A Partner at Phillips Paolicelli LLP since 2016, Brendan represents veterans, workers and families who have been hurt by dangerous asbestos products and other dangerous chemicals. He also represents accident victims and people that have been catastrophically hurt through medical malpractice. Brendan has won tens of millions of dollars for his clients in verdicts and settlements and has garnered a national reputation for his work on asbestos contaminated consumer product cases and international product liability cases.
Brendan is one of the nation’s leading trial lawyers in cases involving consumer products that were contaminated with asbestos. Brendan won a $7 Million verdict in 2015 for a woman who died of mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos from her use of contaminated scented body talcum powder. Brendan’s win was the first time that a consumer was able to hold a company liable for an asbestos contaminated cosmetic talcum powder in New York State. Brendan also pioneered cases regarding asbestos contamination in lawn and garden care products.
Brendan is also an innovator in international product liability cases. He is one of the first attorneys in the country to bring US product liability suits on behalf of international asbestos and mesothelioma victims. Over the last several years he has recovered millions of dollars for mesothelioma victims exposed to asbestos products in Europe. Due to his expertise, he has lectured in the United Kingdom to both law students and solicitors regarding product liability law and asbestos litigation.
Brendan regularly serves as “first chair”/lead trial attorney in complex personal injury trials and has obtained some of the nation’s largest recoveries for his clients. In 2015, as the lead trial attorney for a NYC electrician who worked in powerhouses and developed mesothelioma from his exposure to asbestos, Brendan obtained a record-setting settlement for his client after six weeks of trial. In 2012, he won a multi-million dollar verdict for the family of a Navy Veteran who died from mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos while cutting, installing, and removing asbestos containing gaskets on ships. In 2014, Brendan was the lead trial attorney and successfully fought for a retired merchant marine, who was exposed to asbestos from his work on asbestos insulated turbines.
He has also successfully served as lead trial attorney for many mesothelioma victims including a NYC bus mechanic who worked with asbestos containing bus brakes; an Upstate NY welder who was exposed to asbestos containing pumps in the 1990s; a NYC school teacher who was exposed to asbestos form his summers working construction; a young woman who developed mesothelioma as a result of washing her husband’s clothes after he worked with asbestos joint compound; and a dentist who was exposed to asbestos in dental molding material.
In addition to his trial work, Brendan has written, argued, and won important legal rulings and landmark appeals in New York State related to exposures from various asbestos products.
Brendan regularly lectures at various statewide and national conferences regarding asbestos litigation and trial tactics. He has presented multiple times at the national Plaintiffs Asbestos Litigation Seminar (PALS), and lectured at law schools in New York and the United Kingdom.
Brendan comes from a large Irish Catholic family that taught him the value of working hard and the importance of strong unions, worker protections, and doing the right thing. Ever since he was a young man, Brendan worked closely with local unions and their members. He’s walked picket lines, spoken at union rallies, and helped organize marches for fair contracts and safe working conditions throughout New York State. Growing up in a pro-labor family, he takes great pride in fighting for hard working Union members and their families.
Brendan lives in Yorktown Heights, NY with his wife and their awesome son. Outside of his law practice, Brendan is very active in his local community and works closely with organized labor and community groups on issues that affect the quality of life for families in the Lower Hudson Valley and the Bronx. He is a graduate of Fordham University and Albany Law School.