Attorneys in Nassau County, Long Island and Downstate New York

New York Insurance Defense Lawyers

At Montfort, Healy our attorneys defend insurance companies, businesses, hospitals, and professionals in insurance coverage disputes in New York City, Nassau County, and Garden City, New York. Since 1950, our firm has represented clients in cases related to hospital liability, medical malpractice, municipal law, premises liability, insurance coverage, motor vehicle claim defense, product liability, and construction and industrial accident defense.

Over the years, we built our reputation on honesty, integrity, and communication. To find out more about insurance defense, contact our managing partner today.

James Michael Murphy

Managing Partner

James Michael Murphy, has been a partner at Montfort, Healy, McGuire & Salley since 1993. He concentrates his practice in personal injury, construction and labor law, negligence, insurance law, products liability, municipal liability and has extensive experience in Federal Court matters arising under 42 U.S.C. Section 1981 and 1983. Read More

Michael A. Baranowicz


Michael A. Baranowicz was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1978. He has a wide range of experience in all aspects of personal injury defense including medical malpractice, construction litigation, products liability, premises law, automobile claims and insurance coverage. Read More

Michael J. Boranian


Michael J. Boranian heads our firm’s medical malpractice group. He has been admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey since 1989. He joined Montfort, Healy, McGuire & Salley in December 2005 as senior trial counsel and has been partner since 2008. Over his 25 year career, Mr. Boranian has represented large hospital centers and individual physicians, nurses, physician assistants and other medical providers in the defense of high exposure orthopedic, obstetrical, cardiological, neurological and general medical claims and law suits. Read More

Christopher T. Cafaro


Christopher T. Cafaro has extensive experience in trial practice. His areas of specialization include construction and Labor Law. He has successfully litigated complex Labor Law cases involving contractual indemnification, anti-subrogation and coverage issues on cases involving catastrophic injuries. Read More

Jeffrey D. Present


Jeffrey D. Present joined the firm in 1987, and has been a partner since 2000. Jeffrey has tried cases in almost every county in the First and Second Judicial Departments, primarily involving serious automobile accident and premises liability actions. Read More

Frank J. Cafaro

Of Counsel

Frank J. Cafaro was admitted to practice in New York State in 1963. He has represented the firm’s core clients in professional liability defense litigation for more than 40 years. During this period of time, Mr. Cafaro has tried over 100 cases to verdict. Read More

Philip J. Catapano

Of Counsel

Philip J. Catapano was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1973. Since 1977, a major portion of Mr. Catapano’s practice has been devoted to the defense of medical malpractice actions. Read More

Donald S. Neumann Jr.

Of Counsel

Donald S. Neumann Jr. was admitted to the Bar in New York State in 1974 and began his career with Montfort, Healy, McGuire & Salley the same year. Initially, he focused exclusively in trial practice and gaining a broad range of trial experience in automobile, premises, municipal, medical malpractice and products liability. He was also responsible for any question of insurance coverage that arose during the course of litigation. Read More

John Kenneth Rode

Of Counsel

John Kenneth Rode was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1961. He joined Montfort, Healy, McGuire & Salley in 2004, Of Counsel. He has appeared as Trial Counsel in civil litigation including hospital and medical malpractice, products liability, negligence, railroads, labor law and contracts. Read More

John R. Aquaro


John R. Aquaro was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 1986. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Aquaro was a secondary school English teacher for several years. Between 1986 and 2012, he worked at two prestigious law firms in the metropolitan New York area, first as an associate and then as a partner. Read More

Michael K. Chin


Michael K. Chin has been admitted to practice law in New York since 1994. He joined Montfort, Healy, McGuire & Salley in 2008. Mr Chin began his career as an Associate and later trial attorney with a commercial litigation firm and was later associated with a prominent Manhattan defense firm where he specialized in the representation of both physicians and healthcare institutions in medical malpractice litigation. Read More

Susan H. Dempsey


Susan H. Dempsey is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law and Bucknell University. Read More

Timothy A. Jenks


Timothy A. Jenks was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 2016. He concentrates his practice in negligence, premises and general liability, motor vehicle accidents, construction site accidents, municipal liability and medical malpractice. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as an Associate for a very prestigious personal injury law firm in New York City. Read More

Hugh J. Larkin


Admitted to the New York State Bar in 1996, after graduating from St. John’s University School of Law in May, 1995. His practice experience includes a position as associate attorney in a general practice firm handling personal injury, medical malpractice, matrimonial, commercial, and criminal matters. Read More

Jennifer J. Maldonado


Jennifer J. Maldonado serves in the firm’s Medical Malpractice Department. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Maldonado worked for a respected medical malpractice defense firm in Manhattan. She also previously served as Assistant District Attorney with the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office, where she was selected as a team leader of the Criminal Court Bureau. Read More

Robert J. Pape


Robert J. Pape Jr. joined Montfort, Healy, McGuire & Salley as a Senior Associate in July of 2010. Mr. Pape began his career as a Deputy County Attorney for the County of Nassau in 1983 and during the course of his career as a trial attorney has worked for several insurance carriers including General Accident, Royal and Sun Alliance and One Beacon Insurance. Read More

John W. Persons


John W. Persons was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1981. He has extensive experience in civil litigation. His areas of specialization include: automobile litigation, premises liability, municipal liability, product liability and medical malpractice. Read More

Nicholas Ferarra

Law Clerk

Nicholas Ferrara has recently taken the New York State Bar exam in the hopes of becoming one of the firm’s associates. Read More