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CarolSnider

Partner

"I love what I do and feel amazingly fulfilled by the clients I have helped, the lawyers I've taught, and the profession I've chosen."

Overview

Biography

Carol is Barclay Damon’s Mass & Toxic Torts Practice Area chair and Women’s Forum co-chair. With over 35 years of legal experience, she primarily concentrates her practice on environmental-exposure litigation, mass tort litigation and multi-party suits, products liability, and general negligence.

Carol began her work in environmental law by becoming involved in over 600 actions related to Love Canal litigation. She has extensive experience with mass-tort actions and has represented individuals and businesses in federal and state court against allegations of personal injury and property damage arising from claims of chemical contamination of property. She has litigated thousands of claims for damages involving alleged asbestos exposure and has successfully tried these cases to conclusion.

Carol has served as defense liaison counsel in the NY Supreme Court for the Seventh and Eighth Judicial Districts for over 30 years and also serves as defense coordinating counsel in both jurisdictions.

Bar Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association, Local Coordinator and Products Liability and Discovery Faculty Member

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for a manufacturing client in an asbestos matter where the plaintiff sought to rely on inadmissible hearsay. The case decision is now routinely relied upon by defendants in NYS asbestos litigation. 
  • Conducted audits on behalf of carriers of claims files maintained by local counsel relative to improving case management and reducing defense and indemnification costs.
  • Defended a statewide municipal power authority in multiple mass- and toxic-tort cases arising from claims of property damage and personal injury.
  • Represented an international manufacturer and acted as regional trial counsel in the defense of hundreds of asbestos matters.
  • Appointed as court-designated defense coordinating counsel for hundreds of asbestos cases pending in Western New York.
  • Represented a manufacturer in the defense of alleged hazardous-waste disposal in dozens of claims of property damage and personal injury.
  • Acted as coordinating East Coast coverage and defense counsel for a major insurance company, analyzing coverage issues in multi-jurisdictions and coordinating with the local defense of toxic torts and property-damage matters.
  • Successfully tried to verdict multiple claims of personal injury arising out of claims of negligence and products liability.
  • Secured a voluntary dismissal for a school bus manufacturer in a mesothelioma case based upon extensive research and analysis of the company's complex corporate history and transactional documents, government sales records and legal analysis to establish that our client was not liable for the product at issue. We were able to avoid a costly summary judgment motion and established precedential discovery responses and materials for the client to use in defending future litigation.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for a manufacturing client in an asbestos matter where the plaintiff sought to rely on inadmissible hearsay. The case decision is now routinely relied upon by defendants in NYS asbestos litigation.
  • Secured a voluntary dismissal for a plumbing contractor in a mesothelioma case involving a young plaintiff with young dependents. The result was based on extensive research and analysis of historical government records to confirm the client was not involved in the construction project at issue and extensive negotiations with opposing counsel. Saved the client the cost of a dispositive motion and potentially dangerous trial verdict.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a roofing manufacturer in a living mesothelioma case with only two viable defendants and a settlement demand of over $1 million, saving the client the cost of trial and a potentially large adverse verdict.

Prior Experience

  • Damon Morey LLP, Partner

Selected Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, 2012-2020
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York: Environmental Litigation, 2014-2019
  • Buffalo Business First, Legal Elite of Western New York, 2015-2019
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York: Top 25 Women Lawyers, 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • NYS Office of Court Administration Upstate NY Asbestos Summit, “2018 Recent Trends in Summary Judgment Motions and Burden of Proof”
  • American Conference Institute National Advanced Forum Claims & Litigation on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, “Defense of Lung Cancer Cases”
  • American Conference Institute 20th National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, Co-Chair
  • American Conference Institute National Advanced Forum Claims & Litigation on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, “Alternative Exposures in Lung Cancer Cases”
  • Presented to 75 claims handlers on the current status of Upstate NY asbestos cases and recent case law.

Selected Publications & Media

  • New York State Bar Association, “Admissibility of Expert Testimony Under Daubert”
  • New York State Facilities Journal, article on indoor air pollution
  • “Recent Trends in Asbestos Litigation”

Featured Media

Alerts

NYS Courts to Implement Early Mandatory Mediation

Alerts

Takeaways From the USDA Interim Final Rule on Domestic Hemp Production

Alerts

The SHIELD Act: Update

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