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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.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 90%
    32 years
  2. Insurance Fraud: 10%
    32 years, 25 cases

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Rush & Sabbatino, PLLC

111 John Street, Suite 800
New York, NY, 10038


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
New York Top Rated LawyerALM2012
Top Women LawyersAvenue Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerRush & Sabbatino, PLLC2011 - Present
PartnerRusso, Keane & Toner2001 - 2011
Assistant General CounselMTA / New York CIty Transit Authority1984 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Council on Litigation ManagementN/AN/A
Defense Research InstituteN/AN/A
Defense Association of New YorkN/AN/A
New York City Chapter of the International Association of Insurance ProfessionalsN/AN/A
Association of Professional Insurance WomenN/AN/A
New York Women's Bar AssociationN/AN/A
The Catholic Lawyers GuildN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Trials and Tribulation Newsletter (DRI, Defense Research Institute)How to Make and Defend Against Batson Challenges2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Turner Construction SchoolCurrent Issues in Construction Law2012
Turner Construction SchoolCurrent Issues In Construction Law2011
Defense Association of New YorkThe Timing of Expert Disclosure Under CPLR 3101(d)2011
National Buisness InstituteEffective Use of Evidence From Investigation Through Trial2010
The Bar Association of the City of New YorkJury Selection2009
National Buisness InstituteExpert Witness Testimony at Trial2008
National Buisness InstituteRecognizing Automobile Defect Cases and How to Handle Them2008
American Transit Insurance CompanyThe Biomechanical Defense of Soft Tissue Injury Claims in Low Speed Automobile Accidents2008
Defense Association of New YorkDirect and Cross Examination2006
National Buisness InstituteAnatomy of a Complex Personal Injury Trial2004