Mark J. Moretti, Phillips Lytle Counsel

Mark J. Moretti

Counsel
Rochester, New York City
(585) 238-2004
(212) 508-0404
mmoretti@phillipslytle.com
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Mr. Moretti, Immediate Past President of the Monroe County Bar Association, focuses his practice on business and tort litigation with a concentration on construction disputes, commercial contracts, ERISA, estate disputes, banking litigation, insurance defense and subrogation, commercial leases and other real property litigation, including real property taxation and condemnation. He is the leader of the firm’s Construction Litigation Practice Team.

Additional Areas of Focus

Real Property Tax; Condemnation

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, 2007-2018
    • Named the Best Lawyers® Litigation – Construction “Lawyer of the Year” in Rochester-NY, 2012
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2007-2018
  • 2013 Leaders in Law Award, The Daily Record

Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1978
  • University of Rochester, B.A., 1975

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Construction Industry Forum
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Builders Exchange of Rochester, Lecturer
  • Construction Exchange of Buffalo and Western New York, Lecturer
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Monroe County Bar Association
    • President, 2016-2017
    • President-Elect, 2015-2016
    • Judiciary Committee, Former Member
    • Real Property Tax Committee, Former Chairman
    • Courts Committee, Former Chairman
    • Litigation Section
  • National Business Institute, Lecturer
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Dispute Resolution Section
    • Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
    • House of Delegates
    • Trial Lawyers Section, Executive Committee, Former Chairman
    • Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Former Member
  • New York State Builders Association
  • The New York Bar Foundation, Fellow

Representative Cases

ERISA

  • Cerasali v. Xomed, Inc., 47 F. Supp. 2d 401 (1999)
  • Darling v. Dupont, 952 F. Supp. 162 (1997)

Administrative

  • Shenandoah v. U.S. Department of Interior Oneida Nation and Key Bank, 159 F. 3d 708 (2nd Cir. 1998)
  • Marshall v. Town of Pittsford, 105 A.D.2d 1140 (4th Dept. 1984)
  • Episcopal Church Home of Western N.Y. v. Toia, 81 A.D.2d 480 (4th Dept. 1981)

Real Property Tax

  • County of Livingston v. Chabot, 133 A.D.3d 1247 (4th Dep’t 2015)
  • Farbotko v. Clinton County, 168 F. Supp. 2d 31 (NDNY 2001)

Construction

  • Maines Paper & Food Service, Inc. v. Pike Co., Inc., 137 A.D.3d 1366 (3d Dep’t 2016)
  • Altshuler Shaham Provident Funds, Ltd v. GML Tower LLC, 28 Misc.3d 475 (Sup. Ct. Onondaga County 2010), aff’d, 83 A.D.3d 1563 (4th Dep’t), aff’d as modified, 21 N.Y.3d 352 (2013)
  • Song v. MGM Development, LLC, 30 A.D.3d 1040 (4th Dept. 2006)
  • Board of Managers of Woodcreek Condominium v. Santandrea et al., 247 A.D. 936 (4th Dept. 1998)
  • Bell Constructors, Inc. v. Evergreen Caissons, Inc., 236 A.D.2d 859 (4th Dept. 1997)
  • DeAngelo v. Brazauskas, 86 N.Y.2d 746 (1995)
  • Iacobelli v. County of Monroe, 32 F.3d 19 (2nd Cir. 1994)

Commercial

  • HSBC Bank USA v. Prime, L.L.C., 125 A.D.3d 1307 (4th Dep’t 2015)
  • NYCTL 2008-A Trust v. Lee Zhen Xiang, 2014 Slip. Op. 07340 (10/29/14)
  • NYCTL 1998-2 Trust and Bank of New York v. Michael Holdings, Inc., 77 A.D.3d 805 (2d Dept. 2010)
  • NYCTL 1996-1 Trust and Bank of New York v. EM-ESS Petroleum Corp., 57 A.D.3d 304 (1st Dept. 2008)
  • SBA Network Services, Inc. v. Fred A. Nudd Corp., 27 A.D.3d 1204 (4th Dept. 2006)
  • Song v. MGM Development, LLC, 30 A.D.3d 1040 (4th Dep’t 2006)
  • Pittsford Flour Mills v Newcomb Oil, Inc., 8 A.D.3d 1128 (4th Dep’t 2004)
  • Harris v. Key Bank N.A., 51 Fed. Appx. 346 (2d Cir. 2002)
  • Harris v. Key Bank N.A., 193 F. Supp. 2d 707 (W.D.N.Y. 2002)
  • Nemier v. Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 289 A.D.2d 1053, 735 N.Y.S.2d 295 (4th Dep’t 2001)
  • Herman v. Green, 234 F.3d 1262 (2nd Cir. 2000)
  • Carpetmaster of Latham Ltd. v. Dupont Flooring Systems, Inc., 12 F. Supp. 2nd 257 (NDNY 1998)
  • CarpetMaster of Latham, Ltd. v. Dupont Flooring Sys., 97-CV-1807, 1998 U.S. Dist Lexis 20924 (N.D.N.Y. 1998)
  • W.A. Bayer Realtors, Inc. v. W.E. Pearse, Inc., 256 A.D.2d 1164 (4th Dep’t 1998)
  • ABB Kent Taylor, Inc. v. Stallings and Co., Inc., 172 FRD 53 (1996)
  • North Shore Co. v. Polvino, 209 A.D.2d 980 (4th Dept. 1996)
  • First Federal v. Rubyland, 215 A.D.2d 721 (2nd Dept. 1995)
  • First Federal v. Ehrhart, 199 A.D.2d 856 (3rd Dept. 1993)
  • Bersani v. Bassett, 184 A.D.2d 996 (4th Dept. 1992)
  • ICS/Executone Telecom, Inc. v. Mancuso, 178 A.D.2d 996 (4th Dep’t 1991)
  • ICS/Executone Telecom, Inc. v. Performance Parts Warehouse, Inc., 171 A.D.2d 1066 (4th Dep’t 1991)
  • First Federal v. Capalongo, 152 A.D.2d 833 (3rd Dept. 1989)
  • First Fed. Sav. and Loan Assn of Rochester v. Capalongo, 152 A.D.2d 833 (3d Dep’t 1989)
  • Armored Motor Services Corp. of America v. First Federal, 138 A.D.2d 954 (4th Dept. 1988)
  • Bankers Trust Co. of W.N.Y. v. Zecher, 103 Misc. 2d 777 (Sup. Ct. Monroe County 1980)

Estate Litigation

  • Estate of Joules, 36 Misc. 3d 1210 (2012)

Bankruptcy

  • In Re Brown, 104 BR 609 (SDNY 1989)

Product Liability and Toxic Tort

  • Ofsowitz v. Georgie Boy Manufacturing, Inc., 231 A.D.2d 858 (4th Dept. 1996)
  • Crossman v. Harding Tools and Master Chemical, 222 A.D.2d 1081 (4th Dept. 1995)

Present Activities

  • Monroe County Bar Association Foundation, Board of Directors
  • UB Law Rochester Chapter, Alumni Steering Committee

Past Activities

  • Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Bristol Harbor Homeowners Association, Board of Directors
  • Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, Board of Directors
  • Foodlink Inc., Chairman of the Board
  • Pittsford Mustang Soccer Club, Board of Directors and Coach
  • Buffalo Law Review, Senior Editor