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1920 Liberty Building
424 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14202-3511Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 716-852-0400
Fax: 716-852-2535
E-Mail: roachbrown@roachbrown.com
www.roachbrown.com
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Client Information
Personnel
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Established: 1900

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Law
  • Sports and Entertainment Liability
  • Aviation
  • Fire
  • Excess
  • Coverage Issues
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About Us
Roach, Brown, McCarthy & Gruber, P.C. and its predecessor firms have been engaged in defense litigation for approximately 100 years. We have extensive experience and expertise in general liability matters, including automobile, falls, construction accidents, police and municipal liability, sports and products liability litigation. We have substantial expertise in malpractice (attorney, physician, and hospital) for both insured and un-insured clients and we represent medical professionals in disciplinary matters. We are also engaged in the representation of insurers in insurance coverage disputes, the defense of claims for employment discrimination, and various contractual matters. We practice primarily in Western New York State.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
AAA Texas County Mutual Insurance CompanyAcademic Health Professionals Insurance Association
Caronia CorporationFederated Insurance Companies
Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.HDI-Gerling America Insurance Company
Majestic Insurance CompanyMedical Liability Mutual Insurance Company
Medical Malpractice Insurance CompanyNorth American Speciality Insurance (NAS)
OneBeacon InsuranceProClaim America Incorporated
Professional Risk ManagementSedgwick CMS
Travelers Property Casualty CorporationZurich Insurance Group
Non-Insurance Clients
Erie County Medical Center Corp.Kaleida Health
Medical Society of the County of ErieRoswell Park Cancer Institute
State of New YorkSterris Corporation
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Personnel Information
Partners
Joseph V. McCarthy
Buffalo, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1970
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1998
Additional Biographical Details:
Defense Lawyer of the Year, Professional Service Award - Erie County Medical Society (2005 and 2008)
Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association (Committee of Lawyers to Evaluate Action for Reform, 1995-1997; Committee on the CPLR, 1994-1996; Committee on Case Management, Fourth Judicial Department, 1995-1998; Committee on Merit Selection, 1992-1995; Executive Committee, 1997-2003)
  • Erie County Bar Association (Director, 1988-1991; President-Elect, 1992-1993; Past President, 1993-1994; Chairman, Practice and Procedure Committee, 1984-1987; Board of Directors, Volunteer Lawyers Programs, 1992-1993)
  • Eighth Judicial District Judicial Advisory Council (1993-1995)
  • New York State Bar Foundation (Executive Committee 2011-Present)
  • Erie County Bar Foundation (Board of Directors, President, 1994-2000; Committee on Standards and Goals of the Office of Court Administration, 1993-1996)
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association (Director, 1985-1988)
  • Western New York Defense Lawyers Association (Director, 1990-1993)
  • Panel Member, American Arbitration Association
  • Malpractice Defense Lawyers Association
  • Chief Justice Judith Kaye's Committee on the Profession and the Courts (1993-2009)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
Education:
  • St. Bonaventure University, B.S., 1965
  • The Catholic University of America, J.D., 1969
Clerkship:
Confidential Clerk, U.S. District Court Judge, Western District of New York (1969-1971)
Honors:
Phi Alpha Delta
Born:1943
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J. Mark Gruber
Buffalo, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1993
Additional Biographical Details:
Town Justice for the Town of Tonawanda (2009-Present); Justice, Village of Kenmore, New York (1993-2008); Acting Justice, Village of Kenmore, New York (1983-1993)
Memberships:
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • New York State Magistrates Association
  • Erie County Magistrates Association
  • Chairman, Negligence Law Committee (1993-1995)
  • Task Force on Court Facilities
  • Bench and Bar Committee
  • Committee on the Jury Project
  • Defense Trial Lawyers Association of Wester New York (Past President & Vice President)
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Education:
  • Villanova University, B.S. (cum laude), 1976
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., 1979
Born:1954
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John P. Danieu
Buffalo, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2000
Memberships:
  • American and Erie County Bar Associations
  • Western New York Defense Lawyers Association
  • New York State Defenders Association
Education:
  • University of Rochester, B.A., 1988
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., 1991
Born:1965
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Elizabeth G. Adymy
Buffalo, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1994
Additional Biographical Details:
Grader, for the New York State Board of Law Examiners
Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association
Education:
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), 1987
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D. (cum laude), 1993
Born:1964
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Joel J. Java, Jr.
Buffalo, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Memberships:
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Defense Trial Lawyers Association (Current Secretary, Past Board Member)
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1995
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1998
Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa
Born:1973
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Kevin Vasquez Hutcheson
Buffalo, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
Additional Biographical Details:
Niagara University Adjunct Professor, 2008-Present; Niagara County Assigned Counsel and Conflict Defenders; UB Law Mentor Program
Memberships:
  • Erie County and Niagara County Bar Associations
  • Western New York Defense Lawyers Association
  • Western New York Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Niagara University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1999
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., 2002
Law Review:
Buffalo Law Review, 2000-2002, Publications Editor, 2001-2002; Buffalo Criminal Law Review, 2000-2002, Executive Editor, 2001-2002
Clerkship:
Confidential Law Clerk Intern, Honorable John T. Curtin, United States Senior District Judge, Western District of New York, Summer 2001; Confidential Law Clerk Intern, Honorable Hugh B. Scott, United States Magistrate Judge, Western District of New York, 2001-2002
Born:1977
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Associates
Kevin D. McCarthy
Buffalo, NY
Admitted
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1992
  • New York, 1995
  • District of Columbia (Inactive), 1996
  • Federal Circuit Court
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1997
Memberships:
  • New York State and Erie County Bar Associations
  • Niagara Frontier Intellectual Property Association (Former President)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
Education:
  • St. Francis University, B.S. (magna cum laude, with honors), 1988
  • Syracuse University, J.D. (cum laude, Dean's List), 1994
Born:1967
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Mark R. Affronti
Buffalo, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
Education:
  • Elmira College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2005
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D. (cum laude), 2008
Born:1983
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Adam P. Deisinger
Buffalo, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 2011
Memberships:
  • American, New York State and Erie County Bar Associations
Education:
  • St. Bonaventure University, B.A. (cum laude), 2007
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., 2010
Born:1985
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Kait R. Miceli
Buffalo, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 2014
Education:
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2009
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., 2013
Born:1987
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Seth A. Hiser
Buffalo, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 2017
Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
Education:
  • State University of New York at Geneseo, B.A. Political Science, 2011
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2016
Born:1989
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Special Counsel
Ruthanne Wannop
Buffalo, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2010
Memberships:
  • Erie County Bar Association
Education:
  • State University of New York College at Brockport, B.S., 1974
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., 1995
Born:1952
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Of Counsel
T. Alan Brown — (Retired)

Service Areas
Albion, New York53 miles
Batavia, New York41 miles
Belmont, New York77 miles
Jamestown, New York69 miles
Little Valley, New York54 miles
Mayville, New York65 miles
Niagara Falls, New York25 miles
Olean, New York73 miles
Rochester, New York75 miles
Warsaw, New York42 miles
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