BLACK MARJIEH LEFF & SANFORD LLP

Our Team

Robert M. Leff

Education

J.D., cum laude, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, 1993

B.S., Pace University, 1990

Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

Contact Rob

T (914) 704-4401
C (914) 907-9308
rleff@bmlslegal.com

Founding and Managing Partner

Rob, our founding and managing partner, 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. 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.

Throughout his career, Rob has focused on both results-driven defense and proactive risk mitigation. Rob brings a passion for teamwork and excellence, along with a deep understanding of his clients’ needs, to all aspects of his practice. His areas of focus include the defense of general liability matters including New York Labor Law, construction accidents, adjacent property damage, premises liability, toxic torts and products liability. He also handles complex insurance coverage counseling and litigation, including representing primary and excess insurers in high profile and large exposure cases.

Prior to founding this firm, Rob served as a partner at a mid-size national law firm for 15 years. While there, Rob built and sustained long-term client relationships, developing strategies to advance their short and long-term goals, and handled a number of high profile and large exposure cases. Rob started his legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the General Litigation Division of the New York City Law Department. In that capacity, Rob gained valuable experience while defending the City in a broad range of claims alleging federal civil rights violations and employment discrimination.

Rob is an active volunteer within his community. He has served as vice president of his town’s travel soccer league and as the assistant coach and team manager for FC Somers Galaxy. Additionally, Rob is an avid supporter of the PACE Women’s Justice Center and has served on the dinner committee for its annual gala. Rob is an enthusiastic and dedicated fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.



Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Construction Law
  • Excess Insurance Coverage and Monitoring
  • General Liability
  • Insurance Coverage and Counseling
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Torts

Honors

Super Lawyers®, 2014-2016, 2010

Professional Activities

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member
  • Pace Women’s Justice Center, Dinner Committee
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • Westchester County Bar Association, Member
  • Justice Brandeis Westchester Law Society, Member
  • USLAW Network, (2003-2017)

Decisions

Sandals v. Shemtov, 2016 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 2514, 2016 NY Slip Op 02637, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department (2016)