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Jody Benard

Jody C. Benard

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Jody C. Benard, Partner and New York Team Leader, Insurance Defense Practice Group, is a seasoned litigator and trial lawyer with a proven record of achieving excellent results in all types of cases. With extensive experience in litigation and trial, Jody has prosecuted and defended significant matters from both sides of the courtroom. Before joining the Hickey Smith Dodd team, Jody was the founding and managing partner of a successful defense litigation firm. During this time, in addition to her handling all aspects of litigation, including trial, Jody directed the business operations of the firm and successfully managed a multitude of matters. Jody has actively practiced in state and federal courts in both New York and New Jersey. With her diverse background, Jody brings a wide range of expertise to the firm including property damage, labor law, premises liability, personal injury, commercial litigation, products liability and insurance coverage. Additionally, Jody has experience in setting and maintaining policy for No Fault claims and litigation. Jody also serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the New York School for the Deaf. Activities and Membership
  • New York School for the Deaf – Board of Trustees Vice President
Russel Bolin Hickey Smith Dodd

Russell L. Bolin

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Russell L. Bolin has been practicing law in both the State and Federal Courts for more than twenty years. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants through litigation and jury trials. His civil experience includes defending large grocery stores in premises liability claims, defense of construction defect claims, products liability claims, dog bite cases, general negligence, automobile and property liability cases. Prior to joining Hickey Smith Dodd, Russell worked as In-House counsel for a large automobile insurance company in Los Angeles, handling the defense of auto accident and personal injury cases through litigation, including jury trials. Russell has also previously practiced in the Federal Courts, including Bankruptcy and Federal criminal matters.   REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:
  • Successfully took first chair in defense of many jury trials in Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, Orange and San Diego Counties with multiple defense verdicts and a directed verdict.
  • Successfully argued an appeal before the Fourth District Court of Appeals in San Diego.
  • Successfully handled bench trials for Plaintiffs in dozens of property, contract and business related actions in San Diego.
  • Successfully argued multiple summary judgment motions and motions for judgment on the pleadings.
  • Successfully argued a motion to strike a punitive damages cause of action in an automobile accident case.
ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • California State Bar
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Marc M. Crumpton, Jr.

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Marc M. Crumpton, Jr. has worked for many years in civil personal injury defense and the insurance industry throughout Florida. His experience includes being named an equity partner at a large Florida insurance-defense firm for several years before becoming the in-house managing trial attorney in Tampa for one of the nation’s leading insurance companies. Marc’s years of experience in civil defense representing large corporate clients and insurers has prepared him well for providing knowledgeable and effective representation to his clients. Marc has tried numerous cases successfully to verdict over the years in and around the Tampa Bay area, specializing in the areas of catastrophic and other personal injury claims. He has represented numerous local and nationally owned corporations, including retail chains, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, product manufacturers, and security companies, just to name a few. Above all, Marc is an approachable “people person” and is known in the legal community for being fair and reasonable in litigating matters, earning an AV Peer-Review rating with Martindale-Hubbel. This prestigious rating is only obtained by experienced lawyers who have demonstrated both a high degree of skill and high ethical standards over their careers. To obtain an AV Peer-Review rating, an attorney must be reviewed objectively by colleges including other Bar-member attorneys and members of the judiciary. Marc received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies and Political Science from Western Michigan University before graduating with his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law. In college, Marc was the president of the Western Michigan University Pre-Law Society and a member of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity. Marc enjoys travel, photography, cooking, college athletics, and spending his spare time with friends and family.   REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:
  • Obtained numerous jury defense verdicts as lead counsel in premises liability, negligent security, and auto accident cases throughout Florida.
  • Obtained a hard fought and extensively litigated final summary judgement representing a land surveyor in a professional negligence case brought by a landowner in Tampa.
  • Represented boutique security firm that provided undercover security to a large tech manufacturer and retail store in a false arrest / personal injury case and negotiated successful settlement for client and manufacturer / retailer.
ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • AV Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell 2013-Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

Christa N. D’Angelica

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Christa D’Angelica brings more than ten years of experience representing clients in various stages of civil litigation to Hickey Smith Dodd. She has successfully defended municipalities in Federal US 1983 suits and wrongful death actions, as well as building owners, general contractors, and municipal agencies in New York Labor Law actions. Before joining Hickey Smith Dodd, Christa worked as an associate for a New York law firm specializing in product liability and toxic tort litigation, premises liability claims, and a diverse array of defamation, employment law, municipal law, corporate law, contract law, environmental law, civil rights law, and tax foreclosure cases in New York and Connecticut state, appellate and federal courts. Prior to her law firm employment, Christa served as an assistant law clerk for a judge with the New York State Supreme Court, where she conducted legal research and composed draft opinions on a broad range of civil matters. Christa specializes in creative problem solving of complex legal issues through comprehensive legal research and the composition of memoranda for novel issues in civil law. She brings significant experience in drafting briefs and arguing appeals before appellate courts to Hickey Smith Dodd. REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
  • Provided a full range of legal representation to a municipality and its agencies in the areas of premises liability, civil rights law, environmental law and contract law litigation, as well as in administrative proceedings
  • As part of the national counsel team for a multinational information technology company, defended the company in asbestos lawsuits brought in state courts throughout the United States
  • Obtained state and federal trademarks for non-profits and companies located in Connecticut and New York
ACTIVITIES & MEMBERSHIPS Christa is a member of the New York County Lawyers Association and the Westchester Bar Association. In addition, she is a member of the Volunteer Attorney Panel for Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and has training in unemployment law, uncontested divorces, child support, and adoption law.

Domenick L. D’Angelica

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Domenick D’Angelica is Senior Counsel with Hickey Smith Dodd LLP and has been practicing law in New York for over thirty years. Domenick is an insurance defense industry veteran.  He began his career in 1989 and, for the next 15 years, worked as in-house counsel for Hanover Insurance Company and then with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company as a trial attorney defending personal injury and major property damage lawsuits. Domenick was then of Counsel to Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker where he tried many cases to verdict. In 2008, Domenick was appointed as the Attorney of Record for the New York Liquidation Bureau, to carry out the responsibilities of the New York State Superintendent of Financial Services as Receiver. In this role, he was responsible for protecting the interests of the policyholders of insurance companies that have been declared impaired or insolvent. Domenick continued to practice law while he managed a staff of trial attorneys. He was also a member of various committees involving major losses. Having worked in the industry as an in-house counsel, law firm litigator and government, Domenick brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to Hickey Smith Dodd. Domenick has extensive experience defending personal injury lawsuits involving both personal and commercial lines, and also has experience in the areas of medical and professional malpractice. He has represented a wide range of business entities, including commercial property owners, property management groups, general and subcontractors in the construction industry, hospitals, manufacturers, and restaurants and bars, as well as individual property owners and drivers.
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Ann M. DelCollo

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Ann DelCollo is the Managing Attorney for the Insurance Defense Practice Group of Hickey Smith Dodd. In her role as Managing Attorney, Ann is responsible for hiring, assigning cases and monitoring caseloads, and monitoring the individual performance of each attorney. Ann also sets strategic performance goals for the Practice Group that are designed to promote professional growth and job satisfaction for the attorneys while at the same time contributing to the growth and success of Hickey Smith Dodd LLP. Ann is an insurance defense industry veteran. She has devoted her career to defending personal injury lawsuits in Philadelphia, and its surrounding counties. For the better part of the last 25 years, Ann has defended insurers as either an in-house counsel for two of the largest carriers in the county or in the law firm setting. Having worked in the industry as both an in-house counsel and law firm litigator, she brings a grounded and well-balanced understanding to the practice. Ann has appeared in more than 500 trials or arbitrations on behalf of her insurance industry clients. She has extensive experience defending personal injury lawsuits involving both personal and commercial lines. Ann also has significant experience in the areas of business litigation, employee theft, class-action asbestos litigation and criminal defense. Ann began her career in Philadelphia as an insurance defense attorney, defending medical malpractice, personal injury and asbestos lawsuits. From there she served as trial counsel for Allstate Insurance Company, and later, she served as senior trial counsel for Nationwide Insurance Company. Representative Matters As trial counsel for several major insurance companies, as well as many smaller carriers, Ann has represented a wide range of business entities, including commercial property owners, property management groups, general contractors in the construction industry, hospitals, manufacturers, restaurants and bars, and landscaping companies, as well as individual property owners and drivers.
  • Represented a general contractor in the construction industry in a multi-million-dollar construction injury case.
  • Represented a manufacturer of industrial brakes in class-action asbestos litigation.
  • Represented an employer in an employee theft case that resulted in the return of more than $300,000 to the employer. Facilitated the criminal prosecution of the employee.
  • Represented a business owner in a dispute over real estate and property management business located on the island of St. Maarten. The case went to trial, resulting in a favorable verdict for client.
Published Works and Lectures
  • Philadelphia Bar Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Speaker, “Arbitration Practice in Philadelphia County.”
  • Allstate Insurance Company, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Presenter, “The Art of Cross-Examining the Expert Witness.”
Activities and Membership Ann was recently elected to serve as Board Chair for The Northeast Health Group, Inc. As Board Chair, Ann is responsible for overseeing the Board of Directors serving four nursing home facilities located in Massachusetts. Ann also sits on the Board of Directors for Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and has worked as a volunteer for that organization since 2015. An avid runner, Ann has completed two marathons and enjoys competing in trail racing near her hometown of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.

Christian E. Dodd

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As Hickey Smith Dodd’s Legal Operations Partner, Christian Dodd is responsible for the design, development, implementation and execution of the firm’s unique legal services delivery model. He oversees the development, testing and maintenance of the firm’s proprietary legal workflows, checklists, and automated document assembly templates. He also oversees the identification, collection and analysis of matter-specific data collected throughout the lifecycle of each firm matter. This data is utilized for continuous process improvement and to provide actionable business insight to clients and insurance carriers. Prior to joining Hickey Smith Dodd, Christian practiced law in the large law firm environment, most recently as a Partner with Akerman LLP, and prior to that with Winston & Strawn. His practice is focused on complex commercial and business litigation, business and consumer torts, intellectual property matters, and electronic discovery and information governance issues. Christian’s experience covers a broad spectrum ranging from simple contract and B2B disputes to consolidated multi-district litigation and bet-the-company litigation. He has extensive experience managing the electronic discovery lifecycle in the context of both small- and large-scale litigation and government investigations. Christian draws on this experience to devise strategies and legal workflow processes to improve efficiencies and reduce the costs of litigation for clients and carriers. Representative Matters
  • Representation of a medical transcription provider involving investigations by the DOJ and SEC, and defending a number of nationwide class actions against the provider that alleged, among other things, violations of RICO and securities fraud.
  • Representation of a manufacturer of infant formula products in a nationwide consumer class action asserting fraud, consumer protection, and warranty claims.
  • Representation of a national franchisor of automotive products in a consumer class action brought against the franchisor for the acts of the franchisee under a theory of ostensible agency.
  • Representation of a broker and issuer of travel insurance in a consumer class action asserting consumer protection claims.
  • Representation of a military defense contractor in False Claims Act litigation concerning military aircraft.
  • Counseling of municipality in class action litigation challenging imposition of business license tax.
  • Representation of medical device manufacturers in patent licensing and infringement actions.
  • Representation of a debt acquisition and collections agency in class action litigation alleging violation of the FDCPA.
  • Representation of state Attorney General’s Office in litigation involving charitable trust with assets valued at several billion dollars.
  • Representation of technology solution provider in dispute concerning rights and obligations of provider and programmer under software development agreement.
  • Representation of domain name registrar in trademark and anti-cybersquatting dispute.
  • Representation of overseas power plant developer in dispute concerning the proposed development of a $1.2 billion coal-fired power plant.
  • Representation of a therapy and rehabilitation services provider in a dispute concerning the alleged breach of a non-disclosure agreement and unlawful interference with contractual relations.
Published Work and Lectures
  • Masters Conference, Moderator, “Cybersecurity, eDiscovery, and Your Outside Counsel: What you don’t know CAN hurt you,” October 2016

  • Strafford Publications, Speaker, “Leveraging Metadata as Evidence and Avoiding Inadvertent ESI Disclosure in Litigation,” June 2016

  • Ing3nious Southeast eDiscovery & Information Governance Retreat, Moderator, “Overcoming Objections to Utilizing TAR,” May 2016

  • Florida State Bar Annual Convention, Speaker “Ethics, e-Discovery and Emerging Technologies,” June 2015

  • Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, Jacksonville Chapter, Speaker, “Electronic Discovery In Your Courtroom,” Continuing Judicial Education Seminar, May 2015

  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Commercial Litigation Committee, Co-Moderator, “Emerging Trends in E-Discovery,” November 2014

  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Commercial Litigation and Construction Law Committees, Speaker, “e-Discovery Practice Pointers: Tips From The Trenches,” March 2014

  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Annual Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Seminar, Speaker, “E-Discovery Practice Pointers,” November 2013

  • Florida Bar Annual Convention, President’s Showcase, Speaker, “New E-Discovery Amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure: E-Discovery Practice Tips and Pointers,” June 2013

  • Association of Corporate Counsel, North Florida Chapter Newsletter, “Technology-Assisted Review: Coming Age of Cost-Effective Document Review,” December 2012

  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Commercial Litigation Section Committee, Speaker, “Florida’s New E-Discovery Rules,” November 2012

  • GCI Magazine, Co-Author, “The ‘Reasonable Consumer’s’ View of Green Labels—Lessons From Two Greenwashing Cases,” March 2012

  • Executive Counsel, Co-Author, “Out-of-Court Settlement Programs Can Avert a Class Action,” October/November 2011

  • HAPPI, Co-Author, “Courts Give Guidance on Greenwashing Claims,” October 2011

  • Winston & Strawn LLP, eLunch Briefings, Speaker, “Effective but Often Overlooked Strategies for Defeating Class Certification,” September 2011

  • California Lawyer, Co-Author, “Class Actions After Tobacco II,” August 2011

  • Bloomberg Law Reports, Co-Author, “Defeating Class Certification through Superior Out-of-Court Settlement Programs,” July 2011

  • Executive Counsel, Co-Author, “Communicating with the Putative Class,” October/November 2010

  • The Recorder, Co-Author, “Up in Smoke,” July 2009

  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, Co-Author, “Standing Straight,” June 2009

Activities and Membership Christian is the past Chair of the Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee and a member of the Computer and Technology Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, a member of the Advisory Board of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, and a member of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.
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Barry A. Dubinsky

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Barry A. Dubinsky is a seasoned litigator and trial lawyer with more than three decades of experience in a variety of areas including construction liability, negligent security, premises liability, trucking, and general liability matters.  Over the course of his career, Barry has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in matters involving extensive personal injuries and wrongful death.  He has acted as first-chair trial counsel in approximately forty jury trials, which include both state and federal cases. Through this experience, Barry has honed his skills of successfully navigating cases and developed the knowledge necessary to reach favorable resolutions. Barry is a certified instructor of insurance education in the State of Florida and has provided instruction to thousands of claims professionals on a variety of topics. In addition, Barry is a mentor with the Taking Stock of Children program in Florida, which is a non-profit organization helping low-income youth escape the cycle of poverty through education. REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:
  • Successfully negotiated a nominal settlement in a complex negligent security action where the demand exceeded one million dollars.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a premises liability lawsuit in which plaintiff sustained injuries to the neck and back that required surgery.

Korri Abrams Frampton

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Korri Abrams Frampton serves as Senior Counsel for Hickey Smith Dodd and brings over twenty years of legal experience to the firm. Skilled in torts, arbitration, trial practice, and legal writing, she also has substantial experience in all aspects of defense litigation. Korri received her Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and served as the editor of the Survey of New York Law for the Syracuse Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Korri was a New York State, Licensed Insurance Broker, (Property & Casualty and Life, Accident & Health), which equips her with the unique ability to combine legal expertise with extensive knowledge of the insurance industry and regulations, and provide a broad business perspective on a myriad of issues. Korri began her legal career representing clients in a variety of civil litigations, and has conducted extensive factual and legal research regarding insurance fraud, with a concentration in no-fault. Korri’s expansive knowledge of insurance law led to many successful trials and arbitration for bodily injury action cases, handling each case from inception to trial. She has prepared multiple declaratory judgments, arbitration contentions, and successful appellate briefs. Experienced in managing diverse case-loads, Korri handles complex, critical disputes with ease. Her extensive background in insurance litigation and regulations enables her to use her relevant knowledge and leadership to exceed clients’ expectations. Representative Matters
  • Successful in Appellate Division matters representing insurance companies’ good faith right to use various disclosure tools, drafting successful appellate briefs. See, i.e., One Beacon Ins. Group, LLC v. Midland Medical Care, P.C., 54 A.D.3d 738, 863 N.Y.S.2d 728 (2d Dep’t 2008); American Exp. Property Cas. Co. v. Vinci, 63 A.D.3d 1055, 881 N.Y.S.2d 484 (2d Dep’t 2009).
  • Conducted multiple civil litigations with successful results, handling all aspects of the action or litigation from inception through trial, including depositions, hearings and TROs.
  • Successfully represented insureds and claimants in multiple personal injury actions.
  • Advised multiple clients on best practices for insurance claims compliance regarding various regulation requirements.
Published Works and Lectures
  • 25 Family Law Review II: “The New Scarlet Letter: Must an Attorney Disclose a Client’s Intent to Inflict an Unsuspecting Third Person with the HIV Virus?”, March 1993
  • NYSBA Committee on Legal Education & Admission to the Bar, 1992
Activities and Membership
  • New York State, Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Awarded New York State Bar Association Legal Ethics Award, 1992
  • Justinian National Honor Society, 1993
  • Order of the Coif, 1993

Mark S. Grodberg

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Mark Grodberg has been a commercial defense litigator for over 17 years.  Mark represents defendants in matters concerning premises liability, motor vehicle, general negligence and New York State Labor Law actions. He handles every aspect of the litigation process, including answering the summons and complaint, organizing and implementing the discovery process, investigation, and depositions, and coordinating medical examinations. Given his experience, Mark knows how to get to the crux of the matter quickly and works to towards the efficient and prompt resolution of the case through motion practice or settlement. When a matter cannot be resolved amicably, Mark will not hesitate to take the matter to trial where he enjoys a considerable amount of success. Mark has served as the primary trial attorney or outside trial attorney for a number of insurance defense firms located in New York. Representative Matters 
  • Representation of a major European insurance carrier involving the defense of owners and general contractors named as defendants in New York Labor Law lawsuits.
  • Representation of a statewide electrical contractor involving the defense of numerous motor vehicle accidents caused by the alleged defective conditions and repairs of traffic signals in NYC counties.
  • Representation of a significant NYC real estate developer involving the defense of massive property damage claim pursued by adjoining property owner claiming that the excavation in anticipation of building a large high rise property led to the instability of the foundation and structure of the adjacent property.
  • Representation of a large insurance carrier involving the defense of numerous Labor Law claims associated with the development of NYC subway tunnels performed by the “Groundhogs” who were specialized construction workers.
  • Representation of a host of NYC landlords involving the defense of premises liability, lead paint, and property damage litigation.
  • Representation of well-known New York insurance carriers relative to numerous motor vehicle, truck, and motorcycle personal injury lawsuits.
Published Works and Lectures
  • Real Estate Weekly, Author, “New York landlords shoulder responsibility for lead paint,” August 9, 2006
  • New York Accident Lawyer Now, Author, “What is the difference between a Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?” April 13, 2014
  • New York Accident Lawyer Now, Author, “To File Bankruptcy or Use Alternative Options,” March 16, 2014
Activities and Membership
  • Mark is a member of the New York State Bar Association
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