Harold J. Levy
     Attorney at Law

     

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HAROLD

 J. LEVY, ESQ.

2787 Cheshire Drive

Baldwin, New York 11510
(516) 567-2805
dynamyc@aol.com

Accomplished commercial litigator with stellar credentials, references, and top NYC firm experience in complex litigations, seeks challenging/interesting position with quality of life firm.  Remuneration and schedule are flexible and secondary.

PRACTICE OF LAW:

QUADRINO & SCHWARTZ, 600 Old Country Road, Garden City, New York

 Of Counsel, 5/05–2/11

Seven attorney firm known for work quality rivaling top NYC firms.  Concentration in disability insurance practice (not worker’s comp) involving large individual disability policies, and general commercial litigation.  Plaintiff and defense work with insurance companies as the typical adversaries. 

Responsibilities:

  • Initial client interviews and all client interaction;
  • Managed lower level attorneys and paralegals;
  • Pleadings, discovery, depositions;
  • Motions practice (research, drafting and arguing);
  • Court appearances;
  • Settlements (all in six- and seven-figures);
  • Trial preparation, trials and arbitrations;
  • Appellate briefs and arguments;
  • Practice split equally between federal and state courts.

Accomplishments:

  • Two of my cases were the topic of page one articles by the New York Law Journal;
  • Published article concerning New York Insurance Law (NYLJ 11/26/08, Federal Courts Ignore N.Y. No-Fault Fraud, 30-Day Rule);
  • Organizer & Moderator, An Evening With the Justices of the Commercial Divisions, sponsored jointly by NYSBA and NCBA, October 2008;
  • Member, Commercial Division Committee that drafted rules, in conjunction with Hon. Leonard Austin, now codified as Commercial Division Rules;
  • Member, Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau’s Independent Commercial Division Committee (Committee met with and reported directly to Judge Pfau).

THALER & GERTLER, LLP, 900 Merchants Concourse, Westbury, New York

Associate 5/95–6/98, Partner 7/98–4/05

Associate in the Law Office of Richard G.  Gertler, became partner when Gertler merged with Andrew M.  Thaler.  Concentration in commercial litigation and bankruptcy.

Responsibilities:

  • All major commercial litigations;
  • Managed staff of four associates and paralegals;
  • Responsible for most bankruptcy matters that were of a commercial litigation nature, such as Adversary Proceedings involving fraudulent conveyances or preferences;
  • Represented Andrew Thaler as Chapter 7 Trustee, as well as individual debtors and creditors;

Accomplishments:

  • Two of my cases were selected as “Decision of the Day” by the New York Law Journal, one of which was accompanied by a first page article;
  • Organized and Hosted reception, jointly sponsored by NYSBA and SCBA, Introduction of Suffolk County Commercial Division.

          LAW OFFICES OF ROBERT G.  DEL GADIO, EAB Plaza, Uniondale, New York

Litigation Associate, 4/94–4/95

Small, quality firm specializing in commercial litigation, bankruptcy, personal injury.  Responsible for all     aspects of litigations, initial intake, pleadings, discovery, motions practice, court appearances, trial                 preparation and trial.  Maintained independent caseload and assisted named partner in major                   litigations.  Practice in New York state courts, Southern and Eastern, District and Bankruptcy Courts.

MUDGE ROSE GUTHRIE ALEXANDER & FERDON, New York, New York

Litigation Associate; 4/93–3/94

Top NYC firm.  Part of Environmental Defense Group representing major insurer in declaratory judgment actions concerning Superfund sites nationwide.   Specific duties included attending defense liaison committee meetings, coordinating strategies with local and co-counsels, discovery, research, drafting motions, trial preparation and attendance at trial dubbed “Largest trial in Iowa History.”  Mudge announced that it was dissolving its 40-attorney insurance coverage group in January 1994 (NYLJ 1/19/94 p.1), and the 125-year old, 300-plus attorney white-shoe firm imploded a year later.

WHITMAN & RANSOM, Pan Am Building, New York, New York

Summer Associate & Litigation Associate; 9/90–4/93

Top NYC firm.  Typical litigation diet for major NY firm entry-level associate.  Legal research, drafting pleadings, discovery and motions, generally less important court appearances such as status and settlement conferences, motions practice, appellate practice, client meetings, depositions. 

Accomplishments:

  • Drafted critical portions of successful CPLR 3211 motion on $42 million fraudulent conveyance action;
  • Obtained TRO and preliminary injunction against the US Customs Service on Christmas Eve in Great Falls, Montana, to enjoin collection of $70 million in duties and penalties;
  • Successful summary judgment in maritime action against international shipping corporation;
  • Pro bono case involving an appeal for a death row inmate. 

ADMISSIONS:

New York; New Jersey; United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the District of New Jersey; United States Court of Federal Claims; United States Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Federal Circuit, and Armed Forces; United States Supreme Court. 

OTHER ACOMPLISHMENTS:

  • “AV” Rated by Martindale Hubbell;
  • Selected as one of “Long Island’s Top Litigators” by Long Island Pulse Magazine (March 2011 & March 2012);
  • Executive Committee Member, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, NYSBA.

EDUCATION:

ST.  JOHN’S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, Jamaica, New York

Juris Doctor: May 1990

Class Standing: 26/399, Top 7%

Law Review; published Note

American Jurisprudence Awards in Property II and Constitutional Law

Director of Publications, Admiralty Society Journal

LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY, C.W. POST CAMPUS, Brookville, New York

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, cum laude, January 1988