At Gottlieb Ostrager, we strive to provide clients across an array of industries with the benefit of the inherent interplay between our disciplines of law coupled with our decades of experience.
Our commercial collection litigation practice is a law firm of choice for creditors nationwide in addressing their New York based recovery needs.
Our attorneys and experienced staff proudly represent businesses across a broad variety of industries in the collection of commercial accounts of businesses and affiliated individuals failing to satisfy or resolve their debt obligations.
Our firm represents insurers and self-insurers in first-party and third-party litigation and arbitration. We have extensive experience in the areas of No-Fault, intercompany arbitration pursuant to Section 5105 of the Insurance Law, Workers’ Compensation subrogation, uninsured motorist, bodily injury and property damage.
In litigation matters, we regularly appear in the New York State Supreme Courts, New York City Civil Courts, and local District Courts. In arbitration, we appear in matters administered by the American Arbitration Association, and Arbitration Forums, Inc.
Eric Ostrager of Gottlieb Ostrager has handled PIP and PD recovery as well as litigation for Kemper for over 20 years. In all the time I have dealt with Eric, and it has been often, he has never steered me wrong. He has superb communication skills, truly cares about what he does and his clients, and is very professional. Over the years, Eric has recovered lots of money for Kemper and also saved us from paying claims that were not justified.
I have worked with Gottlieb Ostrager LLP for quite a few years. I have found them to be professional, on task and quick to respond to any inquiries I may have on accounts placed. They are friendly and of good humor which I do appreciate. Mr. Gottlieb, Dorca and Michael Tobia have always kept our best interest in mind and work diligently to give us the outcome we seek. I have no doubt we will continue our relationship for many years to come.
Lawyers and woodpeckers have long bills. Thankfully Eric and Team have neither! They are reliable, dependable and the best at getting the job done right the first time. Litigation, Arbitration, Workers Compensation are some of their specialties and Gottlieb Ostrager LLP will always be my first choice. After working with them for over fifteen years of professionalism, competence, effectiveness, excellence and skillfulness Who You Gonna Call? Gottlieb Ostrager!
I have been working with Eric, Warren and their team for years on our New York cases. What I appreciate most is their communication—it’s awesome! I never have to track them down because they follow up so regularly…even if they don’t yet have the answer, they let me know they are working on it. They are also really good about taking suggestions so that the process can work well for me. You can tell that they care about the work.
Intake and Pre-Litigation Efforts
Each file placed with our firm is reviewed by an attorney upon intake. We confirm the underlying facts and focus on the details necessary to formulate and implement a collection strategy. Our aim is to produce recoveries without the expense inherent in instituting litigation. We work to give you a realistic view of the case and attempt to anticipate any post-litigation surprises.
Should litigation become necessary, we understand New York’s governing substantive and procedural law. Equally as important, we bring the practical knowledge gained through representing similarly situated litigants year after year. Our efforts include preparation of initial pleadings, motion practice, court appearances, settlement conferences and mediation, inquests and trials, all carried out with the goal of producing successful, cost effective resolutions while adhering to applicable law and standards of professional conduct.
Upon entry of judgment, we promptly employ the procedural tools provided under the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules to collect on the underlying obligation. Our efforts include asset location and working with civil enforcement officers statewide to levy against all identified sources from which to satisfy client judgments. We also conduct debtor and judgment witness exams and initiate contempt proceedings when we believe the judgment debtor may be attempting to evade our efforts or fraudulently transfer assets.
Utilizing a combination of purchased and proprietary database and software solutions, our scalable, state-of-the-art centralized computer-based information system supports the core processing functions of our practice and enables us to process, monitor and manage litigation matters for our clients transparently and cost-effectively.
Additionally, we are connected electronically to the various platforms provided by the New York State Unified Court System, enabling our attorneys to file, pursue and monitor collection litigation matters on an efficient, expedited basis.
Intake and Pre-Litigation Efforts
An attorney reviews and analyzes each matter upon intake to ascertain whether settlement or litigation
is appropriate. Our goal is to provide an aggressive yet cost-efficient path to resolution.
When litigation of a matter becomes necessary, our vast experience allows us to quickly maneuver
through the Court or arbitration system. We handle all aspects of litigation from inception to trial, while
still maintaining an eye towards resolution when appropriate. For matters in arbitration, we prepare
submissions on behalf of insurers and self-insurers and appear for the hearings.
Post Litigation/Arbitration Efforts
Upon completion of litigation, there are times when a determination may need to be appealed. We
handle all aspects of the appellate process and work closely with our clients to identify the pros and
cons of such action. We also file Petitions to Confirm or Vacate arbitration awards when appropriate. In
cases where payment is not forthcoming, we utilize the vast judgment enforcement techniques of our
Collection Litigation practice.