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BWBA Member Highlight

BWBA Member Highlight
Claire Rush, Esq.

Rush & Sabbatino, PLLC

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1. If you could live inside any sitcom, which one would it be? Murphy Brown.
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Claire Rush is a trial attorney who specializes in the defense of high exposure personal injury actions. Ms. Rush has been recognized by the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, the New York Times, and AVENUE Magazine as one of New York City’s top women lawyers in the area of trial practice. She has been identified as one of the top personal injury defense attorneys in the Metro New York area by Super Lawyer Magazine and American Legal Media.

Ms. Rush received her B.A. in Political Science from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and her J.D. from New York Law School. While at New York Law School, she was a member of the International Law Journal and Moot Court. She began her career at the MTA/New York City Transit Authority where she was assigned to a trial unit that tried catastrophic injury claims and death actions. Ms. Rush tried over 75 cases to verdict while at MTA, and went on to serve as an Assistant General Counsel, a supervisor in the Bronx Trial Unit, and the Chief of the Major Case Unit in New York County.

During her tenure at the MTA, Ms. Rush developed an interest and expertise in the discovery and prosecution of insurance fraud. While at the MTA, she successfully spearheaded a civil RICO action against a prominent New York law firm and recovered more than $3,000,000 in fraudulently obtained judgments and settlements. After leaving the MTA, Ms. Rush joined Russo Keane & Toner where she eventually made partner. During her time at this firm Ms. Rush defended construction, premises, auto, fraud, mold, and lead paint claims. She tried 23 cases to verdict and was also responsible for mediating catastrophic injury actions and handling complex claims from inception through trial. She was one of the first attorneys in New York State to regularly leverage social media in the defense of personal injury cases.

In April 2011 Ms. Rush joined forces with Francesca Sabbatino to form Rush & Sabbatino, PLLC, a wholly women owned law firm, exclusively devoted to the defense of high stakes construction, premises, and transportation claims. The firm has offices in New York City and Nassau County and represents national and regional insurance companies, self-insureds, and numerous governmental entities. Ms. Rush is the principal trial attorney and regularly tries cases throughout the Metro New York area.  

Ms. Rush is a member of the Council on Litigation Management (CLM), The Defense Research Institute (DRI), The Defense Association of New York (DANY), the New York City Women’s Bar Association, The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA), the Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA) and the Catholic Lawyer’s Guild. She is the national chair of the Diversity Committee of CLM and is the treasurer of  DANY and a member of its Board of Directors. Ms. Rush is a frequent lecturer on topics such as jury selection issues, women in the law, social media evidence, and trial strategy.


Ms. Rush is the catalyst behind DANY’s award winning diversity initiative which is geared to equip mid-level diverse and women attorneys with the skills necessary to attain partnership status and build a book of business. This program was recognized by both the New York Law Journal and DRI as the most outstanding state bar diversity initiative of 2015. Ms. Rush has also developed and championed the Brooklyn Pipeline Initiative a program jointly sponsored by the BBA, the BWBA and DANY for first generation college students who are interested in attending law school. This program provides participants with direct instruction on how to successfully apply to and finance a law school education. Participants who complete the program are afforded internship positions with judges, public agencies and private firms.


The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association is honored to have Ms. Rush as a member and proud of the diversity initiatives she has led.

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