A partner of the firm in its White Plains office, Brian Stapleton’s practice focuses on the defense of large-exposure products liability, labor law, wrongful death and other liability claims across the country. Brian engages in a significant amount of Second Amendment litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels, in New York and across the country. He also engages in extensive appellate advocacy in the courts of New York and the federal judiciary.

As a highly experienced trial attorney, Brian has obtained verdicts in over 100 cases and has tried numerous civil cases involving wrongful death, design and manufacturing defects, medical malpractice, and bankruptcy fraud. He has won high-profile criminal cases of murder and kidnapping, and has successfully defended complex multi-defendant RICO cases in the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of New York and Connecticut. 

With several reported cases to his credit, Brian has successfully briefed and argued numerous appellate cases, most notably in Illinois v. Dante Brown.

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2012–17 
Professional Affiliations
  • New York State Bar Association; Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • Connecticut, 1990
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1989
  • Xavier University, B.A., 1986
  • Presenter and Author, "Hot Topics in Law Practice Management – Security Concerns at Law Firms," NYSBA CLE Program, November 21, 2014 
  • Presenter and Author, “Essential Defense Theories,” presented as part of the NYSBA CLE Program “Litigating the Products Liability Case — Law & Practice,” New York, NY, October 24, 2013
  • Lecturer, “The Development of the Second Amendment,” Northwestern CT College, Winsted, CT, September 20, 2013
  • Quoted in “Second Amendment Lawyer Challenges Weapons Ban,”Connecticut Law Tribune, September 11, 2013
  • Author/Presenter, “New York’s SAFE Act — A Primer for Attorneys,” New York State Bar Association, Albany, NY, June 28, 2013
  • Featured in “Gun Law Under Fire,”The Real Story With Al Terzi, FOX-CT, June 2, 2013
  • Interviewed on Challenge to Connecticut Gun Law on “Face the State,” WFSB-TV, May 26, 2013