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Dougherty, Ryan, Giuffra, Zambito & Hession is a civil practice law firm specializing in admiralty law, general litigation defense, both trial and appellate practice.  The firm actively practices in all Courts in New York, the Federal Court system and is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys.

The legal profession demands well-developed knowledge and expertise, as well as sound judgment, and, perhaps most importantly, the ability to understand a client's objectives. From the founding of the firm in 1944, we have sought versatile individuals who have the insight to adapt these attributes to all situations within its practice.

Our founders established an innovative and forward-looking philosophy for the firm. Maintaining that philosophy has enabled us to assemble a strong and diverse team of lawyers who devote their time and energies both to the practice of law, extraordinary client service and to a wide variety of business, professional, political and community related activities.

Originally founded as a maritime law office, Dougherty, Ryan & Hession has expanded over time to the full-service firm that it now represents. This development has enabled the firm to accommodate the changing needs of our clientele.

Strategic planning ensures our ability to meet our clients' requirements for high quality and effective legal services. Dougherty, Ryan & Hession is continually reviewing the needs of its clients to ensure that its professionals can efficiently and effectively serve those needs.

The firm's general litigation group provides our clients with the highest quality legal service in State and Federal Courts throughout the United States. We also represent our clientele before arbitration panels and administrative tribunals. Dougherty, Ryan & Hession's general litigation practice includes general liability insurance, all forms of personal injury, including construction and labor law, premises liability, automobile, products liability, insurance law, coverage and bad faith disputes, the Jones Act, FELA and passenger claims, real property, estates and corporate laws to include merger and acquisition of small CAP insurance companies and re-licensing with the New York Insurance Department. The firm also has an active appellate practice, which involves all of our areas of expertise.

Ours is a team approach aimed at maximizing the individual talents and scope of each of our professionals to ensure that we provide services of the highest quality. Dougherty, Ryan, Giuffra, Zambito & Hession prides itself on individual and specialized attention to its clients. We are readily available to assist our clients with any legal requirements they may have within the various areas of our expertise.

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