Shayne, Dachs, Sauer & Dachs, LLP

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Firm Overview

Now in its sixth decade of serving clients on Long Island and in the New York Metropolitan Area

Based in Mineola, New York, the law firm of Shayne, Dachs, Sauer & Dachs, LLP was established in 1955, making it one of the oldest and most venerable firms in the state. During the ensuing 59 years, the firm and its individual partners have fought for the rights of injured clients in Nassau and Suffolk counties, the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island), and Westchester and Rockland counties. We work aggressively, tenaciously, skillfully, and successfully, obtaining for clients the greatest possible measure of justice, compensation, and peace of mind. Our practice covers nearly all aspects of injury and negligence law, most notably the following:

-Personal injury law
-Medical malpractice law
-Insurance law

In addition, the firm's unparalleled Appeals Department has a success rate that far exceeds the norm.

Our lawyers average 40 years and our support staff averages 36 years of legal experience

Shayne, Dachs is a uniquely constructed law firm, consisting of only partners and no junior associates. Our lawyers have been practicing for a minimum of 30 years, and as much as 60 years. Indeed, our four attorneys have a combined 160 years of experience! Our support staffparalegals and legal assistantshave all been with the firm for between 30 years and 45 years. This remarkable degree of longevity and continuity guarantees that no matter who handles your case, you receive highly experienced and knowledgeable legal representation and attention.

During our many years of practice, the members of our firm have all excelled and earned outstanding reputations and the profound respect of their peers and judges. It is for that reason that we have become known as "lawyers' lawyers" or "counsel to the profession." Each of the attorneys in the firm has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed RatingsSM, representing the highest standards of legal ability and professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. Indeed, we are honored to be listed among the most distinguished law practices in the country in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in four separate categories:

-Personal injury
-Medical malpractice
-Insurance law
-Appellate practice

In addition, each of the attorneys in the firm has been named and recognized among "Long Island's Top Legal Eagles" (Personal Injury Law) by Long Island Pulse Magazine, and two of the attorneys have been named to New York Metro Super Lawyers, a recognition accorded to only the top 5% of attorneys in the State. All of our attorneys are and have been extremely active in lecturing, teaching, and writing about various topics related to personal injury, medical malpractice, insurance law, and appellate practice. Indeed, we were the first law firm to be assigned a regular featured column in the New York Law Journal in 1973, a column on Insurance Law that is still featured in the Law Journal today -- a distinction that celebrates our longevity, reputation and commitment to excellence.

Experience, dedication, results

Experience counts. Dedication, skill, hard work, tenacity, and excellence matter. These are the ingredients that distinguish Shayne, Dachs, Sauer & Dachs, LLP and make it the prominent and formidable firm that it is, and assure you that our representation is of the highest standards of quality and service. We are deeply committed to helping our clients receive the greatest degree of justice and compensation possible.

If you or a loved one, friend, or acquaintance has been injured or is involved in a dispute over insurance coverage and needs the assistance of an experienced attorney, call us at (516) 747-1100 or toll-free at (866) 353-7918, or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to the opportunity to assist you in promptly and efficiently resolving your personal injury, medical malpractice, and/or insurance law matter with the competence, care, and concern that has earned us our excellent reputation in the legal community and with our many satisfied clients. Allow us to put our experience and expertise to work for you!
Main Office

Main Office
114 Old Country Road, Suite 410, The Lever Building
Mineola  NY  11501

Phone
  • 516-747-1100
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Auto Accident
Long Island Insurance Law firm resolving insurance coverage disputes for our clients for more than half a century
Although insurance companies like to portray themselves as good friends, neighbors, and helping hands, there are many times when the relationship between the insurance company and its insureds becomes adversarial. Insurers are armed with various defenses to coverage that they may invoke in certain circumstances, thus effectively vitiating the coverage paid for by the insured. In such instances, it is critically important to know and understand the "rules of the game" and how to combat those defenses in order to preserve and/or maximize the available insurance coverage. The fight for insurance coverage may be to the benefit not only of the insureds, but also to injured parties seeking compensation from the insureds.

The Mineola, Long Island law firm of Shayne, Dachs, Sauer & Dachs, LLP has successfully represented injured parties and insureds in insurance coverage disputes-- either at the pre-lawsuit stage or as a result of litigation, such as declaratory judgment actions or direct actions against insurance companies--for the past 59 years. As authors, columnists, commentators, and lecturers on insurance law, our opinions and expertise in these areas are highly respected and well-accepted. We know how to fight to get the most insurance coverage and benefits possible for our clients. We handle such insurance cases on Long Island and throughout the New York Metropolitan area (Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the five boroughs of New York City [Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island], Westchester and Rockland Counties.

In addition, we "wrote the book," as they say, on Uninsured and Under-insured Motorists coverage, our partners having authored the seminal treatises and articles pertaining to that particular form of insurance coverage. Thus, we are highly experienced and skillful at handling claims involving Uninsured and Under-insured motorists coverage, whether in arbitration or litigation.

We are highly experienced and proficient in handling many types of insurance cases, including:

-Automobile Insurance
-Property and Casualty insurance
-First-party insurance claims
-No-Fault insurance
-Actions against Agents or Brokers
-Life Insurance
-Accident insurance
-Excess and Umbrella Insurance
-Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims
-Insurer Bad Faith
-Insurance Coverage Litigation
-Subrogation
-Insurance appeals


For more information on insurance claims, visit the Lectures and Articles and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pages on this website.
Personal Injury
Long Island Personal Injury law firm helping injured New Yorkers obtain compensation for more than half a century
Personal injuries affect people's lives in many ways. A car crash or slip and fall can render those involved unable to work. A fall from a ladder or scaffold may cause devastating damage. Obstetrical malpractice can result in a birth injury to the baby or injury to the mother.

No matter what type of injury is involved, the highly experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at Shayne, Dachs, Sauer & Dachs, LLP can be counted on to do their best to earn justice and fair compensation for their clients on Long Island and throughout the New York Metropolitan area (Nassau and Suuffolk Counties, the five boroughs of New York City [Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island], Westchester and Rockland Counties).

Personal injury claims

Personal injury law involves injuries that result from another party's negligence or wrongdoing. There are many causes and types of injuries. The lawyers at Shayne, Dachs, Sauer & Dachs, LLP have extensive experience handling various types of personal injury claims, including the following:

-Motor vehicle (Automobile/Car) accidents
-Motorcycle accidents
-Bicycle accidents
-Pedestrian accidents
-Construction accidents
-Slip and fall accidents
-Premises liability
-Medical malpractice
-Surgical errors and complications
-Birth injuries
-Erb's Palsy
-Failure to diagnose cancer
-Hospital negligence
-Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
-Products liability/defective products
-On-the-job injuries
-Animal attacks and dog bites
-Assault and battery
-Wrongful death
-Construction accidents
-Nursing home abuse/neglect
-Boating accidents
-Train accidents
-Dental malpractice
-Legal malpractice
-Personal Injury Appeals

For more information on personal injury claims, visit the Lectures and Articles and Frequently Asked Questions pages on this website.
Product Liability
Long Island Insurance Law firm resolving insurance coverage disputes for our clients for more than half a century
Although insurance companies like to portray themselves as good friends, neighbors, and helping hands, there are many times when the relationship between the insurance company and its insureds becomes adversarial. Insurers are armed with various defenses to coverage that they may invoke in certain circumstances, thus effectively vitiating the coverage paid for by the insured. In such instances, it is critically important to know and understand the "rules of the game" and how to combat those defenses in order to preserve and/or maximize the available insurance coverage. The fight for insurance coverage may be to the benefit not only of the insureds, but also to injured parties seeking compensation from the insureds.

The Mineola, Long Island law firm of Shayne, Dachs, Sauer & Dachs, LLP has successfully represented injured parties and insureds in insurance coverage disputes-- either at the pre-lawsuit stage or as a result of litigation, such as declaratory judgment actions or direct actions against insurance companies--for the past 59 years. As authors, columnists, commentators, and lecturers on insurance law, our opinions and expertise in these areas are highly respected and well-accepted. We know how to fight to get the most insurance coverage and benefits possible for our clients. We handle such insurance cases on Long Island and throughout the New York Metropolitan area (Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the five boroughs of New York City [Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island], Westchester and Rockland Counties.

In addition, we "wrote the book," as they say, on Uninsured and Under-insured Motorists coverage, our partners having authored the seminal treatises and articles pertaining to that particular form of insurance coverage. Thus, we are highly experienced and skillful at handling claims involving Uninsured and Under-insured motorists coverage, whether in arbitration or litigation.

We are highly experienced and proficient in handling many types of insurance cases, including:

-Automobile Insurance
-Property and Casualty insurance
-First-party insurance claims
-No-Fault insurance
-Actions against Agents or Brokers
-Life Insurance
-Accident insurance
-Excess and Umbrella Insurance
-Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims
-Insurer Bad Faith
-Insurance Coverage Litigation
-Subrogation
-Insurance appeals
Wrongful Death
The law office of Shayne, Dachs, Sauer & Dachs, LLP will represent your wrongful death legal matters.
The law office of Shayne, Dachs, Sauer & Dachs, LLP will represent your wrongful death legal matters.

Jonathan Dachs

Jonathan A. Dachs is considered one of the leading authorities on insurance law and appellate practice (among other areas) in New York. A graduate of Columbia College of Columbia University (1980) and the New York University Law School (1983), he is admitted to practice before all New York state courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States district courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He joined Shayne, Dachs in 1987, after spending the initial three years of his legal career at the distinguished New York City firm of Chadbourne & Parke.

Mr. Dachs is a member of the Nassau County and New York State Bar Associations, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He was the 1995 recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the New York State Bar Association's Tort Insurance & Compensation Law Section.

He has lectured frequently on such topics as Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists insurance, Dram Shop liability, legal writing, civil practice, and appellate practice before such groups as:

-American Arbitration Association
-New York State Bar Association
-New York State Trial Lawyers Association
-Bar Association of Nassau County
-Suffolk County Bar Association
-Brooklyn Bar Association
-Queens Bar Association
-St. John's Law School

Mr. Dachs has taught seminars on Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist insurance to Supreme Court and Civil Court judges from all parts of the State at judicial seminars and conferences, and has prepared the written training materials on that topic for judicial seminars for Appellate Term judges.

A prolific writer, he is co-author of a regular column in the New York Law Journal on insurance and no-fault law and the author of a chapter entitled "Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Protection," which appears in New York Insurance Law (LexisNexis/Matthew Bender & Co., Inc.), supplemented annually. He has also authored a chapter entitled "Uninsured Motorist (UM), Underinsured Motorist (UIM), and Supplementary Uninsured Motorist (SUM) Coverage in New YorkPre and Post-Regulation 35-D," which appears in Weitz on Automobile Litigation & The No-Fault Handbook (NYSTLI). From November 1989 to November 1992, he served as co-editor-in-chief of the New York Negligence Reporter, published by Matthew Bender, and he has for the past several years been a regular contributor to the New York State Bar Association's Trial Lawyers Section Digest.

In addition to the extensive collection of articles he has co-authored in the New York Law Journal, Mr. Dachs has authored many other published articles, including annual reviews of uninsured, underinsured and supplementary uninsured motorist case law in the New York State Bar Journal since 1994, as well as numerous articles that have appeared in the New York Negligence Reporter, Trial Lawyers Quarterly, and Trial Lawyers Section Digest.

Jonathan Dachs is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review RatingsSM, the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. In addition, Mr. Dachs was recently named and recognized among "Long Island's Top Legal Eagles" (Personal Injury Law) by Long Island Pulse Magazine , and has been designated a New York Metro "Super Lawyer" (Appellate Practice), as one of the top 5% of attorneys in the New York Metropolitan area.

Practice areas:
-Personal injury
-Insurance law/coverage claims
-Appeals
-Uninsured/underinsured motorists coverage
-Civil litigation
-Arbitration and mediation

Norman H. Dachs

Norman H. Dachs is a founding partner of the firm. Presently in his 60th year of practice, having graduated from Brooklyn Law School at the early age of 21, Mr. Dachs is admitted to practice before all New York state courts and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Universally recognized as a premier authority on all aspects of personal injury, medical malpractice and insurance law, Mr. Dachs was one of the original featured columnists for the New York Law Journal, and has co-authored the "Insurance and No-Fault Law" and "Insurance Law" articles since 1973. In addition, he has been a contributing author to many books, including Schwartz, Louis E., Trial of Automobile Accident Cases (Matthew Bender, 1958); Making a Personal Injury Practice Profitable (PLI, 1972); and No-Fault and Uninsured Motorist Automobile Insurance (Matthew Bender 1984). He has also served as co-editor of several legal publications, to which he also contributed lead articles, including Course Handbook, "Art of Evaluating Personal Injury Cases" (PLI, 1972); the New York State Bar Association's "Trial Lawyers Section Digest" (19891993) and the New York Negligence Reporter (Matthew Bender, 1989-1993).

In 1978, Mr. Dachs was selected by the Superintendent of Insurance of the State of New York to be one of the original American Arbitration Association No-Fault Master Arbitrators, a capacity in which he still serves. He has also served as a Special Professor of Law at the Hofstra Law School.

A highly skilled appellate advocate, Mr. Dachs has been involved in some of the most well-known, important and widely-cited cases in New York's legal history, including the following:

-Seider v. Roth
-Figliomeni v. Bd. of Ed. of City of New York
-Lalomia v. Bankers & Shippers Ins. Co.
-Heitner v. GEICO
-Nicastro v. Park

He has lectured extensively at the following:
-American Arbitration Association
-New York State Trial Lawyers Association
-Nassau County Bar Association
-Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association
-Association of the Bar of the City of New York
-Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters

He has also lectured at judicial seminars and various individual insurance company seminars on all areas of personal injury and liability insurance law, including no-fault, and uninsured and underinsured motorists coverage.

Mr. Dachs is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review RatingsSM, the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. Indeed, Mr. Dachs has recently been specially recognized by Martindale-Hubbell for having achieved an AV rating for over 35 years. In addition, Mr. Dachs was recently named and recognized among "Long Island's Top Legal Eagles" (Personal Injury Law) by Long Island Pulse Magazine .

Practice areas:
-Personal injury
-Medical malpractice
-Civil litigation
-Insurance law/coverage claims
-Arbitration and mediation
-Appeals
-Uninsured/underinsured motorists coverage

Brian J. Sauer

Brian J. Sauer is a magna cum laude graduate of C.W. Post College (LIU) and a graduate of New York Law School (1978). After three years at the firm of legendary attorneys F. Lee Bailey and Aaron J. Broder, he went on to practice for five years at one of Long Island's largest and most prestigious defense firms before joining Shayne, Dachs in 1984.

Mr. Sauer has been an arbitrator with the Nassau County Supreme Court Early Neutral Evaluation System, Nassau County District Court system, and the American Arbitration Association. He is a member of the Bar Association of Nassau County, the New York State and American Bar Associations, the Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association (chairman 20012002), and a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. He has also lectured extensively for the New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations on civil lawsuits in general and labor law actions specifically, as well as on radio, TV, and before legal and civic groups and local high schools on various topics including "InsuranceWhat You Should Know," "How to Choose an Attorney," "How to Handle a Personal Injury LawsuitDiscovery Through Trial," and such additional topics as evidence and damages in personal injury lawsuits.

Mr. Sauer has also been a moot court judge and member of the mentor program for the Nassau County Bar Association. He was a member of the Trial Advocacy Institute Program at Touro Law School. He has also qualified as an expert witness in the Supreme Court of the State of New York in jury trials involving questions of labor law and the Civil Practice Law and Rules. He is also counsel to the Cold Spring Hills and Heights Civic Association and a Park Steward in the Town of Huntington, NY.

Mr. Sauer is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review RatingsSM, the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. ability and ethics. He has also recently been named and recognized as among "Long Island's Top Legal Eagles" (Personal Injury Law) by Long Island Pulse Magazine.

Practice areas:
-Personal injury
-Insurance law
-Uninsured/underinsured motorists coverage
-Professional liability
-Arbitration and mediation

Kenneth J. Landau

Kenneth J. Landau is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science (1973), Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) (1977) and Buffalo Law School (1980), and has been with Shayne, Dachs, Sauer & Dachs, LLP since 1982. A member of the Nassau County and New York State Bar Associations, he has served as past dean of the Nassau Academy of Law, overseeing continuing legal education programs for lawyers associated with the Nassau County Bar Association, the largest suburban bar association in the country. He has also moderated, chaired, and lectured at various programs on professional ethics, negligence law, and law office management, and is a two-time recipient of the President's Award for outstanding contributions to the Bar Association. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer to community and professional organizations on such topics as "Anatomy of A Lawsuit," "Choosing and Using A Lawyer," "Protecting Yourself If You Have An Accident," and "Give Yourself An Insurance Checkup." Mr. Landau is also a past president of the Jewish Lawyers Association of Nassau County, Inc.

Mr. Landau is also a frequent contributor and author of a series of articles entitled "Negligence Corner" in The Nassau Lawyer, and is the host of a weekly radio show called "Law You Should Know" (WHPC 90.3 FM), broadcast every Monday at 4:00 pm, Tuesday at 12:00 pm, Sunday at 7:00 am, or at itunes.ncc.edu.

Mr. Landau is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review RatingsSM, the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. In addition, Mr. Landau was recently named and recognized among "Long Island's Top Legal Eagles" (Personal Injury Law) by Long Island Pulse Magazine .

Practice areas:
-Personal injury
-Medical malpractice
-Trial practice
-Appeals
-Insurance law
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