HLG’s Appellate Practice Group is led by Harris J. Zakarin and handles appeals for both civil and criminal cases in the federal and state courts in New York, including the four Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court of the State of New York (primarily the First and Second Departments), the New York State Court of Appeals and the Federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals. HLG handles our own appeals, as well as those for other firms.
HLG evaluates each case from the perspective of the appellate court, by reviewing the written record. From this perspective HLG’s Appellate Practice Group is able to provide objective opinions about which facts are most beneficial, which issues were best preserved for appeal, and which avenue provides the appeal the best chance for success.
HLG is available to assist current counsel on appeal or assume representation during the appellate process. HLG’s Appellate Practice Group will evaluate the chances of success on appeal and write the briefs necessary to present the best case to the appellate court.
HLG’s Criminal Defense Practice is led by Dennis J. Ring, and represents individuals and companies throughout the New York Metropolitan area in all phases of criminal matters, from investigation through trial. Our representation in this area includes cases in the Federal, State and Local Courts. Our services include guiding clients through the entire criminal process from arrest to trial, and on appeal when necessary.
HLG’s attorneys have the knowledge and experience to provide guidance on a wide array of coverage issues. HLG’s coverage practice is led by Allan S. Hollander and Brian E. Kaufman who have experience providing an initial analysis of coverage issues, handling coverage claims litigation, and everything in between. Our attorneys provide claims management and coverage recommendations, and represent insurers in litigation, when necessary.
Interpretation of contracts between an insurance company and their insureds can be very complicated and easily misunderstood by either side. This can bring parties into direct conflict when claims of defense costs or indemnification are made. It is important to have an attorney who is able to interpret these contracts in accordance with the law.
HLG attorneys have appeared in many actions defending insurance carriers against another’s claim for coverage and prosecuting actions on behalf of the insurance carrier seeking declaratory relief from the Court as to specific provisions of the policy of insurance.
HLG’s insurance fraud practice concentrates on assisting insurance carriers in investigating matters relating to fraud, arson, and property insurance coverage. The insurance fraud practice group is led by Allan S. Hollander and Brian E. Kaufman.
Our attorneys have extensive experience working with insurance companies in matters relating to preventing, detecting, prosecuting, and defending against fraudulent claims.
We work closely with our client’s special investigation unit to evaluate potentially fraudulent claims early in the claims process. Through the examination under oath process, HLG attorneys help carriers fulfill their commitment to their insureds while seeking to avoid overpayment, and payment on claims resulting from intentional acts. Our attorneys are uniquely adept at obtaining testimony and evidence through comprehensive investigations.
We are committed to fighting insurance fraud through affirmative litigation. Our attorneys are leaders in prosecuting fraud through the use of declaratory judgment actions to eliminate exposure of fraudulent claims and recover wrongfully obtained claim payments.
Motor Vehicle Liability Defense
HLG attorneys have experience in negotiating, settling, and litigating motor vehicle accident defense cases. Our firm’s motor vehicle defense practice is led by Allan S. Hollander who has years of experience regarding issues raised in motor vehicle accident cases and exploring all possible defenses of behalf of the firm’s clients. Whether it is a case to defend on liability, a case to defend on damages, or a case to defend on both issues, HLG attorneys are fully familiar with the arguments to be advanced in the defense of our clients.
Many people who are injured attempt to take advantage of companies, insurance carriers and other entities that appear to have deep pockets. At HLG, we defend our clients against such approaches and work diligently to minimize litigation costs while maximizing the potential for success in our defense of motor vehicle accident cases.
We maintain relationships with leading experts in accident reconstruction and biomechanics and utilize their expertise to assist in the defense of a case when necessary. When appropriate, we encourage our clients to move to dismiss the plaintiff's complaint on the grounds the plaintiff did not sustain a serious injury as defined by Section 5102 of the Insurance Law.
At HLG, our goal is to identify our client's likely exposure and develop a strategy to mitigate risk and potential damages.
No Fault Insurance Claim Defense
HLG’s No-Fault practice group is led by Allan S. Hollander and Brian E. Kaufman and is involved in all aspects of No-Fault claims file handling from evaluation thru litigation and/or arbitration. The experience and success of HLG’s attorneys in handling No-Fault actions and arbitrations, including those involving complex matters, has resulted in HLG attorneys being invited to speak at the National Insurance Crime Bureau and insurance carrier training courses.
HLG attorneys routinely conduct investigations into the legitimacy of reported motor vehicle incidents and subsequent treatment by conducting examinations under oath of claimants and medical providers. In addition, we have experience conducting investigations on behalf of our clients to determine whether the medical providers submitting No-Fault claims are properly incorporated in accordance with the applicable laws. We work together with claim adjusters, SIU investigators, and other interested parties to detect fraud and recoup any monies paid to fraudulent providers.
The firm also maintains an active litigation and arbitration practice and regularly represents their clients at arbitration hearings and trials. The attorneys at HLG have obtained favorable results for the firm’s clients, particularly in defending fraudulent claims. Our attorneys have experience initiating declaratory judgment actions, which are effective in validating denial of claims and reducing fees and costs for our clients. The declaratory judgment actions are useful in resolving claims resulting from a single accident, as well as in larger actions relating to licensing violations by medical providers, and policy violations.
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