The Southern New York Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (SNY ABOTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of new Vice Presidents for their respective regions. This leadership change aims to strengthen the organization’s presence and advocacy efforts throughout New York State.

Jennine A. Gerrard, Esq. is now the Executive Vice President.

Jennine A. Gerrard, Esq. brings a wealth of experience and dedication to SNY ABOTA. Jennine A. Gerrard is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Medical Malpractice and General Liability Practices. She is an experienced litigator who began her career focused in the areas of medical and dental malpractice and nursing home defense. These detail-driven areas gave Ms. Gerrard a strong medical and scientific foundation which enables her to deeply analyze and strategically defend all types of cases.

Carolyn Cacasse, Esq. has been appointed as the Vice President for Long Island.

Carolyn Caccese is a dynamic Partner at SSKB and the head of the medical malpractice department at the firm. Her effective litigation and trial techniques are strongly admired and have resulted in the recovery of substantial outcomes for her clients.

As an accomplished medical malpractice attorney, Carolyn has received a number of noteworthy recognitions including consecutive Best Lawyer in Medical Malpractice awards, an achievement based entirely on peer reviews by leading New York metro attorneys. Carolyn was also the recipient of the President’s Award from the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized as a New York Super Lawyer since 2016 and a Rising Star in 2014, another peer-nominated award highlighting attorneys who have shown exceptional professional abilities within their field.

Steven H. Cohen, Esq. assumes the role of Vice President for the Hudson Valley region.

Steve was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1986 and served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Navy from 1986-1989 at the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida. He then returned to the Hudson Valley and has tried countless jury trials. Steve has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. In 2016, Steve joined Feldman, Kleidman, Collins & Sappe LLP.

For more than 30 years, Steve has advocated for people injured through the fault or negligence of others. His work as a personal injury lawyer includes a variety of cases, from motorcycle accidents and slip and fall accidents to dog bites and construction accident cases.

The appointments of Gerrard, Cacasse, and Cohen mark a significant step in SNY ABOTA’s efforts to bolster its regional representation and advocacy. The organization is confident that these new vice presidents will contribute significantly to its goals and the broader legal community.

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