It is our privilege to name the following attorneys as McGivney, Kluger & Cook’s newest partners.

Cate Bell - New York, NY

Cate has demonstrated from her first days at the firm that she is a hit-the-ground-running litigator who leaves no stone unturned in an effort to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.  Her superior command of the court rules related to case law has enabled her to employ every discovery method and procedural device available to give our clients an advantage. As a result, she has achieved outstanding results for our asbestos and toxic tort clients.

Maria Ciccia - New York, NY

Maria is one of MKC's team leaders in the New York City Asbestos Litigation. Maria is a talented and articulate attorney, a great leader and mentor, a dedicated and hard worker, and is meticulous with her work product. She is a prime example that determination and excellent work-product commands success. Based on the facts and circumstances of each case, Maria ensures all available defenses are effectively and thoroughly prepared.  If pretrial dismissal or resolution cannot be achieved, Maria ensures the trial team is fully equipped and prepared to proceed to trial and verdict. 

Wendy Kagan - Florham Park, NJ

Wendy is a very experienced litigator with a keen sense of detail and dedication to success. Ms. Kagan is well-known for her dogged pursuit of background information on our adversaries and relevant witnesses. She has been able to unearth details that experienced investigators have missed, and in the process, transformed some extremely difficult, potentially high value cases to defensible matters with values far below the expected range.  She understands the needs of the insured and insurer, and communicates in the precise intervals and manner needed making all comfortable with the defense. Her work product is pristine, and she is an invaluable asset to our trial teams on asbestos, environmental and general liability claims.

 Alysa Koloms - New York, NY

Alysa brings to the table a unique life experience and energy that will expand and enhance our service offerings to our all of our clients by way of appellate and motion practice. Her knowledge and research capabilities of general civil and asbestos litigation, are outstanding and have served as the backbone for some of the most significant decisions in our areas of practice.

James Long - Syracuse, NY

Jim defends clients from various claims arising out of asbestos, toxic torts, product liability, personal injury, professional malpractice, maritime, emerging technologies, and cybersecurity.  Jim is based out of MK&C's Syracuse, New York office, and is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. However, he frequently represents clients nationwide, and has gained a reputation across the country as a tough negotiator and a straight-shooter. Jim is a fierce advocate in the courtroom, and a trusted advisor to his clients and co-workers.

Pooja Patel - Florham Park, NJ

Pooja is a dedicated, zealous and proven litigator, having successfully defended MK&C clients at trial in asbestos and benzene cases in New Jersey and New York. She has handled cases from inception to conclusion, including taking and defending depositions, responding to discovery, engaging in motion practice, developing experts and corporate representatives, and preparing and appearing for trial.  Her attention to detail and tireless work ethic makes her an excellent and responsive attorney to our toxic tort and environmental clients. She is passionate in the defense of her clients and pursuit of the best possible result on their behalf.

Emily Weisslitz - Florham Park, NJ

Emily is an experienced and dedicated defense attorney. Since joining MK&C, her hard work has made significant contributions to the firm and its clients. Her practice includes personal injury litigation, public entity, wrongful death, commercial transportation, premises liability, and construction litigation. Emily has defended clients in both state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York. She is a very hard-working and smart litigator. She is aggressive and has achieved excellent results for her clients while always defending the case in the most economical fashion.