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Gail L. Ritzert
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New York - Long Island Office
1305 Franklin Avenue, Suite 301
Garden City, NY 11530

Tel:  (516) 831-0200
Fax:  (516) 831-0201

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Gail L. Ritzert focuses her practice on insurance coverage and insurance defense matters, concentrating in both the coverage and defense of catastrophic injury cases arising from construction accidents, products and premises defects, transportation claims, and the defense of municipalities and schools. She works closely with national construction and electrical contractors, real estate developers, property managers and franchisors. She serves as regional counsel handling transportation claims for numerous New York health care and social services agencies, and works with interstate trucking concerns to develop risk management protocols and litigation strategy. She also utilizes her training and experience in the representation of pre-school, primary and secondary educational and technical institutions against claims arising from their instructional programs, student supervision, extra-curricular activities, intramural and interscholastic athletics, and student placement.

A highly experienced trial attorney, Gail has tried numerous cases to successful conclusions in all courts in the New York metropolitan area.  Gail is a frequent lecturer and has spoken extensively for the Defense Research Institute, the Defense Association of New York, the National Business Institute, the New York State Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, and the Nassau County Bar Association on topics including construction law and trial strategies, catastrophic injuries, litigation of insurance coverage disputes, medical malpractice, supplemental underinsurance and uninsured motorist claims and ethics. She is a past president of the Defense Association of New York and has served as the New York State representative to the Defense Research Institute.

Gail graduated cum laude from Pfeiffer College in 1982, received a Master’s Degree in Education from Frostburg State University in 1986 and her Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law in 1989. She is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, and before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Other Experience

  • Awards
  • -New York Metro Super Lawyers – Coverage and Construction Litigation 2012 and 2013 2014, 2015, 2016,2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020
  • -Power Women in Business 2018

  • Publications
    -When Manufacturers and Developers of Self-service Kiosks Should be Concerned about Product Liability, February 20, 2008
    -A Key Litigation Ally--Your Own Expertise, New York Law Journal, February 1, 2005
    -Elder Care Editorial, Long Island and Business News, August 30, 2004
    -Construction Client The Best Expert, Construction News
    -Municipal and School Liability - Assumption of Risk
    Defense Association of New York
    -The Multi-disciplinary Practice
    DRI - For the Defense

  • Presentations
    -Indemnification Clause Strategies – NBI (April 2021)
    -Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy – NBI (June 2020)
    -Ethics: Smartphone and Tablets In Legal Practice – NBI (Feb. 2020)
    -Legal Ethics and Smartphones: Safeguarding Your Information – NBI (Nov. 2019)
    -No-Fault Claims and Litigation – LawPractice CLE (Oct. 2019)
    -Reading The Insurance Policy and Framing Your Coverage Position – NBI (Mar. 2019)
    -Expert Evidence and Reports – NBI (Nov. 2018)
    -Winery and Vineyard Law – Ethical Considerations – NBI (Oct. 2018)
    -Damages in Personal Injury Negotiations _ Defense Prospective – NBI- (May 2018)
    -Brewery and Distillery Law in New York - Ethics – NBI (April 2017)
    -Ethics of ESI PodCast (April 2017)


  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., 1989
  • Frostburg State University, M.A. in Education, 1986
  • Pfeiffer College, B.A., cum laude, 1982

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Courts for the Southern Districts of New York
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern Districts of New York
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