Practice Areas

Practice Areas

Litigation

In today’s world, every business must be prepared to defend itself from legal claims and be prepared to fight for its rights when necessary. At Mendes, our broad experience in litigating coverage, commercial, and general liability matters means that we can accurately analyze your legal issue and organize an appropriate, cost effective response.  

While our litigation attorneys are licensed in New York, New Jersey and California, they have the capacity, through our extensive network of local counsel, to be admitted pro hac vice throughout the nation.  Indeed, our skilled litigators are often asked to be admitted as lead trial counsel in other jurisdictions. In addition, our aviation lawyers regularly work on litigation in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

At Mendes, our litigation attorneys have the necessary skills to successfully see your matter through from inception to ultimate determination on appeal, wherever a claim may arise.

Insurance law
With few peers in the realm of insurance law, Mendes brings uncommon skill and tenacity to litigation matters. Through our experience, we know how to discover the history of contract wordings. We understand how  a claims history may impact interpretation of coverage wording, and we understand the market forces that influenced how coverage came to be placed.  Our coverage litigation experience involves virtually every type of claim including asbestos, toxic tort, environmental, health hazards, general liability and professional liability coverage. We also understand the special concerns that may accompany allegations of bad faith claims handling practices.  At Mendes, we have litigated with every major policyholder law firm in the U.S. in all significant state and federal jurisdictions. We have also handled numerous appeals before various state and federal appellate courts. 

Reinsurance arbitration, litigation and mediation
Mendes represents international reinsurers in disputes arising under facultative arrangements, general casualty treaties and all forms of special and contingency treaties. We have handled hundreds of reinsurance claims and the litigation or arbitration claims arising out of underlying asbestos claims, the 9/11 attacks and direct property coverage disputes arising from Hurricane Katrina. Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of reinsurance industry custom and practice and developing case law on diverse issues—from arbitrability, consolidation, and pre-answer security to enforcement or challenges to awards. Through our professional relationships and interaction in the field, we provide skillful assistance to clients in arbitration panel selection and analysis.

Direct defense
We litigate claims involving: general tort liability; construction defect; legal and medical malpractice; premises liability; products liability; employment discrimination; complex commercial disputes; marine cargo; and, wrongful employment practices.