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Brian, who was recently recognized with a nomination and selection to Connecticut’s 2020 Lawyers of Distinction, is a Partner in our New York City and Stamford Connecticut offices and has more than 20 years of experience as lead trial counsel, having conducted more than 100 bench and jury trials. During a five year career as an Assistant District Attorney, finishing in the prestigious Violent Felony Unit, he honed his trial skills on a daily basis, achieving a stellar felony and misdemeanor conviction record and earning a reputation as a tenacious trial lawyer.

Brian W. Colistra

Stefanie is an Associate in the New York City office. Her experience primarily involves the defense of aviation interests from product manufacturers to service providers and insurers in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Tom began his professional career as a systems design and development engineer on the U.S. Navy F-14D fighter jet program at Grumman Aerospace Corp. He worked on a number of products that were integrated into the F-14D, including a data entry computer used to input information by the flight crew; an Infra-Red Search and Track System (IRSTS) and a stores management (weapons) system. Tom then began his law school studies, focusing on intellectual property disciplines, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Tom’s technical and legal background allowed him to sit for the Patent Bar Exam, and Tom became a registered patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He worked at law firms specializing in intellectual property law, where he defended clients in trademark infringement litigation, and prosecuted patent applications before the USPTO.

Suzanne defends the London Market and other insurers in coverage disputes involving All Risk, War Risk, E&O and D&O policies. Suzanne also provides continued assistance and counseling in the area of California claim handling practices and has provided seminars to insurers regarding California’s Fair Claims Settlement Practices Act.

Suzanne N. McNulty

Joe Franceski has worked in the aerospace insurance and defense industry since 1984. Until recently, he was Managing Director and Head of the Aviation and Space Claims Department (US) at Marsh Aviation, in which capacity he acted as a trusted client advocate to aerospace manufacturers and airlines on coverage matters; policy interpretation and drafting; complex contract reviews and analysis; London and EU insurance market practices; litigation and settlement strategies in major cases, and emergency response planning.

Matthew concentrates in the litigation and arbitration of commercial and insurance disputes. He serves as national recovery counsel to one of the world’s largest insurers, and in that capacity manages and directs litigation throughout the states. Mr. Kennedy has handled a significant volume of subrogation work, for several carriers and has represented a number of satellite insurers and reinsurers on issues of coverage, claims handling, regulation, and subrogation.  He is especially well-versed in product liability litigation, from aircrafts to consumer goods.

Rudolph V. Pino Jr. was the founding and senior partner of Pino & Associates, LLP, a law firm based in White Plains, New York for twenty-six years.  The firm merged with Fitzpatrick & Hunt, Pagano Aubert, LLP on January 1, 2017.  Mr. Pino counsels American and international clients on contractual and regulatory matters, and litigates (and arbitrates) product liability, aviation, space, and insurance coverage disputes both in the U.S. and abroad.  He has authored numerous articles concerning litigation, aviation, product liability, general insurance coverage, and telecommunication satellite insurance coverage.  He has also spoken at numerous international conferences and prepared course materials for a variety of organizations.

Rudolph V. Pino Jr.

Mitch is an Associate in the New York City office. His experience primarily involves the defense of aviation interests from product manufacturers to service providers and insurers in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Mitch has handled a variety of litigated matters, including general liability, personal injury, premises liability, and property damage liability. In addition to successfully negotiating and settling litigated matters, Mitch has a successful record drafting and arguing dispositive motions.

Shane is an Associate in the Chicago office. He has spent his entire career litigating general and commercial aviation matters throughout the country, including the representation of component part manufacturers, airlines, airport service providers, and maintenance facilities in complex claims involving wrongful death, personal injury, and commercial disputes. He has also provided guidance to various entities within the aviation industry on regulatory compliance, risk assessment and management, and pre-suit dispute resolution. His efforts extend from pre-suit investigation through trial and have resulted in numerous favorable outcomes for the clients.

Shane B. Nichols

Grant is an Associate in the Los Angeles office. He is a 2016 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Anthropology. He then received his Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2019. While a student at Pepperdine, Grant served as a judicial extern to the Honorable John A. Kronstadt, U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California. Grant also worked as a law clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and volunteered his time to several Veterans Service Organizations in the Los Angeles area.

Garth focuses his practice on the defense of product manufacturers, airport service providers, aircraft maintenance providers and airlines in litigation throughout the United States. Garth’s practice also includes the defense of toxic tort litigation. Garth defends his clients in matters ranging from multi-state complex litigation and nationwide class actions, to smaller, local litigation in California. He represents his clients in both state and federal courts throughout the United States, in addition to proceedings before the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. He is also responsible for directing the defense of his clients in litigation overseas.

Garth W. Aubert

After college, Jim proudly served for three years in the U.S Army as an artillery officer and helicopter pilot before attending law school. He practiced for several years with a criminal defense firm, and for the last 35 years has specialized in litigating civil cases. Jim has been lead counsel in numerous large and complex lawsuits, including both multi-district and class action cases, in a variety of state and federal trial courts, as well as in the context of private alternative dispute resolution. He has also argued numerous cases before both state and federal appellate courts.

James W. Hunt

Tara’s practice focuses on the defense of clients in complex litigation, with an emphasis in products liability and commercial litigation, and routinely represents Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies in these types of cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. Tara has extensive experience litigating these claims in a wide variety of industries including aerospace, pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer care and automotive parts. Tara actively represents these clients in all phases of litigation, including trial. Tara has represented clients in consolidated mass tort actions and federal multi district litigation and acts as. coordinating counsel for clients in matters abroad.

Tara E. Nicola - short bio

John is a Partner in our New York City and Stamford, Connecticut offices. His practice focuses primarily on litigation in a number of areas, including aviation and aerospace law, where he is responsible for all aspects of product liability defense of a major foreign helicopter manufacturer and its subsidiaries in state and federal courts across the country.  He also provides counsel to clients on matters involving products liability, insurance coverage, premises liability, dram shop liability and commercial disputes. Earlier in his career, John was one of the national coordinating counsel for product liability matters involving a well-known consumer product manufacturer, and subsequently for a Japan-based automotive and truck manufacturer and its subsidiaries in the United States and the Caribbean. John is fluent in Spanish.

Rich's practice focuses primarily on litigation in a number of areas, including products liability, premises liability, toxic torts, construction matters, subrogation, commercial disputes, and debt collection.  He handles all phases of complex civil litigation throughout the United States in Federal and State Courts.  He also provides counsel to clients on a wide range of issues, including product safety, warnings, insurance coverage, debt collection, and related issues.

Richard T. Petrillo

Evelyne is an Associate in the Los Angeles office. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations at the University of Southern California, where she graduated with honors in 2014. She worked for several years as a legal assistant prior to attending Loyola Law School, where she received her Juris Doctor Degree in 2020. Evelyne served as a staff writer and then as a research editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. She also volunteered at the Loyola Tax Appeals Assistance Clinic, where she assisted taxpayers with their state income tax appeals.

Nick Bart is a partner with Fitzpatrick & Hunt, Pagano, Aubert, LLP where he manages the Chicago office. He concentrates his practice in the defense of general and commercial aviation matters.

Tom is a partner in our New York City and Stamford Connecticut offices. He has been practicing for over twenty-five years. He concentrates his practice on product liability, premises liability, commercial, and subrogation disputes, and regularly represents clients in the federal and state courts throughout the United States. He also handles contractual, real estate, regulatory, and corporate matters for clients, and assists clients with product safety and risk management issues. In particular, he has represented a major appliance manufacturer on a national basis for many years, and served as local counsel for numerous other appliance manufacturers.

Lisa is an Associate in the Chicago office and is responsible for the defense of aviation interests from product manufacturers to service providers and insurers in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Prior to joining Fitzpatrick & Hunt, her career was spent representing major lending institutions as well as government sponsored entities in the areas of financial services and consumer litigation.

Lisa Bradley

Jason is a Partner in the New York office. Throughout his career, Jason has been involved in a wide range of complex product liability matters, representing component part manufacturers throughout the United States Europe and South America. Additionally, Jason has also handled matters involving commercial litigation, insurance coverage, reinsurance, medical malpractice, premises liability, transportation, asbestos and other toxic torts.

Jason L. Vincent

After graduating from law school, Jim served four years active duty in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps mostly on aircraft carriers home ported in Norfolk, Virginia. He then associated with the firm of Rawle & Henderson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he practiced for over thirty-six years before coming to Fitz Hunt.

James C. Stroud

Gary is the Managing Partner of the Firm and has been practicing in the areas of product liability and aviation law for over 35 years, representing various companies all over the world. Gary is lead defense counsel for his clients in claims and complex litigation arising from major airline catastrophes, military crashes and general aviation accidents.

Garrett J. Fitzpatrick

Ralph’s practice is diverse, spanning complex legal matters involving technology, aviation, motor vehicles, premises liability, intellectual property, insurance, entertainment, and commercial disputes. In addition to litigating hundreds of cases over his career, he is one of only a few lawyers that has litigated the rights of actors under the Screen Actor's Guild Commercials Contract. Ralph has represented a wide range of clients including some of the most prestigious Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies in the world, to pro bono clients that need a voice. As a member of the Bar of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Ralph routinely handles matters in those jurisdictions as counsel of record.

Ralph V. Pagano

Nora is an Associate in the New York City office. Her practice focuses on defending product manufacturers, service providers, and insurers, representing clients in both domestic and international lawsuits. Nora has handled a variety of litigated matters, including general liability, products liability, premises liability, personal injury, and professional liability. In addition to drafting and arguing successful dispositive motions, Nora has also participated in mediations and trials.

Chris, a partner in the Los Angeles office, has over 20 years of experience handling a wide range of complex product liability and commercial litigation matters. These matters have included: litigation stemming from major air crashes (commercial and military); personal injury and wrongful death suits involving aerospace products, industrial equipment, and petroleum products; and commercial matters involving contractual disputes. He has experience representing both U.S. and international corporations and has defended cases at both the trial and appellate levels.

Christopher S. Hickey