Alternate Office
  • 1114 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York, NY 10036
Areas of Practice
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2002, Member, The Fordham Urban Law Journal, Captain, National Moot Court Competition Team, Captain, Philip C. Jessup International Law, Moot Court Competition Team, Lawrence J. McKay Prize
  • Yale University, B.A. in Literature, 1997
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Leah M. Quadrino

Partner
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 8012
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Leah M. Quadrino is an accomplished commercial litigator with a broad background in insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution. She is well-versed in all forums—including jury trials in federal and state court, arbitration proceedings, mediations, and appeals. Her clients’ matters span a wide array of industries, including oil and gas, pharmaceutical products, chemical manufacturing, securities, insurance, reinsurance, and municipalities, among other areas.

Ms. Quadrino also draws on her widespread complex litigation experience to handle professional liability matters. She represents lawyers in defense of legal malpractice claims, including claims under New York Judiciary Law Section 487, and advises clients concerning allegations of malpractice and ethical violations.

In her active pro bono practice, Ms. Quadrino has represented recent immigrants, refugees, and homeless persons, as well as victims of sex trafficking, employment discrimination, and excessive force violations.

Based in both Washington and New York, Ms. Quadrino is an elected member of the DC Bar Board of Governors and a past chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Committee on Excess, Surplus Lines and Reinsurance.

Representative Matters

  • Represented UK-based securities firm in successfully obtaining defense jury verdict on securities matter
  • Represented chemical manufacturer in class action litigation involving medical monitoring claims that ended in a successful settlement
  • Represented major international law firm in obtaining summary judgment dismissal of suit against firm and former partner under NY Judiciary Law Section 487
  • Represented retrocessionaire in arbitration proceeding in securing summary judgment dismissal of multimillion-dollar claim on grounds of it being an ex gratia payment
  • Represented insurer in arbitration proceeding in defeating multimillion-dollar claim based on scope of an asbestos exclusion
  • Represented, on a pro bono basis, family members of a man who died in police custody after being tased eight times in 14 minutes in successful petition for writ of certiorari to the US Supreme Court
  • Represented, on a pro bono basis, a Sudanese woman and her family in successfully obtaining political asylum to the United States

Noteworthy

EuroMoney's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers, Rising Star, 2015-2016

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Professional Affiliations

  • Elected Member, DC Bar Board of Governors, 2015-2018
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2013-present
  • Appointed Member, Standing Committee on Law in Public Service, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association, 2013-2017
  • Chair, Scholarship Fund Board, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association, 2016-2018
  • Chair, Committee on Excess, Surplus Lines and Reinsurance, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association, 2012-2013
  • ARIAS-US, 2007-present