Biography

Leah Kelman is a litigator concentrating her practice on complex commercial litigation, including class action defense, title insurance, and professional responsibility, ethics and risk management.  

Leah’s class action and product liability experience in state and federal courts is substantial. She was a key member of the teams that successfully defended a major food manufacturer in class actions challenging health claims on product labels; successfully defended an international building materials company against product liability and consumer fraud claims arising from the alleged failure of a roofing system in the wake of Hurricane Sandy; worked with co-counsel to secure the complete dismissal of a purported consumer class action alleging a multinational mobile device company had knowingly sold products with defective data processing capabilities; and defended  a global construction materials company in multi-party litigation arising from a fire that destroyed a massive cold storage warehouse.

Leah also often represents real estate and title insurance clients, handling complex real estate claims on behalf of their insureds. Her achievements in this area include successfully representing the holder of a first priority mortgage secured by an insured West Harlem property, securing a ruling denying a motion filed by parties seeking to set aside the debtor’s default and vacate the judgment of foreclosure and sale, and helping to secure a ruling granting a real estate developer’s motion to dismiss multiple counterclaims including fraud, conversion, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty in litigation against the estate of a former business partner who had defaulted on a multimillion dollar loan.

Leah also advises the firm on a range of matters including ethics compliance, litigation, risk management and insurance issues. Leah is a member of the firm’s Risk Management Committee and serves on the firm’s Electronic Discovery Committee.