Casamento, Gregory

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Gregory Casamento is in the New York office of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell. Greg’s practice focuses on business, commercial, insurance and intellectual property litigation. He has significant experience litigating matters for his clients before both the State and Federal Courts of New York, and before a variety of New York state administrative bodies. His experience includes litigating trademark infringement claims, contract and restrictive covenants disputes, and insurance coverage issues. Greg’s practice often results in his seeking TROs and preliminary injunctions on behalf of his clients, resulting in his having a high level of knowledge and experience in this area. He also serves as a Neutral in the New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division Mediation Program. 

Prior to joining the firm, Greg served as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Navy. In the Navy, he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for his defense of service members in courts-martial (4 jury trials, 1 bench trial, and 15 sentencing trials) and administrative discharge boards (25), and he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for his prosecution of service members in courts-martial (5 jury trials, 2 bench trials, and 25 sentencing trials). 

Experience

Some of Greg’s significant recent activities include:

Trademarks

Care Comm v. PBM et al., West. Dist. Ky. Successfully defended PBM Products and others in federal trademark infringement action. Conducted depositions of Plaintiff and expert witness, assisted in drafting motion to dismiss, motion opposing discovery and motion for summary judgment, which resulted in the dismissal of the trademark infringement claims brought against his clients. Provides advice to a variety of clients on trademark and related unfair competition issues. TRO/Preliminary Injunctions/Restrictive Covenants

NYCB v. Pourro and Murphy, Sup. Ct. Nassau County, NY. Successfully defended high level bank executives from TRO/Preliminary Injunction action brought by clients’ former employer alleging breach of restrictive covenants. Obtained award of attorneys’ fees in subsequent related action.

U-Haul v. Dick’s Power Sales, NJ. Commenced litigation requesting TRO, negotiated voluntary compliance with non-compete agreements lasting 25 months.

U-Haul v. Bi-County, Sup. Ct. Suffolk Co., NY. Obtained a 10-month TRO on behalf of U-Haul in a non-compete action, prohibiting Bi-County from operating a competing rental equipment business.

U-Haul v. Universal, Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. Obtained a TRO on behalf of U-Haul effectively shutting down Universal’s business operations thereby forcing an extremely favorable settlement for his client, and obtained a six figure default judgment and an award of attorneys’ fees against another defendant that resulted in the closure of six competing truck rental locations and a six figure settlement.

Administrative Proceedings

New York State Dept. of Insurance. Successful representation of clients before the Department of Insurance on licensing and related issues. Secretary of Labor v. U-Haul, OSHRC. Litigated 9 OSHA citations (repeat, serious and other classifications) and the corresponding fines, which were all resolved through a settlement agreement dismissing 3 citations, reclassifying 3 serious citations to other, and reducing the total fine paid by his client by over 95%.

Insurance Coverage 

Unity Management and Decter v. Select Ins. Co., Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. Obtained dismissal of claims seeking coverage ($2.83 Million), punitive damages and attorney’s fees under an investment advisors insurance policy by the insured company and one of its directors.
Berzak-Gold v. Gulf Ins. Co., Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. Trial judge dismissed claims relating to punitive damages, and attorney’s fees brought against his client in an insurance coverage dispute.

Reported Decisions

Honkala v. U-Haul, 2002 N.Y. Slip Op. 09407.

Practice
Business Litigation & Arbitration
Insurance
Insurance: Direct
Intellectual Property
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Financial Services
Business Technology
IT Disputes & Litigation

Education
Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1996, Paul J. Liacos Scholar, Managing Editor, Boston University International Law Journal
Boston University, B.S.B.A., 1992, full wrestling scholarship, Dean’s List
Naval War College, Command & Staff Diploma, 2000
New York University School of Continuing and Professional Education, Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, 2003

Bar Admissions
Massachusetts, 1997
New York, 1998

Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals (Armed Forces), 2002
U.S. District Court, E.D. New York, 2001
U.S. District Court, S.D. New York, 2001

Professional and Community Organizations
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
New York State Bar Association, Federal and Commercial Litigation Section, Intellectual Property Section
South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame, Inducted 2001
Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division Mediation Program, Neutral
International Trademark Association (INTA)

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