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Since March 1981, Gerald Ross has either been a sole practitioner or a partner in a three partner and now two partner firm. His practice is general and about 80% of his work is sophisticated litigation in the state and federal courts in New York City. The remaining 20% includes real estate matters, matrimonial and general corporate practice. Ross is also responsible for the administration of the firm.

Ross has represented a number or lawyers in disputes with their former law firms. This practice area arose out of his representation of Kevin Hackett in Hackett v. Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, 86 N.Y.2d 146 (1995) involving the application of DR 2-108(A) to the Milbank firm’s treatment of departing partners. The case, which was actively litigated up and down the court system for five years, turned on the balance between policies favoring arbitration and judicial regulation of attorneys. Ultimately, the Court of Appeals favored arbitration.

Insurance coverage litigation he has either handled personally or been heavily involved with includes:

American International Specialty Lines Insurance Company v. United States Olympic Committee, 219 A.D.2d 458, 631 N.Y.S.2d 40 (1st Dep’t 1995) in which he successfully defended the United States’ Olympic Committee’s position that it was entitled to insurance coverage for a finder’s fee claim;

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. Fordham Preparatory School et ano., Sup. Ct. Bronx Co. (pending) in which he represented Fordham Preparatory School and its general liability carrier, Lloyds, in a coverage dispute over the scope of additional insured coverage written by Liberty for Fordham’s construction manager in connection with an accident on the site.

Federal Insurance Company v. Thomas R. Moore, Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co., a subrogation action in which he defended an attorney accused of improperly receiving money from his former law firm, which had been paid off by Federal. The case was settled with no liability to Moore.

Avondale Industries, Inc. v. Travelers Indem. Co., 887 F.2d 39 (2nd Cir. 1989) in which the firm represented Avondale and established that Travelers had to defend an action arising out of oil pollution of wetlands in Louisiana.

Ogden Corp. v. Travelers Indem. Co., 924 F.2d 39 (2nd Cir. 1991) in which the firm represented Ogden Corp. in another evironmental insurance coverage claim.

Other relevant experience includes continuing service as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. Ross has also assisted the First Department Judicial Screening Committee by checking references and writing a report on a candidate for the Appellate Division, and participating in his interview. In 1997 he was appointed a receiver of a disbarred lawyer for the purpose of examining his client files and doing whatever is necessary for the protection of his clients. For the Association Professional Discipline Committee, he chaired a subcommittee reporting on the First Department Discipline Committee’s proposed amendments to the court rules regarding interim suspensions of attorneys and co-authored a report regarding alternative sanctions. Ross is currently involved in organizing a symposium for the Professional and Judicial Ethics Committee of the Association of the Bar on the new Restatement of Law Governing Lawyers.

Gerald Ross is also expert in Religious Corporations Law, having represented the Episcopal Diocese of New York for 30 years and several non-Episcopal churches.  Most of his work with the Episcopal Diocese centers on legal matters including application of the Religious Corporations Law to real estate transactions and application of internal ecclesiastical court rules with respect to the discipline of clergy claimed to have violated their fiduciary duties and religious obligations. He also incorporated Episcopal Charities, which has become the charitable fund raising arm of the Diocese of New York.

Ross serves as assistant secretary and chairman of the investment committee and audit committees of the Corporation for the Relief of Widows and Orphans etc. The Corporation is a self perpetuating membership corporation originally created by Act of George III in 1769 and re-incorporated after the Revolutionary War by the New York legislature. It currently has approximately $12,000,000 invested and uses the income to support widows and minor orphans of deceased Episcopal clergy.

Admission Details
  • Admitted in 1968, New York
Law School Attended
  • University of Michigan Class of 1967 J.D. cum laude
University Attended
  • University of Michigan Class of 1962 B.B.A.
  • University of Michigan Class of 1963 M.B.A.
Birth Information
  • Born in 1941 Chatham, Ontario, Canada, August 9, 1941
Military
  • 1st. Lt., U.S. Army, 1962-1965
Associations & Memberships
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Member: Committee on Professional Responsibility, 1999-2002
  • Professional & Judicial Ethics, 1995-1998
  • Professional Discipline, 1992-1995
  • Criminal Justice Operations, 2010-)
  • New York State Bar Association.
Representative Cases
  • Moore v. Kopel, 653 N.Y. S.2d 927 (1st Dep't 1997)
  • Moore v. Sutton Resources, Ltd., 165 F.3d 14 (2nd Cir. 1998)
  • Silva Run Worldwide Ltd. v. Gaming Lottery Corp. et al., 1998 WL 167330, SDNY, 1998
  • Dynamic Solutions Inc. v. Planning & Control, Inc. 646 F.Supp. 1329 SDNY 1988
  • Train v. Ardshiel Associates, 635 F.Supp. 274 SDNY, 1986
  • Hackett v. Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, 86 NY 2d 146 1995 Court of Appeals New York
  • Kracker v. Spartan Chemical Co., Inc., 183 A.D.2d 810 App. Div. 2nd Dep't 1992
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Fordham Preparatory School, 242 A.D.3d 490 (App. Div. 1st Dep't 1997)
  • Donald Kalfin v. U.S. Olympic Committee, 209 A.D. 2d 279 (1st Dep't 1994)
  • AIG v. U.S. Olympic Committee 219 A.D. 2d 458 (1st Dep't 1995)
  • Rosenfeld v. SFC Corp. 702 F.2d 282 (1st Cir. 1983)
  • Almeida v. Aguinaga, 456 F. Supp.2d 505 (S.D.N.Y. 2006)
  • 500 F.Supp2d 366 (S.D.N.Y. 2007).
Hobbies & Interests
  • Cycling and Fly Fishing.