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Columbian lawyers invite Brian Shoot for update on NY court of appeals cases

October 16, 2023 Rob Abruzzese
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The Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn convened at Gargiulo’s Restaurant in Coney Island for its monthly Continuing Legal Education (CLE) meeting on Oct. 4. 

Known for providing an informal atmosphere where attorneys can network and stay abreast of legal updates, the meeting featured a keynote address by Brian Shoot, an authority in appellate law.

Brian Shoot (left) and Joseph Rosato, president of the Brooklyn Bar Association.

CLE meetings are essential for attorneys to maintain their practicing status and continue their professional development. The lectures are aimed at keeping legal practitioners up-to-date on current laws and practices.

Shoot, a partner at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, is well regarded for his expertise on case updates from the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.

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From left: Past President Annette Scarano, Yolanda Guadagnoli and Gianna Famulari.

“Brian is considered an expert in appellate practice,” Guadagnoli said. “His wealth of experience has made him a sought-after expert on the issues.” Guadagnoli, a veteran of the NYC Law Department jokingly added, “He is also a frequent lecturer on municipal liability, much to my chagrin.”

Past President Dean Delianites, Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn.

Brian Shoot graduated from New York University School of Law in 1979 and joined Sullivan Papain in 2003. He has argued approximately 250 cases in appellate courts and has been a pivotal legal force in significant cases, including a landmark decision that benefited victims of Hurricane Sandy.

His legal skills have earned him numerous accolades such as Lawyer of the Year for 2014 for the New York City area and an AV from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.

The Columbian Lawyers Association will be gathering next on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Tiro A Segno in Manhattan to celebrate Italian heritage. Following that, the association’s next major event is Judge’s Night, to be held at El Caribe in Mill Basin on Thursday, Dec. 7.

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