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Janet L.H. Smitelli


NY – New York
T: 212.818.0136 | F: 212.434.0105


Janet joins Litchfield Cavo LLP with an extensive and diverse litigation background. She focuses her practice on New York Labor Law matters, premises liability, non-medical professional lability and bad faith claims. Janet has experience representing and defending individuals, insurance carriers and corporate clients. She has a solid record of delivering prevailing motions and also has substantial trial experience with both jury and bench trials, as well as at arbitrations, mediations and appellate proceedings.

After graduating from St. John’s University School of Law, Janet worked as a defense associate attorney in New York, and advanced her career within the legal field to partner.


  • Established legal administrative precedent for a corporate business client in the extent and measure for damages for a tenant in a commercial building’s breach of failing to obtain insurance on behalf of the landlord; affirmed on Appeal by the Court of Appeals
  • Significantly reduced liability exposure for a major retailer client by redrafting existing installation contracts and incident reports following review of client’s worksite and procedures