For close to half a century, D’Amato & Lynch, LLP has developed a reputation as a leading and pioneering law firm servicing the insurance, business and financial communities. Headquartered in the business capital of New York’s financial district, the firm has achieved both national and international prominence. Since 1969, clients of the firm have turned to us to help navigate and solve some of their toughest legal challenges.
Who We Are
D’Amato & Lynch, LLP has been a pioneering law firm serving the wide-ranging needs of the insurance marketplace since the firm’s inception in 1969. Founded by insurance law innovators George G. D’Amato and Luke D. Lynch, the firm continues to play a key role in the development and evolution of directors and officers liability and related corporate risk insurance products. Through integral relationships with many of the world’s leading insurers, D’Amato & Lynch, LLP remains on the cutting edge of today’s insurance law practice, often resolving matters of first impression on emerging issues.
The firm’s deep institutional and insurance business knowledge and experience sets us apart. Our attorneys bring decades of industry know-how and vast expertise to each of our clients in every case that we handle. Many of our partners have been practicing together for over twenty plus years. This exceptional combination of skill and perspective allows us to tap into our network of colleagues to collaborate, share ideas and assemble the precise team with the right specialization and experience to address the particular legal issues of any engagement. This ability to call upon the diverse experience of our attorneys provides a competitive advantage which allows us to deliver consistent and cost-effective results against any adversary, including some of the largest law firms in the country.
What We Do
Our practice is concentrated on representing clients that are part of the world of insurance. On behalf of our insurer clients, we assess coverage issues and provide advice for claims under directors and officers, employment practices, ERISA, errors and omissions and other professional liability policies for public, private and non-profit entities of all sizes and in all industries. We also monitor claims and advise clients as to their insureds’ potential liability and exposure to damages. Where appropriate, we work with insureds and defense counsel to evaluate settlement opportunities to achieve a cost efficient resolution of large and/or complex cases.
We also represent clients in policy coverage disputes of all kinds, which often require litigation skills after negotiations have failed. D’Amato & Lynch, LLP has a vibrant litigation practice having taken scores of cases to verdict. Our firm’s attorneys handle all aspects of federal and state litigation, mediation and arbitration, both international and domestic, particularly in insurance, reinsurance, commercial and financial matters, as well as in construction, environmental and toxic tort cases. Our lawyers are well known to Judges, professional mediators and arbitrators throughout the United States, and are regularly involved in resolving claims against our clients’ insureds as well as insurance coverage disputes. We serve as panel counsel for many insurer clients and have been rated as a top tier performer.
D’Amato & Lynch, LLP is also a recognized leader in the innovative drafting and revision of all types of policy forms, including professional liability insurance policies of all categories, Bermuda Forms, and representations and warranties insurance policies. This expertise has proved invaluable for analyzing the ever-evolving coverage issues that arise daily in the insurance business. Additionally, the firm’s practice covers advising clients on matters pertaining to reinsurance, fidelity and surety bonds and insurance regulation and compliance.
Although we are best known for our insurance expertise, D’Amato & Lynch, LLP also has a long history of advising and representing clients in many kinds of business and commercial matters, including complex banking and corporate issues, financial transactions, formation of start-up entities, product liability, and litigation and appeals. Our firm’s litigation practice defends directors and officers, lawyers, accountants, engineers, brokers and other professional individuals and business organizations against malpractice and other claims. We have also served as national defense counsel for a major big-box retailer and for run-off entities. We handle personal injury and labor law matters, as well as employment, media and First Amendment cases.
We define our approach and measure our success with three simple core values:
- Client-Focused — we have a relentless focus on providing excellent and responsive client service in which we strive to exceed expectations.
- Cost-Efficient — our business model is built on providing timely legal service that is better and more cost-effective than that provided by our competitors.
- Resolution-Oriented — we are driven to achieve results, but recognize that the most important result is when we contribute to the strategic goals of our clients in helping them achieve their overall business and growth objectives.
''We can pick up the phone and call the top mediators and judges in the country — they know us personally. Our contacts help us move quickly for our clients.''Thomas F. Breen, Partner