Unparalleled Experience

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A Distinguished Member Of The New York Legal Community

Hon. David B. Saxe (Ret.) is a partner in the Business Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Departments of Morrison Cohen and a former associate justice in the New York State Appellate Division, First Department. Having recently retired after 35 years on the bench, Justice Saxe, one of the most honored and respected members of New York’s legal community, is now a sought-after strategic consultant, mediator, and an ADR professional. He brings unparalleled judicial insight, wisdom, and experience on a variety of matters, including appellate strategy and preparation, negotiations, and alternative dispute resolution.

Justice Saxe’s depth of experience as a longtime distinguished jurist enables him to provide impartial and meaningful solutions for his clients in all of their Alternative Dispute Resolution matters. He has a particular focus on resolving complex commercial, insurance, and real estate controversies, as well as high-end matrimonial-related disputes either as a mediator, arbitrator, or consultant.

A Strong Command Of The Appellate Court System

As the leader of the firm’s Appellate Practice, Justice Saxe provides consultation to clients and legal teams on strategy, trial preparation, and brief review in all jurisdictions. Having sat for 19 years on the most prestigious intermediate state appellate court in the United States, he provides a deep understanding and unique perspective on successfully navigating the litigation and appeals process. He is often hired by attorneys when going through an appeal in NY State Appellate Court to advise on presenting briefs and focusing appellate oral arguments for maximum effect.

Justice Saxe’s clients benefit from his experience handling a wide range of appellate matters during his tenure on the appellate court, including contract issues, corporate finance, insurance and reinsurance matters, business torts, products liability, intellectual property, real property, land use and zoning, labor and employment, environmental law, constitutional law and civil rights, matrimonial and family law matters, and probate Issues.

Consulting With Attorneys On Case Review

As head of the firm’s Strategic Case Review Practice, Justice Saxe provides an impartial review from the perspective of an experienced judge on issues that are important to a judge and jury. He works with his clients and/or their legal team as a set of “fresh eyes” to review and analyze case strategy, papers, or case options.

Justice Saxe currently serves as a member of the Governor’s Screening Committee for the Appellate Division, First Department, for which he vets judicial applicants for the court. He is a gifted and prolific writer and has been one of the most published jurists in New York State. His decisions, whether majority opinions, concurrences, or dissents are regularly cited by colleagues and often have been the subject of scholarly critiques.