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We believe that early involvement, continuity and close attorney-client relationships are integral to successfully defending our clients. We have found that it is not beneficial to have a case drag on needlessly. Rather, our goal is the most favorable and expeditious outcome for our clients. We believe that in the long run, this is the most beneficial for all concerned. At the same time, when early dispositions are not possible, we are always fully prepared to defend actions at trial and have enjoyed considerable success in this regard. In fact, the Partners have over one hundred jury trials among them—throughout the Courts of the State of New York.


PARTNERS
Paul S. Gruvman, Esq.
Louis P. Giordano, Esq.
Charles T. Glaws, Esq.


ASSOCIATES
Lauren K. Botcheos


Paul S. Gruvman, Esq.
Paul received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1986. A 1989 graduate of Rutgers School of Law – Camden, Paul received the honor of Best Brief for his treatment addressing the issue of Duty to Warn. Paul gained invaluable experience as a trial attorney at the Kings County District Attorney's Office. As a Senior Assistant District Attorney, Paul focused on the prosecution of high profile, complex cases including homicides and other serious felonies. He also supervised less experienced attorneys in that office. "My six years as an Assistant District Attorney, afforded me the opportunity to work closely with experts in the areas of medicine, forensics, psychology, accident reconstruction and DNA analysis. Fortunately, I was able to successfully transfer this knowledge into the civil arena."

Since leaving the D.A.'s office in 1996, Paul continued to hone his skills as a trial attorney with the law firm of Armienti & Brooks, P.C. Responsible for a large caseload from inception through trial, he has handled many multi-million dollar cases involving premises liability, negligent security and construction accidents in both state and federal court. Paul joined the firm of Dubois, Billig, Loughlin, Conaty & Weisman in July, 1998. As Senior Trial Counsel, his experience as a seasoned litigator handling diverse criminal and civil matters added another dimension of expertise to DBLC&W.

Currently, at Gruvman, Giordano & Glaws, LLP, his primary focus is defending general liability matters and some occasional malpractice actions. Paul is a licensed attorney in the States of New York and New Jersey and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey. He is a member of The American Bar Association, The New York State Bar Association, The Brooklyn Bar Association, The Defense Research Institute (DRI) and the Defender Association of New York.

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Louis P. Giordano, Esq.
Louis received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Binghamton University in 1990. He graduated in the top fifth of his class from Brooklyn Law School in 1993, and subsequently worked for nearly five years as a prosecutor in the Bronx County District Attorney's office. While an Assistant District Attorney, he successfully prosecuted numerous high profile felony cases including homicides. In his last two years as a prosecutor, he further enhanced his trial skills as a senior trial attorney in the Felony Narcotics Bureau. "My experience as a prosecutor has subsequently proved invaluable in the civil sector. In addition to further developing my skills as a trial attorney the position also exposed me to the wonderful diversity that our city has to offer. The needs of crime victims were as personal and particularized as the cases themselves. Complex civil litigation similarly requires an attorney who can adapt to the individually tailored needs of the client."

After leaving the District Attorney's Office in late 1997, Lou stepped seamlessly into a senior trial position and a subsequent partnership at the Wall Street defense litigation firm, Armienti & Brooks, P.C.. While there, he successfully handled and tried numerous cases for the New York City Transit Authority, the New York City Housing Authority, and nearly a dozen private and public insurance carriers, representing building owners, corporations, small businesses, security firms and individual insureds. Lou has litigated and tried cases in all of the Supreme Courts in the New York Metropolitan area, and has successfully authored and argued his own appellate briefs on cases that he litigated in order to ensure that hard-fought victories at the Supreme Court level were upheld.

Lou has sat as a pro bono arbitrator in Civil Court, Kings County in the Small Claims Court Division, is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and is a licensed attorney in the State of New York. He is a member of the Brooklyn Bar Association and has worked with the New York City Bar Association in their efforts to assist small businesses in securing S.B.A. and F.E.M.A. funding in the wake of the World Trade Center tragedy.

At Gruvman, Giordano & Glaws, LLP, Lou's primary focus has been defending general liability matters and pharmaceutical malpractice actions for Walgreen's Pharmacies, in addition to handling various regulatory and administrative law matters. He has lectured to risk managers and hundreds of business owners on the legal issues confronting supermarket owners at various client seminars.

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Charles T. Glaws, Esq.
Charles graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in1983 earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. Charles obtained his Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Tufts University in 1985. Working his way through Brooklyn Law School, Charles received his Juris Doctor degree in 1991, winning the Edward Byrne Memorial Prize for integrity in the practice of criminal law and the American Jurisprudence Award for trial advocacy.

After graduation, Charles was sworn in as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, where he served in the misdemeanor, grand jury and felony trial bureaus for five years. During that time, Charles acquired significant trial experience, handling the prosecution of high profile robberies, burglaries, arsons and homicides.

In 1995, Charles worked as an associate in the Law Offices of Dominick Porto in a general practice with a focus on commercial litigation and NASD and Securities arbitration.

In 1996, Charles joined the law firm of Armienti & Brooks, P.C., where he became a partner in January, 2000. "While the adjustment to civil practice was substantial, I think the learning curve was significantly reduced by my trial and appellate experience from the D.A.'s office."

At A&B, Charles handled all stages of litigation in myriad negligence actions: automobile, premises liability, negligent security, product liability and lead paint litigation. Over time, Charles gained a level of expertise in labor law/construction accident litigation and insurance coverage disputes, achieving summary judgment for his clients on multi-million dollar cases. He has also conducted and led seminars on the labor law, and has published several articles in his areas of practice.

In addition to Charles' significant trial experience, he has conferenced, briefed and argued over 40 appeals in the First and Second Departments with a remarkable success rate. "The appellate process is the crucible in which you can firmly establish your victories in law. It also provides a legitimate venue to right wrongs suffered by your client."

Charles is licensed to practice throughout the New York State Court system, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Charles is a member of the New York County Lawyers Association.

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Lauren K. Botcheos
Lauren graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2006, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  Upon graduating, she was inducted as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

She received her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 2010, graduating cum laude.  At Brooklyn Law, she was awarded the distinction of Best Brief in her first year legal writing class for her handling of an appeal in a criminal homicide case.  While in school, she interned in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in the Racketeering Division. While interning, she assisted in the prosecution of misdemeanor civil rights and fraud cases.  During her final year of law school, she was employed as a law clerk at a plaintiff’s firm.  In that position, she was able to gain valuable experience in the litigation process from that perspective.

Lauren is a licensed attorney in the States of New York and New Jersey and is admitted to practice in before the Supreme Court of New Jersey and the United States District Court for New Jersey.

Currently, at Gruvman, Giordano & Glaws, LLP, Lauren assists in defending general liability matters.  She handles all aspects of litigation including depositions, substantive motion practice, discovery matters and trial preparation including drafting memoranda of law.

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