Brian T. Stapleton

Brian T. Stapleton


Practice Groups

A partner of the firm in its White Plains office, Brian Stapleton’s practice focuses on the defense of large-exposure products liability, labor law, wrongful death and other liability claims across the country. Brian engages in a significant amount of Second Amendment litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels, in New York and across the country. He also engages in extensive appellate advocacy in the courts of New York and the federal judiciary.

As a highly experienced trial attorney, Brian has obtained verdicts in over 100 cases and has tried numerous civil cases involving wrongful death, design and manufacturing defects, medical malpractice, and bankruptcy fraud. He has won high-profile criminal cases of murder and kidnapping, and has successfully defended complex multi-defendant RICO cases in the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of New York and Connecticut. 

With several reported cases to his credit, Brian has successfully briefed and argued numerous appellate cases, most notably in Illinois v. Dante Brown.

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2012-2016 
Professional Affiliations
  • New York State Bar Association; Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • Connecticut, 1990
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1989
  • Xavier University, B.A., 1986
  • Presenter and Author, "Hot Topics in Law Practice Management – Security Concerns at Law Firms," NYSBA CLE Program, November 21, 2014 
  • Presenter and Author, “Essential Defense Theories,” presented as part of the NYSBA CLE Program “Litigating the Products Liability Case — Law & Practice,” New York, NY, October 24, 2013
  • Lecturer, “The Development of the Second Amendment,” Northwestern CT College, Winsted, CT, September 20, 2013
  • Quoted in “Second Amendment Lawyer Challenges Weapons Ban,”Connecticut Law Tribune, September 11, 2013
  • Author/Presenter, “New York’s SAFE Act — A Primer for Attorneys,” New York State Bar Association, Albany, NY, June 28, 2013
  • Featured in “Gun Law Under Fire,”The Real Story With Al Terzi, FOX-CT, June 2, 2013
  • Interviewed on Challenge to Connecticut Gun Law on “Face the State,” WFSB-TV, May 26, 2013
  • Quoted in “Pro-Gun Coalition Sues Connecticut Over Landmark Gun Legislation,” MSNBC, May 23, 2013
  • Featured in “Lawsuit Challenges New Gun Laws in Conn.,” New England Cable News, May 23, 2013
  • Quoted in “Suit Filed Against Gun Laws,”Republican American, May 23, 2013
  • Interviewed on Challenge to Connecticut Gun Law on “The Brad Davis Program,” WDRC-AM, The Talk of Connecticut, May 23, 2013
  • Quoted in “Lawsuit Filed Against State of Conn. Over Gun Law,” Associated Press, May 22, 2013 (published in the Wall Street Journal)
  • Quoted in “Connecticut's Landmark Gun Law Faces Challenge in Federal Court,”Hartford Courant, May 22, 2013
  • Quoted in “Groups Aim to Shoot Down New State Gun Laws,”Connecticut Law Tribune, May 22, 2013
  • Presenter and Author, "Preparing the Judgment and Bill of Costs,”  presented as part of the New York State Bar Association's 2013 CLE Seminar "The Basics of  Trial: After The Verdict," Albany, NY, April 2013
  • Interviewed on Challenge to New York Gun Law, Fred Dicker Live From the State Capitol, Talk 1300 AM, April 3, 2013
  • Quoted in “NY Gun Law Challenge to Feature Fight Over Ammo Monopoly,”Law360, March 25, 2013
  • Interviewed in “Are Court Challenges to NY’s Tough Gun Law DOA?” North Country Public Radio, March 7, 2013
  • Co-Editor, “Construction Site Personal Injury Litigation: Labor Law Sections 200, 240(1) and 241(6),” New York State Bar Association, 2007; revised in 2012
  • Presenter and Author, "Mediation, Arbitration & Settlement Negotiations," presented as part of the New York State Bar Association's Summer 2012 CLE Seminar "The Basics of Handling An Auto Accident Case," Manhattan and Melville, New York, May and June 2012.
  • Presenter and Author, "Dram Shop Litigation - Proving and Disproving Liability," presented as part of the New York State Bar Association's Fall 2011 CLE Seminar "MVA LItigation - The Road Less Traveled," Manhattan and Melville, New York, November 2011
  • Presenter and Author, "Deposition Technoloy Basics," presented as part of the New York State Bar Association's CLE Seminar "The Art of the Deposition In The Digital Age," Manhattan and Melville, New York, October 2011
  • Presenter and Author, "Compensable Time - Regular and Overtime As Defined in the Fair Labor Standards Act," presented as part of the Lorman Education Services' Seminar "The Fair Labor Standards Act In New York," White Plains, New York, September 2011
  • Presenter, "An Overview of the Labor Law in New York State," presented to Berkley Facultative and Reinsurance Services, Stamford, Connecticut, September 2011
  • Author and Editor, Second Amendment Update, Goldberg Segalla LLP, 2009-present
  • Presenter, “Evaluating Damages and the Use of Expert Testimony,” NYSBA Keeping Current With Automobile Litigation CLE Seminar, Manhattan and Melville, New York, September 2008
  • Presenter, “Law School for Claims Professionals: More Than the Basics,” New York State Bar Association, Buffalo, New York, June 2007
  • Presenter, “An Overview of Negligent Security Cases,” Framingham, Massachusetts, February 2007
  • Presenter, “A Landowner’s Duty to Provide a Secure Premises,” Melville, New York, January 2007
  • Co-Editor, Labor Law Update, Goldberg Segalla LLP, 2007-present
  • Author, “Premises Liability Claims Overview: Theories of Liability & Standards of Care,” New York State Bar Association, 2007
  • Author, “Premises Liability Claims Overview: Criminal Conduct on Premises,” New York State Bar Association, 2007
  • Author and Editor-in-Chief, “A Landowner’s Duty to Provide A Secure Premises: An Overview of Negligent Security Cases,” Goldberg Segalla LLP, 2007