White Plains, New York – (September 29, 2020) New York-based law firm Fullerton Beck LLP has welcomed five new attorneys – Wayne Rabinowitz, Glen Feinberg, Richard Mermelstein, Alison O’Dwyer, and Dena Operman.
Collectively, the team has practiced law for more than 160 years, primarily in medical malpractice and healthcare, general and premises liability, employment, and municipal law.
“We are thrilled to have such accomplished litigators and trial attorneys join the firm,” said Eileen Fullerton, Fullerton Beck managing partner. “Not only do they extend our bench strength across multiple key practices, but they also bolster our trial capabilities. Wayne and Glen are talented trial attorneys, who are respected by not only their colleagues, but also by their adversaries and the bench. Rich brings decades of medical malpractice experience to the firm and together with Dena and Alison, will continue to develop effective litigation strategies and obtain optimal results for their clients.”
Trial Counsel Wayne Rabinowitz’s practice encompasses medical malpractice, premises liability, construction site accidents, municipal liability, motor vehicle accidents, employment claims, and many other areas involving allegations of negligence or intentional conduct. He has achieved favorable results prior to trial, during trial, by verdict, and post-verdict.
Glen Feinberg, partner, focuses on the defense of educational, childcare, healthcare and religious institutions in general liability, employment, and malpractice claims. His practice includes the defense of schools, daycare centers, summer camps, and religious institutions in claims of general and premises liability, employment discrimination, and negligent hiring and supervision arising out of alleged sexual misconduct by their employees.
Richard Mermelstein, partner, focuses his practice on medical and healthcare malpractice defense and represents nursing homes, hospitals, and healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, dentists, psychiatrists, chiropractors, and physical and occupational therapists. He also handles medical products liability litigation and general liability claims.
Partner Alison O’Dwyer, a lawyer and registered nurse, focuses her practice on defending hospitals and healthcare professionals in high-exposure medical malpractice claims. Her experience in the medical field enables her to swiftly and accurately analyze medical malpractice claims to determine her litigation strategy. She represents her clients – hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, as well as occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, audiologists, optometrists and other allied healthcare professionals – in the full range of malpractice claims arising across all areas of medical specialty, from failure to diagnose cancer to negligent performance of surgery. She also represents healthcare professionals in license and misconduct proceedings before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct.
Dena Operman, partner, focuses her practice on representing New York hospitals and physicians in complex medical malpractice cases and defending nursing homes in negligence claims. Operman is experienced at determining the extent of likely exposure and accelerating turnaround through procedural and substantive dismissals, as well as negotiating optimal settlements for her clients.
“Fullerton Beck is an ideal firm for us,” shared Feinberg. “We have known Eileen and Katrine for years as we attend the same industry events and overlap in practice areas, not to mention that we worked with Katrine at our former firm. We admire how Eileen and Katrine manage the firm in an entrepreneurial, nurturing manner, and have seen firsthand how the insurance industry, clients, bar, and judiciary respect how they practice and foster trusting attorney-client relationships. With great synergies among our practices, we expect the transition to go quickly and smoothly.”
“What attracted us most to Fullerton Beck was the opportunity to join a young, dynamic firm, which will enable us to focus singularly on our clients and cases,” said Mermelstein. “We are looking forward to working in the progressive, inclusive environment that Katrine and Eileen have created and expect that it will only enhance our practices.”