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20 Corporate Woods Boulevard, Fourth Floor
Albany, New York 12211Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 518-465-0400
Fax: 518-465-0015
www.1stlaw.com
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Established: 1994

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Employer Liability
  • Automobile
  • Premises Liability
  • Environmental Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Mass Tort
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Extra-Contractual Litigation
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About Us
O'Connor, O'Connor, Bresee & First, P.C. is a dynamic litigation firm based in Albany, New York. Practicing throughout New York State and Vermont, the firm's highly dedicated men and women are committed to providing aggressive, attentive and cost-effective representation to their clients.
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Additional Locations
Bennington, Vermont
507 Main Street
Bennington, Vermont 05201
Telephone: 802-440-1541
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Acadia Insurance CompanyAdmiral Insurance Company
Affinity Claims/Dentist's AdvantageAmeriprise Auto & Home Insurance
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance CompanyCHART RRG
Chubb Group of Insurance CompaniesCNA Insurance Companies
Farm Family Insurance CompaniesFireman's Fund Insurance Company
Fortress Insurance CompanyGallagher Bassett Services, Inc.
Great American Custom Insurance ServicesThe Main Street America Group
The Medical Protective CompanyMedmarc Insurance Group
Mercury Insurance GroupNational General Insurance
North American Specialty Insurance CompanyOMS National Insurance Company
Physicians Reciprocal InsurersPodiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
Preferred Physicians Medical Risk Retention Group, Inc.PRMS, Inc. - Professional Risk Management Services, Inc.
Scottsdale Insurance CompanySelective Insurance Company of America
T.H.E. Insurance CompanyTravelers Insurance Companies
Zurich North America
Non-Insurance Clients
AFPD - Administrators for the Professions of Delaware, Inc.Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
The University of Vermont Medical CenterWal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Partners
Terence P. O'Connor
Albany, NY
E-Mail:toconnor@oobf.com
Years of Experience:32
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Product Liability
  • General Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • New York, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1985
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Memberships:
  • American, New York State and Albany County Bar Associations
  • Capital District Trial Lawyers Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Education:
  • University of Copenhagen
  • St. Lawrence University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1980
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1983
Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa, Omnicron Delta Kappa
Born:1958
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Dianne C. Bresee
Albany, NY
E-Mail:bresee@oobf.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Environmental Law
  • Mass Tort
  • Commercial Law
  • Toxic Torts
Admitted
  • New York, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Memberships:
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Skidmore College, B.A., 1976
  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1979
Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa
Born:1954
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Dennis A. First
Albany, NY
E-Mail:first@oobf.com
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Medical Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Environmental Law
  • Toxic Torts
Admitted
  • New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Memberships:
  • American Arbitration Association (Panel of Arbitrators)
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Vassar College
  • The Ohio State University, B.A. (with distinction), 1975
  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1978
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to Albany County Court (1978-1979)
Born:1953
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Michele M. Monserrate
Albany, NY
E-Mail:monserrate@oobf.com
Practice Areas
  • Medical Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
Admitted
  • New York, 1990
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell; The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Law
Memberships:
  • New York State and Albany County Bar Associations
  • Capital District Women's Bar Association
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Education:
  • Georgetown University, B.A. (cum laude), 1986
  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D. (cum laude), 1989
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to Honorable Howard A. Levine, Associate Justice, New York State Supreme Court (1990-1992)
Born:1964
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Michael P. Cavanagh
Albany, NY
E-Mail:cavanagh@oobf.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Liability
Admitted
  • New York, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Memberships:
  • New York State and Albany County Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.A. (cum laude), 1986
  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D. (cum laude), 1994
Law Review:
Albany Law Review
Born:1964
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P. Baird Joslin
Albany, NY
E-Mail:joslin@oobf.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Environmental Law
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
Admitted
  • New York, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Memberships:
  • New York State and Albany County Bar Associations
Education:
  • University of Vermont, B.A., 1993
  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D. (cum laude), 1997
Honors:
Justinian Society
Born:1971
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Danielle N. Meyers
Albany, NY
E-Mail:meyers@oobf.com
Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Environmental Liability
  • General Liability
Admitted
  • New York, 2006
Memberships:
  • American, New York State, Albany County and Oneida County Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges, B.A., 2002
  • University at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 2005
Born:1980
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Anne M. Hurley
Albany, NY
E-Mail:hurley@oobf.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • New York, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
Memberships:
  • New York State and Albany County Bar Associations
  • Capital District Women's Bar Association
Education:
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1985
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1988
Born:1963
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Brian P. Krzykowski
Albany, NY
E-Mail:krzykowski@oobf.com
Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • General Liability
  • Commercial Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Automobile
  • Trucking
  • Professional Liability
  • Labor Law
Admitted
  • New York, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1988
Additional Biographical Details:
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Memberships:
  • American, New York State, Albany County and Saratoga County Bar Associations
  • Capital District Trial Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Allegheny College, B.A., 1980
  • College of St. Rose, M.E.D., 2000
  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1983
Honors:
Kappa Delta Pi
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Associate Attorneys
Carol E. Crummey
Albany, NY
E-Mail:crummey@oobf.com
Admitted
  • New York, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
Memberships:
  • New York State and Albany County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Boston College, B.A. (Dean's List), 2008
  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D. (Dean's List), 2013
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Dylan S. Gallagher
Albany, NY
E-Mail:gallagher@oobf.com
Years of Experience:10
Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Defense Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Licensure
Admitted
  • Virginia (Inactive), 2006
  • New York, 2010
Memberships:
  • New York State, Albany County and Ulster County Bar Associations
Publications:
  • Wong v. Regents of the University of California; The ADA, Learning Disabled Students, and the Spirit of Icarus, 16 Geo. Mason U. Civ. Rts. L.J. 153.
Education:
  • Susquehanna University, B.A., 1997
  • American University, M.A., 2000
  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2005
Born:1975
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Aaron M. DePaolo
Albany, NY
Years of Experience:4
Admitted
  • New York, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
Memberships:
  • American, New York State and Albany County Bar Associations
  • Capital District Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Siena College, B.S. (Dean's List), 2010
  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2013
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Steven J. Auletta
Albany, NY
Years of Experience:9
Admitted
  • New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2014
Memberships:
  • New York State and Albany County Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Siena College, B.A., 2004
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2007
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