111 John Street, Suite 800, New York, NY 10038 (212) 600-2454
Claire F. Rush
Claire Rush is a trial attorney who specializes in the defense of high exposure personal
injury actions. She has received a Preeminent AV rating of 5.0 / 5.0 from Martindale-Hubbell and has been identified as one of the top personal injury defense attorneys in the Metro New York area by Super Lawyer Magazine, ALM, and Martindale -Hubbell. Ms. Rush has been recognized by the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, the New York Times and AVENUE Magazine as one of New York City’s top women lawyers in the area of trial practice.

Ms. Rush has successfully defended public and private entities against bus, truck, auto, railway, construction, premises, elevator, escalator, environmental, security, police and 42 U.S.C. §1983 actions for the last 25 years. She has tried more than 100 jury cases to verdict in New York State.

Ms. Rush began her career at the MTA/New York City Transit Authority in 1984. She was assigned to a trial unit in 1985 and began trying catastrophic injury claims and death actions shortly thereafter. She tried over 75 jury cases to verdict while at the MTA. Ms. Rush was made an Assistant General Counsel in 1989 and served as a supervisor in the Bronx Trial Unit and the Chief of the Major Case Unit in New York County.

During her tenure at the MTA Ms. Rush developed an interest and expertise in the discovery and prosecution of insurance fraud. While at the MTA she commenced a civil fraud action against a prominent New York law firm and obtained a pre judgment attachment thereby securing the recoupment of more than $3,000,000 in fraudulently obtained judgments and settlements.

In recognition of her legal scholarship and advocacy skills, Ms. Rush was frequently called upon to brief and argue appeals at the MTA. As an appellate advocate, she developed an expertise in the area of governmental immunity and was a member of the team that worked on the seminal case of Crosland v. New York City Transit Authority, 68 N.Y.2d 165 (1986).

In September 2001 Ms. Rush joined the firm of Russo, Keane & Toner, LLP, where she defended general liability matters including premises, auto, construction, fraud, mold and lead paint claims. She became a partner in the firm in 2003. Ms. Rush tried 23 cases to verdict while at RKT. In addition to trying cases Ms. Rush was responsible for mediating catastrophic injury actions and handling complex claims from inception through trial. In April 2011 Ms. Rush left this partnership to form Rush & Sabbatino, PLLC.

Ms. Rush received her B.A. in Political Science from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 1980 and her J.D. from New York Law School in 1983. While at New York Law School, she was a member of the International Law Journal and Moot Court.
Ms. Rush is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. Ms. She is a member of the Council on Litigation Management, The Defense Research Institute, The Defense Association of New York, and The Association of Professional Women in Insurance, The New York City Chapter of the International Association of Insurance Professionals, the New York City Women’s Bar Association and the Catholic Lawyer’s Guild. She is member of the Diversity Committees of DRI and CLM. She is presently spearheading an initiative to bring Arizona’s award winning “Ladder Down” diversity program to New York State.

Ms. Rush is frequently called upon by bar associations and private corporations to lecture and publish in the various areas of substantive law and trial practice in which she specializes. These presentations have included:

Author, Defeating Low-Impact Claims, For The Defense, DRI, October 2013;
Lecturer, Complex Jury Selection Issues, National Business Institute, 2013;

Lecturer, Fraudulent Claims - Identification, Investigation and Litigation, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Zurich, NA, 2013;

Lecturer, Assessing and Addressing Insurance Fraud in the Claims Environment, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Kemper Insurance Company, 2013;

Lecturer, Qualifying the Biomechanical Expert, Selective Insurance Company Northeast Regional Claims Conference, 2013;

Author, Collecting, Preserving and Authenticating Social Media Evidence, Trials and Tribulations, DRI, 2013;

Lecturer, Negotiating Strategies for Claims Professionals, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, New York Central Mutual Insurance Company, 2013;

Lecturer, Identifying and Combating Fraud in Automobile Cases, Lawline, 2013;

Lecturer, Are You on the Cutting Edge? Defense and Mitigation Strategies for Large Loss Transportation Claims, CLM Annual Conference, 2013;

Lecturer, The Ethical Use of Social Media in Discovery and at Trial, Defense Association of New York, 2013;

Lecturer, Current Issues in Construction Law, Turner School of Construction Management, 2012;

Author, How to Make and Defend Against Batson Challenges, Trials And Tribulations, DRI, 2011;

Lecturer, The Timing of Expert Disclosure Under CPLR 3101(d), Defense Association of New York, 2011;
Lecturer, Current Issues In Construction Law, Turner School of Construction Management, 2011;

Lecturer, Effective Use of Evidence From Investigation Through Trial, National Business Institute, 2010;

Lecturer, Jury Selection, The Bar Association of the City of New York, 2009;

Lecturer, Recognizing Automobile Defect Cases and How to Handle Them, National Business Institute, 2008;

Presenter, The Biomechanical Defense of Soft Tissue Injury Claims, American Transit Insurance Company, 2008;

Lecturer, Expert Witness Testimony at Trial, National Business Institute, 2008;

Lecturer, Direct and Cross Examination, Defense Association of New York, 2006;

Lecturer, Anatomy of a Complex Personal Injury Trial, National Business Institute, 2004.

Claire F. Rush , Esq.
Rush & Sabbatino, PLLC
111 John Street, Suite 800
New York, NY 10038
(212) 600-2454