Robert Modica is the Managing Partner of Tyson & Mendes’ New York office. His practice focuses primarily on professional liability, privacy, data & cybersecurity, commercial litigation, tort & product liability and construction. Mr. Modica represents a broad range of clients including directors and officers of both large and small businesses, attorneys, architects, engineers, accountants, brokers, manufacturers and distributers. Mr. Modica also represents businesses in various commercial disputes involving intellectual property rights, shareholder derivative claims and technology based claims arising out of privacy, data and cybersecurity breaches.
Throughout his legal career, Mr. Modica achieved numerous outstanding results for his clients. He won a defense verdict in a legal malpractice action filed by the plaintiff, the owner of a Long Island auto repair facility. He has won numerous summary judgment motions and obtained an appellate victory in a legal malpractice action. He also prevailed on a motion for summary judgment in a malicious prosecution case in the New York Supreme Court. Mr. Modica counsels clients in all phases of litigation from inception through trial. He has served as lead trial counsel and has experience conducting mediations and arbitrations, as well as drafting and arguing motions and appeals. Mr. Modica has also been invited to lecture locally and nationally to professional and legal organizations. A frequent contributor to Continuing Legal Education programs for the New York State Bar Association, Mr. Modica has lectured on issues involving legal malpractice claims, cybersecurity, employment related matters, premises liability and the art of conducting depositions. He has also given in-house seminars to insurance and self-insured organizations on a variety of matters.
Mr. Modica earned his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University, during which he served on Moot Court Board, was a member of the National Appellate Advocacy Team, and earned a place on the Dean’s List. He earned his B.S. in physics from State University of New York at Albany, where he played on the varsity football team. Mr. Modica served as an extern for the Honorable David R. Homer in the United States District Court, Northern District of New York. He is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey, the U.S. District Courts, Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York, and the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey.
Outside the office, Mr. Modica enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids. He also enjoys watching his kids play travel sports and weightlifting.