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Carl J. Schaerf

Partner

New York, New Jersey

Team member

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.

  • Columbia College of Columbia University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York

  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Professional Experience

Carl’s career has been focused on product liability and general liability of all kinds, generally catastrophic in nature.  He has extensive litigation experience at both the trial and the appellate levels, including several prominent verdicts and published appellate decisions.


Carl has served as Northeast/Mid Atlantic regional product liability counsel for a large electrical manufacturer and distributor for approximately 25 years. He is involved at all stages of claims, from first notice, through inspections, filings, depositions and ultimate resolution. He is very familiar with catastrophic loss, whether by fire, electrocution, amputation or otherwise. He regularly has been involved in all manner of fire and flooding losses, often at the scene within minutes or hours of the occurrence. He also defends automobile, bus and truck operators in cases involving catastrophic loss.


Carl also serves as counsel to a large and swiftly growing retailer, advising on and litigating commercial disputes, liability questions and real estate controversies.


He has defended numerous governmental and religious organizations against claims of physical and sexual abuse, including those brought under recent revival statutes in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere.


Carl also consults and lectures nationally on ERISA and non-ERISA health, life, accident and disability matters.

Honors and Distinctions

  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®*

  • Noted among “New York Super Lawyers” for personal injury defense: products, 2007-2023

  • Fordham Law School Law Review

Professional Activities

  • International Association of Defense Counsel, member

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association, member

Publications

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