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.  


Robert M. Leff, Founding and
Managing Partner

Rob has more than 20 years of experience in the area of general liability defense. Building on his decade as a member of the management committee of a national law firm, Rob 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.


Lisa J. Black, Founding Partner

Lisa provides creative, cost-effective and resolution-focused solutions to her clients. As an insurance and litigation defense attorney with nearly 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.

Sheryl A. Sanford, Founding 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.

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Dana Khalife-Marjieh, Founding 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. Dana provides strategic representation by developing a thorough understanding of clients’ present and anticipated needs.

James J. Lofrese, Partner

Jim has 25 years’ experience as a trial attorney and has tried dozens of cases, ranging from New York Labor Law cases and premises liability actions to Dram Shop claims, throughout many counties in New York State. Over the past 20 years, he has been engaged in the field of insurance defense litigation, focusing on all types of personal injury actions.

SteveN R. Lau, Senior Counsel

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. 

Evan B. Rudnicki, Associate

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.