Dominic Donato is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ New York and Connecticut offices. He specializes in all aspects of construction litigation, including high exposure New York Labor Law, construction defect and adjacent property damage cases, as well as premises and product liability matters.
Mr. Donato has over six years of specialized experience in construction litigation defense in New York’s state and federal courts, as well as in Connecticut state courts. Throughout his career, he has successfully represented an array of general contractors, trade subcontractors, architects, engineers and owner-developers. Mr. Donato strives to add value by carefully analyzing cases and identifying every opportunity to extricate clients from litigation at the earliest possible stage. He has successfully argued pre-answer motions to dismiss in complex, multi-party litigation involving high-rise and luxury condominium construction in the City of New York. Mr. Donato further maximizes value to clients by strategically conducting discovery. His aggressive approach aims to develop a defense-friendly narrative that favorably positions cases for summary judgment and trial. In one recent matter, Mr. Donato’s motion for summary judgment was granted by the New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division, in a protracted, high-exposure suit involving a construction project that caused significant damage to several surrounding properties and, in one instance, building collapse. Mr. Donato also has experience briefing and arguing appeals in both the First and Second Departments of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division.
Mr. Donato obtained his J.D. with cum laude honors from Albany Law School of Union University in 2012. While attending Albany Law, he was an active moot court competitor, a member of the Justinian Honor Society and an academic scholarship recipient. Mr. Donato obtained dual B.A. degrees in international relations and political science from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2008.
On summer weekends, Mr. Donato can frequently be found in the bleachers of Yankee Stadium. He occasionally enjoys watching the New York Giants, but often turns the game off before they self-destruct and crush whatever small amount of hope he had for them. Otherwise, Mr. Donato enjoys camping, skiing, hiking and spending time with friends and family.
In a landmark decision with ramifications for businesses across the country, a recent decision by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York partially struck down the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new joint employer rule, which became effective on March 1, 2020.