Erin O'Leary


Erin O’Leary is a partner in the New York office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the General Liability and Professional Liability Practices. She has extensive experience defending owners, contractors, developers and corporations in high exposure construction cases including New York Labor Law matters, premises liability and construction defect claims. She has diverse experience defending malpractice claims against attorneys, accountants, architects, engineers, funeral home directors and other miscellaneous professionals. Ms. O'Leary also handles the defense of motor carriers and a wide array of transportation matters. Ms. O’Leary practices in New York state, federal and appellate courts. She has also served as an adjunct professor at CUNY’s Lehman College.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Professional Liability
  • Construction
  • General Liability
  • New York Labor Law
  • Transportation


New York

US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

US District Court for the Southern District of New York

United State Court of Appeal, Second Circuit


  • Member, National Association of Insurance Women
  • Member, New York State Bar Association


New York Law School

Juris Doctor, 1995

  • Chief Articles Editor, New York Law School Journal of Human Rights, 1994–1995

Mount Holyoke College

Bachelor of Arts, 1990

Representative Matters

  • Bajor v. 75 East End Owners Corp., 932 N.Y.S. 2d 40, 89 A.D. 3d 458 (1st Dept. 2011)
  • Thomas v. Booker, 905 N.Y.S. 2d 771, 76 A.D. 3d 456 (1st Dep’t 2010)
  • Dominguez v. Fontanella, 896 N.Y.S. 2d 572, 26 Misc. 3d 1079, (Sup. Ct. 2009)
  • Syllman v. Nissan, 794 N.Y.S. 2d 351, 18 A.D. 3d 221 (1st Dep’t 2005)
  • Tranchina v. Sisters of Charity Health Care System Nursing Home, 742 N.Y.S. 2d 655, 294 A.D. 2d 491 (2nd Dep’t 2002)
  • Hamilton v. Berreta U.S.A. Corp., 264 F. 3d 21 (2d Cir. 2001)