Joyce G. Bigelow

Joyce G. Bigelow

Special Counsel

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Joyce G. Bigelow is an accomplished and results-driven litigator with over 25 years of experience defending a wide variety of high-exposure insurance-related matters, including general liability, premises liability, labor law, and medical and dental malpractice. She has also managed construction, municipal liability, veterinary malpractice, and products and pharmaceutical liability litigation.

Joyce handles her clients’ cases from inception through completion. She is experienced in alternative dispute resolution, and has successfully argued numerous appeals in both the New York State Appellate Division First and Second Departments.

In the field of premises liability, Joyce has extensive experience representing elevator and security companies. Joyce has successfully defended numerous landowners, retail establishments, and elevator companies against motions for sanctions based on spoliation of evidence. She has also won summary judgment on behalf of several common carriers in personal injury cases claiming significant injuries as a result of their alleged negligence.

Joyce received her J.D. from the University of Bridgeport School of Law. During her time there, she was an academic invitee to the Connecticut Probate Law Journal, where she became lead articles editor. She earned her B.A. at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to entering private practice, Joyce was a judicial intern for a New York City Housing Court judge and a Connecticut Superior Court Family Law judge.

Representative Matters
  • Won First Department default judgment awarding an elevator company over $2 million, reversing the trial court’s denial of a motion for a default judgment in a collections case after the defendant failed to appear
  • Successfully defended a high-profile retail establishment against a significant psychiatric and mental anguish damage claim by a customer who alleged that he suffered from a fear of contracting AIDS as a result of using a defective razor blade
  • Secured a dismissal by the First Department of a multimillion-dollar punitive damage claim brought against a retail establishment after the Supreme Court reversed itself and reinstated the punitive damage claim when deciding the plaintiff's motion to reargue the defendant's summary judgment motion
  • On behalf of a demolition contractor, successfully negotiated a contribution of less than 3 percent to a  $3.3 million settlement in a labor law case involving the partial collapse of a building that occurred during demolition
  • Secured a voluntary discontinuance against an internist in a medical malpractice case after depositions and without having to incur the costs of a motion for summary judgment
Honors
  • The Connecticut Probate Law Journal, Academic Invitee; Lead Articles Editor
Professional Affiliations
  • National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities
Community Involvement
  • South Side High School Parent Teachers Association
  • Advocate for National Alzheimer's Association Network and Long Island Chapter
Training/Certifications
  • Department of Labor OSHA-10 Construction Training
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • Connecticut, 1991
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Education
  • University of Bridgeport School of Law, J.D., 1991
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., 1988