Richard Abend Named 2011 Super Lawyers Rising Star List

RICHARD ABEND has been named to the New York Super Lawyers Rising Star list as one of the top attorneys in New York State for 2011.

No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to the list.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

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Federal Court Upholds Life Insurance Claim, Reported Decision Leads to Settlement

A life insurer failed to pay a death benefit to our client, the beneficiary of the life insurance policy. The insurance company claimed that the policy wouldn’t have been issued if they had known about what they claimed were “pre-existing” medical conditions. The life insurance company sought to have the case dismissed. The evidence we produced convinced the Court that the case should proceed to trial. The insurance carrier settled before the case proceeded to trial.

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1.5 Million Dollar Bus Accident Verdict

After many years of litigation, trial attorney Richard Abend obtained a 1.5 million dollar jury verdict for our client who sustained serious personal injuries in a bus accident. The defendant, New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) had not offered any settlement prior to trial. The jury determined that the NYCTA was one hundred percent at fault. This trial took place in Supreme Court New York County before Hon. Peter Moulton.

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Abend and Silber Speak About New Rules Regarding Fee Splitting

In connection with Hudson Valley Bank’s Continuing Legal Education Program, Richard Abend and Josh Silber will be lecturing on the recent updates to the Rules of Professional Conduct as they apply to referral fees and fee sharing arrangements. The program is entitled “Ethics of Referral Fees: Money for Nothing or A Trap for The Unwary” and is accredited by the CUNY Law School. The program will be held at 8:00 a.m. on December 10, 2009 at the Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York City.

Josh Silber Named to Trial Lawyers Board of Directors

Josh Silber has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). A member since 1997, he begins a three year term on the Board of Directors.

For over 55 years, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association has worked to protect New York’s civil justice system, fighting against legislative initiatives that threaten to limit the rights of injured consumers. These threats now exist at the federal, state, and city levels, making NYSTLA a crucially important voice for the voiceless. Our mission: “To promote a safer and healthier society, to assure access to the civil justice system by those who are wrongfully injured and to advance representation of the public by ethical, well-trained lawyers.”

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Obama Selects Sotomayor to the Supreme Court

President Obama announced his selection of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States earlier today. Judge Sotomayor currently serves as a Justice for the Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals in Manahattan.

Judge Sotomayor is a native New Yorker and graduate of Yale Law School. One of her most noteworthy decisions ended the 1995 Major League Baseball Strike ruling in favor the the players and against the owners. Her nomination will add to the diversity of the Court as Judge Sotomayor would be its first Hispanic member and second sitting female Justice.

Attorneys Join Faculty

Richard Abend and Josh Silber recently joined the faculty. They presented a lecture entitled A Practical Approach to Medical Malpractice Litigation. Josh Silber and Richard H. Abend offer an engaging discourse on the typical procedures of malpractice litigation, and outline the strategies a lawyer can employ to maximize performance in court. Topics include an overview of the components of a malpractice suit; the secrets to selecting an expert witness; issues of liability; tips on discovery; and the importance of the vetting process in separating the unsuccessful cases from the lucrative ones.

New York State Trial Lawyers Association Law Day 2009

Every year on May 1st the United States celebrates Law Day, U.S.A.. It is meant to reflect on the role of law in the foundation of the country and to recognize its importance for society.

On May 12, 2009 Richard Abend and Josh Silber will celebrate Law Day by attending the annual New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) Law Day Dinner. This year’s honoree is the Chief Justice of New York State, the Honorable Jonathan Lippman of the New York State Court of Appeals. The Keynote Speaker is United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

The Law Firm of Abend & Silber is proud to support NYSTLA and the Law Day 2009 celebration.

NYSTLA’s Lobby Day – Albany, NY

On behalf of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA), Richard Abend & Josh Silber will be in Albany, New York on April 27-28 visiting with several members of the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate. Lobby Day is one of most effective means of standing up for the rights of our clients as well as protecting the civil justice system. This year, we have an opportunity to roll back several regressive anti-consumer initiatives and to advocate for legislation that will bring some of New York’s archaic tort laws into the 21st Century. “The opportunity to meet face to face with the important elected officials of the State and to personally discuss the challenges our clients face fighting for justice is well worth the sacrifice of the trip” said Abend. Silber added “the relationships we make and continue to foster year after year in Albany have had a very positive effect on legislation that NYSTLA supports and on legislation that would harm our clients if made into law.”