Bowitch & Coffey, LLC was established in June 2012 and brings almost 50 years of legal experience to its clients. Bowitch & Coffey provides legal advice and litigation services to a variety of businesses, insurance companies, municipalities and non-profit organizations.Read More
Our attorneys are admitted in all courts in New York State, all federal district and appellate courts within New York State, and the U.S. Supreme Court. We have represented a variety of businesses and individuals in a variety of civil litigation matters, ranging from small claims courts to New York’s Court of Appeals.Read More
Bowitch & Coffey provides counsel to municipalities on compliance with General Municipal Law, Public Officers Law and other laws. The firm advises municipalities on contaminated tax-delinquent properties; has represented municipalities in defense of third party claims; and has prosecuted subrogation claims for municipal clients.Read More
Coffey Speaks at NYS Bar Conference
On May 29, 2015, Dan Coffey spoke at the New York State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Conference: “Insurance Coverage Update: Important Considerations and Emerging Issues When Coverage Is Disputed and Litigated".
Default Judgment Vacated By Court in Subro Action
In New York State practice, a lawsuit is started when a Summons and Complaint is filed with the Clerk of the Court. You generally have 120 days (i.e., approximately four months) to serve the defendant with the Summons and Complaint after it has been filed. It is the act of filing that stops any applicable statute of limitations from running. For example, let’s say a fire occurred August 1, 2012 and an Electrolux clothes dryer is the suspected cause. Strict products liability and negligence claims generally run three years from the date of the loss.  I file suit with the Albany County Clerk on July 30, 2015. I serve Electrolux via the New York State Secretary of State on November 15, 2015. In this hypothetical, everything should be ok. The act of filing (not serving) stops the statute of limitations from running, and so long as defendant is served within 120 days of the filing, then the lawsuit was properly initiated.