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Carl Grasso focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, including product liability, consumer protection litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury, insurance coverage declaratory matters, and has litigated in such diverse areas as trusts and estates, medical malpractice, class action consumer fraud, and election law. He has represented major automobile manufacturers and municipal organizations and has served as supervisory and national counsel in the defense of products liability and toxic tort matters for major manufacturers. He has been intimately involved with trials all over the United States, including New York, for over 40 years, and has not infrequently pitched in on appellate work, as well. He has been an arbitrator in Small Claims Court, New York County since 1995 and has been appointed as a guardian ad litem by the Nassau County Surrogate in a number of matters.

After serving on active duty as a U.S. Army engineer officer, including service in Vietnam, he retired from the U. S. Army Reserve as a Colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 1996. He received the Bronze Star in 1971 and the Legion of Merit in 1996. He also sings with the Huntington Men’s Chorus, serves on that all-male choral group’s Board of Directors, and as chairman of that organization’s Endowment Fund.


  • Co-author of “New York Trial Notebook,” James Publishing, Inc., 2005 (reviewed by Paul D. Rheingold in the New York Law Journal, May 17, 2006) (now in its 11th edition, most recently updated 2019) (co-authors are Edward L. Birnbaum, Esq. and Hon. Ariel E. Belen, retired, formerly of the Appellate Division, Second Department, now with JAMS) (book available from the publisher and Amazon).
  • Co-author of Chapter “The Medical Chart as Evidence” in the Jones and Bartlett publication The Medical Record As A Forensic Resource edited by Campion Quinn, M.D., 2004
  • Effective Direct and Cross-Examination, Chapter 5, First Annual Civil Litigation Institute Course Handbook, Practicing Law Institute, 1997
  • Military Justice Within the Reserve Components: A New Chapter in RC Dealings and the UCMJ, The Army Lawyer, p. 64, Oct. 1988
  • The Statute of Limitations as Applied to Medical Malpractice Actions Brought Under the Federal Tort Claims Act, 117 Military L. Rev. 1, 1987

Affiliations + Recognition

  • Highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell (AV Rating) 
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, New York County Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Judges Association
  • Member, Small Claims Arbitrators Association, New York County.