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Robert M. Flannery, Equity Partner


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Mendes is one of the largest firms in the country entirely devoted to the practice of insurance law.

Rob’s deep understanding of an insurer’s requirements while in the throes of a complex coverage dispute has been gained  over many years of experience and is a significant asset for any client.

An Equity Partner since 1993 and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee, Rob has served as litigation counsel in a wide array of direct and reinsurance matters for his foreign and domestic clients.  When litigation is not the preferred route to complex claims resolution, those same clients have come to rely upon Rob’s talents and creativity to negotiate favorable settlements or pursue alternative means towards dispute resolution.

Most notably, Rob has extensive experience in the litigation, trial and appeal of insurance coverage disputes, having been retained as lead counsel in numerous coverage actions and arbitrations throughout the United States involving toxic chemicals, silicone implants, asbestos, silica, and large-scale environmental contamination.  His work has also encompassed various claims arising out of the potential liability of directors and officers, architects and engineers, lawyers and financial institutions and insurance brokers and agents.

Rob has litigated and settled coverage disputes with numerous Fortune 500 companies within the chemical, energy, entertainment and banking industries.

Rob is a member of the Torts, Insurance, Trial and Dispute Resolution Sections of both the New York State and the American Bar Associations.  He is also a member of the New York City Bar Association and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS).  He received formal training as a mediator at the Fordham University School of Law in 2014 and serves as a volunteer Arbitrator in the New York City Small Claims Courts.

Rob is an avid fisherman and enjoys the sports of swimming and track and field.  He is a long-time Board Member and current President of the Westchester County Swim Conference, which oversees dual meet and championship competition each summer for approximately 2,000 age-group athletes from over 30 member clubs.