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 primarily concentrates his practice on appellate advocacy, litigated tort defense, and insurance-coverage disputes. He represents individuals and businesses in defense matters ranging from simple accidents to complex exposure-related cases. Sanjeev also actively litigates insurance-coverage disputes in declaratory judgment actions throughout the country in the context of first-party loss and third-party liability claims.

A former appellate court attorney, Sanjeev has handled numerous appeals in state and federal courts, including appeals before the NYS Appellate Division, the NY Court of Appeals, and the US Courts of Appeals for the Second and Sixth Circuits.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of a lawsuit against an attorney alleging malpractice and violation of the Judiciary Law arising from judgment enforcement action.
  • Successfully defended an insurance company in federal court against a plaintiff alleging 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 (Steiner v. Anbrook Indus.).
  • Successfully defended an appeal preserving judgment in excess of $1.3 million in a subrogation case (Hudson Specialty Insurance Company v. Haley & Aldrich, Inc.).
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment dismissal of a products-liability lawsuit against a national department store (Hokenson v. Sears, Roebuck & Co.).
  • Successfully obtained declaratory judgment for a real estate development company, resulting in insurance coverage for the company in an underlying personal injury lawsuit.

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

  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association, Diversity Committee
  • ARIAS-US
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

Civic Activities

  • Monroe County Volunteer Legal Services Project, Volunteer Attorney
  • Board Member, National Coalition Building Institute of Rochester, Inc.

Speaking & Publications

Honors

  • The Daily Record, Excellence in Law Awards: Up & Coming Attorney, 2018
  • Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, William E. McKnight Award, 2014
  • New York State Bar Association, Empire State Counsel Honoree, 2013-2017

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Associate
  • NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, Appellate Court Attorney

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