Leah Kelman is an associate in Herrick's Litigation Department where she concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation, including class action defense, title insurance, and professional responsibility and ethics.
Leah’s class action and product liability experience in both state and federal courts is substantial, and includes her role as a key member of the Herrick 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 a decision completely dismissing on the pleadings a purported consumer class action alleging a multinational mobile device company had knowingly sold products with defective data processing capabilities; and the ongoing defense of a global construction materials company in multi-party litigation arising from a fire that destroyed a massive cold storage warehouse whose roof system also supported a large solar panel installation at the time of the fire.
Leah also often represents real estate clients and title insurance clients, handling complex real estate claims on behalf of their insureds. Her recent 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 client’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 short term, multimillion dollar loan, originally guaranteed and later acquired by our client.
Leah is a member of the firm's Best Practices Committee and serves on the firm's Electronic Discovery Committee.