Is a law firm dedicated to representing individuals and families in civil litigation in New York and New Jersey courts. We pride ourselves on representing clients who face more powerful adversaries such as corporations and insurance companies. Our focus is on cases involving denied insurance claims, employment discrimination, and personal injury.
An Experienced Trial Lawyer
Eric Dinnocenzo is a trial lawyer who has obtained millions of dollars for his clients who have suffered damage or injury. Widely respected among his peers, and known for his high-quality legal representation, Mr. Dinnocenzo has represented hundreds of clients at both the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts.
Professional Expertise and Sophistication
Eric Dinnocenzo brings a sophisticated analysis to each case he handles. He is active in bar associations and legal advocacy groups. He has written articles on cutting-edge issues for top legal publications and has lectured in front of professional and community groups. He is also sought after for his legal analysis by both television and newspaper journalists.
Eric Dinnocenzo takes pride in personally handling each and every case that he takes on. This sets him apart from many other firms where, although a partner will meet initially with clients, the cases are either primarily handled by young, inexperienced attorneys or are shuffled among different attorneys who may have never met the client.
He also has a strong commitment to his clients. As a firm client, you will always be able to contact him and be kept informed about the status of your case. He will always personally return your communication within 24 hours. He understands the challenges that his clients face and brings both compassion and legal excellence to each case that he handles.
Fighting the Good Fight
It is important to have a lawyer on your side who understands the challenges you face. Throughout his almost two decades of practicing law, Eric Dinnocenzo has always represented the underdog against more powerful foes. He has litigated against major Fortune 500 companies and the largest insurance companies in the marketplace. He understands that you may be facing severe hardship and that you need a lawyer who will fight hard for you, and importantly, not treat your case like it is an afterthought or a product on an assembly line.
Experience Litigating Against Insurance Companies
Eric Dinnocenzo has vast experience litigating against insurance companies in New York and New Jersey courts. He has brought forth numerous cases arising from life insurance, property insurance, and disability insurance denials against major insurance carriers. He knows how to prepare, argue and try a case in order to defeat the insurance company and get you the money you deserve.
He has also written numerous articles about insurance law and briefed and argued appeals on complex insurance issues under New York law.
Insurance companies are not typical of many other companies for the simple reason that litigation is part of their business model. Insurance companies are in court on daily basis and often do not try to resolve claims early, even if it costs more money to later defend a lawsuit. The phrase “delay, deny, defend” neatly sums up the business model of many insurance companies. Our law firm is geared to take on this practice by fighting hard for you and never giving up during litigation.
In addition, the majority of employment discrimination and personal injury cases—practices areas that Eric Dinnocenzo is also highly active in—are defended by insurance companies because the defendant has an underlying policy of insurance. That is, the insurance company hires lawyers to defend the case and itself pays out any settlement or judgment. Based on his knowledge and experience practicing New York and New Jersey insurance law, Eric Dinnocenzo has a unique understanding of how to litigate employment discrimination and personal injury cases when they are defended by insurance companies.
Employment discrimination occurs when an employee suffers an adverse action due to the fact that he or she is a member of a protected category. Common examples of unlawful discrimination are when an employee is treated differently based on his or her race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, and religion. Generally, the applicable laws that cover our clients are Title VII, and both the New York State and New York City Human Rights Laws.
In addition, unlawful retaliation cases are a growing area, and the firm regularly handles these cases, including both under the discrimination laws and whistleblower retaliation laws such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Employment discrimination cases are often complex to handle. The law in this area is constantly evolving, and there are various options for the venue in which to file a case, as well as corresponding filing deadlines. It is important to have an attorney who is thoughtful concerning your various filing options, who is knowledgeable in this area of law, and who will move quickly on your behalf. Eric Dinnocenzo prides himself on being this kind of attorney.
Eric Dinnocenzo has helped hundreds of people who have been injured in accidents, including construction accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, workplace accidents, premises liability, nursing home neglect and abuse, product liability, and medical malpractice.
New York courts handle a large volume of personal injury and accident lawsuits. It is important to have a lawyer who does not treat your case like it is just a number. Our law firm concentrates on a small number of personal injury lawsuits and gives close personal attention to each one. You will always know what is happening with your case when you have Eric Dinnocenzo as your attorney.
In addition, many firms will handle a case and then suddenly pass it off to another attorney or law firm if the case proceeds to trial. That will never happen with your case. Rather, Eric Dinnocenzo will personally handle it from the initial meeting until its conclusion, whether by settlement, trial, or appeal.
Eric Dinnocenzo has extensive experience representing consumers and injured persons in civil litigation against corporations and insurance companies.
Immediately after graduating from law school, Mr. Dinnocenzo worked as a civil legal aid attorney, defending tenants in the housing court and also representing them in discrimination cases. Mr. Dinnocenzo tried his first case before he was admitted to the bar, obtaining the largest verdict on behalf of a tenant ever recorded by his office.
Mr. Dinnocenzo subsequently was an associate at two prominent boutique civil litigation firms that represented plaintiffs in insurance coverage and complex personal injury cases.
In addition to having tried numerous cases before judges and juries, Mr. Dinnocenzo has both argued and submitted briefs to appellate courts, including the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has published legal articles in the areas of insurance denials, employment discrimination, and complex issues in civil litigation.
Mr. Dinnocenzo has been interviewed by print media and has been a guest commentator on television. He is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Association for Justice (member, Insurance Law section), the New York City Bar Association (member, Insurance Law Committee), the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association, and United Policyholders.
Mr. Dinnocenzo has a strong commitment to public service, having been a volunteer attorney at housing clinics and at the New York City Housing Court.
J.D., Boston College Law School, 2001
B.A., Fairfield University, 1995
Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 2010
New Jersey State and Federal District Court, 2007
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 2006
State Bar of New York, 2006
Massachusetts State and Federal District Court, 2002
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New York City Bar Association
Insurance Law Committee
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
National Employment Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice
Newsletter Editor of the Insurance Law Section
Keeping the Faith in Insurance Bad Faith, New York Law Journal, June 10, 2015
Legal Fees in Declaratory Judgment Actions Against Insurers, New York Law Journal, September 29, 2014
Punitive Damages Unavailable for Third-Party Insurance Bad Faith, New York Law Journal, May 28, 2013.
Wider Scope of Employees Covered by Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Law, New York Law Journal, July 11, 2012.
Life Insurance Denials Based on Material Misrepresentations: The Application Process, the Law, and Public Policy Collide , American Association for Justice, Insurance Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 17, No. 1, Fall 2011.
Does the Consumer Fraud Act Apply to First-Party Insurance Claims? , N.J.L.J., Vol. 205, No. 12, September 19, 2011.
I Don’t Need Your Authority, The Use of Learned Treatises in New York State Courts , N.Y.S.B.A. J., Vol. 82, No. 5, June 2010, at 10.
The Postclaims Underwriting 'Gotcha', Trial, Vol 45, No. 1, Jan. 2009, at 52.
Worth the Paper It's Written On, City Limits, Oct. 6, 2008
The Use of Similar Accident Evidence In Products Liability Cases , Bill of Particulars (a publication of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association), Fall 2007.
National Employment Lawyers Association/New York, In the Beginning: Effective Case Preparation and Complaint Drafting, Fall Conference 2016.
New York State Bar Association, Bridging the Gap: Learning From the Stars, New York City, Jan. 2013.
Volunteer Attorney, Housing Clinic Sponsored by New York State Assemblyman Micah Kellner
New York City Housing Court, Volunteer Attorney
Judge, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Law School Mock Trial Competition
Board of Directors, Visiting Neighbors, New York, NY, 2006 - 2009