Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Sanjeev 
     Devabhakthuni

Sanjeev Devabhakthuni

Associate

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Rochester Office

2000 Five Star Bank Plaza
100 Chestnut Street
Rochester, New York 14604

Sanjeev Devabhakthuni focuses his practice on appellate advocacy, litigated tort defense, and insurance coverage disputes. Sanjeev represents individuals and businesses in a broad range of tort defense matters, ranging from simple accidents to complex exposure-related cases. Sanjeev also actively litigates insurance coverage disputes in declaratory judgment actions throughout the state.

Prior to joining Barclay Damon, Sanjeev served as an appellate court attorney at the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department. Since joining the firm, Sanjeev has worked on numerous appeals in state and federal courts, including successful appeals before the NYS Appellate Division, the New York Court of Appeals, and the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Sanjeev’s education and background allow him to understand the complex issues facing his clients and effectively represent those interests in both litigated and non-litigated matters. Sanjeev graduated summa cum laude from Albany Law School, where he received the Cameron-Danaher Prize as the graduate with the highest standing in the subjects of civil procedure and evidence.

Representative Experience

  • Steiner v. Anbrook Indus., No. 17-cv-5187, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57324 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 4, 2018): Successfully defended an insurance company being sued in  the US District Court for the Southern District of New York by a plaintiff alleging that the insurer owed coverage under an insurance policy issued to a roofing contractor that performed allegedly defective work; obtained summary judgment from the court on all claims against the insurer by utilizing the “no direct action” defense. 
  • Represented an insurance company being sued by a plaintiff alleging that the insurer owed coverage under an insurance policy issued to a roofing contractor that performed allegedly defective work; obtained summary judgment from the court on all claims against the insurer.
  • Successfully represented clients in numerous declaratory judgment lawsuits involving questions of insurance coverage in the context of first-party loss and third-party liability.
  • Successfully represented clients in various simple and complex personal injury and professional liability lawsuits, including premises liability, legal malpractice, and accounting malpractice actions.
  • Successfully prosecuted and defended numerous appeals in state and federal courts.
  • In 2016, obtained summary judgment dismissal of a products liability lawsuit against a large retail store client.
  • In 2015, obtained summary judgment dismissal of a malpractice lawsuit against an attorney arising from a real estate transaction.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., summa cum laude, Cameron-Danaher Prize recipient, Albany Law Review, Editorial Board, 2010
  • West Virginia University, B.A., 2005

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

  • ARIAS-U.S., Member
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section

Civic Activities

  • Monroe County Volunteer Legal Services Project, Volunteer Attorney

Speaking & Publications

Honors

  • Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County's William E. McKnight Award for pro bono work, 2014
  • New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel Honoree, 2013

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Associate
  • New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, Appellate Court Attorney
  • McNamee Lochner Titus & Williams, PC, Law Clerk

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