Kevin G. Horbatiuk

Kevin G. Horbatiuk

Offices: New York
Partner

Kevin's practice focuses on defending claims for benefits under ERISA group insurance plans, property and casualty defense work and regulatory defense work.

He is counsel in New York State for various Cigna companies such as Life Insurance Company of North America, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York as well as various self-funded Employer Benefit Plans.

Kevin acts as Qualified Officer for Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. In addition, he is on the approved panel of outside counsel for JP Morgan ChaseBank, NA, Target Corporation, Lancer Indemnity Insurance Company and various Managing General Agents for National Trucking Companies and Insurers.

He has been retained to represent numerous national self-insured accounts in personal injury, property damage lawsuits and trucking accident cases as well as to provide pre-litigation services concurrent with the happening of a catastrophic event.

Kevin stays involved in the community, giving back to his alma mater, Fordham, by lending his wide range of legal knowledge to Fordham's Mock Trial team. He also leads the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club, and is a member of the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Committee for the American Canoe Club's Camp at Lake Sebago. He successfully completed training with Billion Oyster Project and now is a Community Scientist and Steward of their Oyster Research Stations ( ORS ) located in New York Harbor and adjacent waterways. Kevin monitors the health and growth of the oysters in the ORS that are accessible via kayak.

Education
1981 J.D. Fordham University School of Law
1978 B.A. in History, summa cum laude from Fordham University
Experience
Was a Senior Trial Counsel for Cigna's in-house litigation office for 13 years
Has litigated numerous high exposure construction, transportation and products liability cases in Kings and Bronx Counties
Admissions
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York
New York State Bar
Memberships
Defense Research Institute's Life, Health and Disability Litigation Committee.
Catholic Lawyers Guild
Speaking Engagements
National Business Institute : Advanced Civil Litigation Skills in New York; Long Island , New York; November 2015 ( "Using Evidence to Support Your Proposed Damages Claim," "Addressing Weaknesses in Your Case in Closing Arguments." )

American Conference Institute: 16th National Advanced Forum on Ligating Disability Insurance Claims, New York, NY, January 23, 2013; The Discovery Battle Continues: The Current Scope and Limitations of Discovery in Disability Claims Actions, and Tactics and Strategies for Securing Meaningful and Useful Discovery for Your Case.

American Conference Institute: 11th National Advanced Forum on Ligating Disability Insurance Claims, Boston, MA, June 12, 2008; Subjective Disorders: Practical Tips for Utilizing the Medical Facts in Litigation For the Defense, Mock Disability Trial: The Defense Perspective.

Eastern Claims Conference, New York, NY, February 26, 2008, Mock Mediation-Behind Closed Doors.

National Business Institute: Powerful Evidence in New York Civil Litigation, Long Island, NY, January 2004.

New York State Bar Association: Basics of Premises Liability 2001, December 7, 2001, "Put Up Your Dukes": Tavern owner liability, bar fights, aggressive bouncers, transferred intent, dram shop update.

New York State Bar Association: New York City Faculty for the "Discovery 2000-For Experienced Litigators Seminar, May 12, 2000, Trial Considerations.

News Insights

April 25, 2019

Kevin Horbatiuk Obtains Reduction In Fees And Interest In ERISA Case

Kevin Horbatiuk received a favorable decision for our client in the case Cohen v. Life Insurance Company of North America, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Civil Action No. 17 CV 9270) from District Judge J. Paul Oetken.

October 6, 2021

Alexandra Alvarez Wins Motion for Summary Judgment for ConEd and Other Defendants

Congratulations to Senior Associate Alexandra Alvarez for winning Motions for Summary Judgment for firm client, Con Edison and others. Alexandra appeared for oral argument before Justice Katherine Levine of the Supreme Court, 2nd Judicial District on September 15. She successfully argued the motions for ConEd, Verizon, Five Star Electric Corp. and the MTA/NYCTA.

October 5, 2021

Meet David Gould (and Grab a Slice)

David is a proud named partner of Russo & Gould LLP, a firm he's been with since 2002 and served as partner since 2007. As a trial attorney, David has tried more than 75 cases to verdict throughout New York, and has participated in more than 100 trials. Litigation is not the only path he looks for on behalf of his clients; he also heads Russo & Gould's Early Settlement Division and has settled hundreds of cases on behalf of insurance carriers and self-insured entities within 12 months of their inception. For the past 25 years, David has been an Adjunct Professor at the City University of New York, Queens College where he teaches courses such as Freedom of Speech, Trial Advocacy and Media Law and Ethics. Several of his former students have been hired as paralegals at the firm. He also lectures frequently for the National Business Institute continuing legal education series and has taught such courses as: Advanced Trial Tactics, Trial Skills Workshop, Mini Med School for Attorneys, Working with Experts and Using Medical Records to Prove Your Case.