Bleakley Platt & Schmidt’s Litigation & Appellate Teams Continue their Success
Bleakley Platt & Schmidt’s litigation and appellate attorneys have been successfully arguing cases since 1937. As a general practice law firm with more than 25 practice areas, our litigation and appellate attorneys can call on the expertise of other practice groups to provide first-rate legal guidance to clients.
Our clientele include local, national, and international companies, as well as sophisticated individuals and several municipalities. We engage in matters ranging from commercial, construction, medical, real estate, intellectual property, product liability, toxic tort and beyond.
The firm also handles civil and criminal appeals at all levels of federal and state practice. Our extensive appellate experience provides a critical edge at each stage of litigation.
Our recent results speak for themselves.
In February 2022, partner Lino Sciarretta and associate Daniel Fix prevailed in a construction/land use dispute. New York’s Appellate Division, Second Department, issued a trio of rulings that cleared the way for construction of an assisted living facility that was being challenged by local civic associations. Our team successfully argued all three appeals.
Also in February, partner Robert Meade secured victory in the New York State Court of Appeals, the State’s highest court. The Court affirmed a favorable decision of the Appellate Division, First Department, for our client, in a dispute involving a $1 million life insurance policy. The trial court had ruled against our client, but Mr. Meade successfully argued for a reversal at the Appellate Division, and the Court of Appeals majority affirmed, over a two judge dissent. Read the opinion here.
In December of 2021, Chairman William P. Harrington and partner Adam Rodriguez successfully obtained the dismissal of a $2 million defamation case amongst rival cell phone companies. We argued among other things that the complaint against our client should be barred on account of New York’s single instance rule. The New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division, agreed with our arguments and dismissed the plaintiff’s complaint against our clients in its entirety.
In November 2021, Harrington and Rodriguez also successfully defended in federal court the dismissal of a $50 million fraud case among former partners in an international shipping company. The District Court granted our motion to dismiss, but the plaintiff appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After appellate briefing and oral argument, the Second Circuit affirmed the District Court’s Order. You can read the decision here.
Bleakley Platt & Schmidt continues to provide litigation and appellate guidance and services to clients and communities as we have done for more than 85 years. Click here to learn more about the services our Firm offers or contact our offices at (914) 949-2700.