Spiegel, Brown, & Fichera, LLP, for over 40 years, has limited its practice to civil litigation matters. Each of the lawyers in the firm has considerable trial and appellate experience in such areas of litigation as personal injury, products liability, construction accidents, wrongful death, construction contract litigation, civil rights, and a wide variety of commercial litigation. The firm also specializes in professional malpractice, particularly in the area of medical malpractice, architectural and engineering malpractice, attorney malpractice and malpractice claims involving real estate and insurance professionals. Each of the partners has had extensive experience in litigating multimillion dollar lawsuits and serious exposure cases.
Spiegel, Brown, & Fichera, LLP pride themselves on being the antithesis of the “litigation mill”. Rather, each case in the office is assigned to an individual attorney (almost always a partner) who handles that case from its inception to its conclusion. While each individual case has the benefit of the support and input of the entire legal staff, the firm believes that the method to best achieve optimum results and provide consistent client service is to have one lawyer responsible for the case throughout the life of the litigation.
The firm of Spiegel, Brown, & Fichera, LLP has recruited a top flight professional staff of paralegals and in house investigators who provide critical support for all legal matters. The use of paralegal/investigative staff enables the firm to efficiently and cost-effectively manage client matters with complete firm control to achieve the best results. Our entire in-house support staff consists of experienced personnel who have been with the firm for five to twenty-five years.
Spiegel, Brown, & Fichera, LLP first formed in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1961 as a defense litigation firm with one primary client, the Travelers Insurance Company. Throughout the 1960s, the firm became the preferred defense counsel in the Mid Hudson Valley for a number of general liability and automobile insurance carriers. The firm continues to represent some of the leading insurers with respect to their defense work in our region (from Albany to New York City). Beginning in the late 1970s, the firm developed significant expertise and experience in handling product liability work for clients such as Ford Motor Company, North American Rockwell and Litton Industries. Construction contract litigation also developed as a firm specialty, beginning in the early 1980s, when the firm was retained as regional defense counsel for Design Professional Insurance Company, who insured architects and engineers.
From 1980 through the present time, the firm has developed and expanded its practice representing injured plaintiffs into one of the most successful personal injury firms in the Hudson Valley. The firm has obtained numerous recoveries in excess of $1 million for their clients.
Over the past twenty years, the firm has continued to serve a wide variety of corporate and individual clients with respect to their litigation matters in virtually every category of civil litigation.
In the late 1970s, the firm opened its Fishkill, New York office to serve clients in the southern part of the region; and in 2007 we moved to a larger office in Beacon, New York to better serve our southern Dutchess and Putnam County clients.
The firm’s partners have impressive legal and professional backgrounds: two of the partners have served as town justices in the area; one of the partners is a former president of the Dutchess County Bar Association; two of the partners are former assistant District Attorneys and several of the partners were editors on their Law Reviews. Most recently, the senior partner, Donald D. Brown, Jr., was nominated for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates, an elite organization of top trial attorneys whose membership is based upon selection, rather than application. The partners have published articles and course materials and have lectured extensively in the area of civil litigation.
Each of the attorneys in the firm has extensive trial experience; and each of the partners has tried in excess of 50 jury cases to a verdict. It is the firm’s philosophy that every case should be handled and prepared as though it is going to be tried to a conclusion. While a majority of litigated matters never reach the point of a jury verdict, it has been the firm’s experience, over its many years of practice, that the best settlements are achieved by being fully prepared to take the case to its conclusion.
The firm has broad and extensive experience in handling and arguing civil appeals in a vast variety of cases. The partners in the firm have argued appeals before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court of Appeals of the State of New York, as well as the Appellative Divisions. Mr. Brown and Mr. Spiegel are admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Brown is a former Confidential Law Assistant for the Justices of the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department.
The firm’s attorneys have extensive backgrounds in legal research and writing. Several of the partners were editors of their Law Reviews and have published scholarly writings in matters related to civil litigation.
For over 25 years Spiegel, Brown, & Fichera, LLP has been rated “AV” (the highest possible rating) by Martindale Hubbel, the leading evaluator of law firms in the United States.