Rawle’s Reports

Rawle’s Reports, Volume 18, Number 7

NEW YORK SUPER LAWYER

Rawle & Henderson LLP is pleased to announce that Robert A. Fitch has been named a 2014 New York Metro Super Lawyer by the publishers of Law & Politics. Super Lawyers selects attorneys each year for recognition through a rigorous nomination process that includes peer review by practice area and independent research on candidates. Only the top 5% of the lawyers in the New York metro area are chosen annually for this honor.

Bob is the resident partner in the Rawle & Henderson LLP New York office. He concentrates his practice in the defense of architects and engineers, construction, medical and oral surgery malpractice claims, and commercial motor vehicle litigation. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. He is admitted to practice in New York since 1974, as well as in federal courts in Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has tried over 100 cases to verdict and is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Federal Bar Council, PIAA and Trucking Industry Defense Association. He has a peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell of AV (the highest).


LONG ISLAND OFFICE

In addition to our current New York City office at 14 Wall Street, Rawle & Henderson LLP has opened another office in New York, on Long Island at 170 Old Country Road, Suite 215, Mineola, NY 11501; (516) 294-2001.

Paul E. Blutman
has joined the firm and is the resident partner in Rawle & Henderson’s new office in Mineola, NY.  David N. Zane has also joined the firm as a partner in the New York City office.  For more about Paul and David, see below. 

“The firm has been in existence for 231 years and although we have a rich tradition and history, we understand and appreciate the needs of our clients today and in the future,” said Tom Kuzmick, Executive Committee member.  “We are always looking for excellent trial attorneys in order to grow and meet the challenges of today’s legal environment.  The addition of Paul Blutman and David Zane, along with their group, as well as the opening of a Long Island office, are further evidence of Rawle & Henderson’s continued commitment to growth and expansion, both geographically and in consistently adding new talent and expertise in our practice areas.   Likewise, it is yet another step in implementing our business plan as we expand our capabilities within the Mid-Atlantic region.  We believe Paul and David are a perfect fit and we could not be happier that they have joined us.”

Paul Blutman has been a civil litigation defense trial attorney in the New York area for over 30 years.  David Zane has been practicing in the New York area for over 20 years and worked extensively with Paul at another New York defense law firm.  Their group practices primarily in the areas of professional malpractice, including dental and medical malpractice, product liability and commercial litigation.  Paul and David have earned reputations as well-respected and excellent trial attorneys.

“As a Long Island resident who has, for 34 years, litigated cases in the Courts of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens County, I am excited and proud to join Rawle & Henderson and help the firm open its new office in Mineola,” Mr. Blutman said.  “I look forward to continuing my law practice here and strengthening the firm’s practice in New York State.”


RESIDENT PARTNER IN LONG ISLAND OFFICE

Paul E. Blutman has joined the firm and is the resident partner in Rawle & Henderson’s new office on Long Island, New York. He concentrates his practice on the defense of medical and dental professionals, hospitals, nursing homes, products manufacturers’ liability, premises liability, toxic torts, auto liability, and commercial and business litigation. He earned both his J.D. and B.A. degrees from Hofstra University. 

Paul lectures to medical and dental professionals, hospitals, and corporations on liability issues. He has also lectured as a faculty participant for the Hofstra University School of Law/NITA trial advocacy program for 25 years.  Paul is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association, Queens County Bar Association and the New York County Bar Association. He is also a founding member of the New York State Medical Defense Bar Association. He is a recipient of the Hofstra University School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award, OMSNIC Rising Star Award and the Hofstra Law Distinguished Faculty Award.

Paul has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell for over 23 years. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York, as well as the Federal Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Contact Paul directly at: (516) 294-2001 • pblutman@rawle.com


NEW PARTNER IN NEW YORK CITY

David N. Zane has joined the firm and is a partner in Rawle & Henderson’s New York City office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of defense of medical and dental professionals, hospitals and nursing homes, products manufacturers’ liability, toxic torts, auto liability, and commercial and business litigation. 

David earned his J.D. from St. John’s University and his B.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York.  He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York as well as the Federal Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. 

David is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, the New York State and American Bar Associations, and the New York County Lawyers Association.

Contact David directly at: (212) 323-7064 • dzane@rawle.com


CONSTITUTION PROGRAM

Scott F. Griffith, a partner in the Philadelphia office, presented a program on the U.S. Constitution to students and teachers from Philadelphia’s Holy Cross Parish School on May 1, 2014. The Constitution Program is presented annually by Rawle & Henderson in partnership with the Women for Greater Philadelphia (website: www.womenforgreaterphiladelphia.org), stewards of Laurel Hill Mansion in East Fairmount Park.

The event was held at Laurel Hill Mansion, the restored summer home of William Rawle (founder of Rawle & Henderson LLP) and the Rawle family on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. The mansion is owned and maintained as a historic landmark. This was the fourth annual presentation on the Constitution the firm has made to the Holy Cross Parish School students.

Rawle & Henderson partner Scott Griffith greets Justin Brooks, a student at Philadelphia’s Holy Cross Parish School.


2014 KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE

In May 2014, employees, family and friends of Rawle & Henderson LLP participated in the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure.  The team raised the most money of any participating law firm team, exceeding its goal of $5,000 and raising over $7,700. In 2013 the firm raised over $6,000. Over the last seven years, Rawle & Henderson’s team has raised over $51,000.

With 68 individuals participating on the team, Rawle & Henderson won the “Law Firms for the Fight” race category with the most members on a law firm team. 

Rawle & Henderson’s “HENDERSON FOR HIGGINS STRUTS FOR THE SABOS” team honored for the 7th year in a row the firm’s former partner, Ann-Michele Higgins, who lost her struggle with breast cancer in September of 2007. This year Rawle & Henderson lost another member of its family to breast cancer. Nancy J. Sabo, wife of partner Michael G. Sabo, Esq., lost her courageous eight-and-a-half-year fight against breast cancer on January 24, 2014 at the age of 53. Nancy was an active woman who loved sports, music and dancing. She loved the Mummers and the New Year’s Day Parade.


Members of Rawle & Henderson’s 2014 team “HENDERSON FOR HIGGINS STRUTS FOR THE SABOS” at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION 5K RUN

A team of Rawle & Henderson attorneys, led by team captain John T. Donovan, competed in the 35th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run in May 2014.  The annual event raised funds for the Philadelphia Support Center for Child Advocates, which offers free legal and social services to abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. Rawle & Henderson attorneys have assisted the Support Center since the center’s founding in 1977.  This is the 21st year in a row that the firm sponsored a team in the charity run.


Pictured, l-r.: John T. Donovan, Erick V. Violago, Kimberly A. House, Brian G. Welsh, Elizabeth Johns, Meredith A. Mack, and Aaron S. Mapes.

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