Mailing Address:

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

Physical Location:

Long Island, New York

Direct Dial: (516) 307-0913
Fax: (646) 609-8841
Email: dbrady@gerberciano.com

ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the State of New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Dennis chairs the firm’s Transportation Practice Group, as well as its Retail, Food, Beverage and Hospitality Practice Group. His practice is also heavily focused on Construction and Product Liability matters. For over twenty years, he has protected clients in every aspect of civil litigation from discovery to trial and appeal. He has litigated matters in several states and tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts. The National Law Journal cited one of Dennis’s matters as one of the most significant settlements of the year – further testament of the trust clients have in him to handle their most severe and complex matters. Throughout his career, he has litigated matters on behalf of many prominent national insurers, municipalities, large corporations, as well as public housing and transportation authorities. He is often sought as monitoring and trial counsel for catastrophic personal injury claims facing major airlines, Fortune 500 companies, as well as some of the largest corporations in the transportation, food and hospitality industries. He is regularly offers counsel on risk avoidance and provides direction to clients on insurance coverage in the context of first party, excess, self-insurance, and captive matters. Dennis is also a leader of the firm’s 24-7-365 emergency response team.

Dennis understands that counseling and truly protecting clients requires understanding the intricacies and ultimate needs of their businesses.  To this end, his life experience includes working on active construction projects, working for several transportation company and many years of experience in the hospitality industry.

Dennis speaks and educates regularly at clients, trade groups, and professional organizations on topics ranging from New York’s Labor Law, specifically, §§200, 240(1), 241(6) along with the applicable industrial and OSHA regulations and their application to gravity related construction risks — commonly referred to as the “scaffolding law”. Dennis understands the nuances of defenses to these claims, such as the recalcitrant worker doctrine and sole proximate cause. He also lectures on retail and hospitality exposure including “dram shop” claims and the role of security, and transportation issues ranging from aviation to commercial trucking with focus on the interrelation of Federal and State regulations and the common law.

As a result of his role in catastrophic matters, Dennis is well versed in wrongful death matters.  He is adept when if comes to dealing with the reptile approach to claims. He sets a tone early that “pulling at the heart strings” of the jury is unacceptable and will be challenged at trial.  He prepares clients in relation to proper record retention, as well as insuring all witnesses are ready for reptilian-style depositions.  He has successfully filed motions in limine barring any mention, comment, reference, testimony or argument regarding the Golden Rule, personal safety, community safety, community fear and community conscience.

During law school, Dennis was invited to write for the St. John’s University Law Review. He also interned for the Supreme Court of the State of New York, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

When not working, Dennis enjoys being active and spending time with his wife and three children, including skiing, all things water related and managing travel soccer for the local club. The family enjoys travel and always looks forward to their family holiday in Croatia.

Full Biography

ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the State of New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court

HONORS

  • AV Preeminent Peer-Review Rating (Martindale-Hubbell)
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2015-2016 (Thomson Reuters)
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  • Department of Labor OSHA-10 Construction Training

EDUCATION

  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., 1992
  • St. John’s University School of Business, B.S., 1987

ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the State of New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Member, Executive Committee Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section:
    • Chair, Products Liability Committee, Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Section
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Defense Association of New York (DANY)
  • Insurance Federation of New York (IFNY)
  • Brehon Law Society

ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the State of New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Past President, St. Patrick’s Society of Queens

ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the State of New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Referenced, “Top 50 Settlements of 2014,” National Law Journal, 2014
  • Referenced, “Long Island People on the Move,” Newsday, March 12, 2012

ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the State of New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Presenter, “ Product Liability 101,” Bridging the Gap Seminar, New York State Bar Association, New York, NY, Winter 2016
  • Moderator, “Product Liability CLE,” Annual NYSBA Meeting, New York, NY January 29, 2015

ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the State of New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Paljevic v. 998 Fifth Avenue Corp, 2009 Slip Op 06386
Dennis succeeded in convincing the court that there were triable issues of fact as to under Labor Law §§ 200 and 240(1).

Kaiser v. Metropolitan Transit Authority, 170 Misc.2d 321
Dennis convinced the court to preclude the introduction into evidence and investigation report and accident resolution report of the Public Transportation Safety Board.

Quarles v. Columbia Suxxex Corp, 997 F.Supp. 327
Based upon Dennis’s arguments, the court concluded that his clients established no genuine issues of material fact in dispute in a “slip and fall” at a hotel. The court granted summary judgment in his favor as a result.