111 John Street, Suite 800, New York, NY 10038 (212) 600-2454
Francesca A. Sabbatino
Francesca Sabbatino is a "Preeminent AV" rated litigator and trial attorney with 30 years of experience in all phases of litigation from initial claim assessment through trial and appeal. She has been identified as one of the top personal injury defense attorneys in the Metro New York area by Super Lawyer Magazine, ALM and Martindale–Hubbell. ALM also designated Ms. Sabbatino as a "top rated" lawyer in the areas of transportation and construction law. She was recently named as a 2013-2014 "Woman of the Year" by the National Association of
Ms. Sabbatino has devoted her practice to the defense of high exposure claims arising out of construction, premises, bus, auto and railway accidents, together with negligent security, police, 42 U.S.C. 1983 actions as well as medical malpractice, product liability and toxic tort claims.
She began her career with the New York City Law Department as an Assistant
Corporation Counsel assigned to the Special Litigation/Medical Malpractice Unit and defended the City of New York against the highest exposure and profile cases. Ms. Sabbatino "cut her teeth" defending hundreds of multi-million dollar medical malpractice cases arising out of treatment rendered at 11 member New York City Health and Hospital (“NYCHHC”) facilities. In her role as an Assistant Corporation Counsel she also served as a liaison between the Law Department, NYCHHC Risk Management, the Office of the Comptroller and several outside law firms developing litigation systems and strategies. Following her tenure in this unit Ms. Sabbatino went on to become a senior member of the Law Department’s Manhattan Trial Unit where she tried numerous cases to verdict.
After leaving the Law Department, Ms. Sabbatino moved to the private sector and in 1989 joined the firm of Armienti & Brooks, P.C., becoming a partner in 1995. During her 10 years at Armienti & Brooks Ms. Sabbatino also specialized in defending owners and contractors against actions arising out of construction site accidents. In addition she represented New York City Transit Authority in catastrophic subway and bus accidents and went on to head the firm’s toxic tort practice group, specializing in defending lead paint claims.
In 1999 Ms. Sabbatino moved her practice and became of counsel to Russo, Keane & Toner. There she continued to represent major insurers, property owners, corporations and municipal entities in general liability, premises, auto, construction, municipal and toxic tort claims. In 2000 she was one of a handful of attorneys selected by the New York City Comptroller to participate in a pilot program to conduct statutory hearings and perform pre suit evaluations enabling The City of New York to better classify its claims, identify high exposure matters and resolve the claims pre suit. In the ensuing 15 years she has conducted over 5000 hearings. In April 2011 Ms. Sabbatino formed Rush & Sabbatino, PLLC.
Ms. Sabbatino received her B.A. from Fordham University in 1981 where she double majored in History and Political Science. At Fordham University she was the first woman to be elected as president of the student body.
She received her JD in 1984 from New York Law School. There she was a member of the Moot Court Executive Board and a finalist in the Craven National Moot Court Competition. Her brief won runner up for best brief in the National Moot Court Competition.
Ms. Sabbatino is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern District and the United States Supreme Court.
Ms. Sabbatino has lectured on a number of topics including municipal and premises liability and lead paint litigation. She has served as a lecturer for The Turner School of Construction Management on Current Issues in Construction Law, a program sponsored by Turner Construction providing training for minority and women owned construction subcontractors. Ms. Sabbatino lectured to the Defense Association of New York on the Ethical Uses of Social Media and was invited to join the faculty of Lawline, co presenting a webinar entitled Identifying and Combating Fraud in Automobile Cases.
She authored a chapter in the Defense Research Institute's soon to be published Small-Mid Sized Firm Practice Manual entitled: Diversity is More Than Hiring: How to Get It Going and Make It Work Long Term. Ms. Sabbatino is one of the contributing authors for a Westlaw treatise scheduled for publication in 2014 examining how black box technology and telematics are revolutionizing the defense of transportation claims.
Ms. Sabbatino is a member of the Claims Litigation Management Alliance, The Defense Research Institute, The Defense Association of New York, National Association of Professional Women and the New York City Women’s Bar Association. She was elected to the New York Women's Bar Association Board of Directors (2014-2016), and is Co-Chair of NYWBA's Judiciary and Litigation Committees. Ms. Sabbatino is a member of the steering committee for the Defense Research Institute's Diversity and Women in the Law Committees and was appointed by DRI to Chair the Small Firm Subcommittee and the Expert Witness Data Base Subcommittee.
Ms. Sabbatino resides in Queens with her husband Adam Abrego a New York City public school teacher.
Francesca A. Sabbatino , Esq.
Rush & Sabbatino, PLLC
111 John Street, Suite 800
New York, NY 10038