Ryan E. Dempsey is senior counsel to the firm in the Westchester, New York office. As a member of Gordon & Rees’s Construction, Tort & Product Liability, Trucking & Transportation, Professional Liability and Commercial Litigation Groups, Mr. Dempsey focuses his practice on general liability and casualty claims, as well as other complex civil litigation and excess matters. Mr. Dempsey has defended a multitude of clients in both state and federal courts, including municipalities, commercial property owners, trucking and bus companies, health clubs, grocery distributors, pharmacies, airlines, retail establishments, manufacturers, distributors, construction managers, restaurants, security companies, and both general contractors and subcontractors.
While handling all aspects of civil defense, Mr. Dempsey specializes in complex and high exposure litigation, including catastrophic construction site, product liability, motor vehicle, transportation, aviation, premises, employment discrimination, and commercial liability claims. Mr. Dempsey has represented clients in all phases of litigation, from the pre-suit phase to trial, in all of the courts in New York City, Long Island, and Upstate New York. Mr. Dempsey has also drafted and orally argued multiple appeals in the New York State appellate courts. He has developed extensive negotiating and trial experience, and has brought many matters to dismissal, verdict or favorable settlement.
Mr. Dempsey is also a member of one of Gordon & Rees’s high exposure trial teams, which is often “parachuted in” on the eve of trial at the request of excess insurers to take over the representation of defendants in high exposure cases with potential damages exceeding seven figures. Mr. Dempsey is known for maintaining a high level of responsiveness, giving each claim and corresponding defense a thorough analysis to identify opportunities for early resolution. He exhibits professionalism in the courtroom and with his colleagues, while working closely with clients to develop an aggressive defense strategy that achieves success in the most cost-effective manner.
An avid runner and skier, Mr. Dempsey lives in Montebello, New York with his wife and two children. Mr. Dempsey also coaches youth soccer and Little League.
U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York