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Frank J. Lourenso is an associate in the firm’s General Liability, Tort and Insurance Defense department. Since joining Cullen and Dykman in 1993, Frank has handled a wide variety of complex matters, including defense of labor law claims and litigation involving death, catastrophic injury and property damage from inception through trial. Frank has also represented numerous clients in mediations and informal settlement negotiations.

Areas of Concentration:

  • Catastrophic Claims
  • Complex Claims
  • Personal Injury

Practice Areas

Industries

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Education

  • J.D., St. John’s University School of Law, 1990
  • B.A., LIU Post, Dean’s List, 1985

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 nine 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 declaratory judgment action is reported at 88 A.D.3d 639.)