Thomas F. Gleason

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Thomas F. Gleason

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Thomas F. Gleason is a founding Partner of Gleason, Dunn, Walsh & O’Shea, and is engaged in the full-time practice of law, with emphasis on insurance, health care, commercial and construction law, dispute resolution, and litigation related issues.  In addition to his practice, Mr. Gleason is an Adjunct Professor at Albany Law School, where he has taught Insurance Law for over 20 years.

Mr. Gleason was actively involved in the initial drafting of the User’s Manual and rules that originally implemented the New York Court pilot program for the filing of court papers by electronic means, as well as the design of the web pages for that system.  He was the author of the Special Supplementary Practice Commentary to New York’s Civil Practice Laws and Rules on Electronic Filing (see, McKinney’s Consolidated Laws of the State of New York CPLR 2101 and 2103).  He has written numerous articles and given presentations on insurance, electronic filing and computer evidence issues.

Mr. Gleason also wrote the Practice Commentary for the New York State statutes that govern structured settlements of tort and malpractice legal claims (CPLR Articles 50-A and 50-B).  He was a Member of the Chief Judge’s Commission on Public Access to Court Records (2004), and the Chief Judge’s Committee to Improve Availability of Legal Services (1989).  Mr. Gleason also is a contributing columnist for the New York Law Journal.

Mr. Gleason has earned an “AV® Preeminent™” Peer Review Rating.*

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Construction Law Appellate Practice

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York
  • United State Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Education

  • J.D., Albany Law School of Union University, 1978
  • Member, Albany Law Review, 1977-1978
  • B.A., State University of New York at New Paltz, 1972

Professional Associations

  • Unified Court System Advisory Committee on Civil Practice, 1986-present
  • Chair, Unified Court System Advisory Committee’s Subcommittees on: Technology, 1996-present; Confidentiality of Documents; Costs and Disbursements; Sanctions; and Electronic Filing of Court Papers
  • Chair, Civil Practice Committee of the New York State Bar Association, 2016-present
  • Office of Court Administration Committee to Improve Availability of Legal Services, 1998-1989
  • Committee on Public Access to Court Records, 2002-2004
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Albany County Bar Association

Cases of Interest

  • Dean G. Skelos, et al v. David A. Paterson, as Governor of the State of New York, et al (Nassau Co. Index No.  13426-09; App. Div. 2d Dept Case No. 2009-066673, Ct. of Appeals Case No. 183).  Co-Counsel with Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart, Oliver & Hedges, LLP (Kathleen M. Sullivan, Esq., Faith E. Gay, Esq. and Robert Juman, Esq., of counsel), Counsel for Governor David A. Paterson and Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch.
  • Thomas P. DiNapoli, as Comptroller of the State of New York v. Pedro Espada, et al (Albany Co. Index No. 5733-09), Counsel for Governor David A. Paterson and Aida Brewer, as Treasurer of the State of New York.  Dispute regarding permissibility of payment of New York State Senators during senate stalemate.
  • Hon. David A. Paterson, as Governor of the State of New York v. Senator Eric Adams, et al (Albany Co. Index No. 5435-09), Counsel to Governor David A. Paterson in petition for writ of mandamus compelling simultaneous convening of members of the New York State senate.
  • In the Matter of the Investigation into the Alleged Misuse of Resources of the Division of the State Police (Albany Co., Index No. 10027-07), Counsel to the New York State Commission on Public Integrity in dispute over subpoena issued by Commission and Commission’s opposition to request for sealing order.
  • Frank J. Merola v. David J. Swarts, as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, et al. (Albany Co. Index. No. 8467-07), Counsel to Frank J. Merola, Rensselaer County Clerk in a proceeding challenging Governor Spitzer’s plan permitting issuance of New York State drivers’ licenses to undocumented aliens.

Publications

  • Special Supplementary Practice Commentary on Electronic Filing CPLR 2103
  • Special Supplemental Practice Commentary on Electronic Filing CPLR 2101
  • 2003 Special Practice Commentary to CPLR 5031
  • 2003 Special Supplemental Practice Commentary to CPLR 4111
  • “Pre-Judgment Interest and Stipulations of Liability Under CPLR 5002,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ____, No. ___ (September 15, 2017)
  • “New York Discovery in Our Non-Sanctuary Courthouses,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ____, No. ___ (May 19, 2017)
  • “Implementation of Litigation Holds for Nonparties,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ____, No. ___ (Jan. 19, 2017)
  • “CPLR 2104 Stipulations: Meeting the Writing Requirement,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ____, No. ___ (Nov. 21, 2016)
  • “It’s Time for Tweaks to CPLR 5501,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ____, No. ___ (July 25, 2016)
  • “Foreign Language Affidavits and Exhibits,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ____, No. ___ (Nov. 16, 2015)
  • “The Future of Hard Copy Court Records and E-Filing,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ____, No. ___ (July 20, 2015)
  • “Trial Court Discretion and Expert Testimony,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ____, No. ___ (Mar. 16, 2015)
  • “The Scaffold Law and Absolute Liability,” The Reporter, Winter 2014, Vol 61, No. 3 (The New York State Association of School Business Officials)
  • “New Uniform Rule Requires Redaction of Confidential Personal Information,” New York Law Journal, Vol. 252, No. 95 (Nov. 17, 2014)
  • “Affirmations and Declarations in New York Practice,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ___, No. ___ (Sept. 26, 2014)
  • “Seeking E-Disclosure From Third Parties,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ___, No. ___ (Mar. 17, 2014)
  • “Glitches and Mistakes—Should We Correct or Disregard them?” New York Law Journal, Vol. ___, No. ___ (Nov. 18, 2013)
  • “Privacy in Court Filings in the Snowden Era,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ___, No. ___ (Jul. 15, 2013)
  • “The WTC Presumption – Turning the Article 78 Tables,” New York Law Journal, Vol. 249, No. 51 (Mar. 18, 2013)
  • “Dangerous Interactions: Interlocutory Appeals and Judgments,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ___, No. ___ (Nov. 19, 2012)
  • “Recognition of Electronic Signatures for Affirmations in N.Y. Courts,” New York Law Journal, Law Technology News, Vol. ___, No. ___ (July 20, 2012)
  • “Electronic Affirmations, Affidavits and Declarations,”, New York Law Journal, Vol. ___, No. ___ (July 16, 2012)
  • “Wrongful Death Damages—Interest and Discounting of Future Losses,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ___, No. ___ (March 16, 2012)
  • “Obtaining Disclosure of Electronic Information From Non-Parties,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ___, No. ___ (Nov. 21, 2011)
  • “On Choice of Law, Court of Appeals Chooses Substance Over Rigid Pleading,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ___, No. ___ (July . 18, 2011)
  • “The Separation of Powers: Foundation for Article 78 Deference,” New York Law Journal, Vol. 245, No. 53 (Mar. 21, 2011)
  • “Beam Up the E-Discovery, Scotty,” New York Law Journal, Vol. 244, No. 95 (Nov. 16, 2010)
  • “Art Is Declared in Eye of Beholder, Not in a Judgment Under CPLR 3001,” New York Law Journal, Vol. 244, No. 12 (July 19, 2010)
  • “To Whom the Toll Goes—the Limits of CPLR 208 Infancy Protection,” New York Law Journal, Vol. 243, No. 48 (March 15, 2010)
  • “Service of Papers With Old Technology: the U.S. Mail,” New York Law Journal, Vol. 242, No. 95 (Nov. 16, 2009)
  • “A Contested Suicide and the Limits of Article 79 Review,” New York Law Journal, Vol. 242, No. 13, July 2009
  • “Loosening the Standing Barriers to Declaratory Relief,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ___, No. 96, Nov. 2008
  • “A Proposed ‘American Rule’ for Electronic Discovery,” New York Law Journal, Vol. 240, No. 14, July 2008
  • “Who Should Fix the Libel Tourism Problem?” New York Law Journal, Vol. 239, No. 51, Mar. 2008
  • “Declaratory Article 78 Proceedings,” New York Law Journal, Vol. 238, No. 97, Nov. 2007
  • “The Court of Appeals Lowdown on the High-Low,” New York Law Journal, Vol. 238, No. 10, July 2007
  • “Proposed Uniform Rule to Ease the Tender of Filing Fees,” New York Law Journal, Vol. 237; No. 52, Mar. 2007
  • Co-Author, “Perfect Information, Internet Filing and Public Review,” New York Law Journal, Vol. 236; No. 97, Nov. 2006
  • Co-Author, “The Settlement Game,” New York Law Journal, Vol. 236; No. 10, July 2006
  • Co-Author, “Search Engine Technology ‘overrules’ Expert-Witness Laws,” New York Law Journal, Vol. 234; No. 98, Nov. 2005
  • “The New York State Court Experience in Electronic Filing of Court Papers,” New York Law Journal, Oct. 2003
  • Co-Author, “The Introduction of the Electronic Filing of Court Documents in the New York State Courts – A Collaborative Effort,” State Bar News, Technology Issue (2000),
  • "The Discretionary Function Exception to the Federal Tort Claims Act," 42 Albany Law Review, 721, 1978
  • Co-Author, “The Court of Appeals Moves Toward ‘Certiorari’ Status,” New York State Bar Journal, Vol. 58, Issue 4, May 1986
  • "New Law on Computer Generated Evidence: Legislature Permits Optically Imaged Proof," New York Law Journal, Vol. 215, No. 89, May 1996
  • "Due Process For Providers In The Context Of Growing Reimbursement Complexity," The Journal of Long Term Home Care, Vol. 16, No. 2, Spring 1997
  • "Electronic Filing of Court Papers," New York Law Journal, Vol. 222, No. 77, Oct. 1999
  • Co-Author, "The Arrival of E-Courts," New York Law Journal, Vol. 222, No. 105, Nov. 1999
  • Co-Author, "The Volume Problem of E-Discovery," New York Law Journal, Vol. 232, No. 95, Nov. 2004
  • Co-Author, "Court of Appeals Revisits 'Grave Injury' Issue," New York Law Journal, Vol. 233, No. 14, Jan. 2005
  • Co-Author, "The Common Law and Collateral Sources," New York Law Journal, Vol. 233, No. 53, Mar. 2005
  • Co-Author, "E-Discovery Problems with Computer Hard-Drive 'Clones,’" New York Law Journal, Vol. 234, No. 11, July 2005
  • Co-Author, "The Need for Broader Declaratory Relief Under CPLR 3001," New York Law Journal, Vol. 235, No. 53, Mar. 2006
  • “Survival of Subrogation Claims Clarified, Despite CPLR 4545,” New York Law Journal, Vol. ___, No. 52,  Mar. 2009

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