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.
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Kevin M. Spellman
Managing Partner and General Counsel
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.
Nicholas M. Brino
An attorney with both trial and appellate experience, Mr. Brino is involved with all aspects of the firm, across all practice areas.
Starting with the firm out of law school, Mr. Brino initially gained experience litigating no-fault matters from inception through trial. As the firm grew larger, Mr. Brino began to manage his own property and casualty caseload, working with a number of insurance carriers, including State Farm, Ocean Harbor Casualty Insurance and National General Insurance Company.
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.
Justin Rowe focuses his practice on preparing for and trying cases in challenging venues. He has over 17 years of experience in the legal profession handling high exposure cases for both companies and high-net worth individuals. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in the City of New York and Long Island. He has taken verdicts involving serious injury claims, including severe burns, fractures requiring multiple surgeries, amputations, scarring, and traumatic brain injuries. He is experienced defending clients in construction accidents, premises liability actions, automobile accidents, product liability and toxic tort litigation.
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.
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.
William Kirrane is a seasoned defense attorney who works tirelessly to achieve the best possible results for his clients. For over twenty years, William has successfully handled many cases from inception through trial. He has represented clients in complex and high exposure cases and has obtained successful results at both the trial and appellate levels.
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.
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.
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.
Patrick J. Morganelli joined our firm as an experienced litigator and trial attorney. Patrick handles complex matters including Labor Law, premises, municipal, motor vehicle, and all construction liability cases in New York. Patrick’s experience includes trial and appellate experience in several defense insurance law firms on Long Island that included venues in the five boroughs of New York City.
David Stuart Chustek
David Stuart Chustek joined Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP in 2022. He has been a practicing attorney, in the area of civil litigation for over 20 years. Over the course of his career, Mr. Chustek has handled matters relative to personal injury, debt collection, landlord tenant, no fault, contracts disputes, supplemental underinsured/uninsured (SUM), real estate, matrimonial as well as criminal law. Mr. Chustek has taken over 100 verdicts on trials in New York. He was featured in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle multiple times after securing favorable decisions in jury trials on high exposure cases. He has earned a pro bono service award given by the Nassau/Suffolk Law Services for his efforts assisting economically disadvantaged individuals.
Michele A. Perlin
Michele A. Perlin joined Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP in 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.
Marie E. Holbrook
Marie Elaine Holbrook joined Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP in 2023. She has been a practicing attorney for over 20 years. She has extensive experience with personal injury litigation involving motor vehicle accidents and premises liability, supplemental underinsured/uninsured (SUM), property damage, and contractual disputes. Ms. Holbrook previously worked as in-house counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, handling personal injury and property damage litigation, as well as working with the special investigations unit (SIU).
Thomas J. Spellman, Jr.
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.
William J. Barrett
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.