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William J. Barrett- Of Counsel

Admitted to the New York State Bar since 1982, Mr. William J. Barrett received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cortland College in 1977 and was awarded his Juris Doctor Degree from Albany Law School Union University in 1981.

As the firm of Devitt Spellman Barrett was growing, Mr. Barrett handled numerous types of cases from inception through jury verdict, including motor vehicle, products liability, premises liability, no-fault, labor law construction, defamation and insurance coverage matters. Mr. Barrett has particular and significant products liability experience including countless products, such as cutting and grinding machines, stun guns, furnaces, tires and rims, deep fryers, automobiles, printing machines and computers.

As the law firm of Devitt Spellman Barrett grew and litigation became more complicated, Mr. Barrett assumed the position of Managing Partner, overseeing attorney assignments, case strategy and work flow in the office, while continuing to litigate complicated and high profile cases from initial investigation through the conclusion of discovery, including motion practice.

His experience in all aspects of municipal liability, including road design, and school district liability is extensive. He has also established a reputation in directing and personally conducting the immediate investigation of potentially high value subrogation cases, often on the day the loss is reported.

Mr. Barrett is Admitted to the U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, and the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, and serves as a prestigious litigator speaking at many lectures and seminars regarding his areas of excellence.

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Damage Awards Evaluation, State Farm Ins. Company, 2006

  • Estoppel and Waiver Issues, State Farm Ins. Company, 2005

  • Sidewalk Liability, State Farm Ins. Company, 2004

  • Video Surveillance and Issues, State Farm Ins. Company, 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Suffolk County Boy Scouts, 2001 – 2002, Member of Risk Management Committee

  • New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section on Insurance, Negligence and Compensation, Municipal Law, Member

  • Defense Association of New York, Member

  • Suffolk County Bar Association, Member

  • Suffolk Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section, Member

  • Nassau Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section, Member

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