our attorneys

William F. RyanKieran J. ConlonElizabeth E. MalangJohn T. O’DwyerChristopher M. Carfora
WILLIAM F. RYAN is a founding partner of the firm. Mr. Ryan practices in the area of civil litigation, including premises liability; construction law; auto and coverage disputes.  Mr. Ryan was lead attorney for high Self-Insured Retention clients, including Coca-Coca Bottling, Chase Manhattan Bank and The Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Mr. Ryan has been practicing in the insurance defense field for over 26 years with a track record of success in achieving both favorable settlements as well as jury verdicts.

Mr. Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law. Upon graduating from Princeton, Mr. Ryan received the B.F. Bunn Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence, an honor bestowed upon two graduating seniors. He was the Captain of the Varsity Basketball Team. He is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association; American Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; New York County Lawyer’s Association; CLM- the Claims Litigation Management Alliance; Westchester County Bar Association; American Trial Lawyers Association; Professional Liability Underwriting Society; New York Claim Association; and The Defense Research Institute.
KIERAN J. CONLON is a founding partner of the firm.  Mr. Conlon’s areas of practice include complex construction and other catastrophic injury litigation from inception through trial, as well as, employment contract disputes, commercial litigation and insurance coverage matters. Mr. Conlon has also acted as personal counsel to corporations and executives in the construction, finance and service industry. Mr. Conlon began his legal career at a mid-sized insurance defense firm where he handled cases varying from accounting and nursing malpractice to defending school districts and supermarkets located in New York City, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan Counties.  Mr. Conlon was also responsible for numerous complex construction cases.  Mr. Conlon later joined a small boutique firm in Manhattan where he specialized in catastrophic loss litigation, handling various complex product liability, medical malpractice and labor law matters from inception through trial in New York and nationally.

Mr. Conlon was born in Dublin, Ireland. His family immigrated to New York when he was a young boy and he grew up in Queens, New York. He graduated from Villanova University with a degree in accounting and received his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School.  Mr. Conlon is a former member of the International Brotherhood of Glaziers - Local 1087, and is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Brehon Law Society and the Long Island City Lawyers Club.  He has served on numerous judicial screening panels, including the 2011, 2014 and 2017 Independent Judicial Screening Panel for the New York Supreme Court and Civil Court. Mr. Conlon has also served on the Executive Board of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center; a community based non-profit organization providing legal and other social services.

Over the years, Mr. Conlon has been involved in and handled numerous complex catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) cases resulting from construction and motor vehicle accidents and has been involved in complex litigation involving aviation, power line exposure, vehicle and other product liability and premises defect cases. He has also handled numerous investment and employer disputes, as well as, other commercial litigation. Cases of interest include the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade accident and Liberty Helicopter crash.
ELIZABETH E. MALANG is a partner of the firm and an experienced trial attorney.   Ms. Malang handles all phases of the firm’s insurance defense cases, including general liability, auto, trucking, premises liability, construction, property damage, and coverage disputes.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Malang served as an Assistant District Attorney for the State of New York in Kings County under District Attorney Charles J. Hynes.   Ms. Malang prosecuted felony and misdemeanor cases.  While at the District Attorney’s Office, she successfully prosecuted hundreds of domestic violence cases in one of the country’s most widely recognized specialized domestic violence bureaus.  Ms. Malang received her Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law in 2000.   She served as the Symposium Editor of Fordham Law School’s prestigious Urban Law Journal from 1999-2000, and was responsible for the coordination and subsequent publication of the Volume 27 Book 5 symposium, “Forgiveness in the Law.”  Ms. Malang served as the Senior Director of Fordham’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Center from 1998-2000.  She served as a founding member of the 1999 New York Walks to End Domestic Violence committee.  Ms. Malang received her Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in all subjects, with a major in Government from Cornell University in 1997.    

Ms. Malang was the recipient of The National Association of Insurance Women Award in 2000 for her academic achievement, contribution to the advancement of women in society, promotion of issues and concerns of women in the legal profession, and earning the respect of the law school community.  She served as President of the Fordham Urban Law Journal Alumni Association from 2007-2011 and currently serves as vice-president; is a member of the Fordham Law School Alumni Association; is a member of CLM- the Claims Litigation Management Alliance; New York Claim Association; and a member of the New York City Association of Insurance Women.   She served on the 2012 Independent Judicial Review Committee for the New York County Democratic Committee for the purpose of vetting Civil Court judicial candidates.
Ms. Malang is admitted in New York State Courts, the Southern and Eastern District of New York, and The Supreme Court of the United States.  Ms. Malang currently volunteers as a Small Claims Arbitrator in the New York City Civil Courts.
John T. O’Dwyer is an associate with the firm. Mr. O’Dwyer is an experienced trial attorney.  Mr. O’Dwyer’ s areas of practice include general liability, Labor Law, medical malpractice, premises liability, lead paint, dram shop, and, automobile and trucking liability.  He has tried numerous cases to verdict in New York state and federal courts. Mr. O’Dwyer received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University in 1981.  He received his Juris Doctorate from Villanova University in 1985.
Christopher M. Carfora is an associate with the firm. Mr. Carfora focuses his practice on general liability claims as well as Labor Law matters.  Mr. Carfora is a graduate of Northeastern University.  He received his  Juris Doctorate degree from Pace Law School. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 2014 and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.