|Ronald H. Alenstein|
Ronald H. Alenstein was previously with the firm of Shea & Gould for 26 years, 18 as a partner, and with the firm of D’Amato & Lynch for 15 years, all as a partner. He graduated from Washington and Lee University and from Harvard Law School. Ron has extensive experience in commercial litigation, including trials, appeals, and arbitrations. Much of that experience has involved lawyers’ and accountants’ liability and securities litigation, including class actions. He has also focused on insurance coverage analysis and coverage litigation, primarily in connection with financial lines, including directors’ and officers’ policies, professional liability policies and fidelity bonds, such as financial institution bonds and corporate crime policies. His Martindale rating is AV.
Ron has served as lecturer in trial practice and as moot court judge in a joint INA-NITA trial practice institute. He presented a paper at a Construction Litigation Superconference, concerning the RICO litigation in which he had represented Long Island Lighting Company, involving the construction of the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant. He recently served as panelist and speaker at seminars in New York City on insurance bad faith claims in New York.
Ron is also an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA, formerly the NASD).
Ron has served since 1998 on the Zoning Board of Appeals of Briarcliff Manor, New York, and as chairperson since 2006.Representative Matters
- Represented a major directors’ and officers’ liability insurer in negotiations for the settlement of 300 consolidated securities class actions.
- Represented a major directors’ and officers’ liability insurer in negotiations for the settlement of securities litigation brought by Worldcom stockholders and pension plan participants.
- Represented a significant regional accounting firm in the class action described by the SEC as involving the largest securities fraud to that time.
- Represented a major fidelity bond insurer in a five week jury trial concerning coverage for a fifty million dollar loss in Japan in which the president of the bond holder’s Japanese subsidiary was claimed to be complicit.
- Represented an investment adviser and portfolio manager in a securities fraud claim by a client.
- Represented a bank in a multi-million dollar claim by a developer asserting breach of a construction loan commitment.
New York State Bar
United States Supreme Court
United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Federal Circuits
United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
J.D., Harvard University, 1965
B.A., Washington & Lee University, 1962
COMMERCIAL INSURANCE CLAIMS: A POLICYHOLDER'S CHECKLIST, Lexology, August 2011, also available on Ingram Yuzek website