputes that can arise from contractor and sub-contractor relationships, including the scope and cost of contracted work, to vigorously and efficiently advance clients' interests.
- Contested Estates
How property is distributed upon death should be a straightforward matter based on a will, trust, or the laws of interstate succession in New York. Sometimes, however, questions are raised concerning the circumstances under which a last will and testament was written, leading to a Surrogate’s Court challenge to the will on grounds of incapacity, duress or undue influence. We have represented concerned and distraught family members in these difficult proceedings.
- Contract & Commercial Disputes
Disputes between owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers can result in litigation or arbitration over who owes what to whom, or who did not perform their responsibilities in a particular project. Several of our litigators have successfully represented our clients in complex and protracted matters of this type.
- Health Care
The costs of healthcare, and the difficulties presented by a complex regulatory environment governed by overlapping state and federal laws has lead to increasing friction and disputes between and among health providers, and with insurers and regulatory agencies. A substantial portion of the firm’s litigation work now involves the representation of physicians, nurses, nursing homes, allied health providers, and physician practice associations in litigation to resolve these issues.
- Landlord/Tenant Disputes
The firm typically handles evictions for residential and commercial landlords, and has also represented major commercial tenants forced to resolve these disputes in court.
- Personal Injury & Property Damage
We advise clients who have been seriously injured by the negligence or intentional misconduct of others. Our team handles only those cases where legitimate, significant harm has been sustained: We set wrongs right. Our compassionate approach sets us apart from other firms, which often have high-volume, impersonal practices reliant on mass media advertising. We don't spend our resources on billboards; we spend them on you. Our smaller caseload allows us to provide more individual attention to clients, enhancing the likelihood of securing a recovery commensurate with your injury.
We have created a separate website, detailing our firm's personal injury practice, and we invite you to visit www.rochesterpersonalinjurylaw.com to discover how we can assist you.
- Products Liability
Defective products can cause injuries which change a person’s abilities for a lifetime. The firm has represented many individuals seeking appropriate compensation from the manufacturers and distributors of such products.
- Professional Misconduct & Discipline
We represent physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers and institutions that are facing investigations, discipline or sanctions before the New York State Department of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the New York State Attorney General, the United States Department of Justice, the New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the New York State Education Department (Office of Professional Discipline).
- Real Estate Zoning & Land Use
The firm has represented individuals, developers, and municipalities in a wide variety of litigation involving residential and commercial real estate and land use and zoning matters. Our lawyers have also successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in actions seeking specific performance of contracts to purchase real estate.
- Tax Assessment Review And Condemnation
Our team regularly counsels clients in regard to challenges by taxpayers to their real property tax assessments. We also represent individual and business taxpayers who wish to contest their real property tax assessments.
- Tax Controversies with the IRS & the New York State Tax Department
We represent individual and business taxpayers who have disputes with taxing authorities such as the Internal Revenue Service and the New York State Department of Finance. Our tax controversy practice includes providing counsel and representation in audits, offers in compromise, and litigation before the U.S. Tax Court and the New York State Division of Tax Appeals.
- Trade Secrets, Non-Compete & Employment Claims
Our employment attorneys can assist you in drafting the clear, enforceable policies and agreements that you may need to protect your business assets and to minimize the risk of your organization being involved in litigation with a present or former employee. Should litigation become unavoidable, we are tenacious advocates for our clients.