Experienced Long Island & Upstate New York Trial Attorneys

The skilled attorneys at the law firm of Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP are negotiators and litigators who have extensive experience in a wide range of civil, business, and commercial litigation and appeals.

For additional information about the education and experience of the attorneys at Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP, please visit our attorney profiles using the links below.

To contact our law offices in Smithtown, Melville or Albany, New York, call 631-724-8833 or contact us by email.


Kevin M. Spellman

Managing Partner and General Counsel

Kevin M. Spellman

Having practiced law since 1992, Kevin M. Spellman has extensive civil litigation experience. Kevin received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College in 1988, Cum Laude and was awarded a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law in 1992. Admitted to the Bar in the States of New York and Rhode Island and U.S. District Courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, Kevin has built a reputation for success. Read More


John M. Denby

Partner

John M. Denby

John M. Denby received his Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Fredonia in 1978, his Master’s Degree from New York University in 1982, and was awarded his Juris Doctor Degree from New York Law School in 1986. Admitted to the State Bars of Connecticut and New York, as well as the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, and U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, Mr. Denby is a leader in his field. Read More


Nicholas M. Brino

Partner

Nicholas M. Brino

An attorney with both trial and appellate experience, Mr. Brino has handled all phases of litigation and related matters for a number of insurance companies. He has handled hundreds of cases from inception, defending the interests of residential and commercial property owners, including premises liability issues, labor law claims, and property damages subrogation matters throughout the New York Metropolitan area and upstate New York. Read More


David S. Pallai

Partner

David S. Pallai

With over twenty years of extensive trial and litigation experience in State Supreme Court and Federal District Court, Mr. Dave S. Pallai is a leading attorney in his field. A graduate of St. John’s University, Mr. Pallai received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1980 and was awarded his Juris Doctor Degree at St. John University’s School of Law in 1985. He was later admitted to the New Jersey and New York Bar, as well as the U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York and U.S. District Court Southern District of New York. Read More


John M. Shields

Partner

John M. Shields

John M. Shields joined Devitt Spellman Barrett of counsel in January of 2012 and became a partner of the firm in January 2017. During his first year with the firm, Jack successfully completed six Federal and several State jury trials to verdict. Prior to joining DSB, Jack was an Assistant Attorney General in the Suffolk Regional Office for twelve years, where he supervised all Federal and State litigation. Read More


Jennifer T. Chavez

Partner

Jennifer T. Chavez

Prior to joining Devitt Spellman Barrett, Jennifer was a partner at a Manhattan law firm, with over sixteen years of experience defending complex product liability and general litigation matters in New York’s state, federal and appellate courts. Her product liability work includes defending manufacturers of outdoor power equipment, ceiling exhaust fans and other consumer products. Read More


Justin Rowe

Partner

Justin Rowe

Justin Rowe focuses his practice on preparing for and trying cases. He has experience defending clients in premises liability actions, automobile accidents, construction accidents, inadequate security and security breach cases, product liability and toxic tort litigation. Read More


Felicia Gross

Counsel

Felicia Gross

Felicia Gross has extensive civil litigation experience in both federal and state court. Prior to joining the office, Ms. Gross was an Assistant Attorney General with the New York State Attorney General’s Office in the Litigation Bureau in Manhattan, where she handled challenges to state laws and state agency decisions in both federal and state courts. Read More


Janet L. H. Smitelli

Counsel

Janet L. H. Smitelli

Janet L. H. Smitelli received a dual-major degree from State University at Plattsburgh. During her last semester at college, Janet interned with a Staff Attorney at the Department of Environmental Conservation. It was there that she found her calling, and soon after enrolled in the night division at St. John’s University School of Law while working full time as a paralegal. Read More


Stephan D. Trace

Counsel

Stephan D. Trace

Stephan D. Trace has extensive experience handling personal injury litigation. Prior to joining Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP in 2005, he worked for a general practice firm and was involved in both plaintiff personal injury and commercial litigation, as well as criminal matters. Read More


Scott J. Kreppein

Counsel

Scott J. Kreppein

Mr. Kreppein joined Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP in 2019. Prior to joining our team, he was a partner with another Long Island firm, concentrating in municipal defense. He has been admitted to practice law in the State of New York since 2007 and has handled municipal liability matters throughout his career. Read More


John Sommers

Associate

John Sommers

John Sommers has handled all phases of personal injury litigation from inception through trial involving motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and labor law claims. He has conducted numerous depositions, arbitrations, and mediations throughout his career. Mr. Sommers has practiced before the courts in Nassau, Suffolk, Kings, Queens, Manhattan and Bronx County. Read More


Ashley A. Hughes

Associate

Ashley A. Hughes

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Hughes was an Associate at a personal injury and insurance subrogation firm, handling all aspects of civil litigation from pleadings through depositions, court appearances, motion practice, oral argument, trial preparation, and appeals. Ms. Hughes also has experience representing workers’ compensation carriers in lien recovery litigation and no-fault arbitration. Read More


Jaclyn L. DarConte

Associate

Jaclyn L. DarConte

Prior to joining Devitt Spellman Barrett, Jaclyn L. DarConte was an Associate at an insurance defense firm in Manhattan. For seven years Ms. DarConte has represented plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation matters including personal injury and medical malpractice, handling all aspects of litigation from the initial pleadings, discovery, depositions, court appearances, motion practice, oral argument, and trial preparation. Read More


Laura Alto

Associate

Laura Alto

For almost three decades, Laura has practiced insurance defense work continuously while branching out in other areas of litigation. While attending St. John’s University School of Law, Laura clerked for Judge Joseph Kunzeman of the Appellate Division, Second Department. Upon graduation, she joined an insurance defense firm, handling motor vehicle, labor law, dram shop, general premises, recreational facility liability and coverage matters for insureds and self-insured entities. Read More


Christi Kunzig

Associate

Christi Kunzig

Christi Kunzig is an attorney who concentrates her practice on drafting and arguing appeals. Prior to joining Devitt Spellman Barrett, she drafted and argued appeals for the Nassau County Attorney’s Office. She has successfully handled appeals before the Appellate Division Second Department, Second Circuit and the New York State Court of Appeals. Read More


Gregory De Tolla

Associate

Gregory DeTolla

Mr. De Tolla joined Devitt Spellman Barrett in 2019. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a foreign legal consultant in Cambodia. His experience involved forming business entities, drafting international contracts, and corporate compliance for international companies, small businesses, and non­governmental organizations. Additionally, Greg served as a Legal Fellow to the Honorable Sandra G. Sgroi of the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second Department. Read More


Michele A. Perlin

Associate

Michele Perlin

Michele A. Perlin joined Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP as an associate in May of 2019.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Perlin was an associate at an insurance defense firm on Long Island. Ms. Perlin has substantial experience litigating in courts through the State of New York. Ms. Perlin specializes in the litigation of claims involving complex civil litigation focused areas of premise liability, automobile liability, labor law, personal injury, no-fault litigation, general litigation, subrogation, construction, and property damage.

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Cheryl Berger

Counsel

Cheryl Berger

Cheryl Berger has nearly 20 years of complex litigation experience in federal and state courts, specializing in civil rights litigation, commercial litigation, business torts and personal injury. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Berger was Senior Counsel in the New York City Corporation Counsel’s Office where, for 15 years, she handled some of New York City’s highest profile, complex cases and personally negotiated settlements worth over $75 million in those and other cases.

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Of Counsel


Thomas J. Spellman, Jr.

Of Counsel

In Thomas J. Spellman, Jr.’s 40 years of trial practice, he has successfully tried cases involving: road design; products liability; discrimination based on gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, race; excessive force by police; construction site accidents; premises liability (including trip and fall); automobile; school district liability (including supervision, special education students, and accidents resulting in personal injury); intentional torts of assault and battery, malicious prosecution, false arrest and defamation (libel and slander); and negligence by individuals, corporations, municipal governments, and school districts in state and federal courts throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island. Read More

Retired


William J. Barrett

Retired

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. Read More


Joseph P. Devitt (1923 – 2017)