Maurice J. Recchia

Of Counsel




Maurice J. Recchia is a trial lawyer and civil litigator who has tried approximately 100 civil cases to verdict in the trial courts of New York City and in the counties of the lower Hudson Valley. He practices in the areas of motor vehicle liability, premises liability, construction law, and medical malpractice.  He likes to write when he can find the time. An advocate for greater use of plain English in the law, in 2012 the New York Law Journal published his article "Replace 'Prudent' with 'Careful' " in which he argued for a change to the New York Pattern Jury Instruction negligence charge to make it easier to understand for jurors.  In 2016 he published 3 articles on tort litigation topics in the New York Law Journal which are listed below.



  • J.D.,  University of Buffalo School of Law

  • B.A., State University of New York at New Paltz



  • Member, University of Buffalo Jessup International Moot Court Board



  • Trial attorney and civil litigator – tried approximately 100 cases to verdict in the five counties of New York City  and counties of the lower Hudson Valley

  • Appellate attorney – written and argued appeals in the First, Second and Third Departments of the Appellate Division



  • New York State Courts in 1994 in the Appellate Division 1st Department.

  • Southern and Eastern Federal District Courts of New York



  • New York State Bar Association

  • Mr. Recchia is a member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan NY where he serves as a lector.



  • Court of Appeals Declares Facebook 'Private Data' and Other Social Media Subject to Discovery New York Law Journal, February 26, 2018

  • Court of Appeals "Facebook" Decision Leaves Many Questions Open, New York Law Journal,       April 14, 2017

  • "Addressing Standard for Summary Judgment in Medical Malpractice Cases", New York Law Journal Nov. 30, 2016

  • "Car Accidents with Pedestrians: Conflict in the Departments" , New York Law Journal, Sept. 9, 2016

  • Court of Appeals Addresses 'Storm in Progress' Doctrine New York Law Journal, May 20, 2016

  • Replace 'Prudent' with 'Careful" New York Law Journal, Aug. 6, 2012


Reported Decisions

  • Hill v. Manhattan N. Mgt. 2018 N.Y. App. Div. Lexis 6279 (2018).

  • Goulet v. Anastasio, 148 A.D. 3d 783 (2nd Dept. 2017) Hill v. Manhattan N. Mgt. 2018 N.Y. App. Div. Lexis 6279 (2018)

  • Kranis v. Biederbeck, 83 A.D. 3d 903 (2nd Dept. 2011)

  • Barrett v. Watkins, 82 A.D. 3d 1569 (3rd Dept. 2011)

  • Serrano v. Republic Insurance,48 A.D. 3d 665 (2nd Dept. 2008)

  • Joyce v. Manhattan College, et. al. 1 A.D. 3d 202 (1st Dept. 2003)

  • Laracuente v. Ruiz, 304 A.D. 2d  478 (1st Dept. 2003)

  • Royal Insurance Co. of America v. 342 Madison Ave. Assoc.,208 A.D. 2nd 389 (1st Dept. 1994)

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