Florina Altshiler''s article, entitled "Employing Generally Accepted Scientific Principles to Address False Eyewitness Testimony Through Trial," Appears in the 2021 Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law.
Please join us in welcoming Nima Baratzadeh to Russo & Gould. Nima has substantial litigation experience. He has worked in insurance defense for several years, after gaining valuable insight into the workings of opposing counsel during his tenure with a high-volume plaintiff''s personal injury firm. Nima started his legal career with the Chicago Public Defender''s Homicide Task Force.
We are thrilled to welcome Lisa Viscardi to Russo & Gould! Lisa has more than 30 years of experience representing large national insurance companies in insurance defense and coverage litigation. She started her legal career as Felony Assistant District Attorney serving in the Domestic Violence/Sex Crimes Bureau in Bronx County, and then moved to private practice in 1993. Lisa found her home as an insurance defense litigation attorney and works with large national insurance companies.
Please join us in congratulating our newest partner, Cecil Floyd! Cecil joined us in 2012, bringing his decades of experience to the firm. He focuses on the defense of general liability matters and works with a broad range of clients, including construction companies, property owners and managers, restaurants, trucking companies, product manufacturers, gas stations, bus companies, utilities and small businesses.
Russo & Gould is pleased to welcome Audrey D. Medd to the firm as a Senior Associate in our Hartford and Stamford, CT offices. A seasoned trial attorney, Audrey''s practice covers all aspects of insurance defense in both Connecticut and New York, including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and medical malpractice. Audrey has been practicing law since 2004. She has tried multiple cases to verdict in both New York and Connecticut and was even admitted pro hac vice upon request of a client to try a case in state Court in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Josh Kardisch's article, "Lead ''Poisoning'' and Asbestos Litigation," appears in the Spring 2021 edition of Defendant: The Journal of the Defense Association of NewYork. The issue is part two in a series devoted to premises liability. Kardisch, who serves as Of Counsel to Russo & Gould, has defended toxic tort, construction accident, and general personal injury litigation for 35 years.
David Gould Wins Trial - Nassau County Jury Renders A Unanimous Defense Verdict Finding That The Plaintiff Did Not Sustain A Serious Injury - Joseph Cataldo v. Irving Myones and Jason Myones, Index No.: 604616/17
On July 14, 2021, David Gould received a unanimous defense verdict in Nassau Supreme Court before Justice R. Bruce Cozzens. The plaintiff, a 31-year old physical education teacher claimed that he sustained torn meniscus as a result of a motor vehicle accident on January 24, 2015 in Bethpage New York involved defendant Jason Myones. The plaintiff underwent a left knee meniscectomy in June of 2017.
Russo & Gould attorneys have two articles published in The Defendant, the Defense Association of New York (DANY) publication. DANY has served New York's Civil Defense Bar and brought together defense litigators for over 50 years.
Russo & Gould is proud to support Feeding America, making a donation in the spirit of freedom and the Fourth of July holiday. Feeding America is helping many Americans, including United States military families, who face food insecurity and hunger. Our contribution will help provide meals to 1,000 families in need here in the United States.
Congratulations to Alexandra Alvarez on getting a permanent stay of arbitration for our client, Progressive Insurance. Judge Elizabeth Taylor of the Supreme Court Bronx County granted Petitioner Progressive Insurance's request for a permanent stay of arbitration, so neither NYCM nor Christina Cousins, the former insured whose policy was canceled 39 days before the accident, were added as Additional Co-Respondents.
State of New York - Governor's Executive Orders and Chief Administrative Judge's Orders Related to Practice of Law In A Coronavirus Environment (Updated)
State of New York - Governor''s Executive Orders and Chief Administrative Judge''s Orders Related to Practice of Law In A Coronavirus Environment
The Appellate Division First Department unanimously affirmed the lower Court''s decision which granted our client summary judgment. The Appellate Division determined that Vehicle and Traffic Law 1214 was violated when the passenger in plaintiff's parked car opened the passenger door into oncoming traffic when it was not safe to do so. The Court determined that the photographs submitted of the damage to our client''s bus was consistent with our client''s testimony that plaintiff''s passenger opened plaintiff''s car door and struck the middle of the bus while it was passing.
In Russo v. Lake Grove Owners, et al., Supreme Court Suffolk County, Index No: 003987/14, the plaintiff slipped and fell on ice on a walkway while exiting a store in a shopping plaza. Mr. Weiner successfully argued that our client did not owe a duty to the plaintiff, owed no duty under the terms of the snow removal contract with the owner of the shopping plaza and did not create the ice condition that caused plaintiff''s fall.
We are pleased to welcome Florian Bruno to the firm. Florian's practice focuses on construction accident liability and insurance matters covering all areas of general property and casualty defense. He started his legal career in Germany and is fluent in German. He also served as a Judicial Intern in Queens County for the Honorable Lourdes Ventura, and had a private practice in New York for many years before joining Russo & Gould.
Dan Schiavetta is speaking at a National Business Institute webinar on June 24 about litigating personal injury cases in federal court. At Russo & Gould, Dan focuses on nursing home and adult residential facility defense, and has wide experience in appellate and insurance coverage litigation.
On May 28, 2021 Marie A. Castronuovo won summary judgment for our clients in a slip and fall case in Kings County. The plaintiff alleged that she slipped on a wet floor inside the lobby of defendant''s building because defendants building owner and cleaning contractor placed an inadequate amount of weather mats on the lobby floor and failed to place them in proper positions.
Russo & Gould is proud to announce our 25th anniversary. What started as a civil litigation practice in 1996 has evolved strategically with the times. While we vigorously defend corporations and individuals across a wide spectrum of civil liability and insurance matters, handling every aspect of litigation - from deposition, to intense trial preparation, to trial - in recent years, we have become equally adept at reaching resolution through mediation and appeals. Our approach is based entirely on our clients'' specific needs and developing thoughtful and creative legal strategies that meet their ultimate goals.
David Gould Wins Defense Verdict In Kings County In One of the First Jury Trials After the Covid Pause
On May 18, 2021, David Gould obtained a defense verdict after just 36 minutes in the Supreme Court Kings County before Judge Debra Silber (Deborah Thomas vs. Nadege Constant, Supreme Kings Index Number 504584/2017).
Dan Schiavetta, who has defended the Catholic Church in sexual abuse cases for over twenty years, presented a thoughtful CLE program covering the current sexual abuse defense claims landscape. Dan offered insider perspectives on the attitudes of the Church hierarchy, clergy and laity, the inner workings of how the Church controls the defense, legal issues in suing the Church and providing a defense, and the special difficulties in handling evidence from witnesses, victims, and abusers.
Russo & Gould LLP, providers of trusted legal counsel and representation on a wide range of civil liability and insurance matters since 1996, commends six of our attorneys for being selected to Super Lawyers for 2021.