Our property law practice area provides an array of legal services to commercial and personal lines property claims professionals.  In addition to defending fraud and arson claims and conducting examinations under oath, we also assist claims professionals in all aspects of first-party property losses, from mortgagee claims, to negotiations with public adjusters.

With extensive trial and appellate experience, our team offers special expertise in New York State’s Broad Evidence Rule, and is unique in assisting insurers in resolving the valuation issues that arise in nearly every first-party property loss. Our property litigation practice group also defends against mortgagee claims, and represents insurance companies on issues such as emergency demolitions and property code violations.

Our property law practice area capabilities include:

  • Examinations under oath
  • Property insurance coverage review and analysis
  • Litigation of first-party property disputes
  • Arson and fraud investigations
  • Insurable interest claims
  • Residence premises defense
  • Defense of bad-faith claims
  • Replacement – cost holdback claims
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Department of Financial Services complaints
  • Appraisal
  • Co-insurance
  • Subrogation

Our Property Attorneys:


Business Law & Litigation / Insurance Defense Litigation / leadership / Property Law
Anthony Rupp – Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham | Buffalo, NY


Insurance Defense Litigation / Product Liability Law / Property Law
Melissa Victon – Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham | Buffalo, NY


Banking & Collections Law / Property Law / Trusts & Estate Planning (Probate Law)
Mallory Smith – Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham | Buffalo, NY