Dennis J. Dozis
As an appellate litigator, Dennis Dozis prosecutes and defends civil appeals in both state and federal courts. Whether appealing an adverse ruling, preserving a favorable one, or conducting a comprehensive appellate review, Dozis applies his strong analytical, writing and speaking skills to deliver persuasive arguments on behalf of Littleton Joyce clients.
Dozis has successfully litigated numerous appeals and motions involving clients in the insurance, healthcare, and commercial real estate industries. He served as the lead attorney in a landmark decision that extended the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause to non-ordained members of the clergy and barred a lawsuit based upon an alleged improper relationship with a parishioner. He also won two decisions extending the doctrine of quasi-judicial immunity to mental health professionals involved in child custody proceedings.
In addition to his appellate practice, Dozis plays a key role in Littleton Joyce’s construction practice, focusing on litigation involving construction products, negligent construction and delay damages claims, as well as issues involving New York State Labor Law. He counsels private developers, owners, contractors and insurance carriers facing lawsuits involving New York Labor Law and construction site claims.
Upon earning his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2004, Dozis served as an appellate court attorney with the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, where he analyzed New York state law, prepared confidential reports and developed slip opinions to be issued by appellate justices.
New York State Bar
New Jersey State Bar
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
United States District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A., cum laude, 2001
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2004
"Responding to and Propounding Written Discovery" DRI (July 2015);
"Establishment Clause Extended to Non-Ordained Clergy Member", New York Law Journal (August 7, 2014);
"Apportioning Fault: Bankruptcy Filings and Multi-Defendant Civil Proceedings", New York Law Journal (March 15, 2013);
"Court of Appeals Extols Benefits of Conditional Orders of Preclusion", New York Law Journal (March 8, 2011);
"Primary Assumption of the Risk: Still Viable Defense, With Limitations", New York Law Journal (November 1, 2010);
"Protecting Mental Health Professionals in Child Custody Cross-Fire", New York Law Journal (August 16, 2010);
"Recordkeeping and the Legal Defense of Mental Health Care Professionals: The Ugly, The Bad and The Good", Professional Liability Underwriters Society Journal (October, 2009);
"Lock Your Doors! Landowner Liability for Criminal Acts", New York Law Journal (September 1, 2009);
"Don’t Let Your Guard Down! Liability of Security Guard Companies For Injuries to Third Parties", American Bar Association Products and General Liability and Consumer Newsletter (Fall 2009);
"Getting Back What’s Yours: Protecting Practitioners’ Property Rights in Medical Records", Association for Healthcare Risk Management of New York The Risk Management Quarterly, (Summer 2009);
"Potential Legal Defenses in Child Abuse Reporting Litigation", Association for Healthcare Risk Management of New York News, (Winter 2008);
"Ethics Continuing Education Program for Third Party Administrator" Atlanta, Georgia (December, 2015).