Deborah Vennos is a member of the firm's Insurance, Environmental, and Utilities Groups.
Ms. Vennos's Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell University provides a solid foundation for her focus on complex litigation matters involving scientific and engineering principles. Ms. Vennos has ten years of experience as a firefighter, six of those years being a paid professional firefighter in upstate New York, and is certified as a New York State Level II fire/arson investigator. She has extensive business litigation experience counseling clients in more than 13 states, including federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings and class action litigation. Her scientific and firefighting background serves to support her representation of clients in insurance coverage disputes that involve complex scientific issues such as long tail environmental issues, fire/arson, explosions, Chinese drywall, construction and design defects, and landfill construction and permitting. Specifically, Ms. Vennos has substantial experience in expert witness selection, preparation, and examination. As an outgrowth of her extensive litigation experience, Ms. Vennos is well versed in various methods of resolving disputes, including arbitration, mediation, and court trials. She is also versed in technical and legal issues of green building and the LEED system.
Most recently, Ms. Vennos served on the Defense Counsel Steering Committee for the Consolidated Docket in the Eastern District of New York for Superstorm Sandy litigation.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Vennos interned for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
Ms. Vennos is the editor in chief of the firm's Property Insurance Coverage Insights blog.