Monthly Archives: October 2014

Kathryn M. Walsh 1977-2014

Gordon & Silber, P.C. recently lost one of our most dedicated and admired associates. Kathryn M. Walsh, a member of the G&S medical malpractice team, lost her long and brave fight with cancer on September 24, 2014. Katy, as she was known to friends and associates, graced these halls with her incredible intelligence, hard work, kindness, loyalty, beauty and dogged determination since 2009.  Katy was a literal tower of strength and humanity.  Her office was always open to those who needed a friendly ear and she always made time for people regardless of the stresses and demands of her profession.  She developed many close relationships not only with her fellow attorneys, but with the office and lobby staff whom she brought back coffee for and the night cleaners who she took time to get to know while working after hours.  She was incredibly hard working, putting in long hours including the weekends.  She had a reputation for being a tenacious litigator and a selfless team player, ready to help out in a pinch on anyone’s cases.  Somehow, she maintained a full social life and had a great group of friends and still found time for pursuits like marathon training, ballet and reality TV.  Her loving family was always part of her conversation, especially her loving and supportive parents, Thomas and Patricia, her sister Marian (her stylist) and her brand new nephew Quinn.

Near the end, even as she was battling for her life, she continued to come to work and maintain a case load.  The courage and resolve she displayed in handling what life threw at her was inspirational to each and every one of us here and made us all question whether we were made of similar stuff.  She will be forever commemorated on the firm website, and will be forever in our hearts and memories.

G&S Triumphs in Second Landmark Trial Involving Billion Dollar Estate

Gordon & Silber, P.C. (G&S), recently triumphed in a second landmark trial involving the billion dollar estate of the late Robert Cohen, the owner and Chairman of the Hudson News Company. G&S was retained by the law firm DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick & Cole, LLP (DF&C) to handle the critical medical issues in both trials.  In the first trial G&S established that Robert Cohen was medically competent despite suffering from advanced Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).  In the second trial, G&S assisted DF&C in establishing that the changes Robert Cohen made to his will in his last years were not the subject of undue influence from his son James Cohen.  G&S senior trial partner Sandy Gold assisted by partner Laura Rodgers, with little more than their legal pads, bested the 760 attorney law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in the first trial.  In the second trial, Sandy and Laura’s low tech, but highly cost effective approach, bested the law firms of Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman, LLP. and Greenbaum, Row, Smith & Davis, LLP., large firms that specialize in complex commercial litigation.

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G&S Obtains Summary Judgment Dismissing Various Toxic Exposure Claims as Time Barred

G&S recently obtained summary judgment dismissing various claims as time barred on behalf of several World Trade Center defendants. The plaintiff claimed he suffered various injuries due to his work cleaning the interior of buildings after the World Trade Center attacks.

We argued that all of plaintiff’s 14 separate claims of injury were subject to the three year statute of limitation [CPLR 214-c(2)] which runs from the date of discovery of the injury or from the date the plaintiff should have discovered the injury, whichever is earlier.

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