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Areas of Practice

Admissions

Education

J.D., St. John's University School of Law (1990)
B.A., C. W. Post Center, LIU (1985), Dean's List.

Frank J. Lourenso

Associate

Frank concentrates his practice on Tort Litigation and Insurance Defense. Since joining Cullen and Dykman, LLP in 1993 he has handled a wide variety of complex matters, including the defense of Labor Law claims, involving death, catastrophic injury and property damage, from inception through trial. Frank has also taken part in numerous mediations and informal settlement negotiations.   

Areas of Concentration

  • Labor Law
  • Catastrophic Claims
  • Complex Claims
  • Personal Injury

Representative Experience

  • Kwan Ho Lee v. Trans American Trucking Co., et al Plaintiff was crushed into an irreversible vegetative coma while working inside of a shipping container filled with granite slabs. He would eventually die after six years, leaving behind a young wife and child.  After extensive litigation and two rounds of mediation on behalf of the employer we were able to obtain significant contribution, collectively, from the truckers,  shippers, marine terminal, stevedores and the non-vessel operating common carrier that were involved with the transportation and delivery of the container.                
  • Broydo v. Baxter D. Whitney & Sons, Inc. Plaintiff, a machinist, sustained a partial amputation of the left hand at the level of the metaphalangeal joints involving the second through fifth digits while working on a machine manufactured in 1946 by a company whose assets were later purchased by the direct defendant. Following discovery and independent investigation in Massachusetts as to the corporate history of both companies we drafted the lead brief and were successful in obtaining summary judgment dismissing the entire case by proving the absence of any corporate continuity between the two companies.  The decision appeared in the New York Law Journal and is reported at 890 N.Y.S.2d 368.
  • Joseph v. Sodia Renovation Corp., et. al Plaintiff, a Barbadian police officer and father of an infant child on leave of absence from the police force, was hired to do demolition work in the Bronx. He was killed in a partial building collapse as the result of a crush injury after attempting to hide under a basement staircase during the collapse, resulting in slow chest compression. We were able to obtain a significant contribution on behalf of the employer, collectively, from the Project Architect, the General Contractor and the City of New York.
  • Lee vs. Hino Motors, Ltd. Plaintiff, a delivery truck helper, sustained a foot amputation from below the knee, Grade III B tibia fracture of the left leg which resulted in leg shortening of two inches, pelvis fracture, laceration of the liver and spleen, and dental fractures while  a passenger in a  "cabover" delivery truck on the Long Island Expressway.  Plaintiff sued the truck’s manufacturer and the other vehicle involved (a cement truck ). Our insured, the employer, paid nothing and we recovered nearly all of the worker’s compensation lien as part of the settlement.  A declaratory judgment action against our insured’s motor vehicle carrier resulted in partial reimbursement of our defense costs. The appellate decision concerning the D.J. action is reported at 88 A.D.3d 639.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Past Benefit Committee Member, Central Park Conservancy
  • Past Benefit Committee Member, City Harvest

Honors & Awards

  • New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit