Patrick C. Gilmartin is a Member of the Sills Cummis & Gross Litigation, Mass
Tort and Product Liability Practice Groups. His practice focuses on complex product
liability and mass tort/toxic tort suits with a secondary focus on employment
law matters. Mr. Gilmartin has extensive experience in federal and state litigation
and private arbitration involving foreign sovereign governments, medical device
and food manufacturers, major municipalities and constituent agencies, public
benefit corporations, as well as military contractors and health care
companies. He has appeared as trial counsel and lead counsel before federal
district courts within New York City and has argued before arbitral tribunals
sitting overseas. In an advisory capacity, Mr. Gilmartin has evaluated proposed
regulatory changes for major corporations; has counseled management on
employment-related issues; and has kept governments, private businesses and
insurers abreast of federal, state and local legislative and regulatory
developments that impact litigations to which they are party.
Mr. Gilmartin has held key roles in defending medical device
and food manufacturers, military contractors and major municipalities from mass
tort/toxic tort claims. In such matters, he has handled all phases of discovery,
class certification hearings and dispositive motions.
In the employment law sphere, Mr. Gilmartin has handled a wide
range of matters, including defending suits brought under Fair Labor Standards
Act (FLSA), Equal Pay Act, Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and related causes of action. He
has appeared in employment cases as lead counsel in federal and state courts,
as well as before the New York State Division of Human Rights. He has also
delivered advice to clients on minimizing risk and litigation exposure in the
employment context, including on federal and state WARN Acts.
In the pro bono sphere, Mr. Gilmartin’s successes include representing
veterans appealing denial of benefits; victims of domestic violence pursing
restraining orders; and parents accused of child abduction seeking to retain
custody of children in federal suits under Hague Convention.
Before joining the Firm, Mr. Gilmartin practiced at Locke Lord
and Patton Boggs. He also served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Katharine S.
Hayden, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey. In
addition, he completed a period of service at the New York City Law Department’s
Labor & Employment Law Division, where he appeared extensively in the U.S.
District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.