Robert P. Pagano

Counsel
Commercial Litigation Department
Professional Liability Defense Group
Robert P. Pagano

“Is my philosophy that a great attorney must be honest, confident, analytical, attentive, trustworthy, responsive and have a great work ethic. I bring these qualities to each case and work toward solutions in a timely and economical fashion. Additionally, my time spent on various business and charitable boards ”

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Bob handles professional liability and tort defense matters, and has tried dozens of cases in the federal and state courts of New York. He also has extensive experience preparing and arguing appeals. Bob also has substantial experience handling general liability insurance coverage matters.

Some of the matters he has litigated are as follows:

Aguilera v. Pistilli Construction & Development Corp., 63 A.D.3d 765, 882 N.Y.S.2d 145 (2d Dep’t 2009) (jurisdiction and default judgment);
Aviles v. Port Authority v. NY and NJ, 202 A.D.2d 45, 615 N.Y.S.2d 668 (1994) (choice of law);
Bender, Jensen & Silverstein v. Walter, 67 A.D.3d 839, 891 N.Y.S.2d 92 (2d Dep’t 2009) (discovery);
Bennett v. Twin Parks, 281 A.D.2d 291, 722 N.Y.S.2d 135 (1st Dep’t 2001) (discovery);
Bennett v. Twin Parks, 93 N.Y.2d 860, 688 N.Y.S.2d 94 (1999) (premises liability);
Bertalo’s Restaurant v. Exchange Ins. Co., 240 A.D.2d 452, 658 N.Y.S.2d 656 (2d Dep’t 1997) (discovery);
Burkhart Wexler & Hirshberg v. Liberty Ins. Underwriters, 60 A.D.3d 884, 875 N.Y.S.2d 590 (2d Dep’t 2009) (insurance coverage);
Danforth v. Illinois National Ins. Co., 2012 WL 3128955 (W.D.N.Y. 2012) (insurance coverage);
Domenikos v. Miranda, 255 A.D.2d 481, 680 N.Y.S.2d 643 (2d Dep’t 1998) (default judgment);
Donohue v. E. Petracca & Co., 277 A.D.2d 346, 717 N.Y.S.2d 189 (2d Dep’t 2002) (premises liability);
Ettari v. 30 Rampasture Owners, 15 A.D.3d 611, 790 N.Y.S.2d 540 (2d Dep’t 2005) (premises liability);
Flamer v. City of White Plains, 841 F. Supp. 1365 (S.D.N.Y. 1993) (civil rights);
Gianelli v. Montgomery Kone, 175 Misc. 2d 32, 667 N.Y.S.2d 624 (1997) (discovery);
Glendora v. Amicone, 213 A.D.2d 593, 624 N.Y.S.2d 928 (2d Dep’t 1995) (tort liability);
H & H Reinsurance Brokers v. Hermitage Ins. Co., 254 A.D.2d 328, 678 N.Y.S.2d 651 (2d Dep’t 1998) (breach of contract);
Johnson v. Slater, 287 A.D.2d 545, 731 N.Y.S.2d 665 (2d Dep’t 2001) (construction defect);
Jones v. City of New York, 289 A.D.2d 452, 735 N.Y.S.2d 573 (2d Dep’t 2001) (tort liability);
Lombardi, Walsh & Wakeman v. American Guarantee & Liab. Ins. Co., 85 A.D.3d 1291, 924 N.Y.S.2d 201 (3d Dep’t 2011) (insurance coverage);
Levette v. Triborough Bridge & Tunnel Authority, 207 A.D.2d 330, 615 N.Y.S.2d 421 (2d Dep’t 1994) (tort liability);
Martin Associates v. Illinois National Ins. Co., 137 A.D.3d 503, 27 N.Y.S.3d 21 (2d Dep’t 2016) (insurance coverage);
Moccia v. Weisfogel, 253 A.D.2d 800, 677 N.Y.S.2d 503 (2d Dep’t 1998) (conflict of interest);
Mueckenheim v. Smith, 143 A.D.3d 957, 39 N.Y.S.3d 511 (2d Dep’t 2016) (no-fault threshold);
Musillo v. Marist College, 306 A.D.2d 782, 762 N.Y.S.2d 663 (3d Dep’t 2003) (premises liability and Labor Law);
Nos v. Greenpoint Mfg. and Design Center Local Development Corp., 262 A.D.2d 539, 691 N.Y.S.2d 342 (2d Dep’t 1999) (indemnification);
Paulino v. Upper West Side Garage, 1999 WL 325363 (S.D.N.Y. 1999) (civil rights and employment discrimination);
Pistilli Construction & Development Corp. v. Epstein, Rayhill & Frankini, 84 A.D.3d 913, 921 N.Y.S.2d 887 (2d Dep’t 2011) (legal malpractice);
Schlather Stumbar & Parks v. One Beacon Ins. Co., 2011 WL 675671 (N.D.N.Y 2011) (insurance coverage);
Tishman Construction v. National Casualty Ins. Co., slip opinion (Sup. Ct., N.Y. Co. 2016) (insurance coverage);
Valensisi v. Greens at Half Hollow, 33 A.D.3d 693, 823 N.Y.S.2d 416 (2d Dep’t 2006) (premises liability and Labor Law);
Villanova Estates v. Fieldston Property Owners Association, 23 A.D.3d 160, 803 N.Y.S.2d 521 (1st Dep’t 2005) (real property, civil rights, and SLAPP suit);
Wasilewicz v. Village of Monroe Police Dept., 3 A.D.3d 561, 771 N.Y.S.2d 170 (2d Dep’t 2004) (malicious prosecution);
Windows, Inc. v. Jordan Panel Systems, 177 F.3d 114 (2d Cir. 1999) (UCC and breach of contract);
Worthy v. United Cerebral Palsy of New York, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Bronx Co. 2017) (premises liability, Labor Law, and indemnification);
Yi Men Ren v. Professional Steam Cleaning, 271 A.D.2d 602, 706 N.Y.S.2d 169 (2d Dep’t 2000) (evidence).

Admissions:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • New York

Education:

  • J.D., Pace University, 1991
    • magna cum laude
      Member, Pace Law Review
  • B.S., Fordham University, 1986
    • magna cum laude

Bob handles professional liability and tort defense matters, and has tried dozens of cases in the federal and state courts of New York. He also has extensive experience preparing and arguing appeals. Bob also has substantial experience handling general liability insurance coverage matters.

Some of the matters he has litigated are as follows:

Aguilera v. Pistilli Construction & Development Corp., 63 A.D.3d 765, 882 N.Y.S.2d 145 (2d Dep’t 2009) (jurisdiction and default judgment);
Aviles v. Port Authority v. NY and NJ, 202 A.D.2d 45, 615 N.Y.S.2d 668 (1994) (choice of law);
Bender, Jensen & Silverstein v. Walter, 67 A.D.3d 839, 891 N.Y.S.2d 92 (2d Dep’t 2009) (discovery);
Bennett v. Twin Parks, 281 A.D.2d 291, 722 N.Y.S.2d 135 (1st Dep’t 2001) (discovery);
Bennett v. Twin Parks, 93 N.Y.2d 860, 688 N.Y.S.2d 94 (1999) (premises liability);
Bertalo’s Restaurant v. Exchange Ins. Co., 240 A.D.2d 452, 658 N.Y.S.2d 656 (2d Dep’t 1997) (discovery);
Burkhart Wexler & Hirshberg v. Liberty Ins. Underwriters, 60 A.D.3d 884, 875 N.Y.S.2d 590 (2d Dep’t 2009) (insurance coverage);
Danforth v. Illinois National Ins. Co., 2012 WL 3128955 (W.D.N.Y. 2012) (insurance coverage);
Domenikos v. Miranda, 255 A.D.2d 481, 680 N.Y.S.2d 643 (2d Dep’t 1998) (default judgment);
Donohue v. E. Petracca & Co., 277 A.D.2d 346, 717 N.Y.S.2d 189 (2d Dep’t 2002) (premises liability);
Ettari v. 30 Rampasture Owners, 15 A.D.3d 611, 790 N.Y.S.2d 540 (2d Dep’t 2005) (premises liability);
Flamer v. City of White Plains, 841 F. Supp. 1365 (S.D.N.Y. 1993) (civil rights);
Gianelli v. Montgomery Kone, 175 Misc. 2d 32, 667 N.Y.S.2d 624 (1997) (discovery);
Glendora v. Amicone, 213 A.D.2d 593, 624 N.Y.S.2d 928 (2d Dep’t 1995) (tort liability);
H & H Reinsurance Brokers v. Hermitage Ins. Co., 254 A.D.2d 328, 678 N.Y.S.2d 651 (2d Dep’t 1998) (breach of contract);
Johnson v. Slater, 287 A.D.2d 545, 731 N.Y.S.2d 665 (2d Dep’t 2001) (construction defect);
Jones v. City of New York, 289 A.D.2d 452, 735 N.Y.S.2d 573 (2d Dep’t 2001) (tort liability);
Lombardi, Walsh & Wakeman v. American Guarantee & Liab. Ins. Co., 85 A.D.3d 1291, 924 N.Y.S.2d 201 (3d Dep’t 2011) (insurance coverage);
Levette v. Triborough Bridge & Tunnel Authority, 207 A.D.2d 330, 615 N.Y.S.2d 421 (2d Dep’t 1994) (tort liability);
Martin Associates v. Illinois National Ins. Co., 137 A.D.3d 503, 27 N.Y.S.3d 21 (2d Dep’t 2016) (insurance coverage);
Moccia v. Weisfogel, 253 A.D.2d 800, 677 N.Y.S.2d 503 (2d Dep’t 1998) (conflict of interest);
Mueckenheim v. Smith, 143 A.D.3d 957, 39 N.Y.S.3d 511 (2d Dep’t 2016) (no-fault threshold);
Musillo v. Marist College, 306 A.D.2d 782, 762 N.Y.S.2d 663 (3d Dep’t 2003) (premises liability and Labor Law);
Nos v. Greenpoint Mfg. and Design Center Local Development Corp., 262 A.D.2d 539, 691 N.Y.S.2d 342 (2d Dep’t 1999) (indemnification);
Paulino v. Upper West Side Garage, 1999 WL 325363 (S.D.N.Y. 1999) (civil rights and employment discrimination);
Pistilli Construction & Development Corp. v. Epstein, Rayhill & Frankini, 84 A.D.3d 913, 921 N.Y.S.2d 887 (2d Dep’t 2011) (legal malpractice);
Schlather Stumbar & Parks v. One Beacon Ins. Co., 2011 WL 675671 (N.D.N.Y 2011) (insurance coverage);
Tishman Construction v. National Casualty Ins. Co., slip opinion (Sup. Ct., N.Y. Co. 2016) (insurance coverage);
Valensisi v. Greens at Half Hollow, 33 A.D.3d 693, 823 N.Y.S.2d 416 (2d Dep’t 2006) (premises liability and Labor Law);
Villanova Estates v. Fieldston Property Owners Association, 23 A.D.3d 160, 803 N.Y.S.2d 521 (1st Dep’t 2005) (real property, civil rights, and SLAPP suit);
Wasilewicz v. Village of Monroe Police Dept., 3 A.D.3d 561, 771 N.Y.S.2d 170 (2d Dep’t 2004) (malicious prosecution);
Windows, Inc. v. Jordan Panel Systems, 177 F.3d 114 (2d Cir. 1999) (UCC and breach of contract);
Worthy v. United Cerebral Palsy of New York, slip opinion (Sup. Ct., Bronx Co. 2017) (premises liability, Labor Law, and indemnification);
Yi Men Ren v. Professional Steam Cleaning, 271 A.D.2d 602, 706 N.Y.S.2d 169 (2d Dep’t 2000) (evidence).

  • Chairman of the Board, LittleMissMatched, LLC. (privately held iconic tween apparel company)
  • Trustee, Board of Trustees of Albany Law School
  • Board Member, Former Executive Committee Member and Former General Counsel of the Business Council of Westchester
  • Board Member, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation
  • Former Vice President, Executive Committee and Board Member, Westchester County Bar Association
  • Former Chair, Westchester County Bar Association, Law Office Management Special Committee
  • Former Acting President, Orienta Point Association (neighborhood organization)
  • Former Chair, Law Practice Management Section, New York State Bar Association
  • Former Town Prosecutor, Town of Mamaroneck
  • Former Member, Village of Mamaroneck, Harbor Commission
  • Gender Fair Award, for recognition as a true model for diversity and inclusion, presented by the NBA’s New York Liberty, 2019
  • 2019 Gender Fair Certification, for being the first and only law firm certified for diversity and inclusion, by Gender Fair NYC
  • 2017 Small Business Award, for Excellence in overall firm growth, featured in the Fall issue of 914Inc.
  • 2012 Equal Access to Justice Award recipient, an honor extended by Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021
  • Business Hall of Fame’s Small Business Success Award, sponsored by The Business Council of Westchester and received on behalf of the Firm, 2009
  • Pace Setter Award, for excellence in professional and community work, sponsored in part by Pace Law School and the Westchester County Bar Association, 2008
  • Family Friendly Employment Policy Award, presented by the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and received on behalf of the Firm, 2008
  • Presenter, “How to Navigate the Sale and/or Merger of a Small to Midsize Law Practice: What are the Options?”, CLE program, NYSBA 50+ Section Annual Meeting Program, NYC (2023)
  • Presenter, “How to Navigate the Sale and/or Merger of a Small to Midsize Law Practice: What are the Options?” Webinar, Virtual CLE program, NYSBA 50+ Section (2023)
  • Panelist, “How Employers Have Implemented New Opportunities in DEI… and the Challenges that Remain” presented by the Business Council of Westchester (2022)
  • Panelist, “Men as Allies: It Takes All of Us,” 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit, Manhattanville College (2019)
  • Presenter, “Origination Credit and Partner Compensation: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due”, CLE program, Center for Competitive Management (2015)
  • Presenter, “Real Property Law Update”, New York State Bar Association, Senior Lawyers Section Fall Meeting (2014)
  • Co-Panelist, “Partners’ Compensation”, New York State Bar Association, Law Practice Management Committee and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education (2014)
  • Orientation Presenter, Albany Law School (2014)
  • Presenter, “Hot Tips for Building Client Relations” CLE program, New York State Bar Association Marketing Conference (2014)
  • Co-Presenter, “See How Technology Makes the Business Side of Law Easier & More Effective” CLE program, Westchester County Bar Association (2013)
  • Co-Presenter, “Essential Residential Real Estate Law: Contract to Closing Without a Headache” CLE program, Pace Law School (2013)
  • Panelist, Westchester Grow Forum for Entrepreneurs, presented by the Westchester County Office of Economic Development and the Gateway to Entrepreneurship at Westchester Community College (2012)
  • Program Faculty, New York State Bar Association, “Strategies for Progressing Equity Partners”, LPM CLE webcast (2012)
  • Co-Presenter, Westchester County Bar Association Real Property Section CLE, “Commercial Properties – The Nuts and Bolts of Buying, Selling and Leasing” (2012)
  • Presenter, Westchester County Bar Association CLE program entitled “10 Hot Management Tips for Driving the Bottom Line to Profitability and Creating Professional Satisfaction” (2012)
  • Co-Presenter for the Westchester County Bar Association webinar, “Tech Tips to Enhance Profitability and Competitiveness” (2011)
  • Co-Presenter, “BANKRUPTCY Defalcation and Rooker-Feldman Doctrine/Res Judicata”CLE program (2011)
  • Co-Presenter, “Commercial Purchasing, Leasing and Workouts” seminar, sponsored by Skyline Title, Inc. and promoted in part by the Westchester County Bar Association and the Westchester Women’s Bar Association (2009)
  • Guest Speaker, Pace Law School’s New Directions Program (2008)
  • Presenter, Westchester Women’s Bar Association Real Estate Expo on the subject of commercial real estate transactions (2008)

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