Overview

Jack crafts sophisticated litigation and appellate strategies that ensure his clients are best positioned through every phases of the process.

Jack has, over his decade-plus of litigation experience, developed valuable legal acumen and a keen ability to articulate arguments, both of which he brings to bear on complex and high exposure insurance defense cases and commercial matters.  Jack’s broad practice has ranged from personal injury and property damage (including complex construction defect matters) to complex commercial matters.  His direct writing style and pragmatic problem-solving approach lend clients confidence in both his briefs and his case assessments.

Jack honed his skilled approach while litigating a wide variety of commercial disputes, including bankruptcy adversary proceedings, AAA commercial arbitration, ISDA disputes, and veil-piercing and fraudulent conveyance actions, for both plaintiffs and defendants, and is adept at thinking one step ahead, identifying key case issues to preemptively address challenges.

Jack worked for a time as a communications consultant at the polling and consulting firm Luntz Global, where he helped entertainment, energy, health care and political clients sharpen messages for public appeal. His unique combination of intellectual rigor and forceful storytelling reframes disputes to highlight his clients’ strongest points while isolating his adversaries’ weaknesses. His writing on appellate issues has been published in the New York Law Journal.

Before joining Shaub, Ahmuty, Citrin & Spratt, Jack practiced international commercial and bankruptcy litigation at an AmLaw 100 firm and two boutique litigation firms.

Experience

Abedin v. Roadtex Transportation Corp., __ A.D.3d __ (2d Dep’t, Nov. 11, 2020) (obtaining reversal of order precluding social media discovery from Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat accounts and last known addresses and phone numbers of three of infant plaintiff’s friends in case involving claims of wrongful death and emotional distress/zone of danger, with accompanying claim of “$12,000,000 in expenses for psychotherapy and psychopharmacological medication throughout [infant plaintiff’s] lifetime”)

Rodriguez v. Extell W. 57th St. LLC, 131 N.Y.S.3d 125 (1st Dep’t 2020) (obtained reversal of Supreme Court order denying defendant leave to amend answer to assert collateral estoppel as an affirmative defense where plaintiff has known since before commencing the action that the Workers’ Compensation Board had previously found his injury to be unrelated to the workplace accident).

Three Brothers Trading LLC v. Generex Biotechnology Corp., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161784 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 3, 2020); 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 141882 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 7, 2020); U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72600 (Apr. 24, 2020) (obtained orders confirming approximately $380,000 arbitration award and remanding for further arbitration proceedings over the value of certain stock warrants, confirming that the arbitrator retained authority to award attorneys’ fees in the remanded proceeding, and entering a judgment on the partial award during the pendency of the remanded proceedings)

Zhou v. Tuxedo Ridge, LLC, 180 A.D.3d 960 (2d Dep’t, Feb. 19, 2020) (vacating $20.7 million judgment in favor of plaintiff, awarding a new trial on liability, and reducing the aggregate damages verdict to $2.3MM; the new trial on liability was occasioned by the trial court’s erroneous application of CPLR 3117(a)(3)(ii) in excluding crucial non-party witness’s testimony that devastated plaintiff’s claim, and the court’s error in refusing to charge the jury on assumption of risk)

Astoria Generating Company, LP, v. Riley Power, Inc., 179 A.D.3d 987 (2d Dep't, Jan. 29, 2020) (in $93 million subrogation claim arising out of electric generating plant explosion, obtained unanimous reversal of motion court’s decision denying enforcement of contractual limitation on damages, resulting in a reduction of risk to the client on the loss from $93 million [plus years of interest] down to a maximum of $4 million)

Hickey v. City of New York, Index No. 150139/2010 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. Oct. 2, 2019) (defeating plaintiff’s motion for leave to serve an amended bill of particulars to assert PTSD and related emotional damages after the close of discovery)

Green v. Manhattan School of Music, Index No. 310534/2010 (Sup. Ct. Bronx Co., Sept. 19, 2019) (prevailed on post-trial motion, obtaining remittitur from $6.5 million to $3.2 million in total damages in case featuring four spinal surgeries)

Anonymous v. Gleason, 175 A.D.3d 614 (2d Dep’t 2019) (obtained reversal of Supreme Court decision finding issue of fact and obtained summary judgment for clients in a medical malpractice action, on the basis that a plaintiff may not escape summary judgment by advancing a new theory of liability for the first time in opposition to a summary judgment motion)

Wilk v. Columbia University, 171 A.D.3d 570 (1st Dep’t 2019) and Breeze Nat’l., Inc. v. Century Sur. Co., 170 A.D.3d 591 (1st Dep’t 2019) (obtained unanimous affirmance of two Supreme Court decisions from Judge Silver in companion actions, resulting in dismissal of third-party complaint against client in wrongful death action arising out of construction accident on basis of waiver of subrogation and antisubrogation and additional insured determination in favor of client)

Carlton v. City of New York, 161 A.D.3d 930, 930 (2d Dep’t 2018) (obtained vacatur of Labor Law 240(1) liability summary judgment determination, on grounds that triable issues of fact existed as to whether a safety device was necessary or expected under the circumstances and as to whether plaintiff was sole proximate cause of his injury)

Melissa Cohen, et al., v. The City of New York, et al., Index No. 6146/2012, Roberto Rodriguez, et al., v. Alexander Palacio, City of New York, et al., Index No. 28861/2011, Palacio v. City of New York, et al., Index No. 26142/2011  (Sup.Ct., Queens Co. 2018) (obtained summary judgment dismissal of wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury claims in three separate actions against contractors involved in roadway construction project on Queensboro Bridge)

D.S. v. DiMarzio, Index No. 289/17 (Sup. Ct. Kings Co. May 14, 2018) (prevailed on motion to dismiss, with prejudice, claims against a Roman Catholic bishop and diocese sounding in negligent training and supervision and negligent infliction of emotional distress arising out of alleged sexual contact between a priest and an adult parishioner)

Yao v. World Wide Travel (I-95 Bus Crash Litigation), 2018 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 4369 (Sup.Ct., Kings Co., Dec. 20, 2017) (obtained summary judgment dismissal of all claims against target truck company defendants in high profile, high exposure consolidated/mass tort bus crash case involving 15 wrongful death plaintiffs and multiple catastrophically-injured personal injury plaintiffs)

U.S. Energy Dev. Corp. v. Superior Well Servs., Inc., 155 A.D.3d 1553, 1554 (4th Dep’t 2017), 156 A.D.3d 1454 (4th Dep’t 2017) (obtained dismissal of all claims of negligence against insured arising from allegations of negligence, promissory estoppel and unjust enrichment arising from insured’s work on 97 different natural gas wells and involving damages claims of $20+ million; also prevailed in preserving indemnity and contribution claims sounding in negligent manufacture against third-party defendant)

Deutsche Bank AG v. Erik Martin Vik, Index No. 652156 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co., June 12, 2017) (prevailed on motion to dismiss, on basis of personal jurisdiction, judgment enforcement action that sought to collect from wealthy Norwegian father of judgment debtor’s sole shareholder; later affirmed at 163 A.D.3d 414 (1st Dep’t 2018)

Deutsche Bank AG v. Sebastian Holdings, Inc., 2017 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 441 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. Feb. 3, 2017) (successfully quashed subpoenas directed at art gallery, vodka company, and software companies affiliated with shareholder of judgment debtor, and quashed in part subpoena directed at judgment debtor’s bank as a fishing expedition for information regarding affiliates)

Deutsche Bank AG v. Alexander Vik, 2016 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 2625 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co., July 14, 2016); 2016 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 712 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co., Mar. 4, 2016) (obtained stay of veil-piercing cause of action for prior action pending in $300 million judgment enforcement dispute and dismissal without prejudice of various other claims against third-parties for failure to effect proper service and establish personal jurisdiction)

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Education

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2007

University of Notre Dame, B.A., 2004

Admissions

  • New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2008
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2008
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