Our Attorneys

Frederick M. Molod

Frederick Molod is the founding member of the firm. Fifty years after earning his law degrees, he is still active in the law and in MSD business — whether he is providing direction, reviewing cases or consulting on strategy. At the invitation of the U.S. Federal Court, Southern District of New York, Fred is a specially trained, certified mediator in its compulsory mediation program.

Fred has helped educate MSD's insurance carrier clients by speaking at meetings for claims representatives. He has demonstrated his commitment to educating law students and young lawyers by participating in mock trials at law schools, as well as by lecturing at legal educational seminars. He is also a founding member of The Harmonie Group.

Fred has earned an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell - the highest peer review rating, based on legal ability and ethical standards. He was born in Brooklyn, New York.

Admissions
    U.S. Supreme Court - 1998
    U.S. Court of Military Justice and Immigration Court - circa 1953
    U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York - 1952
    New York State Bar - 1951
Education
    LL.M., Brooklyn Law School - 1952
    LL.B., Brooklyn Law School - 1951
    College, Long Island University
Memberships
    American Board of Trial Advocates
    Association of Trial Lawyers of the City of New York
    Bar Association of the City of New York
    Bronx County Bar Association
    Defense Research Institute and Trial Lawyers Association
    Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel
    The Harmonie Group
    Jewish Lawyers Guild (former President and Chairman of the Board of      Governors)
    New York County Lawyers Association
    New York State Trial Lawyers Association
    New York State Bar Association




Alice Spitz

Alice Spitz is a member of the firm. Her areas of concentration are premises liability and environmental litigation. Alice leverages her extensive experience conducting trials as a frequent lecturer, teacher and author. She provides insight into dozens of areas — from admissible expert testimony to cross-examination techniques — for the benefit of law students, insurance professionals and women lawyers at venues including Mealey's National Lead Litigation Conferences.

At the invitation of her peers, Alice has been elected to membership into the American Board of Trial Advocates. To qualify, a lawyer must first have tried 20 civil jury trials to verdict, and evidence high personal character, honorable reputation and proficiency as a trial lawyer. Alice also has earned an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell — the highest peer review rating, based on legal ability and ethical standards. She was born in Brooklyn, New York.

Alice is the firm's liaison attorney to the Harmonie Group, and its immediate past President 2011-2013.

Admissions
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York - 2011
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York - 1985
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York - 1983
    New York State Bar - 1983
Education
    J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law - 1981
    B.A., with honors, University of Maryland - 1978
Memberships
    American Bar Association (Law Practice Management section,      Women Rainmakers section)
    American Board of Trial Advocates
    Defense Research Institute and Trial Lawyers Association
    The Harmonie Group
    International Association of Defense Counsel
    National Association of Insurance Women
    NASP (National Association of Subrogation Professionals)
    National Association of Women Lawyers
    The Navigators, Board of Directors - 2012
    New York State Bar Association
    New York State Trial Lawyers Association




Salvatore J. DeSantis

Salvatore DeSantis is a member of the firm. His areas of concentration are construction litigation, premises liability and insurance coverage. Sal has vast trial experience. He is known in the courts and among clients for his no-nonsense approach to negotiating cases. Sal shares his knowledge as a lecturer on subjects including the defendant's perspective in personal injury cases, and as an author on such topics as defense ethics and professionalism.

Sal has earned an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell — the highest peer review rating, based on legal ability and ethical standards. He counts among his most significant work his pro bono activities as an advocate for families and small businesses impacted by the September 11 attack (see Our Commitment to Diversity). Sal was born in Bethpage, New York.

Admissions
    U.S. States District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York    - 1986
    New York State Bar - 1986
    U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey - 1985
    New Jersey State Bar - 1985
Education
    J.D., St. John's University - 1985
    B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton - 1982
Memberships
    Columbian Lawyers Association
    Defense Research Institute and Trial Lawyers Association
    The Harmonie Group
    Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    New York State Bar Association




Julie E. Molod


Julie Molod is a member of the firm. She is heavily involved in automobile litigation, especially matters related to no-fault threshold. In addition, she frequently conducts depositions in all types of negligence cases. In addition to her law degree, Julie holds a degree in psychology. Outside the office, she is active in the United Jewish Appeal Federation and participates in fundraising activities. Julie was born in Brooklyn, New York.

Admissions

    U.S. District Court and Southern Districts of New York - 1995
    New York State Bar - 1995
    New Jersey State Bar - 1994

Education

    J.D. Brooklyn Law School - 1994
    B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton - 1991

Memberships

    American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Law Section)
    The Harmonie Group
    New York State Bar Association





David B. Owens

David B. Owens is a partner of the firm. In his 25 years as a trial attorney, David has served as counsel to some of the nation’s largest insurers. With an emphasis on resolving complex litigation matters, David has earned a reputation for obtaining favorable outcomes in difficult cases tried through verdict. David’s main focus is defending personal injury claims, and his record of success in this area encompasses wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases. His other specialties include premises liability, product liability and property damage.

Admissions

    New Jersey State Bar - 1988
    U.S. District Court, Western District of New Jersey - 1988
    New York State Bar – 1988
Education
    J.D., Brooklyn Law School - 1987
    American Jurisprudence Award for Trial Advocacy
    B.A., Queens College of the City of New York – 1984





Sean P. King

Sean P. King is a partner of the firm. With more than 21 years of litigation experience, Sean has represented some of the nation’s largest insurers and has an established record of success trying difficult cases through verdict. His main focus is construction litigation – encompassing personal injury, negligent construction, design and defect, collateral property / building damage, contract disputes between general and subcontractors, including indemnification and additional insurance provisions and declaratory judgment actions. His other specialties include insurance coverage opinions and declaratory judgment actions and the representation of religious organizations in all aspects of civil litigation.

Admissions

    U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey – 2010
    New Jersey State Bar – 2010
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit – 2006
    U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York – 2006
    New York State Bar – 1993
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit – 1992
    U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts – 1992
    Massachusetts State Bar – 1990
Education
    J.D. and B.A., Boston University School of Law,
       Boston, Massachusetts, Six Year Law Program





Teresa A. Gruber

Teresa A. Gruber is a partner of the firm. Her areas of concentration are transportation law, environmental law, insurance coverage and premises liability. Teresa has practiced in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the federal courts. Prior to joining the firm, Teresa was the managing partner of the New York office of a small bicoastal transportation specific firm. She is a trial attorney, having taken numerous verdicts, but also has significant experience in mediating and arbitrating cases to favorable resolutions for her clients. Her vast experience in transportation litigation includes having represented interstate and intrastate motor carriers, trucking specific insurance companies including primary, excess and reinsurers, taxicab operators, customs brokers, cargo carriers, and overnight and expedited shippers in all types of claims. Teresa also handles statutory violations and vehicle code violations on behalf of individual truck drivers and their employers. She has instituted and resolved numerous declaratory judgment actions and insurance coverage disputes. She has also authored several articles relating to trucking defense, insurance coverage and environmental issues, and has lectured on state and federal government regulation of emissions standards in the transportation industry.

Admissions
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York - 2001
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York - 2001
    New York State Bar - 1998
    Connecticut State Bar -1997
Education
    J.D., Pace University School of Law - 1996
        Earned Environmental Law Certificate
    B.A., History, Indiana University - 1993
        Earned Teaching Certificate




Christina Romanelli


Christina Romanelli is an associate of the firm and is part of our growing subrogation practice. She is primarily involved in insurance law cases regarding automobile and property damage. Prior to joining MSD, Christina worked at the Appellate Division Second Department and the New York State Supreme Court, New York County.  In addition to her law degree, Christina holds a degree in history. Christina was born in Stony Point, New York.

Admissions

    New York State Bar - 2011
    New Jersey State Bar - 2011
Education

    J.D. New York Law School - 2011
    B.A., Marist College - 2008
Memberships
    New York State Bar Association





Christopher M. Coleman


Christopher Coleman is an associate of the firm. His civil litigation practice focuses on premises liability, product liability and automobile negligence cases. He is an experienced litigator, having successfully handled numerous jury and bench trials. Prior to joining the firm, Chris was in private practice where he specialized in insurance defense litigation, including automobile negligence, professional malpractice and premises liability. He also has experience in commercial litigation, including contract disputes, and landlord/tenant issues. Prior to his law firm experience, Chris served as the law clerk for the Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Chris has represented major national insurance companies as well as hospitals, health care providers, accountants, real estate professionals, businesses, churches, synagogues and non-profit organizations. He was born in Washington, D.C.

Admissions

    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York - 2008
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York - 2007
    New York - 2007
    U.S. District Court, District of Maryland - 2003
    U.S. District Court, District of Columbia - 2001
    District of Columbia - 2001
    Maryland - 1998

Education

    J.D., New England School of Law - 1998
    B.A., University of Maryland - 1994

Memberships
    Metropolitan Black Bar Association
    National Bar Association





Eric Koplowitz

Eric Koplowitz is an associate of the firm and is part of our growing subrogation and New Jersey practices. He is involved in subrogation cases regarding automobile and property damage, in addition to insurance defense matters. During law school, Eric participated in the Consumer Debt Protection Field Clinic and was a member of the Editorial Board of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution as a Notes Editor. He also served as a judicial intern for the Hon. Matthew F. Cooper, Supreme Court, New York County. Prior to joining the firm, Eric completed a Post-Graduate Public Service Fellowship in civil rights and employment litigation. He was born in Brooklyn, New York.

Admissions

    New Jersey State Bar - 2012
    New York State Bar - 2013
Education
    J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law - 2012
    B.A., History (magna cum laude), State University of New York at
       Binghamton - 2009
Author: Note, "I Didn’t Agree To Arbitrate That! - How Courts Determine if Employees’ Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Claims Fall within the Scope of Broad Mandatory Arbitration Clauses, 13 Cardozo J. Conflict Resol. 565 (2012).

Membership:
    New York City Bar Association




John Coyne

John Coyne has extensive and diverse civil trial experience, having tried more than twenty five jury trials to verdict in cases ranging from transportation, products liability, civil rights and construction negligence to premises liability, medical malpractice and employment liability in both the state and federal courts of different states. He has also argued several times before state Courts of Appeals. John is a former Chicago criminal prosecutor who was later elected partner to a 120-attorney top Midwestern civil trial firm after only three years of civil experience. His civil litigation experience spans 8 different states, and he has represented clients in wrongful death and/or catastrophic injury cases across the United States, including New Jersey, Florida, New Mexico, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. Prior to law school, John taught logic & philosophy at the college level for several years. He is a former Golden Gloves heavyweight boxing champion who has also applied his advocacy skills for four-legged clients, having volunteered his legal services for numerous animal welfare organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States.

Admissions

    U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York - 2014
    New York State Bar - 2012
    Arizona State Bar - 2010 (inactive)
    Ohio State Bar - 2001 (inactive)
    Illinois State Bar - 1998
Education
    J.D. Cleveland Marshall Law School - 1997
    M.A. in Philosophy, Cleveland State University - 1991
    B.A. John Caroll University - 1988





Oisin Lambe


Oisín Lambe is an associate with the firm. His practice areas focus on automobile negligence and property damage, both subrogation and defense, as well as premises liability.

Oisín manages the firm’s highly successful, and rapidly growing, subrogation practice. He assists our clients in timely and effectively recovering millions of dollars in paid claims against the at fault party. In doing so, he works closely with our clients and helps them to meet their internal performance goals and, as a result, add substantial value to their operations.

Prior to joining the firm, Oisín was involved with Securities Exchange Commission compliance and litigation on behalf of a Fortune 500 company. He also has commercial litigation experience and international law experience in Ireland.

Oisín is an active member of the Irish and Irish-American communities in New York, and has just been elected Director of the Irish-American Bar Association of New York.

Oisín was born in Dublin, Ireland.

Admissions

    New York State Bar - 2007
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York - 2013
    California State Bar - Pending
Education

    LL.M., University of California, Los Angeles - 2008
    Bachelor of Business and Law, University College Dublin - 2006

Memberships
    American Bar Association
    Irish American Bar Association of New York, Director - 2013
    Irish Network - New York City
    Irish Network - USA
    National Association of Subrogation Professionals
    New York State Bar Association





Robert A. Von Hagen


Robert Von Hagen is an Associate of the firm. While in law school, Robert clerked at the In-House Counsel’s office of a Fortune 100 Insurance Company where he was exposed to defending premises and auto liability as well as construction site and Labor Law cases. Robert went on to private practice at a large insurance defense firm and continued to hone his experience while also expanding his knowledge of municipal and school district liability, health and fitness facility liability, and recreation and sports liability. At Molod Spitz & DeSantis, P.C., Robert will continue to assist and advise insurers and insureds in all matters and phases of defense litigation. Robert was born in Manhattan and raised in Huntington on Long Island, New York. He is an active and supportive alumnus of Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York and continues to support Loyola University of Maryland Athletics.

Admissions

    New York State Bar - 2012
    Florida State Bar - 2012
Education

    J.D. St. John’s University School of Law - 2011
    B.A. Loyola University of Maryland - 2006
Memberships
    Broward County Bar Association
    Chaminade Alumni Lawyers’ Association
    Florida Bar Association
    Nassau County Bar Association
    New York City Bar Association
    New York State Bar Association





Ross G. Weaver

Ross Weaver is a senior associate with the firm. His areas of concentration are personal injury and property damage. Ross has extensive experience trying cases to verdict. His legal knowledge encompasses practice areas from general negligence and labor law to product liability and construction accident cases. Prior to joining MSD in 2004, Ross held positions that included staff counsel to a casualty insurance company; private practice attorney in the areas of personal injury, property damage and insurance; assistant district attorney for Bronx County; and arbitrator and mediator. He also has significant appellate experience. Ross was born in Buffalo, New York.

Admissions

    U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York - 1976
    Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit - 1984
    New York State Bar - 1974
Education
    J.D., St. John's University School of Law - 1973 (received American    Jurisprudence Award for criminal law)
    B.A., Alfred University - 1970





Marcy Sonneborn

Marcy Sonneborn is Of Counsel to the firm. Her area of concentration is appellate practice. Marcy began doing appellate work for the firm in 1986. Since then, she has achieved a strong record of dismissals and reversals in the 1st and 2nd Departments of New York State's Appellate Division. Her wins are often cited in other cases and in treatises; for instance, a lead paint case Marcy won on appeal on behalf of MSD's client was cited in support of five similar cases won by defendants the following year, and a landmark premises security case Marcy won involving an attack in a restaurant's bathroom is cited in treatises for the proposition that altercations between patrons are not situations that are to be anticipated or prevented even when a similar incident occurred previously. Marcy also works with MSD's attorneys when they serve as trial counsel. Before working with MSD, Marcy served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York, doing commercial litigation. She was born in New York, New York.

Admissions

    Court of Appeals, New York State - 2011
    New York State Bar - 1979
Education
    J.D., Cum Laude, New York Law School - 1978
    B.S., Cornell University - 1973
Memberships
    New York State Bar Association





 

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