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Maurice Savoiardo Named Partner

We are very pleased to announce that Maurice has been made a partner.

He is a valuable member of our employment/civil rights team, having been with the firm since 2009. He has been practicing law for over 20 years. He has successfully tried cases and secured numerous outstanding results for the insurance defense community during that interim. …

2015 Insurance Coverage Recap

Partner Steve Verveniotis turned in another superlative year, winning a number of significant coverage decisions for insurers across the country. A sampling of his success is set forth below:

In Netherlands Insurance Company v US Underwriters Ins Co., 14 Civ 3568 (NSR) (JSM), Judge Roman – in December 2015 – upheld, by summary judgment, a disclaimer of coverage pursuant to an exclusion for injuries to employees of a contractor as applicable to all insureds, regardless of which insured hired the contractor. …

Six MSSSV Attorneys Named SuperLawyers

Rich Sklarin and Ondine Slone were named SUPERLAWYERS for 2015. In addition,Mike Miranda, Neil Sambursky and Steven Verveniotis were again selected by this prestigious national organization. Independent nominations and peer research are conducted to be named to this list. Less than 5% of the lawyers in the state are selected. …

MSSSV Secures Defense Verdicts in Excessive Force Case

In Cummings v. Village of Port Chester, MSSSV Westchester partner Rich Sklarin success fully tried an excessive force case twice to fully vindicate several officers and the Village’s Police Department. After a motion for summary judgment at the close of discovery dismissed most of plaintiff’s claims, a jury still had to determine whether the use of a taser to bring the plaintiff into custody was reasonable under the circumstances. …

2nd Circ. Revives NYC Law Claim In Age Discrimination Suit

Law360 – February 13, 2015
The Second Circuit Friday vacated a portion of a district court’s judgment in an employment suit brought against Columbus Citizens Foundation by a former employee over age discrimination, saying separate claims brought under New York law were not properly reviewed. …

MSSSV Wins Police Excessive Force Case

In Gomez v. Village of Sleepy Hollow, Southern District Magistrate Judge Judith C. McCarthy granted the Village summary judgment in this police excessive force case. The husband and wife Plaintiffs alleged that they were tasered multiple times by several police officers, as well as being punched and kicked in the face and head while handcuffed. …

MSSSV Wins Coverage Dispute based on Clear Non-Cumulation Clause

Senior Judge McAvoy of the Northern District of New York granted our motion for summary judgment and dismissed plaintiff insurer’s complaint against our client, Vermont Mutual Insurance Company. This case involved a dispute over coverage for an approximately $800,000 verdict in an underlying lead paint case against the mutually insured landlord. …