Dennis J. Dozis

As appellate counsel, Dennis prosecutes and defends commercial and civil appeals in state and federal courts across the nation. Dennis has a reputation for excellence in appellate and complex litigation. He has defended Fortune 500 Companies in commercial, product liability, maritime and civil disputes. He has extensive experience representing insurance companies and policyholders in a broad range of issues involving coverage, indemnity and defense obligations. He also handles complex real estate, property damage and personal injury matters.

In addition to his expertise as an appellate litigator, Dennis maintains an active construction practice, focusing on litigation involving construction site injuries, construction machinery, construction defect and adjoining property damage claims. He also consults with and provides transactional and risk management advice to real estate developers, owners, contractors and individuals seeking to engage in sound contracting, insurance and site safety practices, and minimize exposure.

Prior to entering private practice, Dennis served as a court attorney for the New York State Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department. While in law school, Dennis clerked for the Honorable Naomi Receive Buchwald of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Dennis credits his public service for his ability to foresee judicial outcomes and rulings prior to incurring the time and expense necessary to litigate disputes.

Dennis serves as a volunteer judge in law school and high school moot court competitions and develops and conducts continuing legal education and continuing education programs on a variety of matters.

Dennis was listed in Super Lawyers® as a New York Metro Rising Star in appellate litigation from 2014 through 2017. New York Metro Rising Stars must be 40 years old or younger or have been practicing for less than 10 years, and the designation is given to only 2.5% of attorneys in the state.

Education

  • State University of New York at Binghamton BA, 2001; cum laude
  • Brooklyn Law School Juris Doctor, 2004

Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Courts: Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals: Second Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Activities

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Contributor to the New York Law Journal’s Outside Counsel Section

Representative Presentations

  • “Ethical Considerations in Insurance Claim Handling,” Continuing Insurance Education Program, Atlanta, GA, December 2015.
  • “A Silver Screen Sidebar: The New York Rules of Professional Conduct at the Movies,” Continuing Legal Education Program, New York, NY, October 2014.

Representative Publications

  • “Responding to and Propounding Written Discovery,” Defense Research Institute, July 2015, 174.
  • “Establishment Clause Extended to Non-Ordained Clergy Member,” New York Law Journal, August 7, 2014, 4.
  • “Apportioning Fault: Bankruptcy Filings and Multi-Defendant Civil Proceedings,” New York Law Journal, March 15, 2013, 4.
  • “Court of Appeals Extols Benefits of Conditional Orders of Preclusion,” New York Law Journal, March 8, 2011, 4.
  • “Primary Assumption of the Risk: Still Viable Defense, With Limitations,” New York Law Journal, November 1, 2010, 4.
  • “Protecting Mental Health Professionals in Child Custody Cross-Fire,” New York Law Journal, August 16, 2010, 4.
  • “Lock Your Doors! Landowner Liability for Criminal Acts,” New York Law Journal, September 1, 2009, 4.

Representative Cases

  • In Re M/V MSC Flaminia, Case No. 1:12-cv-08892 (S.D.N.Y. April 22, 2015) (granting pre-answer dismissal motion for want of general jurisdiction over foreign corporate parent and reversing long-standing New York precedent in $200 million maritime action).
  • Young v. Brown, 113 A.D.3d 761, 978 N.Y.S.2d 867 (2d Dept. 2014) (holding that the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment barred suit against a non-ordained clergy member based upon an alleged sexual relationship with a parishioner).
  • Luo v. Baldwin Union Free School Dist., 2013 WL 6726899 (2d Cir. 2013) (affirming the dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims against a psychologist under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and 42 U.S.C. § 1983).
  • 25 Ave. C New Realty, LLC v. Alea North America Ins. Co., 96 A.D.3d 489, 949 N.Y.S.2d 2 (1st Dept. 2012) (holding that equitable estoppel could not create coverage where the insurance policy at issue was not in effect when the incident occurred).
  • Public Adm’r Bronx County v. Montefiore Medical Center, 93 A.D.3d 620, 941 N.Y.S.2d 104 (1st Dept. 2012) (holding that a forum selection clause in a hospital’s admission agreement was enforceable).
  • Fernandez v. 707, Inc., 85 A.D.3d 539, 926 N.Y.S.2d 408 (1st Dept. 2011) (holding that a property owner’s duty to maintain an abutting sidewalk did not extend to a tree well in a newly rebuilt sidewalk which allegedly caused a pedestrian’s injuries).
  • McKnight v. Middleton, 434 Fed.Appx. 32 (2d Cir. 2011) (affirming the dismissal of the plaintiff’s federal and common law claims against a psychologist in a child custody proceeding based upon the doctrine of immunity).
  • Moran v. Mu, 74 A.D.3d 922, 902 N.Y.S.2d 657 (2d Dept. 2010) (holding that a successor executor could be sued as a thirdparty defendant in New York, although she claimed that the estate had been closed under Colorado law).
  • Gibbs v. St. Barnabas Hosp., 13 N.Y.3d 917, 895 N.Y.S.2d 295 (2010) (reversing trial and appellate court orders and nonsuiting a plaintiff based upon his failure to comply with a conditional order of preclusion).
  • Downey v. Beatrice Epstein Family Partnership, L.P., 48 A.D.3d 616, 853 N.Y.S.2d 108 (2d Dept. 2008) (holding that a firefighter’s injuries were not caused by the defendants’ breach of its duty to maintain the premises in a safe condition).
  • Rodriguez v. 1705 & 1715 Caton Associates, 39 A.D.3d 617, 833 N.Y.S.2d 24 (2d Dept. 2007) (holding that an owner did not owe any duty to protect a victim from the criminal acts of a third party absent a showing that such acts were foreseeable).