Welcome to Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP

For over forty years, the experienced attorneys at Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP have been providing quality legal representation to insurance companies, individuals, businesses and municipalities throughout the state of New York. With more than twenty skilled attorneys and a diligent support staff, the firm has the ability to handle even the most complex litigation and appeals while also providing an unmatched level of experience and customer service.

In the interest of the firm’s clients, the experienced attorneys at Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP, work hard to ensure an efficient, pro-active approach to case management, allowing the clients to save both time and money. Similarly, due to the extensive trial and appellate experience held by the firm’s attorneys, Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP, has the ability to quickly analyze the key issues of liability and exposure that are central to resolving disputes with competence and diligence.

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Our Mission Is Simple

We are dedicated to excellence and continued professional growth to enable us to provide the highest quality legal representation and efficient service to our clients in accordance with the highest standards of the legal profession. Consequently, our reputation for integrity and professional distinction forms the bedrock of our success.

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In Memoriam

Thomas J. Spellman, Jr.


Thomas Spellman

Thomas J. Spellman passed away on September 10, 2023, at the age of 84. He was loved throughout the local community as well as within the firm. We are saddened to see our friend, family member, and founder go but we know of the great legacy he has left behind. Mr. Spellman generously dedicated his time to his profession up until his retirement on his 75th birthday. In those 40 years of practicing law, he earned many accolades. Following his legal career he spent most of his time enjoying his passion for performing arts and fine dining down in sunny Florida. Mr. Spellman leaves behind his devoted wife of 61 years Margaret as well as his children Thomas J. Spellman III, Kevin M. Spellman, and his daughter Maura N. Kieran.

He is survived by his cherished and devoted wife of 61 years Margaret, his children: sons Thomas J. Spellman III (Courtney) and Kevin M. Spellman (Katie), daughter Maura N. Kieran (Mike), and his grandchildren: Kevin Spellman, Jr. (Christina Morrison), Lindsay Brocki (Michael), Betsy Spellman, Patrick Spellman, Owen Spellman, Brendan Spellman, Declan Spellman, Liam Kieran and Meredith Kieran, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Thomas and Martha Spellman, his sisters Dorothy Spellman and Susanne Klenk, his grandson Will Spellman and his niece, Linda Morris.

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The Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP Experience

An area of concentration for the firm is its litigation defense of municipalities and school districts. The firm represents many towns, villages and school districts in Suffolk County. These cases involve almost every conceivable claim from school bus accidents, playground and park accidents, flawed highway design cases to defamation, negligent hiring and negligent supervision claims. The firm has successfully defended these lawsuits in New York Supreme Courts and has attorneys with a vast array of knowledge and experience handling these claims.

As one of New York’s most respected firms, Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP represents insurers and their insureds in actions involving construction and New York State labor law claims, negligence including automobile liability, premises liability, product liability, liquor liability, municipal liability for roadway design and maintenance, sidewalk liability as well as contract and insurance coverage issues. We have the depth and resources to staff complex matters.

The firm is also unique in its experience in handling Section 1983 Municipal Civil Rights actions involving claims of Employment Discrimination (State and Federal Law), Land Use, First Amendment Speech and Religion, Education, and Police actions. The firm provides comprehensive counsel to its clients in order to provide case management and litigation strategies to guide our clients successfully through the complexities that so often accompany municipal liability claims. The firm has a proven track record that includes the successful defense of cases tried in Federal and New York State Courts, as well as administrative tribunals such as the New York State Division of Human Rights and EEOC. Additionally, the firm’s lawyers have orchestrated the successful resolution through mediation and arbitration of significant class action Discriminatory Housing cases culminating in the preparation of complex consent decrees and settlement agreements.

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The firm’s prestigious staff practices in all New York state and federal courts, including Long Island, upstate New York, and the five boroughs of New York City.

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