Dennis A. First attended Vassar College and graduated with honors from Ohio State University in 1975. He received his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University in 1978. After serving as law clerk to the Hon. Joseph Harris of Albany County Court, he entered private practice in 1979.
Dennis practice emphasizes the defense of physicians, hospitals and nursing homes in malpractice cases, lawyers in legal malpractice cases, manufacturers in products liability cases, and the defense of general liability cases, including premises liability, construction accidents, automobile negligence and municipal liability. As a trial lawyer for more than 30 years, Dennis has achieved a remarkable record of success for clients both inside and outside of the courtroom. He often defends professionals in administrative proceedings brought by various administrative agencies.
Dennis is a member of the Albany County, New York State and American Bar Associations. He is an appointed member of the State Bar Association's Special Committee to Confer with the State's Medical Society. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI). He is also a member of the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association. Dennis frequently lectures for the New York State Bar Association and other organizations in the areas of trial practice and procedure.
Honors and Awards — Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Albany, NY - 2017
Super Lawyers - Upstate New York Personal Injury Defense 2007 - 2016
Super Lawyers - Top 25 Hudson Valley 2007-2016
Super Lawyers - Top 50 Upstate New York Lawyers 2007-2016
Martindale Hubbell – AV Rated-Very High to Preeminent
New York State Bar Association 1998 President's Pro Bono Service Law Firm Award