Westchester NY, NYC and CT

Clifford I. Bass

Clifford I. Bass, a Partner of the Firm, specializes in defending tort litigation and representing individuals and carriers in insurance defense and coverage disputes; in handling cases from inception through Trial; and in preparing and arguing Appeals before the New York State Court of Appeals and the State's multiple Appellate Divisions. He is an experienced and aggressive litigator who has handled cases involving premises liability, products liability, professional liability, construction accidents, automobile accidents and insurance coverage, and he has prepared briefs and successfully argued before the New York State Court of Appeals and its Appellate Divisions. He has, as well, lectured on multiple subjects before lawyers and representatives of the insurance industry.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Bass was a Partner with Thurm & Heller and its successor, Heller, Jacobs & Kamlet, until the firm ceased its operations; thereafter, he was Special Counsel to the firm of Fishman & Callahan.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained Judgment dismissing Complaint of worker with bilateral, compound leg fractures, upheld on Appeal, on behalf of international auctioneer specializing in the sale of construction equipment
  • Obtained Judgment dismissing Complaint of woman who sustained bilateral ankle fractures, upheld on Appeal, on behalf of Contractor for State and local governmental entities
  • Obtained Verdict dismissing Complaint of utility worker after finding of partial liability, with defense that injuries pre-existed
  • Obtained Judgment, under New York’s Labor Law, dismissing Complaint of construction worker who fell from elevated level, on behalf of General Contractor
  • Successfully argued before the New York Court of Appeals, establishing that the N.Y. City Housing Authority can indemnify itself against it’s own negligence


  • Tufts University, magna cum laude
  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D.


New York State Bar
United States District Courts of New York for the Southern and Eastern Districts

Professional Associations and Activities

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Defense Association of New York
  • Westchester County Bar
  • Insurance Broker’s Association of New York

Community Service

  • Elmsford Animal Shelter
  • The Salvation Army