Upcoming CLEs:

11/30/18: Maximizing the Vantage Point of a Vocational and Economic Expert in Damages Analysis, featuring Rachel A. Duchon of Duchon Vocational & Economic Consulting, LLC and Gerard O’Connor, Esq., Lippman O’Connor.  Main Court Building 6th Floor, 438 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, 12:00 – 1:45 p.m. (CLE will be conducted from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.).  Product Demonstration and Lunch Sponsored by Jack W. Hunt & Associates, Inc.

Attendance is free for all members.  This lecture will provide attendees with one hour of CLE credit and will be appropriate for newly admitted (two years or less) and experienced attorneys Continuing Legal Education credit courtesy of Barclay Damon. Please RSVP to by Nov. 27, 2018.


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Past CLEs:

6/21/18 – “Defending Against Reptilian Plaintiffs” – presented by Joseph Goergen, Kelly Phillips, & Shayna Gorski.

12/8/17 – “Coverage Issues & Indemnification, Part II” – a combined CLE with the New York State Bar Association’s TICL Section and Erie Institute of Law.

12/9/16 – “Coverage Issues & Indemnification” – a combined CLE with the BAEC’s Negligence Committee.

4/28/16 – “Labor Law and Risk Transfer” presented by David Adams

9/19/16 – Florina Altshiler presents her article in the New York Law Journal “False Eyewitness Testimony” – Avant Building from noon – 1 p.m. Thank you to our generous sponsor DIGITS, LLC – a Division of Avalon, and to Barclay Damon for providing the room!

4/20/17 – #SocialMediaEthics presented by Emeritus Liz Midgley.  Thank you to our lunch sponsor Corporate Consultants Investigations!

Upcoming Social Mixers:

12/12/18 – The DTLA Holiday Party and Annual Meeting, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at The Mansion on Delaware

Past Social Mixers:

6/21/18 – The DTLA Summer Party & CLE

12/6/17 – The DTLA Holiday Party and Annual Meeting

12/7/16 – The DTLA Holiday Party and Annual Meeting 

6/21/16 – The DTLA/MBA Summer Party

Press Release October 2018

October 5, 2018

The Defense Trial Lawyers of Western New York Association (DTLA-WNY) announces that local attorney Thomas “Tom” Drury will be awarded the highest honor bestowed by that organization: the Robert M. Kiebala Memorial Award as the 2018 Defense Trial Lawyer of the Year.

The award is presented to the attorney who best exemplifies the Association’s mission of “promoting the highest standard of trial conduct through member education and advocating the defense position in civil cases with the judiciary and where appropriate in the New York State legislature.”

Tom Drury recently retired from his post as partner at Barclay Damon where he co-chaired the Torts & Products Liability Defense Practice Area and chaired the Professional Liability Practice Area.  He has had a distinguished professional career, including working in public advocacy (for the National Municipal League, predecessor to the National Civic League), government (clerking for the US Department of Justice in its Anti-Trust Division) and a long career as an attorney in private practice.  He graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 1980 and started working for Damon Morey as an associate attorney; after a departure to Gibson, McAskill & Crosby, he returned to Damon – now Barclay Damon LLP — in 1990 as a partner.  He handled complex litigation during his career including the defense of (1) FlightSafety International in the Colgan Flight #3407 matter; (2) numerous trucking companies and drivers; and (3) numerous keyboard cases involving claim of repetitive stress injury.  He is known for his extensive experience as a trial attorney in matters involving toxic torts, medical malpractice, products liability and general negligence.

The DTLA’s 2018 Sherwood Civility Award is bestowed upon Julie P. Apter, a partner at Goldberg Segalla.  Apter has more than 30 years of experience, concentrating in the practices of employment law and general litigation.  She has practiced as an in-house counsel for an insurer, as an Assistant County Attorney, and as a trial lawyer in private practice representing insureds and self-insureds in civil matters in both New York and Connecticut state courts as well as federal courts.  Julie  has a sterling reputation and is known for her forthright nature with opposing counsel and clients alike.

 These awards will be given at the annual meeting on Wednesday, December 12, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at The Mansion on Delaware.  In addition, the following board members will be honored as their term comes to a close:  Elise Cassar, John Gaughan and Erin Molisani.  President Kevin O’Neill will turn over his duties to current vice-president, Melissa Habberfield.  Mr. O’Neill will remain on the board for a one-year emeritus term.


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P3264719 (1)The Mission of the Defense Trial Lawyers Association is to encourage fellowship among the civil defense attorneys in the Eighth Judicial District by facilitating the exchange of ideas, enhancing litigation and trial skills, and advocating for the civil defense bar to the administrators of the Eighth Judicial District and the Western District of New York. Representing civil defense attorneys of the 8th Judicial District.