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Commercial Automobile / Transportation Group

In the realm of business, adept litigation management is pivotal to achieving success. The choice to engage in litigation—determining if, when, and how to initiate, defend, or settle disputes—requires intricate decision-making, with significant implications for the company’s market position, profitability, and potentially its very future. Spearheading Coffey Modica’s commercial litigation team is industry luminary, Joseph D’Avanzo, who boasts an impressive record of overseeing more than 150 major commercial disputes in New York over three decades.

With a keen awareness of the intricacies of these decisions, our commercial litigators offer clients forward-thinking, timely advice, ensuring they’re equipped to navigate complex legal terrains and achieve their business objectives. Our expansive resources and national presence enable us to handle sizable, multijurisdictional, and intricate cases, some of which are of utmost significance to our clients.

Our team of commercial litigators is both experienced and pragmatic, each member holding a commendable history of effectively representing clients both in and out of court. They are also skilled in achieving desired outcomes through arbitration and other dispute resolution avenues.

Whether serving large, established corporations or budding entrepreneurial ventures, Coffey Modica’s litigators bring a depth of expertise to the table. Industry leaders, risk management professionals, and other pivotal business figures regularly seek our counsel for devising novel legal tactics or for executing targeted litigation within stipulated time and budget constraints. Simultaneously, businesses less acquainted with high-stakes litigation lean on our vast experience, whether to counteract legal challenges or to fortify their documentation against future disputes.

We excel in navigating complex negotiations, even amongst the most resolute of parties. Recognizing situations where clients may find reconciliation seemingly unattainable, we provide balanced counsel and an array of solutions to help reconcile differences and steer clear of lengthy, business-disrupting battles.

Our firm’s strength lies in a trifecta of advantages: the creation of top-tier legal strategies; a robust professional backend capable of handling extensive research and document management; and cutting-edge technology to enhance communication and streamline case handling.

We have an active and robust commercial automobile/transportation practice and have successfully litigated hundreds of suits relating to claims of defective manufacture, defective design, breach of warranty, inadequate warning, vehicle crashworthiness, and vicarious liability of such diverse vehicles as automobiles, sport utility vehicles, cargo and passenger vans, buses, tractor-trailers, armored vehicles, and forklifts. Further, they have expertise in the insurance practice of automotive vehicles, including no-fault, uninsured/underinsured, and loss transfer rules. They have won a significant number of cases by early motion practice and, when appropriate, resolve cases by favorable settlements quickly and cost-efficiently.

Further, we have specific expertise in the emerging car-sharing arena.  The firm has knowledge in both interpreting (and drafting) the applicable insurance policies in play and the strategies needed to defend them specifically.  The firm is familiar and experienced with the specific insurance programs for ride-hailing and car-sharing platforms and a surge of claims and lawsuits against them, their users, and their insurers.

Likewise, the firm is sensitive to the fact that a company’s intellectual property, such as app data, may become the subject of discovery. We understand the need to protect the company and its proprietary information. The firm is skilled in drafting and negotiating confidentiality agreements and protective orders, which can shield the proprietary and trade-secret information of the ride-hailing or car-sharing platform defendants.

Critically, the firm prides itself on its 24/7 rapid response team, which becomes extremely critical in automobile/transportation claims.  The team is specifically trained to inspect and preserve the scene and the vehicles involved in an accident.  Additionally, the team has a stable of experts, investigators, and translators available to properly obtain witness statements which must be taken early on because recollections often change. Our team utilizes early investigations to obtain high-level results.

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