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.

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Kevin M. Spellman

Managing Partner

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


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


David H. Arntsen

Partner

David H. Arntsen

Mr. Arntsen’s practice involves all aspects of civil litigation with a concentration on Section 1983 Municipal Civil Rights actions in Federal and State Courts involving claims of Employment Discrimination (State and Federal Law), Land Use, First Amendment Speech and Religion, Education, and Police actions. Additionally, Dave has orchestrated the successful resolution through mediation of class action Section 8 and similar Discriminatory Housing cases culminating in the preparation of consent decrees and complex settlement agreements. Read More


Kenneth M. Seidell

Partner

Kenneth M. Seidell

Mr. Seidell has extensive trial experience. Prior to joining the firm as Counsel in early 2009, Mr. Seidell founded the law office of Sobel & Seidell, LLP, where he handled litigation matters including personal injury, product defect, labor law violations, vehicular and premises liability as well as municipal, insurance, corporate and commercial matters. In addition, he serves of counsel to members of the bar in litigation matters and provides representation as outside counsel to the Town of Babylon, the Town of Smithtown, the Town of Brookhaven, Town of Islip, the County of Suffolk and the Suffolk County District Attorney. 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


Kelly E. Wright

Partner

Kelly E. Wright

Kelly E. Wright joined Devitt Spellman Barrett following her graduation from St. John’s Law School in 2004. At Devitt Spellman Barrett, Kelly has been involved in all areas of the practice, including the firm’s complex state and federal civil rights and land use cases, including cases brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983, Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the New York State Human Rights Law. 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


Joshua S. Shteierman

Partner

Joshua S. Shteierman

A graduate of Boston College, Mr. Joshua S. Shteierman received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2005 and was awarded his Juris Doctor Degree from Hofstra University School of Law in 2008. Admitted to practice in all courts throughout New York, the U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York and the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, Mr. Shteierman has established a work ethic and reputation of excellence. Read More


Jesse D. Rutter

Partner

Jesse D. Rutter

Jesse Rutter graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He then attended St. John’s University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. While at St. John’s, Jesse was on the executive board of the St. John’s Moot Court Honor Society and a member of the National Moot Court team. Jesse began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Read More


Francis J. Tierney

Counsel

Mr. Francis J. Tierney is well known in his field and has extensive litigation experience representing insurance companies and public corporations. Mr. Tierney received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. John’s University in 1971, and was awarded his Juris Doctor Degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 1979. Read More


Anne C. Leahey

Counsel

Anne C. Leahey

Anne C. Leahey joins the firm after fourteen years as an Assistant Attorney General. At the State Office of the Attorney General, Anne handled a wide variety of cases including false arrest, malicious prosecution, excessive force, wrongful death, breach of contract, quasi-contract, road design, car accidents, negligence, governmental bidding disputes, citizen-taxpayer challenges, toxic torts, DWI and DUI (civil), insurance disputes and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, gender, and sexual orientation. Read More


Theodore D. Sklar

Counsel

Theodore D. Sklar

Theodore D. Sklar’s legal career encompasses thirty-four years of experience as a civil litigator in the public and private sectors. His practice is wide-ranging, emphasizing commercial and municipal litigation. He has litigated a broad spectrum of cases at the trial and appellate levels in the state and federal courts, ranging from C.P.L.R. Article 78 proceedings seeking judicial review of governmental determinations to commercial disputes between shareholders of a corporation. Read More


Jennifer T. Chavez

Counsel

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


Charles W. Borghardt

Associate

A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Mr. Charles W. Borghardt received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2001 and was awarded his Juris Doctor Degree from Hofstra University School of Law in 2008. Admitted to practice in all state courts of Connecticut and New York, as well as the U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York and the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, Mr. Borghardt serves his clients with dedication and passion. Read More


Justin Rowe

Associate

Justin Rowe

Justin Rowe graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended St. John’s University School of Law where he obtained his law degree, and later acquired an MBA at the Zicklin School of Business. Justin’s legal focus has been exclusively on litigation, including premises liability, automobile accidents, catastrophic personal injury arising from construction accidents, inadequate security and security breaches, product liability, and toxic exposure litigation. Read More


John J. Burke

Associate

John J. Burke

John J. Burke received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1998 and was awarded a Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law in 2001. Admitted to the Bar in the States of New York and Florida and U.S. District Courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. John began his career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Read More


John Sommers

Associate

John J. Burke

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


Maggie O’Connor

Associate

Maggie O'Connor

Maggie O’Connor joined Devitt Spellman Barrett as an Associate after graduating from St. Johns’ University School of Law in 2014. She graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2010. Maggie has focused on the firm’s insurance defense litigation, particularly with claims involving premises liability, property damage and construction/labor law. She handles all aspects of litigation, including intake, discovery, depositions and preparing dispositive motions. Read More


Antigone Tzakis

Associate

Antigone Tzakis

Ms. Tzakis is experienced with civil defense litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Tzakis was an Associate at a general liability defense firm where she handled all aspects of litigation from the initial pleading phase through depositions, court appearances, motion practice, dispositive motions, oral argument, and trial preparation. Ms. Tzakis also has experience in no-fault defense, having represented two major insurance carriers from inception through resolution of litigation. 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

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


Jeltje DeJong

Of Counsel

Ms. Jeltje DeJong has made a name for herself throughout her 22 year career. A graduate of Hofstra University where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1971, Ms. DeJong then was awarded her Juris Doctor Degree from Vermont Law School in 1981. Admitted to the New York Bar in 1982, she is also admitted to practice in U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. 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)