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 also gives back to his alma mater, Fordham by lending his wide range of legal knowledge to Fordham's Mock Trial team

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.

April 14, 2021

Florina Altshiler on Court TV

Russo & Gould partner Florina Altshiler appeared on Court TV on April 13. Florina provided commentary and legal analysis of the Derek Chauvin trial in Minnesota.

April 1, 2021

Marcin Kurzatkowski obtained a summary judgment dismissal of the plaintiff's Labor Law 200 and 241(6) claims against a subcontractor at the construction site

On March 18, 2021, Marcin Kurzatkowski obtained a summary judgment dismissal of the plaintiff's Labor Law 200 and 241(6) claims against a subcontractor at the construction site. The plaintiff alleged that he tripped and fell over a copper pipe that was left behind on the floor. Mr. Kurzatkowski represented the subcontractor that was responsible for providing carting and cleaning services at the construction site.