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Richard P. Byrne Speaks Before the NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting

Garden City, New York, May 18, 2015

On May 17, 2015, L’Abbate Balkan partner, Richard P. Byrne, spoke as a Mediator on a panel at the New York State Bar Association Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting.  Mr. Byrne was joined on the panel by a New York State Supreme Court Justice, a United States District Court Magistrate Judge and a commercial litigator, who addressed the increasing litigation over attorneys’ fees awards allowed as a matter of statute or contract.  The panel, which was moderated by a Special Referee of the New York State Supreme Court, discussed the important considerations and common pitfalls in determining entitlement to and the amount of such fees, together with practical tips on how to avoid protracted litigation in this arena.

Mr. Byrne is Co-Managing Partner of L’Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, L.L.P. and Chair of the Firm’s Insurance Industry Practice Group. He is also a member of NAM’s (National Arbitration and Mediation’s) Hearing Officer Panel and is available throughout the country for arbitrations and mediations.


If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Richard P. Byrne, Esq. or Anthony P. Colavita, Esq., the managing partners of L’Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, L.L.P., by telephone 516.294.8844 or email or