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Barry J. Gainey

Barry J. Gainey received his bachelor's degree in 1981 from Boston University and received his J.D. in 1984 from Washington and Lee University School of Law where he was a Law Review Notes and Comments Editor and authored two published articles. Mr. Gainey was a partner at Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker in New York City, and the founding partner of Renzulli, Gainey & Rutherford (which later became Gainey & McKenna and now Gainey McKenna & Egleston), with offices in New York City and New Jersey. Mr. Gainey has worked on many high profile actions such as:

Schroeder, et al. v Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., Bank of America, et al., 07-cv-1363 (D.N.J.)
   (appointed class counsel in nationwide class action on behalf of United States Military Service
   members with Countrywide mortgages);
Klyachman v Vitamin Shoppe, et al., 07-cv-1528 (D.N.J.) (appointed class counsel in nationwide
   consumer fraud case);
Kleck v Bluegreen Corporation, 09-cv-81047 (S.D. Fl.) (appointed class counsel with Florida firm in
   nationwide class action);
Resnik v Lucent Technologies, Inc. et al., L-1230-06 (N.J.) (appointed co-class counsel in class
   action case);
Alamo v Bluegreen Corporation et al., L-6716-05 (N.J.) (appointed class counsel in consumer fraud
   case); and
Blumer, et al. v Acu-Gen Biolabs, Inc., et al., 06-cv-10359 (D. Mass) (appointed class counsel in
   consumer fraud case).

Mr. Gainey is admitted to practice in the Federal and State Courts of New York and New Jersey. He is also a past or current member of the American Association for Justice, New Jersey Association for Justice, New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, and Bergen County Bar Association.

He can be reached at: bgainey@gme-law.com.


Thomas J. McKenna

Thomas J. McKenna received his bachelor's degree in 1981 from Boston College (magna cum laude) and received his J.D. in 1984 from Syracuse University College of Law (cum laude) where he was a Law Review Editor and a Member of the Justinian Honorary Law Society.

Following law school, Mr. McKenna clerked in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana for the Honorable Veronica D. Wicker from 1984 through 1986.

Before starting his own law practice, Mr. McKenna was associated with Cahill, Gordon & Reindel ("Cahill") in New York City, practicing class actions and securities law, insurance coverage litigation and general commercial litigation. After his association with Cahill, he was an attorney at Grutman Greene & Humphrey in New York City where he concentrated on class actions and trial practice in complex commercial and tort litigation. In 1996, Mr. McKenna started his own law firm and then formed Gainey & McKenna in 1998 where he focused his practice on trials, class actions and commercial disputes. Mr. McKenna has worked on many important actions such as:

Allapattah Services, Inc., et al., vs. Exxon Corporation, Case No.: 91-cv-0983 (S.D. Fla.)
   (nationwide class action for class of Exxon service station operators against Exxon for allegedly
   overcharging them for gasoline, eventually settled for over $1 billion);
In re Schering-Plough Corp. Enhance ERISA Litig., Civil Action No.: 08-cv-1432 (D.N.J.) (Co-Lead
   Counsel) (claim on behalf of employees and ex-employees against 401(k) fiduciaries for breaches
   of duty in connection with Vytorin);
In re Popular Inc. ERISA Litig., Master File: 3:09-cv-01552-ADC (D. Puerto Rico) (Co-Lead
   Counsel) (breach of fiduciary duty case under ERISA);
In re General Growth Properties, Inc. ERISA Litig., Master File No.: 08-cv-6680 (N.D. Ill.) (Class
   Counsel) (breach of fiduciary duty case involving harm to retirement plan in connection with
   alleged risky real estate investments); and
Morrison v. MoneyGram Int'l, Inc., et al., 08-cv-1121 (D. of Minn.) (Lead Counsel) (breach of
   fiduciary duty claims involving alleged improper investment practices).

Mr. McKenna is a member of the Bar of the State of New York and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits. He has also been admitted pro hac vice in numerous other courts. Mr. McKenna is also a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice (formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association) and past member of the New York County Lawyers Association.

He can be reached at: tjmckenna@gme-law.com.


Gregory M. Egleston

Gregory M. Egleston received his bachelor's degree in 1992 from Fordham University (magna cum laude), his master's degree in 1994 from Columbia University, and received his J.D. in 1997 from New York Law School.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Egleston had his own law firm and prior to that, Mr. Egleston was an attorney specializing in securities class action litigation, shareholder derivative actions, and consumer fraud litigation at a prominent Manhattan plaintiffs' class action firm. Mr. Egleston has worked on many high profile class actions such as:

Mayer v. Administrative Committee of Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. Retirement Plans (N.D. Il.)
   ($7.75 million settlement);
In re YRC Worldwide Inc. ERISA Litig. (D. Kan.) ($6.5 million settlement);
In re Schering-Plough Corp. Enhance ERISA Litig., Civil Action No.: 08cv-1432 (D.N.J.) ($12.25
   Million Settlement);
In re Popular Inc. ERISA Litig., Master File: 3:09-cv-01552-ADC (D. Puerto Rico) ($8.2 Million
   Settlement);
In re General Growth Properties, Inc. ERISA Litig., Master File No.: 08-cv-6680 (N.D. Ill.) ($5.75
   Million Settlement);
Morrison v. MoneyGram Int'l, Inc., et al., 08-cv-1121 (D. of Minn.) (Lead Counsel) ($4.5 Million
   Settlement);
In re Deutsche Telekom A.G. Sec. Litig. (S.D.N.Y.) ($120 million settlement);
In re Willbros Group, Inc. Sec. Litig. (S.D. Tex.) ($10.5 million settlement);
In re Lumenis Sec. Litig. (S.D.N.Y.) ($20.1 million settlement);
In re Royal Dutch/Shell Transport Sec. Litig. (D.N.J.) ($130 million settlement);
In re Marsh & McClennan Companies, Inc. Sec. Litig. (S.D.N.Y.) ($400 Million settlement); and
In re United Global Comm., Inc. Shareholder Litig. (Delaware Chancery Court) ($25 million
   recovery in going-private transactions).

Mr. Egleston was also involved in a high profile landlord/tenant action entitled Roberts v. Tishman Speyer, L.P., et al., N.Y. Sup. Ct., Index No. 07600475. The core legal issue was whether landlords could permissibly deregulate and charge market rents for certain so-called "luxury" apartment units in these complexes in years in which the landlords were simultaneously receiving tax abatements from New York City known as "J-51" benefits. The Court of Appeals ruled that the New York statutory scheme prevents landlords of rent stabilized buildings from charging market rents while receiving J-51 benefits for as long as they continue to receive those tax benefits. The action recently settled for $68.8 million.

Mr. Egleston is admitted to the Bars of the States of New York and Connecticut. He is also admitted to practice before the Bars of the federal district courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Connecticut.

He can be reached at: gegleston@gme-law.com.


David A. Silva
(Counsel)

David A. Silva received his Bachelors Degree in 1982 from New York University and received his J.D. in 1985 from Brooklyn Law School where he was a member of the Moot Court National Team.

Between the years of 1985 and 1988, Mr. Silva worked as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Law Department of the City of New York. While at the Law Department, Mr. Silva represented various city agencies in Article 78 proceedings as well as defended the constitutionality of various aspects of the New York City Public Health Law, as well as the Building Code and Zoning Resolution. In addition, he was lead counsel on Federal civil rights actions defending the City and its employees.

In 1988, Mr. Silva left the City and joined Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass as an associate and worked there for 25 years becoming a partner in 1995 and a senior partner in 2002.

Mr. Silva has served as counsel to both insurers and reinsurers in dozens of reinsurance arbitrations and court proceedings across the United States. He has also acted as lead counsel in arbitrations in both Bermuda and England, involving some of the highest profile issues in the industry. Mr. Silva regularly advises clients on a wide range of issues including workers' compensation carve out and spiral business; life, personal accident and medical reinsurance issues; long term care reinsurance; actuarial disputes; coverage of declaratory judgment expenses; rescission claims; claims for pre-answer security; letter of credit disputes; commutation valuations; allocation of losses; contract drafting; records inspection rights, and audits. He also has substantial experience in other reinsurance-related matters, including issues involving domestic and off-shore captive reinsurers, surplus relief treaties, and many matters relating to life, accident, health, and long term care insurance. He also has substantial involvement in all aspects of property and casualty insurance litigation including first- and third-party coverage and claims defense, business interruption, products liability defense, and disputes between primary and excess carriers.

Mr. Silva has been recognized in the Chambers USA Directory, Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers as a leading individual in the field of insurance and reinsurance. Mr. Silva has also served as a lecturer and panelist for various reinsurance programs, including the Reinsurance Association of America, ARIAS U.S., as well as Harris Martin and HB Litigation Conferences.

Mr. Silva is admitted to practice in the federal and state courts of New York and is a past member of the New York State Bar Association as well as the New York County Lawyers Association.

He can be reached at: dsilva@gme-law.com.






 
 

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