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PETER SCOLAMIERO OBTAINS ANOTHER DEFENSE VERDICT AT TRIAL – THIS TIME INVOLVING A CLAIM OF LOSS OF SEPULCHER

The plaintiff sought damages for loss of sepulcher contending that the defendant, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center, failed to make adequate attempts to locate her following her brother’s death, who was a patient at the facility. Mr. Scolamiero demonstrated … Continue reading

Tom Cullen Successfully Defends Landlord from a Slip and Fall Lawsuit at Trial

A plaintiff, a tenant in a 2-family home, claimed that his absentee landlord was negligent in failing to adequately clear snow and ice from the home’s front steps. As a result, the plaintiff allegedly slipped and fell on ice causing … Continue reading

NY Ruling Curtails Contractors Additional Insured Coverage

NEW YORK RULING CURTAILS CONTRACTORS ADDITIONAL INSURED COVERAGE The Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, ruled this week that a common insurance policy endorsement extends coverage to additional insureds only when an injury is proximately caused by the named … Continue reading

Judi Aumand has another successful win on a motion for summary judgment

This case arises out of an assault and battery by a former employee against his foreman, the plaintiff.  Plaintiff had terminated the assailant two weeks prior to the incident for parking violations at the construction site at the direction of … Continue reading

Partner Tom Mortati featured on special two hour “Dateline NBC” episode!

Tom Mortati was prominently featured in a special two hour “Dateline NBC” episode “The Accused” that aired in September 2016 and again in February 2017 highlighting his work defending a police agency in a federal civil rights case.  Mr. Mortati’s … Continue reading

New Year Brings New Staff To The Firm

We are growing again!  BSMH is pleased to announce the following new personnel who have joined our team this January. Jessica L. Darrow, Esq. is a 1994 graduate from Northwestern University School of Law and joins us with a great deal of knowledge with insurance … Continue reading

OWNERS AND GENERAL CONTRACTORS BEWARE

You may not have that additional insured coverage you thought you had! In a potentially landmark decision that could send shivers through construction projects throughout the State of New York, the Appellate Division First Department recently ruled in a declaratory … Continue reading

BSMH Welcomes Thomas J. Wilkinson, Esq.

We are pleased to welcome Thomas J. Wilkinson to the firm this September, as Counsel. Thomas is a 1983 graduate of St. John’s University School of Law who has worked with Civil & Criminal Defense Litigation, Medical Malpractice Defense, Labor Law, Premises and Product Liability among other areas, prior … Continue reading

BSMH welcomes new Associate ~ Elijah Summersell

We are pleased to welcome new Associate Elijah Summersell, Esq. to the firm, this June. Elijah is a 2014 graduate of Albany Law School who has worked with medical malpractice defense prior to joining our team.  He is a member of the NYS Bar Association. … Continue reading

Congratulations to Partner Judi Aumand on winning 2 recent motions!

In the first case, Plaintiff was injured when the vehicle in which she was traveling attempted to make a left turn from the Town of Halfmoon owned Lansing Lane across State owned Route 9 and was struck by another vehicle.  … Continue reading