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61 Broadway - 18th Floor
New York, New York 10004Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 212-487-9700
Fax: 212-487-9777
E-Mail: INFO@WFF-law.com
www.wff-law.com
Practice Areas
About Us
Additional Locations
Client Information
Personnel
Established: 1976

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Defense Litigation
  • Property
  • General Liability
  • Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Coverage Analysis
  • Opinions
  • Excess and Reinsurance
  • Subrogation
  • Casualty
  • Professional Errors and Omissions
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Cases Gone to Trial : 100+

About Us
Established in 1976, White Fleischner & Fino, LLP has earned a reputation as a leading insurance coverage and defense law firm. We built this reputation by delivering superior guidance and successful, cost-effective results. Our clients come to us because of this reputation. They stay with us because of their experience. They recommend us because of our devotion.

Our clients expect and receive top-notch and cost-effective legal representation. Our promise of value to our clients is knowledge and experience, responsiveness and accessibility, and personal service and commitment.

This promise of value is the fabric of our firm. We are unique in that every partner has worked at the firm before becoming a partner. This “homegrown” approach ensures the quality, ability, and client-commitment of every partner at the firm. Because we are an integrated partnership, each client receives the advantage of our cumulative knowledge and experience.

WF&F recognizes that there are occasions when counsel is required urgently. Our clients know that they can call our cell phones, text us, and/or email us, and that we will answer them promptly. Our commitment to client access and communication is one of the reasons so many of our clients keep coming back to us.

Our clients know that we are there for them. We value our relationship with them, as evidenced by the decades-long partnership that so many of our clients have with us.
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Additional Locations
Holmdel, New Jersey
Holmdel Corporate Plaza
2137 Route 35
Holmdel, New Jersey 07733
Telephone: 732-530-7787
Fax: 732-530-8552
Garden City, New York
1527 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, New York 11501
Telephone: 516-742-2750
Fax: 516-742-4892
White Plains, New York
303 Old Tarrytown Road
White Plains, New York 10603
Telephone: 914-509-2910
Fax: 914-997-0957
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1500 Market Street, 12th Floor
East Tower
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
Telephone: 215-665-5780
Fax: 215-569-8228
Boca Raton, Florida
7777 Glades Road, Suite 100
Boca Raton, Florida 33434
Telephone: 561-241-6740
Fax: 561-241-6741
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
AIG - ChartisAllied World Insurance Company
Arch Insurance CompanyAXIS Insurance
Chubb Insurance CompanyCNA Insurance Companies
Crum & Forster InsuranceEndurance Insurance
FCCI Insurance GroupGreat American Insurance Companies
Great Lakes Mutual Insurance CompanyIAT Insurance Group
Lancer Insurance CompanyLiberty Mutual Insurance Group
Markel/Essex Insurance CompanyMunich Re Group
National Indemnity CompanyQBE Insurance Group Limited
RLI Insurance CompanyRSA Insurance
Sirius Insurance CompanySTARR Companies
StarStoneUnderwriters at Lloyd's, London
United Fire & Casualty GroupW.R. Berkley
XL CatlinZurich Insurance Group
Non-Insurance Clients
Avis Rent-A-Car System, LLCBoulder Claims
CFC Underwriting Ltd.CJW & Associates
Galleon Marine Insurance AgencyMcCord & Associates
McLarens Young InternationalPeninsula Claims
Pillar Insurance, Inc.Precise Adjustments
Raphael & AssociatesRima Investors
Roanoke ClaimsRockville Risk Management Associates, Inc.
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Personnel Information
Senior Partners
Wendy K. Cardali
Long Island, NY
Admitted
  • Connecticut, 1990
  • New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1994
Since joining the firm in 1993, Wendy Cardali has been representing clients in casualty defense litigation. She has a wide range of experience in complex product liability and construction cases, as well as in toxic tort matters. Wendy has lectured on insurance topics at a variety of organizations, including the New York State Bar Association.

As a former Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York, and Trial Attorney in the Torts Division, Wendy defended the City of New York in a variety of cases involving municipal liability and handled many of the City's heaviest exposure cases.
Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A., 1986
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1990
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Paul A. Fino, Jr.
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1970
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1992
Additional Biographical Details:
Lecturer on Wrongful Death at New York State Trial Lawyers Institute
Paul Fino joined White Fleischner & Fino in 1981 and today is the managing partner of the New York Office. He is one of the firm's senior trial lawyers and its main courthouse presence. He tries a substantial number of significant personal injury cases each year, has an enviable track record before a jury and is well known and respected in all of the courts in the New York metropolitan area. His cases run the gamut from medical malpractice to products liability, lead poisoning, insurance fraud and professional liability, dram shop liability, construction injury, premises liability and auto.

Paul has been repeatedly selected by his peers for inclusion in New York Metro Super Lawyers, an honor given to only five percent of the lawyers in the state. He is also one of the defense deans of the New York Bar.

Paul, the son of a former United States Congressman and New York Supreme Court Justice, is a former Trustee of the Village of Atlantic Beach, New York and has held the positions of Secretary, Vice-President, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New York City Trial Lawyers Association, a bar association comprised of defense and plaintiff personal injury attorneys in the New York Metropolitan area.
Memberships:
  • New York State, Bronx County, Nassau County, Kings County and Westchester Bar Associations
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of the City of New York
  • American Subrogation Attorneys
  • New York City Trial Lawyers Association (Past-President)
Education:
  • Georgetown University, B.A., 1966
  • Fordham Law School, J.D., 1969
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Benjamin A. Fleischner
New York, NY
Practice Areas
  • Defense Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
Admitted
  • New York, 1979
  • New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Third and Fifth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Additional Biographical Details:
Conference Chairman and Speaker, American Conference Institute; New York Super Lawyer, Insurance
As the first associate hired by founder Allan White in 1978, Benjamin Fleischner has spent his entire legal career at the firm. In that time, the firm has grown from two to fifty attorneys and expanded into all areas of insurance coverage and defense work. As the only associate, Ben worked in virtually every area of the practice and has as broad a range of experience as any attorney in the field. He has handled cases in every Court from night small claims in the Bronx to the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd and 3rd Circuits. Although his focus remains rooted in property and casualty coverage, his knowledge and experience in all areas of insurance matters is a benefit to clients and attorneys in the firm.

Ben has lectured extensively on coverage issues for national lecture programs and has written articles published by the American Bar Association, Insurance Day and the New Jersey Law Journal among others. He was a founding member of the Board of Advisors for the Cares Institute at the UMDNJ SOM and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Monmouth Museum. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Law Journal Newsletters Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin an ALM publication. He was also selected as a New York Metro Area Super Lawyer in the field of Insurance Coverage 2010-2015.
Education:
  • Columbia College, Columbia University, B.A., 1975
  • New York Law School, J.D., 1978
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Patti F. Potash
White Plains, NY
Admitted
  • California, 1981
  • New York, 1983
Patti Potash, together with Ben Fleischner, heads the WF&F Insurance Practice. Patti provides coverage opinions, litigates, mediates, arbitrates and monitors coverage disputes for primary and excess insurers, as well as reinsurers. She also drafts agency agreements and appears before Insurance Departments on certain regulatory issues. She has handled insurance matters in all 50 states as well as in the U.S. Territories, Europe and Asia.

As resident partner of the White Plains office, Patti supervises the defense attorneys located in that office as well as the team of attorneys spread across all of WF&F's offices who handle the firm's coverage work.

Patti has been recognized by her peers for her excellence in the field: she was listed in the March 2012 New York Magazine Top New York Women Leaders in the Law; in the 2010 "Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers Expert Guide," a worldwide guide of the leading Insurance attorneys selected by insurers; has received an AV Rating, the highest rating, from Martindale Hubbell every year since 1998; and has been included in the Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers since the Register's inception.

Patti lectures often at New York State Bar Association and Insurance Organization seminars, CLE classes and conferences on a wide array of insurance coverage issues. She has also authored several insurance and reinsurance-related articles for many different insurance publications, including Lloyd's List and the 2012 American Bar Association Handbook on Additional Insureds.
Memberships:
  • Metropolitan Women's Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Education:
  • American University School of Government and Public Administration, B.A., 1977
  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1981
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Daniel M. Stewart
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1997
  • New Jersey
Dan Stewart joined White Fleischner & Fino as an associate in 1996. He focuses his trial practice on the defense of all types of negligence-based lawsuits in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey, and in Connecticut’s federal court. Dan has extensive experience with a wide range of case types, including automobile and trucking, complex construction accidents, premises liability and security, and products liability matters involving personal injury and property damage claims. He is fluent in the intricacies of New York’s automotive no-fault regulations, and routinely lectures on the subject for his clients.

Dan represents property owners and commercial tenants in all manner of premises liability matters, including negligent security claims, slip-and-fall actions, and Dram Shop claims. Dan has significant experience representing owners and contractors in construction site litigation involving New York Labor Law.

Dan is an experienced trial attorney and has obtained numerous defense verdicts, as well as favorable pre-verdict results on behalf of his clients at various stages of trial. He has participated in more than 100 mediations and arbitrations, and countless depositions and examinations under oath.
Memberships:
  • New York County Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Drew University, B.A., 1991
  • New York Law School, J.D., 1996
Law Review:
Managing Editor, New York Law School Journal of Human Rights
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Jonathan S. Chernow
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1999
Additional Biographical Details:
Former Assistant District Attorney, Kings County
Jonathan Chernow is a member of the firm's coverage group and a former Assistant District Attorney for Kings County. His practice encompasses first-party property coverage, investigations of insurance fraud, Examinations Under Oath, commercial litigation and subrogation. He also has extensive experience in jeweler's block policies and fine arts insurance, as well as title and shipping disputes. Jonathan has also lectured at Lloyd's of London and the Appraisers Association of America.
Education:
  • Tufts University, B.A. (cum laude), 1990
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1995
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Gil M. Coogler
New York, NY
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1981
  • California, 1988
  • New York, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1999
Gil Coogler has extensive insurance coverage and commercial litigation experience, concentrating in the areas of professional errors and omissions defense, directors and officers defense, commercial liability, business property and business-interruption losses. After practicing in Pennsylvania and California, Gil joined White Fleischner & Fino in 1999. He now practices from both the New York office and the Philadelphia office, in which he is the resident partner.

Gil is a much sought-after speaker and has been a lecturer on professional liability and insurance coverage topics before professional organizations such as the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar and the Defense Research Institute. He has testified before legislative committees on insurance issues, and has appeared on television and radio programs discussing issues of consequence to the insurance industry. Gil has a strong track record of successfully litigating insurance coverage, directors and officers, professional liability and commercial matters for the firm's clientele, both at the trial and appellate levels.
Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association
Education:
  • Washington & Jefferson College, B.A. (cum laude), 1978
  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1981
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Robert M. Drucker
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Robert Drucker joined White Fleischner & Fino as an associate in 2012. Since his admission to practice in 2002, Rob has concentrated on all forms of general litigation and medical malpractice defense, including the defense of physicians and hospitals in both state and federal courts. Rob has been involved in many complex cases, handling matters from inception through trial.
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin, B.A., 1998
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 2001
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Ian B. Forman
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1997
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Ian Forman joined White Fleischner & Fino in 2014. He concentrates his practice on the defense of all types of negligence based lawsuits in the state and federal courts of New York. Ian has extensive experience representing owners, construction managers and contractors in construction site litigation and is familiar with the complexities of the New York State Labor Law. He also has experience in premises liability and products liability matters and in the defense of motor vehicle liability actions.

On the appellate level, Ian drafts motions and briefs and appears for oral arguments before the Appellate Division in the First and Second Departments.
Education:
  • Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., 1992
  • Loyola University New Orleans, J.D., 1996
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Stuart G. Glass
Long Island, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Stuart Glass joined White Fleischner & Fino in 2011. His areas of practice include the litigation and trial of matters involving labor law, premises liability, lead paint poisoning, medical malpractice, negligent security, products liability, smoke detector/fire liability, Dram Shop, and general liability matters. Stuart has prepared lecture materials for the New York State Bar Association and a comprehensive blueprint detailing how to defend lead poisoning claims.
Education:
  • Clark University, B.A., 1992
  • New York Law School, J.D., 1997
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Jared T. Greisman
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1998
  • New York, 1999
Jared Greisman joined White Fleischner & Fino in 1997 and handles many aspects of civil litigation, including insurance coverage and subrogation, and litigation of matters involving business disputes (hedge fund advisors, collateral managers, partnerships) torts, construction defects, faulty products and equipment. Jared has appeared in numerous state and federal courts, at the trial level and the appellate level, throughout the United States on behalf of domestic and foreign insurers and businesses. Jared speaks at continuing legal education programs and at court sponsored seminars. He has been quoted in law industry journals including the New York Law Journal, Law360, and the National Law Journal.
Memberships:
  • New York State and New Jersey State Bar Associations
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Education:
  • Rollins College, B.A., 1992
  • Cornell University Law School, J.D., 1997
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Deanna Elaine Hazen
New York, NY
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1984
  • Law Society of Upper Canada, 1992
  • New York, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal and Sixth Circuits
  • U.S. Court of International Trade, 1995
Deanna Hazen joined the firm in 1995, after practicing for several years in the State of Michigan. Her practice focuses on the defense of negligence- based lawsuits involving complex construction accidents, premises liability and security, and automobile and trucking accidents. Her practice involves both personal injury and property damage claims in the State of New York. Deanna has significant experience representing owners and contractors in construction site litigation involving New York State Labor Law, representing property owners and commercial tenants in matters of premises liability, and representing companies with vehicles involved in motor vehicle accidents.

In her representation, Deanna seeks to provide thorough and discerning analysis of the claim and early resolution through mediation, motion practice and negotiating settlements.
Memberships:
  • American and New York State Bar Associations
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of the City of New York
  • New York County Lawyers Association
Education:
  • University of Michigan, B.B.A., 1981
  • University of Detroit School of Law, J.D., 1984
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Nancy D. Lewis
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1994
Nancy Lewis joined the firm as a law school student in 1992 and has spent her entire legal career at the firm, becoming a partner in 2001. She concentrates her practice on complex commercial insurance coverage litigation, civil appeals, and post-trial motions that seek to adjust and/or set aside a jury's verdict, thereby obviating the need to pursue an appeal. She also provides coverage opinions and litigates coverage disputes. Nancy's long list of successful summary judgment motions, post-trial motions and appeals is the reason that WF&F clients often ask that she assume cases from other firms.

In addition to writing appeals and supervising the work product of the firm's other appellate attorneys, Nancy provides evaluations to clients regarding the "appeal worthiness" of Orders or Judgments from within the firm and from other firms. Each evaluation involves engaging in a critical review of the Record or Trial Transcript for identification of appealable issues, determining the probability of success, and then making a well-considered recommendation to the client as to whether an appeal is warranted in light of the costs involved. In addition to the care with which she evaluates "appeal worthiness", Nancy has become known for her effective, persuasive oral arguments.

In every area of her practice, Nancy, a natural competitor, takes tremendous pride in her work, in out-witting her opponents, and in achieving the best possible results for the firm's clients.
Education:
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1987
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1993
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Jamie Packer
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1995
  • New York, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Jamie Packer joined White Fleischner & Fino in 2017. He has over 20 years of experience as a litigator in the areas of insurance defense and coverage, with particular emphasis on New York State Labor Law, construction and premises liability. Prior to joining White Fleischner & Fino, he spent 14 years as a litigation attorney, including four years as a Partner, at a well-respected defense litigation firm in New York City. He has extensive experience handling complex, large loss claims from inception to trial, as well as appeals. Jamie has prepared numerous appellate briefs and has argued before the Appellate Division's First and Second Departments. Jamie has also mediated dozens of cases to resolution at private mediation companies in New York. Jamie has conducted seminars for clients and insurance companies on various topics, including New York City Administrative Code Section 7-210 (the "Sidewalk Law").
Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association
Education:
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.A., 1992
  • Whittier Law School, J.D., 1995
Fraternity Information:
Phi Alpha Delta
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Gregory S. Pennington
Holmdel, NJ
Admitted
  • New York, 1997
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Gregory Pennington joined White Fleischner & Fino in 1999. As a partner, Greg litigates matters including premises liability, product liability, wrongful death and commercial auto. He also handles insurance coverage matters and insurance fraud investigation. Greg has been designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction earned by fewer than 2% of the attorneys in New Jersey.
Education:
  • Villanova University, B.A., 1992
  • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., 1997
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Evan A. Richman
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1998
Evan Richman joined White Fleischner & Fino in 1998, when he began as an associate for professional liability defense. Evan's practice has grown to include the defense of Directors & Officers and Brokers, as well as real estate litigation, insurance coverage, and civil and commercial litigation.

Many of Evan's cases involve representation of condominiums, cooperatives, and their Boards of Managers/Directors in a wide variety of litigation matters in state and federal court. He has litigated claims pertaining to breaches of the Proprietary Lease and By-Laws; maintenance and assessment issues; tenant-shareholder relations; breach of fiduciary duty issues; and unauthorized alterations. He has also defended against many discrimination claims asserted against condominium and co-op Boards and their property managers in the New York State Division of Human Rights and the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Evan is also heavily involved in defending professional liability claims asserted against lawyers, accountants, insurance agents, real estate agents, and other professionals. He has defended against various complex legal malpractice claims arising from a wide array of underlying matters, including those pertaining to commercial litigation, real estate, personal injury, family law, and transactional matters. He also handles insurance coverage and commercial litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels.
Education:
  • Yeshiva University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1995
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, J.D., 1998
Law Review:
Notes and Comments Editor, Cardoza's Arts and Entertainment Law Journal; Author: "Deception in Political Advertising: The Clash between the First Amendment and Defamation Law 16", Cadias Arts and End. L.J., 667 (1998)
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Alexandra E. Rigney
White Plains, NY
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2005
  • New York, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York
Alexandra Rigney is a member of the firm's coverage group. She represents insurance companies in complex insurance coverage disputes. Her practice encompasses providing coverage opinions, litigation, mediation and arbitration. She has experience defending professional liability actions, focusing on attorney malpractice and insurance broker malpractice. She also has experience defending employment and civil rights claims.
Memberships:
  • New York County Bar Association
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Education:
  • Georgetown University, B.S.L.I., 2000
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2005
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Adam P. Stark
Holmdel, NJ
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1998
  • New York, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1998
Adam Stark joined White Fleischner & Fino in 2002. Since that time he has successfully represented insurers in a broad range of complex insurance coverage matters in state and federal courts as well as in private arbitrations and mediations. He has handled a variety of defense cases including construction defect, environmental liability, professional liability, property and casualty coverage and bad faith litigation. Adam has successfully represented clients in the New Jersey Appellate Court as well as the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Education:
  • Rutgers College, B.A., 1994
  • Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, J.D., 1997
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Counsel Emeritus
Allan P. White
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1969
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1972
Additional Biographical Details:
Lecturer to Company Claim Department, Agents and Adjuster Groups on Defense Litigation and Trial Preparation, Workshop Panelist, Property Loss Research Bureau
Allan White, the founding partner of the firm, is now counsel emeritus, allowing him to resume the hands on practice of law. Allan practices in the area of insurance defense litigation, with emphasis on the areas of equine liability, bloodstock, recreational liability, professional indemnity, veterinary malpractice, and employment practices law. Allan is well-known in the equine industry representing trainers, farm owners, riders and veterinarians and is listed in the "Who's Who" section of the website www.horsesdaily.com. He also acts as an arbitrator and/or mediator for various insurance and commercial disputes and has been a small claims court arbitrator. Allan has lectured extensively at various associations and conventions on such topics as the status of the law and the relationship between insurers and their attorneys.

Allan, who started the firm with only one employee, a part-time secretary, is pleased to have watched the firm develop into a well-respected full service insurance and litigation firm with a skilled professional and administrative staff.
Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of the City of New York (Board of Directors)
  • Loss Executives Association
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (Board of Directors)
  • American Judges Association (Small Claims Court Arbitrator, 1978)
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association
Education:
  • New York University, B.A., 1963
  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1967
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William M. Billings
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1992
Bill Billings joined the firm in 2009. For more than twenty-five years his primary practice has been insurance coverage and defense litigation, including both trials and appeals. Bill's coverage and defense work involves wide and diverse areas, including professional liability (insurance agents and brokers, real estate agents and brokers, directors and officers, debt collectors, actuaries); property and casualty; maritime (ocean marine and inland marine cargo/transit losses, air cargo/transit losses); employment discrimination; and mass tort litigation (New York DES litigation, New York Latex litigation, Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Asbestos litigation).

Bill has received an AV Rating, the highest rating, from Martindale Hubbell.
Education:
  • Fordham University, B.A., 1978
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1981
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Alisa Dultz
Holmdel, NJ
E-Mail:adultz@wff-law.com
Practice Areas
  • Litigation
Admitted
  • New York, 1991
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1997
Alisa Dultz, who joined White Fleischner & Fino in 1995, has extensive litigation experience in a wide range of areas, including construction injury (New York State Labor Law), products liability, premises liability, and other civil torts. She also has substantial experience with analyzing insurance coverage issues for the firm's clients. Alisa has obtained numerous favorable court decisions in New York's trial courts, the First and Second Appellate Divisions of New York, the Southern District of New York, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Alisa's prior experience includes a clerkship with the Honorable Judge John M. Cannella in the Southern District of New York.
Education:
  • Cornell University, B.S., 1983
  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1990
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Joseph M. Glatstein
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Joe Glatstein joined White Fleischner & Fino in 2006. He has extensive litigation, trial, and appellate experience in all areas of negligence including auto, construction, medical malpractice, products liability and premises liability. He has won defense verdicts from juries in courts throughout the New York area.

Joe also has significant experience in trademark and copyright litigation and has represented the rights of the nation's largest secured creditors.

He has lectured at Fordham University Law School (CLE) and internationally on Comparative Legal Systems.
Memberships:
  • New York County Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Brooklyn College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1976
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, J.D., 1979
Honors:
Moot Court
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Nathan Losman
White Plains, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1986
  • New Jersey, 1994
  • District of Columbia, 2003
  • Texas
  • Massachusetts, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1988
Nathan Losman, who joined White Fleischner & Fino in 2008, is a former Attorney of Record for the Admiral Indemnity Company, having served in that capacity for over 17 years. He has extensive experience in handling premises liability, property damage, subrogation and construction injury (New York Labor Law) claims, as well as insurance coverage litigation.
Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association
Education:
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A. (with honors), 1982
  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1985
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Sharon B. Moreland
Holmdel, NJ
Admitted
  • Massachusetts, 1994
  • New Jersey, 1996
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Sharon B. Moreland's practice areas include both insurance coverage and insurance defense. Sharon represents insurers in coverage litigation at the trial court and appellate level in both state and federal courts. Her experience in declaratory judgment actions includes misrepresentation, rescission and reformation of insurance policies, as well as additional insured coverage. Sharon's insurance defense practice includes construction litigation, personal injury, and wrongful death. She also represents self-insured trucking carriers in high exposure litigation.
Education:
  • Cornell University, B.A. (cum laude), 1991
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1994
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Dharman P. Niles
White Plains, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1998
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
Dharman Niles joined White Fleischner & Fino in 2006 and focuses his practice on liability insurance coverage and complex litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels. Dharman also handles much of the firm's Connecticut practice, including insurance coverage litigation and civil defense.

Prior to joining the firm, Dharman practiced in both New York and Connecticut, working on a variety of issues ranging from commercial litigation to business transactions. As a law student, Dharman served as the Student Director of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Center, where he organized and ran several conferences and symposiums on human rights and humanitarian law-related subjects. Dharman was also a staff writer for the Human Rights Brief - a student-published newsletter covering human rights campaigns around the globe.
Education:
  • St. Olaf College, B.A., 1992
  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 1995
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Ann Marie C. Petrey
Holmdel, NJ
Admitted
  • New York, 1984
  • New Jersey, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Ann Marie C. Petrey focuses on insurance coverage nationwide and brings to her clients a combination of experience in both law firms and within the insurance industry. She has in-depth experience in representing U.S. and international clients in sophisticated insurance and reinsurance matters from a legal, contract wording, claims management, risk management, and regulatory/compliance perspective.

She started her career at an international law firm where her diverse practice included litigation and claims management as well as insurance, reinsurance, corporate, and regulatory matters. Ann Marie also worked at a U.S. commercial property and casualty insurer as a Claims Manager and Counsel. Thereafter, Ann Marie was Director of Contract Wording at a major reinsurance underwriting manager. She has also lectured on insurance-related topics for the American Conference Institute.
Memberships:
  • Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Association of Professional Insurance Women
Education:
  • New York University, B.A., 1980
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1983
Law Review:
Brooklyn Law Review
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Beth Shadowitz
Boca Raton, FL
Admitted
  • New York, 1985
  • Florida, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1993
Beth Shadowitz has extensive experience in the litigation of insurance defense and subrogation matters and handles real estate and commercial matters in New York and Florida.
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.S., 1981
  • California Western School of Law, J.D., 1984
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Mitchell L. Shadowitz
Boca Raton, FL
Admitted
  • New York, 1985
  • Florida, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1998
Mitchell Shadowitz has extensive experience in the litigation of insurance coverage, defense and subrogation matters, with a focus on trucking, cargo and property claims.
Memberships:
  • American and New York State Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
Education:
  • Hebrew University
  • Concordia University, B.A., 1981
  • California Western School of Law, J.D., 1984
Language:
  • French
  • Hebrew
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Shelly K. Werbel
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1989
  • New Jersey, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Shelly Werbel joined White Fleischner & Fino in 2013 and focuses her practice on personal injury and medical malpractice. She previously was partner and senior managing attorney of her own firm and has more than 20 years of litigation experience. She has exclusively handled personal injury and medical malpractice actions that have run the gamut from motor vehicle accidents to assorted premises liability actions, nursing home negligence and bed sore cases, workplace injuries, construction site accidents, labor law cases and cases that involved municipal liability and wrongful death actions.

Shelly is on the Board of Governors of the New York City Trial Lawyers Association and is currently their President, having also served as their Treasurer and Vice-President. She also served as an arbitrator for the Civil Court of the City of New York, Small Claims Division for many years. In addition, she is on the Editorial Board and is a regular contributor to "The Brooklyn Barrister".
Education:
  • Pratt Institute, B.A., 1986
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1989
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Aissatou Barry
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Ms. Barry joined White Fleischner & Fino, LLP in 2016. She focuses her practice on personal injury, auto and premises liability.
Education:
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 2011
  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2015
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Joshua P. Brady
White Plains, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 2016
Joshua Brady joined the firm as an associate in 2016 and focuses his practice on products liability. He defends foreign and domestic manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and retailers in a broad range of industries against single-product claims, class actions, and multi-district litigation and routinely handles lawsuits in both federal and state court. Josh's legal experience also includes complex commercial litigation, insurance disputes litigation, and general liability matters.
Education:
  • University of California, Irvine, B.A., 2010
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2014
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Dana M. Catanzaro
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2009
  • New York, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Dana M. Catanzaro joined White Fleischner & Fino, LLP as an associate in 2016. She focuses her practice on general liability defense litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Dana was an associate at a well-respected insurance defense firm where she defended claims in personal injury, automobile negligence, property damage, labor law, and medical malpractice matters.

Dana currently serves as Chair of the New York City Bar Association's City Bar Chorus Committee. Dana has served on the Committee Board since 2009.
Memberships:
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Columbian Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Fairfield University, B.A. (cum laude), 2006
  • New York Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2009
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Janissa Collado
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2013
  • New York, 2014
Janissa Collado joined White Fleischner & Fino in 2016 and focuses her practice on personal injury, medical malpractice and general liability defense litigation. Janissa graduated from the City University of New York Law School in 2013. While in law school, Janissa completed the mediation seminar and clinic in which she mediated small claims, employment discrimination and early childhood development cases. She was also a teacher's assistant in the mediation seminar.

Prior to joining the firm, Janissa was an associate at a well-respected law firm where she handled automobile, medical malpractice and criminal matters. For eight years prior to becoming an attorney, Janissa worked as a paralegal at that same law firm. Janissa is also fluent in Spanish.
Education:
  • New York City College of Technology, B.A. (cum laude), 2009
  • City University of New York School of Law, J.D., 2013
Language:
  • Spanish
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Maria DellaRatta
Long Island, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Maria DellaRatta joined White Fleischner & Fino in 2009. She has focused her experience on the litigation of a variety of personal injury matters including playground liability, products liability, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, automobile accidents, and premises liability.
Education:
  • New York University, B.A., 1988
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1994
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Frank G. DiSpirito
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2009
  • New York, 2010
Frank G. DiSpirito joined White Fleischner & Fino, LLP as an associate in 2016. He focuses his practice on general liability defense litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Frank was an associate at a well-respected insurance defense firm where he defended claims in personal injury, automobile negligence, property damage, labor law and medical malpractice matters. Frank also has extensive experience handling coverage actions and investigations of insurance fraud.
Education:
  • University of Tampa, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2005
  • New York Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2009
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Brian J. Divney
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Brian Divney joined White Fleischner & Fino, LLP in 2016. His practice focuses on all areas of insurance defense including premises liability and labor law.
Memberships:
  • New York State and Westchester Women's Bar Associations
Education:
  • Pace University, B.A., 1979
  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., 2001
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Laura R. Fleischner
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 2009
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Laura Fleischner rejoined White Fleischner & Fino in 2013 and concentrates her practice on insurance coverage. She was a paralegal at White Fleischner & Fino for two years before entering law school. Laura previously practiced law at Venable LLP, where she handled all aspects of complex civil litigation in federal and state courts. She also interned for the Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York and the Hon. John C. Lifland of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Education:
  • Emory University, B.A., 2003
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2008
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Eric R. Leibowitz
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2009
Eric Leibowitz has experience in coverage, commercial and intellectual property litigation. Eric also has extensive experience in all phases of litigation, ranging from complaint to motion practice to discovery to appeal. He has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, including entertainment, pharmaceutical, technology and shipping.

Prior to joining White Fleischner & Fino, LLP Eric was an Associate at White & Case, LLP where he specialized in intellectual property litigation, including patent and trademark litigation.
Memberships:
  • New York City Bar Association
Education:
  • Cornell University, B.A., 1999
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2005
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Jennifer Mindlin
Long Island, NY
Admitted
  • New York, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Jennifer Mindlin joined the firm as a law clerk while in law school and is now an associate on the insurance coverage team. As a member of the insurance coverage team, Jen handles coverage litigation nationwide. She has written on the issue of pass throughs by way of indemnification and additional insured coverage and has authored an article for the firm on the evolving interpretation of the CG 20 33 Additional Insured Form.
Education:
  • Emory University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 2009
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2012
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Kirsten J. Orr
Holmdel, NJ
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2011
  • New York, 2012
Kirsten Orr joined White Fleischner & Fino as an associate in 2013. As a law student, Kirsten held several internships, including a judicial internship with the Honorable Gerald Lebovits of the New York City Civil Court.
Education:
  • New York University, B.A. (cum laude), 2008
  • New York Law School, J.D., 2011
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Nicholas L. Paone
New York, NY
Admitted
  • Pennsylvania, 1987
  • New Jersey
  • New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1993
Nicholas Paone is a trial attorney with over twenty years of litigation experience. He focuses on significant cases in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. These cases run the gamut from medical and dental malpractice to professional liability, insurance coverage, general liability, products liability, construction accidents and defects, property damage, employment, business disputes, securities litigation, and insurance agents and brokers errors and omissions.
Education:
  • Columbia University, B.A., 1983
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1987
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James P. Ricciardi, Jr.
Holmdel, NJ
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2008
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2010
James Ricciardi joined White Fleischner & Fino in 2009. A former law clerk to the Honorable Daniel M. Waldman, J.S.C. (Ret.) of the Superior Court of New Jersey, James possesses intimate knowledge of New Jersey practice and procedure within the New Jersey State and Federal Courts. As an associate, he handles all aspects of insurance defense, including against claims of negligent security, slip-and-fall accidents, Dram Shop and products liability. Additionally, James handles a wide variety of insurance coverage litigation and subrogation matters on behalf of insurers.
Memberships:
  • Pennsylvania and Monmouth County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Monmouth University, B.A. (cum laude), 2005
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2008
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Urvashe Sameer
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2014
  • New York, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Urvashe Sameer joined White Fleischner & Fino in 2016 and focuses her practice on personal injury, premises liability and motor vehicle accidents. Urvashe graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 2014, where she was a staff editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property Media and Entertainment Law Journal. She was competitively selected to be part of the Federal Litigation Clinic at Fordham, where she and her team wrote and submitted a brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and prepared another case from intake until trial.
Education:
  • University of California, Irvine, B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa), 2010
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2014
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Matthew I. Toker
New York, NY
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2009
  • New York, 2010
Matthew I. Toker focuses his practice on the defense of all types of negligence-based lawsuits in the courts of the state of New York. Matthew has extensive experience with a wide range of cases, including automobile and trucking, complex construction accidents, premises liability and security, and products liability matters involving personal injury and property damage claims. Matthew also has experience in insurance coverage matters.

On the appellate level, Matthew drafts motions and briefs and appears for oral arguments before the Appellate Division, 2nd Department.

Matthew began his career at the law offices of Schoenfeld & Moreland, P.C., where he was an associate trial attorney handling personal injury, wrongful death and property damage cases for the Major Claims Units of various insurance companies. He handled the cases from inception through trial.
Education:
  • University of Delaware, B.A., 2006
  • Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, J.D. (Dean's List), 2009
Honors:
CALI Award
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