Allan I. Young

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Allan Young is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer with over 27 years’ experience in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey. Allan cut his teeth trying criminal cases as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan in the 1980’s. As a civil litigator, he has handled a wide variety of complex cases involving motor carrier defense, design and construction, products and premises liability, professional malpractice, plaintiff’s personal injury, commercial litigation, and environmental issues. Allan’s thorough legal research, fact investigation, vigorous cross-examination, skilled brief writing and passionate advocacy have resulted in many favorable dispositions. Equally comfortable prosecuting and defending cases, Allan has achieved significant monetary recoveries for the firm’s plaintiff clients and has successfully defended clients who have been sued. He has briefed and successfully argued appeals in New York’s appellate courts.

As a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, Allan has handled the following representative matters:

Commercial Litigation / Finance
  • Obtained a $1.5 million judgment against a defaulting borrower on behalf of a private lender.
Design and Construction
  • Wrote the winning Respondent’s Brief on behalf of a construction company involved in a NYC crane collapse case, which resulted in the Appellate Division’s affirmance of the trial court’s order precluding an adversary’s expert liability witness from testifying, and sustaining the jury’s verdict exonerating our client. 
Engineering Malpractice
  • Settled on extremely favorable defense terms a federal court lawsuit brought by a petroleum bulk storage facility against an engineering firm and, in the same suit, obtained a significant recovery for the client on its counterclaims.
Environmental
  • Defended and obtained a favorable resolution of claims against a trucking company alleged to have dumped prohibited debris at a landfill site.
Honors and Awards
  • Recognized by New York Metro Super Lawyers 2014 - 2017

Honors and Awards

Motor Carrier Defense
  • In hit-and-run tractor-trailer accident in which witnesses identified only the client's commercial trailer but not the tractor, obtained complete defense and indemnification against the previously-unknown tractor owner after intensive investigation.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing wrongful death and personal injury claims against one of the world’s largest retail corporations arising out of a highway pileup that resulted in a $29.5 million verdict against other parties.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in Brooklyn, a known plaintiff-friendly venue, in favor of a trucking company sued in connection with an accident on the Verrazano Bridge that injured three people.
  • Obtained dismissal of a case against a trucking company sued by a motorist who lost both legs in the accident.
Opinions, Decisions and Cases
  • Matter of 91st St. Crane Collapse Litigation, 2017 NY Slip Op 06419 (1st Dept. 9-12-17)
  • Hoogland v. Transport Expressway, Inc., 72 AD2d 1026 (2d Dept. 2010)
  • Bruno v. Thermo King, 66 AD3d 727 (2d Dept. 2009)
  • North Fork Bank v. ABC Merchant Svcs, Inc., 49 AD3d 701 (2d Dept. 2008)
  • Costanza v. Skyline Towers, 8 A.D.3d 524 (2nd Dept. 2004)
  • Levitt v. FBI, 70 F.Supp.2d 346 (S.D.N.Y. 1999)
Organizations/Memberships
  • New York State Bar Association, Committee on Civil Practice Law and Rules (2006-2014).
Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice
  • Recovered $4.5 million for the surviving newborn daughter of a woman who died in childbirth because of the doctors’ failure to diagnose and treat preeclampsia and eclampsia.
  • Recovered $1.7 million for a child who suffered brain damage caused by doctors’ delays in delivering the baby.
Plaintiff's Personal Injury
  • Prosecuted and obtained a substantial monetary settlement for a young woman severely injured by speeding police car where the City asserted an "emergency vehicle" defense.
  • Prosecuted and obtained a significant settlement for a child who suffered facial injuries as a result of an attack by a neighbor’s dog, despite the fact that the dog had exhibited no previous signs of vicious propensities, an essential element to trigger liability under New York law.
Premises Liability
  • Defended a power plant operator in a construction accident case involving leg-crush injuries, obtaining dismissal of all claims.
  • Defended and obtained summary dismissal of an elevator accident case against a residential apartment building owner.
  • Represent property owners against personal injury claims based on alleged toxic exposure.
Prior Relevant Experience
  • Okin, Hollander & DeLuca, L.L.P. (formerly, Okin, Cohen & Hollander), Fort Lee, New Jersey, Associate, 1993-1997
  • Baumeister & Samuels, P.C., New York, New York and Wayne, New Jersey, Associate, 1989-1993
  • Porzio, Bromberg, Newman & Baumeister, New York, New York, Associate, 1988
  • New York County District Attorney’s Office, Trial Division, Assistant District Attorney, 1985-1988
Publications
  • "NY Appellate Court Allows Pre-Award Attachment In Aid of Foreign Arbitration," Financier Worldwide Magazine, May 2011.
  • "Infant Compromises in New York," chapter in 2010 Compendium of State Laws, published by the ABA Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee.
  • Co-Author, "The Potentially Dangerous Intersection of New York Labor Laws and Product Liability and Toxic Tort Cases," IADC Committee Newsletter, Product Liability, January 2009.
  • "Grasping the Quirks of New York Civil Practice," New Jersey Lawyer, September 13, 2004.
  • Co-Author, "Avianca 52: A Study in Air Disasters," New Jersey Law Journal, April 26, 1990 (125 NJLJ 1078). Reprinted as "Disaster and Legal Responsibility in Air Crash Cases," Connecticut Law Tribune, June 18, 1990; "Anatomy of an Air Crash Case: Disaster and the Law," Washington, D.C. Legal Times, June 18, 1990; "Paying for Air Disasters," San Francisco Recorder, June 25, 1990; "Anatomy of an Air Crash Case: Disaster and Legal Responsibility," Texas Lawyer, July 2, 1990.
Speaking Engagements
  • "New York Practice for New Jersey Attorneys," NJSBA Solo and Small-Firm Conference, Morristown, NJ, March 2, 2013.
  • "What New Jersey Attorneys Need to Know About New York Civil Practice," New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Annual Presentation 2003-2013.

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Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1986
  • New Jersey, 1986
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1986
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 1988
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1988

Education

Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, J.D., 1985

  • Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Executive Articles Editor, 1984–1985

New York University, New York, New York, M.A., Educational Psychology, 1975

Brooklyn College of The City University of New York, B.A., cum laude, English, 1971

Contact Address

156 West 56th Street

New York, NY 10019-3800

Phone: 212.265.6888

Fax: 212.957.3983