Claire Rush is a founding member of Rush & Sabbatino, PLLC an AV rated, wholly female owned civil litigation firm specializing in the defense of significant personal injury actions and construction related claims.
Ms. Rush has tried more than 100 jury cases to verdict in New York State. She has over 25 years experience defending private and public entities against bus, truck, auto, railway, premises, construction, elevator and escalator accident cases. She has particular expertize in the defense of environmental, security, police and 42 U.S.C. §1983 actions. In addition to trying cases Ms. Rush has mediated catastrophic injury actions and handled complex claims from inception through trial.
Ms. Rush began her carrer at the MTA /NYCTA in 1984 where she tried over 75 personal injury and wrongful death actions to verdict. During her tenure at the MTA Ms. Rush was a supervisor in the Bronx Trial Unit and the Chief of the Major Case Unit in New York County. In addition to her work as a trial attorney she briefed and argued cases in the First and Second Departments.
In 2001 Ms. Rush joined Russo, Keane and Toner, LLP where she defended general liability matters including premises, auto, construction, mold and lead paint claims. Ms. Rush tried 23 cases to verdict while a partner at RKT. Ms Rush left her partnership at RKT in 2011 to join with Francesca Sabbatino to form Rush & Sabbationo, PLLC.
Licensed since 1984
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|New York Top Rated Lawyer||ALM||2012|
|Top Women Lawyers||Avenue Magazine||2012|
|Owner||Rush & Sabbatino, PLLC||2011 - Present|
|Partner||Russo, Keane & Toner||2001 - 2011|
|Assistant General Counsel||MTA / New York CIty Transit Authority||1984 - 2001|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Council on Litigation Management||N/A||N/A|
|Defense Research Institute||N/A||N/A|
|Defense Association of New York||N/A||N/A|
|New York City Chapter of the International Association of Insurance Professionals||N/A||N/A|
|Association of Professional Insurance Women||N/A||N/A|
|New York Women's Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|The Catholic Lawyers Guild||N/A||N/A|
|New York Law School||N/A||JD||N/A|
|Turner Construction School||Current Issues in Construction Law||2012|
|Turner Construction School||Current Issues In Construction Law||2011|
|Defense Association of New York||The Timing of Expert Disclosure Under CPLR 3101(d)||2011|
|National Buisness Institute||Effective Use of Evidence From Investigation Through Trial||2010|
|The Bar Association of the City of New York||Jury Selection||2009|
|National Buisness Institute||Expert Witness Testimony at Trial||2008|
|National Buisness Institute||Recognizing Automobile Defect Cases and How to Handle Them||2008|
|American Transit Insurance Company||The Biomechanical Defense of Soft Tissue Injury Claims in Low Speed Automobile Accidents||2008|
|Defense Association of New York||Direct and Cross Examination||2006|
|National Buisness Institute||Anatomy of a Complex Personal Injury Trial||2004|