Robert J. Cecala

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Robert J. Cecala received his law degree in 1992 from St. John’s University School of Law where he graduated cum laude.  Within a year’s time, Mr. Cecala was a trial attorney for a major liability insurance carrier and obtained substantial trial experience and verdicts. His experience included handling dental malpractice, product liability and general negligence matters.
Robert joined Aaronson, Rappaport in 1994 and became a member of the firm in 2001. He initially specialized in the defense of medical malpractice claims from inception through trial, with which he continues to be involved to the present day. When the firm's product liability group started to develop, Robert became one of the lead trial partners handling those cases. Since 2000, Robert has been handling and supervising the firm's automotive products liability cases from inception through trial. He also provides counsel to our automotive manufacturer clients on other matters ranging from insurance coverage issues to national litigation strategies. Some recent verdicts obtained by Robert on behalf of his clients are as follows:

Grieve v. DOCS, New York State Supreme Court, Westchester County : a medical malpractice claim where plaintiff suffered a bowel perforation after the performance of a colonoscopy by our client necessitating a colostomy. (2010 defense verdict).

George v. Ford Motor Company, United States District Court, Southern District of New York: automotive design defect allegation resulting in three fatalities and catastrophic injuries to three others (2008 hung jury and 2009 defense verdict).

McMahon v. Ford Motor Company, New York State Supreme Court, New York County: automotive design defect allegation resulting in paralysis to a father of two young children  (2008 defense verdict).

Castaldi v. Land Rover, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York: automotive design and manufacturing defect allegations resulting in orthopedic and neurologic injuries to a 26 y/o (2008 defense verdict).

Rotter v. Ford Motor Company, New York State Supreme Court, Nassau County: automotive design defect allegation resulting in neurologic injuries to a 25 y/o (2008 defense verdict).

Mr. Cecala is also one of the the firm's lead trial counsel for its toxic tort group. Robert has been involved in numerous asbestos trials on behalf of the firm's toxic tort clients. As part of his involvement with the toxic tort group, Robert has also litigated lead paint cases on behalf of building owners within New York City.

Mr. Cecala is an active lecturer on risk management issues for the firm's hospital clients. He also lectures for the New York State Bar Association on various topics including product liability law and No-Fault law. Robert is also a contributor to the New York Law Journal Smart Litigator on product liability topics and issues.

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