Philip G. Menna

Senior Counsel
Located in

New York, NY

“I understand that being a defendant in a lawsuit is difficult, but we are in this together.”

- Philip Menna

“I understand that being a defendant in a lawsuit is difficult, but we are in this together.”

- Philip Menna

Philip concentrates his practice exclusively in insurance defense, representing individuals as well as corporations. He has experience defending not-for-profit organizations as well as dedicated accounts operating with SIRs. He has a background in real estate and insurance industries. He defends his clients against claims involving automobile liability, lack of supervision, burn injuries, construction accidents, sexual assault and actions based on intentional tort. He has extensive experience representing home attendants, day care centers and senior centers from claims ranging from bed sores to elder abuse. Philip’s experience in mediation results in resolving cases without trial. He also uses summary judgment motions to resolve cases in favor of his clients.

Philip’s approach is to make the litigation process easier for his clients. He treats every case like it is the most important case in his practice, because to some clients, it is the most important case in their life. Since he only practices insurance defense, all of his clients are defendants in a lawsuit, which could be a scary and difficult time for them. They sometimes do not understand why they are being sued and they are concerned how the lawsuit and possible resolution of the lawsuit will affect them and/or their company. Philip walks them through the process and explains the allegations of the lawsuit. He keeps open communication with his clients throughout all developments in the case and works on a resolution in a timely and efficient manner.

When not working, Philip enjoys spending time with his wife listening to live music and traveling. He has been a New York Jets season ticket holder since the 70s and regularly attends both Yankees and Mets games. He even jokes that he became a lawyer because he was not good enough to play shortstop for the Yankees.

Philip has represented clients ranging from individuals to major corporations. Some of his most notable cases include:

  • Summary judgment granted for tenant brought by plaintiff who slipped and fell on a snow and ice-covered sidewalk in front of the client’s store based on the defense of no duty because of a “continuous storm”
  • Summary judgment granted for owner of a catering hall by plaintiff who alleged a dangerous condition that was caused by employees of the client
  • Successful resolution after jury selected involving a fall by plaintiff on a loose tile in a bathroom, resulting in back and neck injuries and traumatic brain injury
  • A defense verdict on liability in Kings County on a pedestrian knockdown case
  • A defense verdict in Kings County representing a tenant on a sidewalk snow and ice case
  • A defense verdict in Kings County representing a home attendant on a lack of supervision case in Kings County

For any defense attorney, obtaining a defense verdict at Trial in favor of a client, or winning a motion for Summary Judgment dismissing a case against a client, is a consequential achievement. As a seasoned defense lawyer, Philip has experienced this success many times over his career. However, he is especially proud that he was able to volunteer his time and skill representing families who lost loved ones on September 11th before Judge Kenneth Feinberg of The Victim Compensation Fund.