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Maureen Doerner Fogel focuses her practice on complex litigation. Her diverse experience includes product liability and tort claims involving automotive, commercial equipment and consumer products; commercial, contract and business related litigation; employment litigation and insurance coverage disputes.

Product Liability and Class Action

As New York product liability counsel for several automotive manufacturers, Ms. Fogel successfully handles the defense of automotive product liability cases in state and federal courts involving issues such as vehicle stability/rollover, airbags and restraints, roof crush, seats, crashworthiness, body structure, electronic stability control, steering and handling, braking systems, transmissions, fuel systems, electrical systems and control units and other vehicle componentry.  She also represents clients in related commercial disputes between manufacturers and component part suppliers.

Ms. Fogel represents clients in class actions, multi-district litigation and consolidated state court actions across the United States and regulatory matters before state attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission. She has extensive experience counseling and guiding industry executives and key employees through preparation and defense of challenging depositions and complex discovery, including electronic discovery issues, and has received client accolades for her dedication to their representation, creativity and results. She has presented lectures on product liability law topics to clients and attorney associations, including strategies for the defense of multi-district litigation.

Business, Commercial and Insurance

Ms. Fogel represents clients in a diverse array of business litigation as well as counseling clients with respect to litigation risk and avoidance. She routinely handles breach of contract matters in the federal and state courts, including account stated, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of distribution agreements, tortious interference with contract, breach of purchase/sale agreements, and violation of agreements involving trade secrets and confidentiality. She represents small companies in shareholder derivative actions, and handles real estate disputes involving commercial property. She handles complex insurance coverage disputes, declaratory judgment actions and advises clients with respect to insurance coverage.

Employment Law

Ms. Fogel provides advice and guidance to clients on employment law issues including workplace harassment, wrongful termination and discrimination based on race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion and ethnic origin. She drafts, reviews and negotiates employment and severance agreements for clients. She litigates matters in federal and state courts involving non-competes, non-solicitation and breach of confidentiality/trade secrets. She also represents clients in discrimination cases and claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act and New York Human Rights Law before the state and federal courts and the New York Division of Human Rights. She proactively counsels business clients how to address potential employment law issues for risk/litigation avoidance.

Ms. Fogel is the recipient of the highest peer-review rating (AV) from the Martindale-Hubbell directory of attorneys. She is a member of the Litigation Counsel of America, International Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute as well as state and local bar associations.


Affiliations + Recognition

  • “AV-Rated Preeminent” Peer Review Rating by the Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Woman Attorney in NYC, Avenue Magazine
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Product Liability Committee, Tort Committee
  • Co-Chair, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Tort Section’s Legislative Sub-Committee
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute

Speaking Engagements

  • Lecturer, Women in Product Liability, Association of the Bar of New York City
  • Lecturer, Use of Experts in Insurance Coverage, Stafford Continuing CLE
  • Lecturer, Herzfeld-Rubin’s in-house CLE programs on Employment Law, Product Liability, and Trial Practice