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Our team

      

Our team

 
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Kathryn Beer

Associate

Prior to joining MLN, Katie worked in the litigation practice group of a Long Island insurance defense firm, where she handled cases in all areas of personal injury defense from inception to trial, including school district and municipality defense, construction and labor law defense, and premises liability defense. Read more
 

 

Contact

Phone:
516.487.5800
E-mail:
kbeer@mlnappeals.com

 

 
 

 
 
 
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Adam Bobkin

OF COUNSEL

Adam practices primarily in MLN’s Damages Mitigation practice group.  Adam also brings his experience to the firm’s Cases from Inception and Trial Monitoring groups.  As a member of the Damages Mitigation practice, Adam manages a caseload of high exposure cases venued around the country offering his expertise in the body of developing law concerning collateral sources and the appropriate methods for determining reasonable value in personal injury and medical malpractice actions. Read more

 

Contact

Phone:
516.487.5800
E-mail:
abobkin@mlnappeals.com

 

 
 

 
 
 
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Melissa A. Danowski

ASSOCIATE

Melissa is a graduate of Loyola University and received a Juris Doctorate Degree, cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law.  While in law school, Melissa was a member of the Journal of International Business and Law, Hofstra Trial Advocacy Association, and the Moot Court Board. She was a Regional Champion and recipient of the Best Brief Award and Best Oral Advocate Award at the 2011 National Moot Court Competition. Read more
 

Contact

Phone:
516.487.5800
E-mail:
mdanowski@mlnappeals.com

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Anthony F. DeStefano

Partner

Since joining MLN in 2003, Anthony has handled numerous appeals across a broad range of issues. In particular, he concentrates his practice mostly on New York’s Labor Law and insurance coverage disputes.  He has argued appeals in these practice areas in all four departments of the Appellate Division and in the New York Court of Appeals (the state’s highest court).  Anthony also routinely litigates declaratory judgment actions and provides complex coverage opinions. Read more
 

Contact

Phone:
516.487.5800
E-mail:
adestefano@mlnappeals.com

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Jennifer B. Ettenger

Of Counsel

Jennifer began her legal career almost two decades ago serving as a Court Attorney at the New York State Appellate Division, Second Department where she prepared confidential reports for the Appellate Justices in a wide range of practice areas.  She also worked as in-house counsel for Tower Insurance Company, where she handled all of their appeals. Read more

Contact

Phone:
516.487.5800
E-mail:
jettenger@mlnappeals.com

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Catherine R. Everett

Of Counsel

Prior to joining MLN, Catherine worked for over a decade in a large litigation firm in the areas of Appellate Practice/Trial Support and Insurance Coverage. She has handled appeals and motions in all practice areas including complex insurance coverage matters, the World Trade Center disaster litigation with regard to both the bodily injury claims and insurance coverage disputes, construction site accidents, premises liability cases, automotive accidents, real property disputes and discrimination. Read more
 

Contact

Phone:
516.487.5800
E-mail:
ceverett@mlnappeals.com

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Courtney Klapper

Associate

Courtney is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law where she served as the Managing Editor of Staff of the Hofstra Law Review. Throughout law school, she was an active member of the Student Bar Association. Based on her commitment and dedication to Hofstra’s community, she received the prestigious Distinguished Service to the School award at graduation. Read more

Contact

Phone:
516.487.5800
E-mail:
cklapper@mlnappeals.com

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Eric Z. Leiter

Of Counsel

Eric has extensive experience in all stages of litigation, including trials and appeals, and has represented defendants in high exposure cases for more than a decade.

Eric received his B.S. from Cornell University. He went on to receive his J.D. from Boston University School of Law with a concentration in litigation and dispute resolution awarded with honors. Read more
 

Contact

Phone:
516.487.5800
E-mail:
eleiter@mlnappeals.com

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Caryn Lilling

Partner

Caryn joined the firm 25 years ago as its first associate upon graduation from law school.  As an Appellate Advocate and Litigation Strategist, she has handled hundreds of civil appeals in state and federal courts. Her name appears on opinions in a wide variety of practice areas, and she has published extensively on various topics in her field.  She is a frequent lecturer for in-house counsel, insurance companies, hospitals and bar associations. 

In addition to the more traditional roles of appellate counsel, Caryn chairs the firm’s National Damages Mitigation Program.  In 2013, Caryn spearheaded the firm’s national growth as specialty counsel on damages and, in particular, how to mitigate damages for future medical expenses in tort cases.  Read more

Contact

Phone:
516.487.5800
E-mail:
clilling@mlnappeals.com

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Richard J. Montes

Partner

Since joining MLN in 2003, Richard has litigated numerous cases in state and federal appeals courts.   His expansive practice includes medical and other professional malpractice; construction; products liability; toxic tort; commercial law; and employment law. 

Richard, along with Caryn Lilling, co-chairs the firm’s national damages mitigation program.  In that role Richard has become a leading voice on the topic, including obtaining a landmark decision as lead counsel in Cuevas v. Contra Costa County, 2017 WL 1507913 (Cal. App. 1st Dist. 2017).  Read more
 

Contact

Phone:
516.487.5800
E-mail:
rmontes@mlnappeals.com

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Jerika Morris

Associate

Jerika received her law degree from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where she earned Dean’s List Honors. She received a B.S., magna cum laude, from Binghamton University, majoring in Accounting. Read more
 

Contact

Phone:
516.487.5800
E-mail:
jmorris@mlnappeals.com

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Matthew Naparty

Partner

Since joining MLN more than 15 years ago, Matt has prepared and argued hundreds of significant pre- and post-trial motions and appeals in state and federal courts, including the New York Court of Appeals, across broad areas of practice.  He is noted for key appellate decisions involving the interpretation of New York’s Labor Law (the so-called “scaffold law”), medical malpractice, premises liability and matrimonial law.  He is routinely called upon for his appellate expertise and strategic, beyond-the-box thinking in high exposure and complex matters by major insurance companies, corporations, hospitals, individuals and other attorneys.

Matt also chairs the firm’s national Active Trial Monitoring Program where, unlike typical monitoring counsel, MLN’s experienced appellate attorneys partner with and assist trial counsel in developing the overall case strategy, preserving the record, identifying the need for and preparing trial motions and providing an objective appellate perspective throughout the trial.  Read more

Contact

Phone:
516.487.5800
E-mail:
mnaparty@mlnappeals.com

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Jessica L. Smith

Associate

Jessica began her career as a fellow at the Law Reform Advocacy Clinic at Hofstra Law, focusing on federal housing discrimination litigation.  She then spent several years handling litigation files for a well-respected defense firm.    

Jessica graduated, summa cum laude, from Stony Brook University, and received her Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law. Read more

 

Contact

Phone:
516.487.5800
E-mail:
jsmith@mlnappeals.com

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Katherine Herr Solomon

Of counsel

Since joining the firm in 1998, Katherine has applied her vast appellate experience in handling appeals in a wide variety of practice areas, including medical malpractice; lead paint liability; dental, legal and architectural malpractice; general negligence; professional licensing; and commercial litigation. Read more

Contact

Phone:
516.487.5800
E-mail:
ksolomon@mlnappeals.com

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Seth M. Weinberg

Partner

Prior to joining MLN in 2013 and becoming a partner in 2017, Seth was an associate, and ultimately headed, the appeals department for a large Long Island litigation firm.  Seth spent the entirety of his career handling appeals and complex motion practice in state and federal courts.  His practice spans multiple areas of law, including medical and other professional malpractice; construction law; employment law; general negligence; products liability; asbestos; trust and estates; real property disputes; and commercial litigation. Read more

 

Contact

Phone:
516.487.5800
E-mail:
sweinberg@mlnappeals.com