Robert L. Brenna
Our firm was founded in 1953 by Robert L. Brenna Sr. Robert L. Brenna Jr. joined the firm in 1979. He is a past president of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, invited into membership of the National Academy of Trial Advocacy, and past president of the GVTLA. His first verdict was against New York, in which he represented a disabled adult.
However, most of his cases are in Supreme Court and appellate practice. He obtained the first verdict in the State Court of Claims for a constitutional violation. The firm currently concentrates its practice and serves of counsel to the profession in catastrophic personal injury, estate litigation, estate and Medicaid planning, military and constitutional law, and general litigation.
He has been named to Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers, and has been granted the distinction of achieving an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He also has been rated "Superb" and received a 10.0/10.0 by Avvo. He has been invited into membership in the National Academy of Trial Advocacy and was recently named as one of the top 100 trial lawyers (New York) by the American Association for Justice. Bob is a member of the President's Club of the American Association for Justice, and he is a founding member of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. Comments by others can be viewed at such websites.
In addition to being a columnist, Mr. Brenna hosts the "Brenna and Brenna Law Forum," which is a weekly call-in radio show heard on the 50,000 watt Clear Channel AM station WHAM, also heard nationwide on www.wham1180.com.
Bob has over 40 years experience working on Personal Injury and Wrongful Death cases. He has also practiced extensively in the areas of estate probate, administration of estates, trusts planning, Medicaid planning, end of life care planning and the necessary drafting of all relevant documentary directives, and regarding all facets of these areas. He is also actively involved in the firm’s estate litigation practice.
Upon invitation, he has lectured for decades in the continuing legal education of attorneys for the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the Monroe County Bar Association. He has served annually as chair for many of these programs. He has lectured in estate practice, trial practice and also numerous programs specifically designed to teach other lawyers the interplay of estate and litigation matters in both surrogates and trial courts.
He has litigated cases against municipalities, international corporations and entities of all sizes and permutations. He has devoted his practice to the concept that no Goliath should remain unchallenged or unchecked, and that every David deserves competent representation. He has represented injured workers for claims arising out of Labor Law Section 240 (also known as the "scaffolding law") and victims of defective products, including a case that was featured on the front page of the New York Times regarding a products liability case prosecuted against a pharmaceutical company. His litigation career has included successfully representing victims of pharmacy prescription errors, catastrophically injured victims of auto manufacturing defects, and people who have been harmed by drunk drivers and negligent trucking corporations.
Early in his career, Mr. Brenna successfully litigated the first trial against the state of New York relative to a wrongful death case relating to the Attica prison uprising, and also in the Court of Claims of the state of New York successfully litigated on behalf of an intellectually challenged victim who was in the custody of the state. He also successfully litigated and obtained the first verdict against the state of New York in the Court of Claims based upon a deprivation of constitutional rights, after the Court of Appeals determined that the Court of Claims had jurisdiction over that area of the law. Mr. Brenna's practice has included extensive appellate work, stemming from the fact that even as early as his law school education, he greatly loved appeals, and he has written and argued appeals in both the state and federal appellate system. He has litigated in federal and state courts, and continues to consider the practice of law as one of the most noble of all professions.
Areas of Practice
- Catastrophic Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
- Administration of Estates
- Trusts Estate Planning
- Medicaid Planning
- Estate Litigation
- Estate Probate
- New York, 1979
- U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1979
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1982
- New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
- J.D. - 1978
- Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
- B.S. - 1973
- Major: Psychology
- Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education of Attorneys, New York State Bar Association
- Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education of Attorneys, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
- Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education of Attorneys, New York State Trial Lawyers Association
- Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education of Attorneys, Monroe County Bar Association
- Lecturer, Estate Practice, Trial Practice
Honors and Awards
- Best Lawyers
- Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2021
- Preeminent AV Rating in Martindale Hubbell
- Rated "Superb" and Received a 10.0/10.0 by AVVO.com
- One of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers (New York) by the American Trial Lawyers Association
Professional Associations and Memberships
- New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, Immediate Past President
- National Academy of Trial Advocacy, Member
- GVTLA, Past President
- President's Club of the American Association of Justice, Member
- New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Founding Member
- Sigma Chi