Hitchcock & Cummings LLP

Hitchcock & Cummings LLP

Hitchcock and Cummings LLP is a law firm with specialized skills and extensive experience in two significant areas of practice: defending claims against professionals and servicing the business needs of the insurance industry

Hitchcock & Cummings LLP

Hitchcock & Cummings LLP

Hitchcock and Cummings LLP is a law firm with specialized skills and extensive experience in two significant areas of practice: defending claims against professionals and servicing the business needs of the insurance industry

Firm Overview

Our litigation practice focuses on defending professionals such as attorneys, accountants, actuaries, insurance representatives and other licensed professionals. Chris Hitchcock leads this practice with over 25 years of experience defending professionals and representing businesses ranging from large public corporations to small private firms. Chris has also represented real estate entities for many years in construction claims and disputes, insurance coverage matters and claims brought against cooperatives and condominiums.

Our business practice is headed by Terry Cummings, a nationally recognized expert with over 20 years in licensing, regulatory matters and corporate transactions for the insurance and reinsurance industries. In addition, our experience advising risk purchasing groups is unmatched by any other law firm.

With substantial integration between our principal practice areas, we are well suited to handle complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage litigation, commercial and reinsurance arbitrations and other areas of dispute resolution.

Our partners personally supervise all client matters and employ associates with strong writing, research and people skills. Hitchcock & Cummings LLP is delighted to offer the depth of our experience and creative problem solving to businesses of all sizes.

Main Office

Main Office
120 West 45th, Suite 405
New York, NY 10036

Phone

212-688-3025

Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
Christopher Hitchcock

Christopher Hitchcock has thirty years of experience as a litigation lawyer in New York's federal, state and appellate courts. Chris has extensive experience in the areas of commercial litigation, professional malpractice, construction litigation, employment litigation and insurance coverage. He is a leading authority on legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims, partnership disputes and dissolutions, and ethics questions involving law firms. He is also an advisor to real estate entities and contractors regarding their insurance programs. Significant representations include:
Defense verdict following eight week trial of wrongful termination claims by contractor against not-for-profit school;
Dismissal of multiple law suits against law firm in connection with allegations arising out of the settlement of pharmaceutical litigation;
Successful representation of reinsurer prosecuting fraud and RICO claims;
Dismissal of legal malpractice action arising from underlying lawsuit claiming catastrophic injuries;
Dismissal of claims by liquidator of hedge fund against not-for-profit to recover alleged overpayment of investment;
Ongoing representation of administrator of workers' compensation trusts in multiple class actions;
Successful representation of not-for-profit in action for professional negligence and breach of contract against health insurance administrator.

In his defense of professional liability claims, Chris has represented more than 100 law firms in the New York metropolitan area. He also has had extensive experience in other complex litigation matters throughout his career.

Education

Washington University School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1979

Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
Christopher Hitchcock

Christopher Hitchcock has thirty years of experience as a litigation lawyer in New York's federal, state and appellate courts. Chris has extensive experience in the areas of commercial litigation, professional malpractice, construction litigation, employment litigation and insurance coverage. He is a leading authority on legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims, partnership disputes and dissolutions, and ethics questions involving law firms. He is also an advisor to real estate entities and contractors regarding their insurance programs. Significant representations include:
Defense verdict following eight week trial of wrongful termination claims by contractor against not-for-profit school;
Dismissal of multiple law suits against law firm in connection with allegations arising out of the settlement of pharmaceutical litigation;
Successful representation of reinsurer prosecuting fraud and RICO claims;
Dismissal of legal malpractice action arising from underlying lawsuit claiming catastrophic injuries;
Dismissal of claims by liquidator of hedge fund against not-for-profit to recover alleged overpayment of investment;
Ongoing representation of administrator of workers' compensation trusts in multiple class actions;
Successful representation of not-for-profit in action for professional negligence and breach of contract against health insurance administrator.

In his defense of professional liability claims, Chris has represented more than 100 law firms in the New York metropolitan area. He also has had extensive experience in other complex litigation matters throughout his career.

Education

Washington University School of Law Juris Doctorate, 1979


Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
Terry Cummings

Terry Cummings has a reputation as a highly experienced lawyer in the field of insurance regulation; her practice involves representing clients before insurance regulatory agencies, and in particular the New York Insurance Department. Although insurance regulatory issues are a major focus of her practice, she also has considerable experience as a litigation lawyer. For over 25 years, Terry has represented small, medium sized, and large organizations with business interests in the insurance and reinsurance industries. These include property/casualty insurers, life, and accident & health insurance companies, reinsurers, intermediaries, managing general agencies, insurance producers of every description, as well as policyholders. The breadth and depth of Terry's experience with the U.S insurance industry since 1982 makes her unique among lawyers who practice commercial insurance law. The types of matters that Terry routinely handles include:

-Representing licensees before the New York Department of Insurance involving all areas of compliance;
-Formation and licensure of new insurance agencies/producers;
-Formation and licensure of new insurance carriers;
-Formation of Risk Retention Groups;
-Formation of Risk Purchasing Groups;
-Designing captive insurance programs;
-Drafting insurance policies and reinsurance agreements;
-Professional liability issues for various professionals, including medical malpractice issues;
-Insurance coverage disputes.

Terry's career began in the 1970s at one of the United Kingdom's largest insurance conglomerates. After three years working in an underwriting and sales environment, Terry attended the London School of Economics and Political Science to read law. After graduating with a bachelor of laws degree (LLB) in 1979, Terry moved to the U.S. and worked as a litigation paralegal for one of the country's leading law firms.

Terry was admitted to practice law in New York in March. 1982. Following admission, Terry was an "in-house" litigation attorney at one of the nation's largest life insurance companies, and since 1985 has been engaged in the private practice of law at three major firms prior to founding Hitchcock & Cummings LLP with Christopher Hitchcock in February, 2007.

Education

University of London
LL.B., 1979

Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
Terry Cummings

Terry Cummings has a reputation as a highly experienced lawyer in the field of insurance regulation; her practice involves representing clients before insurance regulatory agencies, and in particular the New York Insurance Department. Although insurance regulatory issues are a major focus of her practice, she also has considerable experience as a litigation lawyer. For over 25 years, Terry has represented small, medium sized, and large organizations with business interests in the insurance and reinsurance industries. These include property/casualty insurers, life, and accident & health insurance companies, reinsurers, intermediaries, managing general agencies, insurance producers of every description, as well as policyholders. The breadth and depth of Terry's experience with the U.S insurance industry since 1982 makes her unique among lawyers who practice commercial insurance law. The types of matters that Terry routinely handles include:

-Representing licensees before the New York Department of Insurance involving all areas of compliance;
-Formation and licensure of new insurance agencies/producers;
-Formation and licensure of new insurance carriers;
-Formation of Risk Retention Groups;
-Formation of Risk Purchasing Groups;
-Designing captive insurance programs;
-Drafting insurance policies and reinsurance agreements;
-Professional liability issues for various professionals, including medical malpractice issues;
-Insurance coverage disputes.

Terry's career began in the 1970s at one of the United Kingdom's largest insurance conglomerates. After three years working in an underwriting and sales environment, Terry attended the London School of Economics and Political Science to read law. After graduating with a bachelor of laws degree (LLB) in 1979, Terry moved to the U.S. and worked as a litigation paralegal for one of the country's leading law firms.

Terry was admitted to practice law in New York in March. 1982. Following admission, Terry was an "in-house" litigation attorney at one of the nation's largest life insurance companies, and since 1985 has been engaged in the private practice of law at three major firms prior to founding Hitchcock & Cummings LLP with Christopher Hitchcock in February, 2007.

Education

University of London LL.B., 1979


Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
John W. Hanson

John Hanson has significant experience as a litigation attorney in New York's federal, state and appellate courts. Specifically, John's litigation experience includes legal and medical malpractice, construction accidents, commercial disputes, premises liability and fair debt collection practices.

Some of John's successes include:
-Dismissal of legal malpractice claims against an attorney stemming from the drafting and filing of various loan documents;
-Dismissal of New York State Labor Law and negligence claims against an apartment building owner stemming from personal injuries sustained by a construction worker;
-Dismissal of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims against a corporation stemming from the collection of debts owed by a consumer;
-Dismissal of negligence claims against apartment building owner stemming from personal injuries sustained by a tenant;
-Dismissal of negligence claims against a commercial building owner stemming from personal injuries sustained by an employee who worked at the building; and
-Obtained indemnification from elevator maintenance company for a claim stemming from personal injuries sustained by a tenant of the building.

Education

Hofstra University
Juris Doctorate, 2005

Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
John W. Hanson

John Hanson has significant experience as a litigation attorney in New York's federal, state and appellate courts. Specifically, John's litigation experience includes legal and medical malpractice, construction accidents, commercial disputes, premises liability and fair debt collection practices.

Some of John's successes include:
-Dismissal of legal malpractice claims against an attorney stemming from the drafting and filing of various loan documents;
-Dismissal of New York State Labor Law and negligence claims against an apartment building owner stemming from personal injuries sustained by a construction worker;
-Dismissal of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims against a corporation stemming from the collection of debts owed by a consumer;
-Dismissal of negligence claims against apartment building owner stemming from personal injuries sustained by a tenant;
-Dismissal of negligence claims against a commercial building owner stemming from personal injuries sustained by an employee who worked at the building; and
-Obtained indemnification from elevator maintenance company for a claim stemming from personal injuries sustained by a tenant of the building.

Education

Hofstra University Juris Doctorate, 2005


Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
Rebekah Yanni

Areas of Practice
-Insurance Defense
-Commercial Litigation

Education
-Gettysburg College (B.A. 2003)
-Hofstra University (J.D. 2007).

Bar Admissions
-New York State 2008

Education

Hofstra University
Juris Doctorate, 2007

Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
Rebekah Yanni

Areas of Practice
-Insurance Defense
-Commercial Litigation

Education
-Gettysburg College (B.A. 2003)
-Hofstra University (J.D. 2007).

Bar Admissions
-New York State 2008

Education

Hofstra University Juris Doctorate, 2007


Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
Peter C. Maloff

Areas of Practice
-Corporate Commercial Law

Education
-Amherst College (B.A. 1975)
-New York University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1979).

Bar Admissions
-New York State 1980

Education

New York University School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1979

Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
Peter C. Maloff

Areas of Practice
-Corporate Commercial Law

Education
-Amherst College (B.A. 1975)
-New York University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1979).

Bar Admissions
-New York State 1980

Education

New York University School of Law Juris Doctorate, 1979


Firm Overview

Our litigation practice focuses on defending professionals such as attorneys, accountants, actuaries, insurance representatives and other licensed professionals. Chris Hitchcock leads this practice with over 25 years of experience defending professionals and representing businesses ranging from large public corporations to small private firms. Chris has also represented real estate entities for many years in construction claims and disputes, insurance coverage matters and claims brought against cooperatives and condominiums.

Our business practice is headed by Terry Cummings, a nationally recognized expert with over 20 years in licensing, regulatory matters and corporate transactions for the insurance and reinsurance industries. In addition, our experience advising risk purchasing groups is unmatched by any other law firm.

With substantial integration between our principal practice areas, we are well suited to handle complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage litigation, commercial and reinsurance arbitrations and other areas of dispute resolution.

Our partners personally supervise all client matters and employ associates with strong writing, research and people skills. Hitchcock & Cummings LLP is delighted to offer the depth of our experience and creative problem solving to businesses of all sizes.

Main Office

Main Office
120 West 45th, Suite 405
New York, NY 10036

Phone

212-688-3025

Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
Christopher Hitchcock

Christopher Hitchcock has thirty years of experience as a litigation lawyer in New York's federal, state and appellate courts. Chris has extensive experience in the areas of commercial litigation, professional malpractice, construction litigation, employment litigation and insurance coverage. He is a leading authority on legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims, partnership disputes and dissolutions, and ethics questions involving law firms. He is also an advisor to real estate entities and contractors regarding their insurance programs. Significant representations include:
Defense verdict following eight week trial of wrongful termination claims by contractor against not-for-profit school;
Dismissal of multiple law suits against law firm in connection with allegations arising out of the settlement of pharmaceutical litigation;
Successful representation of reinsurer prosecuting fraud and RICO claims;
Dismissal of legal malpractice action arising from underlying lawsuit claiming catastrophic injuries;
Dismissal of claims by liquidator of hedge fund against not-for-profit to recover alleged overpayment of investment;
Ongoing representation of administrator of workers' compensation trusts in multiple class actions;
Successful representation of not-for-profit in action for professional negligence and breach of contract against health insurance administrator.

In his defense of professional liability claims, Chris has represented more than 100 law firms in the New York metropolitan area. He also has had extensive experience in other complex litigation matters throughout his career.

Education

Washington University School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1979

Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
Christopher Hitchcock

Christopher Hitchcock has thirty years of experience as a litigation lawyer in New York's federal, state and appellate courts. Chris has extensive experience in the areas of commercial litigation, professional malpractice, construction litigation, employment litigation and insurance coverage. He is a leading authority on legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims, partnership disputes and dissolutions, and ethics questions involving law firms. He is also an advisor to real estate entities and contractors regarding their insurance programs. Significant representations include:
Defense verdict following eight week trial of wrongful termination claims by contractor against not-for-profit school;
Dismissal of multiple law suits against law firm in connection with allegations arising out of the settlement of pharmaceutical litigation;
Successful representation of reinsurer prosecuting fraud and RICO claims;
Dismissal of legal malpractice action arising from underlying lawsuit claiming catastrophic injuries;
Dismissal of claims by liquidator of hedge fund against not-for-profit to recover alleged overpayment of investment;
Ongoing representation of administrator of workers' compensation trusts in multiple class actions;
Successful representation of not-for-profit in action for professional negligence and breach of contract against health insurance administrator.

In his defense of professional liability claims, Chris has represented more than 100 law firms in the New York metropolitan area. He also has had extensive experience in other complex litigation matters throughout his career.

Education

Washington University School of Law Juris Doctorate, 1979


Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
Terry Cummings

Terry Cummings has a reputation as a highly experienced lawyer in the field of insurance regulation; her practice involves representing clients before insurance regulatory agencies, and in particular the New York Insurance Department. Although insurance regulatory issues are a major focus of her practice, she also has considerable experience as a litigation lawyer. For over 25 years, Terry has represented small, medium sized, and large organizations with business interests in the insurance and reinsurance industries. These include property/casualty insurers, life, and accident & health insurance companies, reinsurers, intermediaries, managing general agencies, insurance producers of every description, as well as policyholders. The breadth and depth of Terry's experience with the U.S insurance industry since 1982 makes her unique among lawyers who practice commercial insurance law. The types of matters that Terry routinely handles include:

-Representing licensees before the New York Department of Insurance involving all areas of compliance;
-Formation and licensure of new insurance agencies/producers;
-Formation and licensure of new insurance carriers;
-Formation of Risk Retention Groups;
-Formation of Risk Purchasing Groups;
-Designing captive insurance programs;
-Drafting insurance policies and reinsurance agreements;
-Professional liability issues for various professionals, including medical malpractice issues;
-Insurance coverage disputes.

Terry's career began in the 1970s at one of the United Kingdom's largest insurance conglomerates. After three years working in an underwriting and sales environment, Terry attended the London School of Economics and Political Science to read law. After graduating with a bachelor of laws degree (LLB) in 1979, Terry moved to the U.S. and worked as a litigation paralegal for one of the country's leading law firms.

Terry was admitted to practice law in New York in March. 1982. Following admission, Terry was an "in-house" litigation attorney at one of the nation's largest life insurance companies, and since 1985 has been engaged in the private practice of law at three major firms prior to founding Hitchcock & Cummings LLP with Christopher Hitchcock in February, 2007.

Education

University of London
LL.B., 1979

Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
Terry Cummings

Terry Cummings has a reputation as a highly experienced lawyer in the field of insurance regulation; her practice involves representing clients before insurance regulatory agencies, and in particular the New York Insurance Department. Although insurance regulatory issues are a major focus of her practice, she also has considerable experience as a litigation lawyer. For over 25 years, Terry has represented small, medium sized, and large organizations with business interests in the insurance and reinsurance industries. These include property/casualty insurers, life, and accident & health insurance companies, reinsurers, intermediaries, managing general agencies, insurance producers of every description, as well as policyholders. The breadth and depth of Terry's experience with the U.S insurance industry since 1982 makes her unique among lawyers who practice commercial insurance law. The types of matters that Terry routinely handles include:

-Representing licensees before the New York Department of Insurance involving all areas of compliance;
-Formation and licensure of new insurance agencies/producers;
-Formation and licensure of new insurance carriers;
-Formation of Risk Retention Groups;
-Formation of Risk Purchasing Groups;
-Designing captive insurance programs;
-Drafting insurance policies and reinsurance agreements;
-Professional liability issues for various professionals, including medical malpractice issues;
-Insurance coverage disputes.

Terry's career began in the 1970s at one of the United Kingdom's largest insurance conglomerates. After three years working in an underwriting and sales environment, Terry attended the London School of Economics and Political Science to read law. After graduating with a bachelor of laws degree (LLB) in 1979, Terry moved to the U.S. and worked as a litigation paralegal for one of the country's leading law firms.

Terry was admitted to practice law in New York in March. 1982. Following admission, Terry was an "in-house" litigation attorney at one of the nation's largest life insurance companies, and since 1985 has been engaged in the private practice of law at three major firms prior to founding Hitchcock & Cummings LLP with Christopher Hitchcock in February, 2007.

Education

University of London LL.B., 1979


Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
John W. Hanson

John Hanson has significant experience as a litigation attorney in New York's federal, state and appellate courts. Specifically, John's litigation experience includes legal and medical malpractice, construction accidents, commercial disputes, premises liability and fair debt collection practices.

Some of John's successes include:
-Dismissal of legal malpractice claims against an attorney stemming from the drafting and filing of various loan documents;
-Dismissal of New York State Labor Law and negligence claims against an apartment building owner stemming from personal injuries sustained by a construction worker;
-Dismissal of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims against a corporation stemming from the collection of debts owed by a consumer;
-Dismissal of negligence claims against apartment building owner stemming from personal injuries sustained by a tenant;
-Dismissal of negligence claims against a commercial building owner stemming from personal injuries sustained by an employee who worked at the building; and
-Obtained indemnification from elevator maintenance company for a claim stemming from personal injuries sustained by a tenant of the building.

Education

Hofstra University
Juris Doctorate, 2005

Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
John W. Hanson

John Hanson has significant experience as a litigation attorney in New York's federal, state and appellate courts. Specifically, John's litigation experience includes legal and medical malpractice, construction accidents, commercial disputes, premises liability and fair debt collection practices.

Some of John's successes include:
-Dismissal of legal malpractice claims against an attorney stemming from the drafting and filing of various loan documents;
-Dismissal of New York State Labor Law and negligence claims against an apartment building owner stemming from personal injuries sustained by a construction worker;
-Dismissal of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims against a corporation stemming from the collection of debts owed by a consumer;
-Dismissal of negligence claims against apartment building owner stemming from personal injuries sustained by a tenant;
-Dismissal of negligence claims against a commercial building owner stemming from personal injuries sustained by an employee who worked at the building; and
-Obtained indemnification from elevator maintenance company for a claim stemming from personal injuries sustained by a tenant of the building.

Education

Hofstra University Juris Doctorate, 2005


Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
Rebekah Yanni

Areas of Practice
-Insurance Defense
-Commercial Litigation

Education
-Gettysburg College (B.A. 2003)
-Hofstra University (J.D. 2007).

Bar Admissions
-New York State 2008

Education

Hofstra University
Juris Doctorate, 2007

Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
Rebekah Yanni

Areas of Practice
-Insurance Defense
-Commercial Litigation

Education
-Gettysburg College (B.A. 2003)
-Hofstra University (J.D. 2007).

Bar Admissions
-New York State 2008

Education

Hofstra University Juris Doctorate, 2007


Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
Peter C. Maloff

Areas of Practice
-Corporate Commercial Law

Education
-Amherst College (B.A. 1975)
-New York University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1979).

Bar Admissions
-New York State 1980

Education

New York University School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1979

Hitchcock & Cummings LLP
Peter C. Maloff

Areas of Practice
-Corporate Commercial Law

Education
-Amherst College (B.A. 1975)
-New York University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1979).

Bar Admissions
-New York State 1980

Education

New York University School of Law Juris Doctorate, 1979


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