Civil Litigation Attorney
Helping businesses and individuals successfully resolve disputes
When legal disputes disrupt your business or personal life, having a committed, knowledgeable attorney to zealously advocate on your behalf brings comfort and peace of mind. Bill Fanciullo represents New York businesses, families and individuals in litigation, arbitration and mediation. He can help you in state and federal courts and administrative agencies with all types of civil litigation.
With over 36 years as an attorney including over 10 years as a federal government trial attorney, Mr. Fanciullo has extensive experience in court. Some of Mr. Fanciullo’s civil cases include representing plaintiffs in U.S. District Court (NDNY) in a case against 11 defendants that lasted approximately five years. It included allegations of violations of civil RICO with alleged predicate acts involving alleged money laundering, mail and wire fraud, obstruction of justice and others. The case also included causes of action of fraud, breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, breach of fiduciary duty, interference with business relations, and more. The case settled on the day of trial as against several of the defendants. This case involved years of discovery (including some in a foreign country) and motions, voluminous documents, and required the hiring of four experts: in the areas of patents, pertinent science, damages and fraud. The case settled for a confidential amount. The non-confidential default judgment entered against several of the defendants was over $150,000,000.
Mr. Fanciullo’s experience includes personal injury cases. As a federal attorney Mr. Fanciullo did civil plaintiff’s and defense work for his then client, The United States of America and all of its agencies and subparts. Mr. Fanciullo has represented plaintiffs in personal injury cases including construction accident, auto accident, drowning, sexual assault, accidental death, brain injury, and others. Another of Mr. Fanciullo’s cases involved bringing a civil action under the Federal Tort Claims Act on behalf of the inmate-victim of a sexual assault in a prison. The case resulted in a favorable settlement.
In another case, alleging racial discrimination by his client, Mr. Fanciullo obtained the involuntary dismissal of all allegations against his client at trial after the plaintiff put on her case – before the defense even had to produce any of its numerous witnesses.
Other civil cases include personal injury and death cases, complex litigation and commercial litigation, and, again, many others.
- Business litigation
- Breach of contract
- Property damage
- Serious personal injury claims
- Insurance claims
- Construction litigation
- Consumer litigation
- Products liability
- Product defects
False Claims Act – Qui Tam actions
The False Claims Act allows individuals to commence federal lawsuits against persons or entities allegedly committing fraud against the United States Government. There is also a similar New York False Claims Act. Sometimes referred to as “whistleblower” suits, these “qui tam” actions can be filed under seal, and the federal or state government will assess the allegations and decide whether to step in. In such situations, the initial plaintiff, under certain circumstances, may receive a percentage of the amount recovered by the federal or state government – potentially a large amount. False Claims Act cases allow treble damages plus potentially large penalties.
Bill Fanciullo can represent you in the bringing of such an action, maximizing your chances for a recovery.
Or if, unfortunately, you and/or your corporation are being investigated regarding alleged involvement in or named as defendant/s in such an action, Bill Fanciullo can provide representation in that situation as well.
In 2016 alone Bill Fanciullo settled two large and complex False Claims Act cases via civil resolutions.
Representation before administrative agencies
Serious repercussions can result from investigations and prosecutions by federal and state administrative agencies, not only in the form of the immediate results in front of the agencies, but also resulting from their investigations and “findings” and whether these are forwarded on for further, potentially more serious action. Bill Fanciullo is experienced in this arena as well, including (but not limited to) defending persons in matters before The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“JCOPE”), The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), the New York State Inspector General’s Office, and defending doctors before review boards.
Put a strong, determined litigator to work for you
Bill Fanciullo knows your matter is important. He offers his clients:
- Individual attention — When you retain the Law Office of William Fanciullo, you receive the care, time and attention you deserve.
- A more direct model — Bill Fanciullo personally handles all or the vast majority of your case/s, maintaining the high level of legal services you expect and deserve.
- Integrity — Bill Fanciullo prides himself on providing you with straightforward, honest answers. He answers all of your questions and ensures you fully understand the litigation process and what to expect as your case moves forward. You can rely on him to help you set realistic expectations.
- A focus on success — Bill Fanciullo always has your best interests in mind. If protracted litigation is the only solution to achieve the proper outcome, Bill Fanciullo is ready. If settling your case early on will achieve the best result, Bill Fanciullo will take the time to explain why he believes you should settle instead of engaging in lengthy litigation.
Ready for trial
Bill Fanciullo has the determination, tenacity and skill required to litigate your case. When litigation provides the best means of resolving your legal issues, his professional courtroom demeanor and meticulous preparation give him an edge as an assertive, strategic advocate. These qualities are also determinative in obtaining a favorable settlement, should that be the client’s choice.
Feel free to contact an assertive Albany, New York litigation lawyer you can trust
Attorney Bill Fanciullo welcomes your email or call to discuss your case. Reach him at 518.427.8261.
The Law Office of William Fanciullo is located in Albany and represents clients throughout New York State and the national federal system.