Merle Schrager joined Kelly, Rode & Kelly, LLP as an associate in February 2019. She handles the defense of general negligence claims, with over 30 years of experience. She has successfully defended the interests of numerous large insurance companies and their policyholders in actions involving premises, motor vehicle, and construction site accidents. Ms. Schrager has worked as a litigation attorney for in-house staff counsel and outside defense counsel, handling defense matters before the Courts of the Boroughs of the City of New York, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland Counties. She has drafted appellate briefs and argued before the Appellate Division in the First and Second Departments.
Ms. Schrager obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1976 and a Juris Doctorate degree from New York Law School in 1980. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Prior to joining Kelly, Rode & Kelly, LLP, she had been an associate at a prominent Long Island firm defending National Grid, among other clients on numerous complex issues.