Vito A. Cannavo

MEMBER & DIRECTOR + 1988 + New York

Vito A. Cannavo brings his corporate and municipal litigation experience to perfectly complement the trial skills he has developed in all areas of the Firm’s practice. A seasoned trial attorney, he has earned his outstanding reputation through hard work and dedication. Vito’s work ethic is confirmed by his numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice, premises liability, motor vehicle and firefighter- related litigation.

Prior to joining the Firm, Vito served as law clerk to United States District Court Judge Mark Costantino. He then joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett as a litigation associate. His years at the New York City Law Department Office of The Corporation Counsel proved him to be a formidable trial attorney, prompting the Firm’s decision to ask him to join us in 1988. Mr. Cannavo, a Member since 1992, is in charge of one of the Firm’s General Negligence departments.

Verdicts + Settlements

  • Recovered $6 million for a firefighter injured by falling debris during a firefighting operation.

  • Recovered $5.6 million for a client who sustained brain damage as a result of improper medical monitoring.

  • Obtained a $5.5 million verdict in a case where the radiologist failed to diagnose breast cancer.

Awards and Recognition

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for work in:
    Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

  • Listed in New York magazine and Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top lawyers in New York

  • Received the highest rating (AV®) from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.


  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York • 1978

Professional Associations

  • Currently serving as President of the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn.

Selected Publications


  • Speaker on trial issues and is considered a leading authority in the state on municipal and premises liability

Practice Areas
Awards + Memberships