BLACK MARJIEH LEFF & SANFORD LLP

Our Team

Exceptional client service. Every day.

Our team of attorneys provide creative and resolution-focused client service every day. We collaborate within the firm and with our clients to achieve the best possible outcomes. Outside the office, we are active members of our community, giving back in ways large and small to the causes that inspire us.  

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Robert M. Leff, Partner

Rob has more than 20 years of experience in the area of general liability defense and coverage. Building on his decade as a member of the management committee of a national law firm, he fosters an atmosphere of respect for all perspectives, which informs the innovative thinking applied to client solutions. Rob is inspired by the premise that individuals who are satisfied in their work environment perform better and have greater motivation and enthusiasm. By encouraging collaboration, communication, creativity and a commitment to growth and learning both inside and outside the office, Rob ensures this philosophy is embedded in the firm’s culture.

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Lisa J. Black, Partner

Lisa provides creative, cost-effective and resolution-focused solutions to her clients. As an insurance and litigation defense attorney with over 20 years’ experience, she handles litigation defense of property and casualty matters in both Federal and New York State courts, including trials and appeals. Areas of focus include construction and property damage-related litigation, premises and professional liability, retail, insurance coverage litigation and general personal injury and negligence. In addition, Lisa is a certified mediator.



Sheryl A. Sanford, Partner

Sheryl is dedicated to providing clients with comprehensive, high quality, detail-oriented representation. She concentrates in the defense of claims concerning New York Labor Law, premises liability, civil rights, construction, environmental, motor vehicle and hospitality matters. For over 15 years, Sheryl has handled complex litigation in both New York State and federal courts from inception through motion practice and trial. In particular, she has handled negligence claims, class actions and Federal Civil Rights actions brought pursuant to 42 USC § 1983 Law.

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Dana Khalife-Marjieh, Partner

Dana is a skilled litigator with experience representing clients at all stages of state and federal court proceedings. Her areas of focus include commercial litigation, premises liability, general liability and professional liability, encompassing the defense of lawyers, accountants, real estate agents and insurance agents. In addition, Dana's background includes handling Article 78 proceedings. Drawing upon over a decade of experience, Dana provides strategic representation by developing a thorough understanding of clients’ present and anticipated needs.



James J. Lofrese, Partner

Jim has over 25 years of experience as a trial attorney and has tried over 50 cases to verdict throughout many counties in New York State. Over the past 20 years, he has been engaged in the field of insurance defense litigation at prominent defense firms. His practice emphasizes the importance of risk-transfer opportunities in the context of personal injury and property damage claims. Jim’s civil trial background involves the representation of defendants in construction-related accidents, premises liability claims, motor vehicle accidents and professional malpractice claims. 

SteveN R. Lau, Partner

Steven’s practice encompasses New York Labor Law, premises liability, product liability, professional liability, catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, general liability and insurance coverage claims. He has depth of experience defending construction accident claims on behalf of owners, general contractors, construction managers and trade contractors.



John W. Bieder, Associate

John is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for his clients. He takes pride in strategizing and providing meaningful counsel in his practice areas, which include construction defects, New York Labor Law, premise liability, toxic torts and general liability. Before joining BMLS, John worked for a national law firm for more than five years. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, where he honed his oral advocacy and trial skills while managing a caseload in excess of 200 cases.

Evan B. Rudnicki, Associate

Evan is a zealous advocate for his clients. For him, the practice of law is not just a job, but a passion. He takes personal and professional pride in bringing innovation and creativity to every matter he handles. Evan is a litigator who focuses in the areas of premises liability, construction law, general liability and contract disputes. He brings more than a decade of litigation experience to BMLS. Over the course of his career, Evan has skillfully defended property owners, contractors and subcontractors with respect to cases involving bodily injury, property damage, construction and premises liability-related claims. 



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Nicholas O. Paslow, Associate

Nick’s practice focuses on New York State Labor Law, along with construction defect, general liability, property damage, motor vehicle and premises liability claims. He has represented a wide range of owners, construction managers and contractors.

Nicole P. Aldridge-Henry, Associate

Nicole is an insurance and litigation defense attorney focused on the areas of general liability, premises liability and construction-related matters. She is a former Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Office of Corporation Counsel. Nicole has successfully defended the City of New York, its composite agencies and employees in civil trials in the Bronx Tort Trial Unit, resulting in several defense verdicts.


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Trisha E. Starkey, Associate

Trisha focuses on insurance defense litigation including construction law, habitational claims and other general liability matters. She has a strong sense of teamwork and an innovative and forward-thinking perspective. Trisha infuses a cost-conscious, results-oriented and collaborative approach to her cases and is an effective advocate for her clients.


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Kathryn L. Hough, ASsociate

Kathryn’s practice focuses on the areas of general liability, premises liability and claims arising out of alleged New York Labor Law violations. She represents insurance carriers and insureds in a broad spectrum of civil litigation. Kathryn defends building owners, construction contractors and various business owners. She works tirelessly to achieve the best possible results for clients, applying a cost-effective and strategic approach.


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Christian S. Samuels, Associate

Christian’s practice focuses on insurance defense litigation, including construction law and habitational claims. Christian is a dedicated advocate for his clients and applies a results-oriented, collaborative approach to his cases.