Jon Lichtenstein is a trial partner at the law firm of Gordon & Silber, PC, whose practice is focused on insurance coverage, products liability, professional liability, premises liability, commercial litigation, toxic torts and employment litigation, including claims of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract, discriminatory hiring practices, breach of fiduciary duty and negligent hiring and supervision.
Mr. Lichtenstein graduated from Brandeis University on the Dean’s List and obtained his law degree from Brooklyn Law School, where he also made the Dean’s List and excelled for Brooklyn’s Law School’s Moot Court trial team, going to the State Regional finals. He regularly contributes articles to the New York Law Journal and maintains and edits the firm’s law blog at blog.gordon-silber.com. He has lectured to insurance companies on the New York Labor Law and the Asbestos litigation and recently wrote and delivered a CLE accredited lecture “Recent Developments in Mold Litigation”. He is also a member of the New York City Bar Science and the Law Committee and co-chair of the Cyborg Law sub-committee.
In 2013 he represented New York Crane & Equipment Corp. (NY Crane) and its insurance carrier National Interstate in a declaratory judgment action against the insurance carrier for Sorbara Construction Corp. arising out of the May 30, 2008 tower crane collapse on 91st Street in Manhattan which caused two fatalities and millions of dollars of property damage. Mr. Lichtenstein ultimately won a judgment which required the insurance carrier of the company that rented the crane from NY Crane to pay for NY Crane’s defense in what turned out to be the longest (and presumably most expensive) trial in New York Supreme Court history. The trial stretched over 120 days of arguments and testimony with various construction and scientific experts and accident reconstructions, which ultimately resulted in a $96 million verdict in favor of the estate of the decedents.
His most recent New York Law Journal article is titled “Updating Tort Law for Advances in Prosthetics” which was published on August 28, 2015 and re-printed by the American Bar Association in its Fall 2015 Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Newsletter. This article is a follow up to his past article “Rights of Cyborgs: Is Damage to a Prosthetic Personal Injury” which was published on March 25, 2015. Mr. Lichtenstein recently moderated a panel discussion The New Suspect Class: Cyborgs – Should Damage to an Advanced Prosthetic be Personal Injury or Property Damage? with industry leading scientists, legal scholars, business leaders and ethicists at the New York City Bar Association on September 28, 2015. The discussion dealt with whether an injury to an advanced prosthetic is a personal injury or merely property damage.
His past articles for the New York Law Journal article including “Beyond Paternity: Future of Genetic Testing in Personal Injury Litigation” which was published in the Outside Counsel Column on July 31, 2012. Click here to read the article. Other past articles include “Is it True That Estoppel Cannot Create Coverage? That May Depend if You Are in the First Department or the Second Department” NYLJ, Outside Counsel, 9/23/10; “No Duty to Defend Insured Against Affirmative Defense of Offset”, NYLJ, Outside Counsel Column, 10/6/09; “First Department Decisions in Conflict Over ‘Other Insurance’ Provisions”, NYLJ, Outside Counsel Column, 7/13/09; “The case Against McDonald’s: Teens Take on Corporate Giant”, NYLJ, Outside Counsel Column, 4/4/03; “Obtaining Academic Records of Non-Parties in Lead Paint Cases”, NYLJ, Outside Counsel, 8/18/98; “The Health Insurer’s Fight to Intervene”, NYLJ, Outside Counsel, 3/18/98; “The Death of Pre-Indemnification in Insurance-Related Litigation”, NYLJ, Outside Counsel, 12/7/93.
He has also written articles for other publications including “The Second Coming of Juarez? The Court of Appeals Once Again Invigorates Lead Paint Litigation” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Lead, Vol. 11. #12 March 2002; “When Crime Moves off the Street and Into Centers” Shopping Center Business, Vol. 4, Issue 11, March 2000; Non-Party Discovery in Lead-Paint Litigation: The New York Experience”, Environmental Claims Journal, Spring 1999, Vol. 11, No. 3.
Mr. Lichtenstein is defense counsel to Compass Group, USA, Inc., a large multi-national food services company with annual revenues of $20.6 billion a year. He is also local counsel to CBRE, Inc., the world’s premier, full-service real estate services company with annual revenues of $11 billion, as well as local counsel to Patina Group, Inc. operator of 60 restaurants and food service operations in performing arts centers in New York and Los Angeles.
He was selected to the 2014 and 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers list and was a AI Legal Award winner in 2015. He is admitted to the U.S. Second Circuit – 1996; District Court, Eastern District of New York – 1991 and U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York – 1991.
He lives in Greenwich Village with his wife Elissa, an author and graphic designer and their two children.