Committee on Civil Practice Law and Rules

Since its adoption, New York’s CPLR has been a work in progress. The mission of the Section’s CPLR Committee is to help ensure that this evolution proceeds in a direction that enhances the underlying fairness of our judicial system in resolving commercial disputes and reflects the views of commercial practitioners in the New York State Courts.

The CPLR Committee serves this mission primarily by preparing legislative proposals in areas of particular interest to members of the Section, and commenting on bills and proposals offered by other parts of the New York State Bar Association and the larger New York legal community when they address areas of interest or concern to the Section. The Committee has developed or contributed to numerous proposals to amend the CPLR, including proposals concerning sanctions for frivolous litigation conduct, standards for deposition civility, expanded expert discovery in substantial commercial cases, discoverability of surveillance materials, revised procedures for motions for summary judgment and motions to dismiss, and revised procedures for filing, challenging and renewing notices of pendency. In addition to developing new initiatives on behalf of the Section, the Committee routinely reviews and advises the Section on proposed amendments to the CPLR put forward by other bar groups or legislators, and often files legislative reports on such bills with appropriate committees of the Senate and Assembly on behalf of the Section. This ongoing review serves a dual function: flagging flawed amendments at an early stage and identifying potentially valuable proposals that merit the Section’s support.

The CPLR Committee is co-chaired by Helene R. Hechtkopf of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP, New York City and Thomas C. Bivona, Managing Attorney, Milbank Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP, New York City.

Committee Activities:

  • On-going monitoring of proposed amendments to CPLR

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