From its beginnings, CFO has been engaged in the defense of insurance claims filed against a diverse range of business entities…


CFO has developed one of the most highly respected Insurance Law Departments in New York and is currently retained by a wide…


CFO has significant experience successfully defending Professional Liability claims on behalf of a variety of clients…


The depth and strength of the CFO’s appellate practice are widely known and respected. Our skill, legal research and…


CFO is recognized as one of the New York’s premier civil defense litigation firms in the New York Metropolitan area.

Founded in 1977 by Alan E. Congdon, CFO has grown substantially with a staff now consisting of 22 attorneys as well as a significant support staff of 18 and 4 skilled paralegals. We have carefully managed our growth to make sure our attorneys provide our clients with the best possible resolution in the most cost effective manner.

From its beginning, CFO has focused primarily in defense litigation, working with the insurance industry in handling all phases of civil and commercial litigation in both the Federal and State Courts of New York. CFO has represented some the largest corporations, public sector entities as well as foreign entities. Our expertise is broad, including complex labor law and construction site accident cases, products liability, premises liability, general liability, municipal and school liability, dram shop liability, civil rights, automobile negligence and insurance coverage disputes.

In defending public sector entities, CFO has been involved in hundreds of cases involving public education including complex and diverse civil rights cases, athletic participation cases and child abuse and molestation cases.

In its role as coordinating counsel, CFO has been involved in some of the largest environmental cases, handled the defense under wrap-up policies for insurance companies that have insured some of the largest and most complex construction projects in the country, including the construction of the Shoreham Nuclear Plant.

In addition to civil tort litigation, CFO has been recognized for its role in representing insurance companies in policy drafting and interpretation and regulatory matters. It has acted as coordinating counsel with those companies participating in their internal claims and litigation review committees. CFO has defended local government and participated in their risk management protocols and other forms of risk mitigation.

Our attorneys are in court everyday defending claims from inception through the appellate process. Whether a case is disposed of by motion practice, verdict or appeal, or resolved by mediation or settlement, CFO works closely with our clients in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.

CFO has played an instrumental role in the formation of some of the most successful property and casualty insurance companies and alternative risk financing alternative vehicles.

CFO prides itself in maintaining long-standing relationships with clients based on a reputation of excellence and our policy to always be available for them. Some of those relationships date back to the firm’s creation.

At CFO, we utilize a team concept to defend cases requiring specialized technical knowledge and expertise.   This enables us to provide our clients with effective representation, utilizing attorneys with appropriate expertise and experience.   It also enables us to assign attorneys to each clients, ensuring a solid and personal line of communication.   Our attorneys are always available for consultation.

We provide our clients with all appropriate options relative to settlement, trial or alternative dispute resolution.    This ensures that our clients are in the best position to make the correct decisions at any given time over the course of a lawsuit.   We are committed to providing our clients with competent, efficient and cost-effective representation, with a focus on building the best possible defense.


We welcome your inquiries. Please contact us to discuss further how CFO might help in your defense.

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