Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP Welcomes The Lawyers Of Rubin, Fiorella, Friedman & Mercante And Appoints Andrea Silk And Melissa Zoldan-Leite To Senior Leadership Positions

December 7, 2023

Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP is pleased to announce the partners, associates and staff of Rubin, Fiorella, Friedman & Mercante LLP are joining the firm effective January 1, 2024.  The combined firm will continue as Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP.  Terry Rubin, Ken Fiorella and Bruce Friedman will assume management positions at the firm. James Mercante will head the firm’s Maritime Group.

Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP is also pleased to announce Andrea Silk and Melissa Zoldan-Leite have assumed senior leadership positions at the firm.  Andrea, a partner in the firm’s Construction Group and Alternative Fee Practice, has been named Managing Partner.  Melissa, a partner in the firm’s Professional Liability and Healthcare Practices, has been named Chief Operations Officer.  Senior Managing Partner, Howard Klar, commented “Andrea and Melissa bring outstanding leadership and different perspectives to the management of the firm. We are grateful for their commitment to the firm”.

The combined firm brings together over 100 lawyers in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, with offices in Manhattan, Long Island, Westchester and Bergen County, New Jersey, creating one of the largest regional firms in the geographical area.  The consolidation of practices brings together decades of experience in the insurance industry to better serve its clients.

The core business of both firms remains insurance litigation and coverage, for domestic, international insurers and self-insured entities.  The addition of Rubin, Fiorella, Friedman & Mercante, LLP adds additional expertise to Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP in the areas of insurance coverage, first party property, reinsurance, marine and no-fault.   The firm will continue to be dedicated to providing the highest standard of legal services in our industry, as well as offering an innovative approach to our clients.

According to Howard Klar, “Rubin, Fiorella is a firm with long-standing relationships with its clients and extremely well-respected practices that will allow us to better serve our clients.   We have worked closely with several of their partners over the years and share the same culture and commitment to our clients”.

“GVK is a strong partner, and the combined firm, offers a strategic advantage and opportunity for sustained growth.  Everyone at our firm is excited about the combination of clients and resources and joining GVK, a firm with highly regarded operations”, commented Terry Rubin, Managing Partner of Rubin, Fiorella, Friedman & Mercante LLP.