Kathleen S. Commander is a partner in the firm who specializes in the defense of significant personal injury, property damage, medical malpractice and commercial litigation from inception through trial. She has successfully handled cases for firm clients involving construction claims brought under sections 200, 240 and 241 of the NYS Labor Law, premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, nursing home and medical malpractice claims , claims involving the NYS Mental Hygiene Law as well as multi-million-dollar subrogation matters brought against utility companies and claims of false arrest/imprisonment and excessive force brought against municipalities. She is a litigator with a proven track record, having taken many cases to trial and verdict in all venues in the New York Metropolitan Area including New York City and the surrounding Counties of Nassau and Suffolk.
Ms. Commander also is keenly aware of the importance of resolving litigation as early as possible, and therefore she focuses on the pretrial disposition of cases by way of discontinuance, summary judgment and where necessary through the artful technique of settlement negotiations whether at mediation or by way of informal discussion with her adversaries. This has enabled her to resolve a case in a cost-effective manner, where possible, before the expenses of trial are incurred by the client.
She obtained her bachelor's degree from Muhlenberg College in 1993 and her Juris Doctorate degree from Widener University School of Law in 1997 where she achieved the position of Editor of the school's Law Review. In addition to being admitted to practice law in the courts of the State of New York, she is also admitted in the US District Court in both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Ms. Commander is a member of the NYS Bar Association, NYS Trial Lawyers Association, and the Nassau Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association. She frequently lectures on risk management techniques and best practices for her clients.
•New York State Bar, 1998
•United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York