Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer, LLP
- Counsel to appellate, maritime, and professional liability practice
- Briefed and argued motions and appeals in premises liability, Labor
Law, professional liability, and securities fraud cases.
- Defended stevedores, surveyors, and truckers against maritime claims
in federal courts
Kirlin, Campbell & Keating
- Represented shipowners, insurers, oil companies and trading houses
in commercial arbitration and maritime litigation in federal
Other Related Experience
Johnson & Higgins/Marsh, Inc.
- Senior underwriter, chief financial officer, and legal/compliance
officer of client marine insurer, American Steamship Owners P&I
- Designed and implemented coverage of marine liabilities for
operators of diverse coastal tonnage, including tugs,
barges, dredges, and marine spill response vessels.
- Administered complex program of excess and stop loss reinsurance
through Lloyd's and London Companies markets.
- Analyzed and established company loss reserves with assistance of
- Worked extensively with software vendors and others to keep company
abreast of developments in information technology.
- Counseled company on legal and regulatory issues including surety
coverage for oil spill liabilities, solvency levels, and foreign
- NYU School of Law, J.D.
- Haverford College, B.A.
- New York, First Department
- U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y.
- U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y.
- U.S. District Court, W.D.N.Y.
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States
- New York City Bar Association
- Maritime Law Association of the United States
- Association of Average Adjusters of the United States and Canada
Some reported cases
- Lee v. Astoria Generating Co., 13 N.Y.3d 382, 2009
Slip Op. 08669 (2009)(LHWCA expressly preempts Labor Law §§
240 and 241 in suit arising out of workplace injury on floating power
- Fuchs & Bergh, Inc. v. Lance Enterprises, Inc., 48
A.D.3d 626, 2008
Slip Op 01497 (2d Dept. 2008)(reversing judgments for plaintiff
and granting new trial on damages in oil spill case).
- Pavlou v. City of New York, 21 A.D.3d 74, 2005
Slip Op 05419 (1st Dept 2005) (rev'g order granting new trial on
the issue of proximate cause after jurors expressed remorse that their
verdict had unexpectedly deprived plaintiff of substantial recovery),
aff'd , 8 N.Y.3d 961, 2007
Slip Op 03796 (2007) (holding that jury verdict was not
inconsistent and App. Div. did not abuse its discretion in reversing
order granting new trial).
- Arbitrator, Small Claims and Commercial Claims Part, Kings County
- Member, New York City Bar Chorus.
- Adjunct writing instructor, Fordham Law School (1989-91, 2011-13).