• CALLAHAN, PAUL J.
  • CALLAHAN, PAUL J.
  • CALLAHAN, PAUL J.

Partner

228 Park Avenue South
Suite 97572
New York, New York 10003-1502

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Biography

Paul’s extensive experience includes the analysis and litigation of complex insurance coverage and contractual risk transfer issues.  He represents insurance companies in large-loss subrogation actions and assists special investigation units in the investigation, evaluation and litigation of suspicious first party claims.  Paul’s experience also includes the representation of insurance companies with respect to uninsured/underinsured motorists and no-fault claims, insureds with respect to various third-party matters including premises liability claims, automobile accidents, and various labor law issues, and appellate practice.

After some time as a litigation claims adjuster for a regional insurance company, Paul obtained his legal degree from the University at Buffalo.  While in law school he was a founding member of The Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal and served as its second Editor-in-Chief.

Since being admitted to the New York State Bar, Paul has focused his insurance practice on evaluating and litigating insurance coverage issues.  He believes his time as a litigation claims adjuster has given him a unique perspective on how to efficiently and effectively provide legal counsel to insurance companies and to insureds.

He currently serves as chair of the Insurance Coverage Committee to the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.  He authors “Construing the Insurance Contract” and “Insurer’s Avoidance of Policy Obligations for Material Misrepresentations” both of which can be found in the third edition of the New York State Bar Association’s Treatise Insurance Law Practice.

Paul is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Erie County Bar Association.  He is also a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Defense Research Institute, New York State Chapter of Special Investigation Units, Inc., and the Buffalo Claims Association.  He frequently lectures and publishes materials on insurance and defense related matters through the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, as well as for regionally and locally-based associations such as the New York Association of Independent Adjusters, Inc. and the Buffalo Claims Association.  He has spoken at more than twenty conferences.

In his spare time, he enjoys collecting vintage vinyl records.  A recent trip to England and Iceland has rekindled his interest in film photography.  He has a modest wine cellar. Three dogs and one cat keep him busy as well.  He is also a Formula One fan.

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Practice Areas

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Education

  • University at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 2002
  • University at Buffalo, B.A., 1992
  • Alfred State College, A.A.S., 1990
 

Honors

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Languages

 

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Professional Leadership

  • New York State Bar Association, Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
    • Current Chair of Insurance Coverage Committee
    • Local Chair for Many CLE programs
    • Presenter and Author for Numerous CLE Programs
    • Editor, LegalEase – If You Have an Auto Accident
  • American Bar Association
    • Presenter – Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section – Insurance Coverage Committee
    • Author, Coverage – Section of Litigation – Committee on Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
    • Panel Speaker
  • Defense Association of New York
    • Speaker and Author
  • National Business Institute
    • Speaker and Author
 

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Representative Matters

Represented homeowners carrier in dispute over coverage for a total loss to personal property from fire where insured allegedly inflated the claim

Represented liability carrier in dispute over scope of coverage for a masonry company whose work resulted in extensive fire damage to a home

Represented homeowners carrier in dispute over coverage for property damage resulting from ice dam

Represented personal automobile carrier in dispute over personal injury protection benefits where insured allegedly misrepresented his residency in the insurance application

 

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Community

 

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Presentations

  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Uninsured Motorists and Supplementary Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Coverage,” Auto and Truck Claims, Accidents and Litigation, CLE, New York State Bar Association – Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, Buffalo, Fall 2019
  • “From ‘a” to j’: A Survey of Insurance Law § 3420,” Insurance Coverage:  A Glimpse Forward and a Glance Back, CLE, New York State Bar Association – Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, Buffalo, Spring 2018
  • “The Insurance Defense Attorney’s Dilemma – Reporting the Insured’s Deposition Testimony that will Cause the Carrier to Disclaim,” Past Presidents’ Dinner, Defense Association of New York, New York City, Fall 2017
  • “Principles Associated with the Duty to Defend,” Updates and Hot Trending Topics Affecting Insurance Coverage, CLE, New York State Bar Association – Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, Buffalo, Spring 2017
  • “Uninsured Motorists and Supplementary Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Coverage,” Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law – Made Simple, CLE, National Business Institute, Buffalo, Spring 2017
  • “An Overview of Uninsured Motorists and Supplementary Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Coverage,” Auto and Truck Claims, Accident, & Litigation, CLE, New York State Bar Association – Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, Buffalo, Spring 2017
  • “Federal and State Authority Unique to Trucking Accidents,” Auto and Truck Claims, Accident, & Litigation, CLE, New York State Bar Association – Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, Syracuse, Spring 2017
  • “Key Concepts in the Investigation of a Construction Site Accident,” Labor Law Claims, Coverage & Litigation, CLE, New York State Bar Association – Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, Buffalo, Fall 2016
  • “Disqualification of Defense Counsel,” Past Presidents’ Dinner, Defense Association of New York, New York City, Fall 2016
  • “Key Concepts in the Investigation of An Insurance Claim: Know Early On What Can Impact Success at Trial,” Law School for Insurance Professionals, New York State Bar Association – Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, Albany, Fall 2016
  • “An Introduction to Captives, Mutual Insurance Companies, Risk Retention Groups, and Self-Insured Workers’ Compensation Trusts,” Insurance Coverage: Recent Cases, Hot Issues, and Advanced Topics, CLE, New York State Bar Association – Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, Buffalo, Spring 2016
  • “Beyond Ice and Snow: A Dissection of the Slip and Fall Claim,” monthly meeting,  Buffalo Claims Association, Buffalo, September 2015 (author and speaker)
  • “Examinations Under Oath: The Nuts and Bolts,” CLE, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Buffalo, Winter 2015
  • “The Investigation, Evaluation, and Litigation of Suspicious First Party Property Claims,” Education Day, New York Association of Independent Adjusters, Inc., Finger Lakes, Spring 2014
  • “The Investigation, Evaluation, and Litigation of Suspicious First Party Property Claims,” Education Day, Buffalo Claims Association, Buffalo, Fall 2013
  • “Discovery in First Party Claims,” CLE, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Boston, Fall 2012
  • “Insurer’s Duty to Disclaim Coverage Where Multiple Tenders are Made for the Same Occurrence/Loss,” Testing the Waters: Discovering the Latest Currents in Insurance Coverage Law, CLE, American Bar Association – Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section – Insurance Coverage Committee, Marina Del Rey, Winter 2008
  • “Coverage Fundamentals: The Impact of Waiver, Estoppel, and Preclusion,” Education Day, Buffalo Claims Association, Buffalo, Spring 2007
  • “Workers’ Compensation Exclusion as Found in the Commercial General Liability Policy,” Commercial Lines: Coverage for the Construction Defect Claim, CLE, New York State Bar Association – Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, Syracuse, Spring 2006
  • “Coverage Fundamentals and the State of the No-Prejudice Rule,” Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Update, CLE, New York State Bar Association – Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, Buffalo, Spring 2005
 

Practice Areas

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Publications

  • “Construing the Insurance Contract,” Insurance Law Practice, Third Edition, New York State Bar Association, 2018 to present
  • “LegalEase – If You Have an Auto Accident,” pamphlet, New York State Bar Association, 2016
  • “Relitigation of Prior Determinations: Potential Perils, Pitfalls, and Safety Lines for Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Carriers,” Coverage, March/April 2007 Edition, American Bar Association – Section of Litigation – Committee on Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • “Insurer’s Avoidance of Policy Obligations for Material Misrepresentations,” Insurance Law Practice, Third Edition, New York State Bar Association, 2005 to present
 
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