As head of the Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. Business & Commercial Litigation Department, Ms. Schillaci’s practice includes matters in the areas of contracts, healthcare, professional liability, class action defense and regulatory and compliance matters. She also has extensive experience in the directors’ and officers’ liability, errors and omissions, insurance coverage, and environmental areas. She serves on the firm’s Board of Directors.
Her practice includes the prosecution and defense of complex civil litigation, administrative and regulatory matters.
Ms. Schillaci served as Senior Trial Counsel, Branch Chief and Staff Attorney with the U.S. SEC, Division of Enforcement. She previously served in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, Environmental Protection Bureau, where she was responsible for the prosecution of civil and criminal environmental matters. She was also senior trial assistant in the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office. She is regularly engaged in diverse complex litigation. Her investigative experience has permitted her to successfully handle risk management investigations for several public and private entities.
Ms. Schillaci is extremely well versed in complex regulatory matters. She represents healthcare professionals in disciplinary actions, actions alleging Medicaid and Medicare fraud and abuse and licensing and credentialing matters. Ms. Schillaci represents clients in connection with investigations by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory agencies and entities.
Ms. Schillaci has extensive experience in the defense of allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct in the context of schools, religious organizations, nursing homes, group homes, and sports teams. She also routinely defends claims of bullying.
Ms. Schillaci has spoken on the area of toxic mold litigation, discovery issues and class actions to national and international audiences. She has also represented product manufacturers, distributors, employers and property owners in complex environmental claims including CERCLA cost recovery, SEQR and riparian rights.
In 2017, Ms. Schillaci was awarded the Top Women in Law Excellence in Law Award by the legal publication, New York Daily Record. The Top Women in Law awards “recognize the outstanding accomplishments of female attorneys who are making notable contributions to the legal profession while inspiring positive change in the community.” Ms. Schillaci is listed among the Top 25 Female and Top 50 Attorneys in New York Super Lawyers Magazine and is listed among the Best Lawyers in America. Ms. Schillaci is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriters Society, and the Commercial Litigation and Professional Liability Committees of DRI.
Ms. Schillaci is a member of the board and former chair of the Medical Malpractice Defense and Healthcare Committee of the Harmonie Group, a carefully vetted national network of defense attorneys who work to ensure top quality national coverage for their clients. She is also a member of the Board of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Buffalo Niagara Chapter, and is a past Vice President of the University at Buffalo Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors.