Brian J. Shoot

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in New York, NY

Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C.
 | 120 Broadway, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10271
Phone: 212-732-9000
Fax: 212-266-4141
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate
Attorney Profile

Attorney Brian J. Shoot is a member of the Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. an injury firm in New York City. Widely regarded as a leader in appellate law, Mr. Shoot has successfully handled more than 250 appeals in various jurisdictions across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He routinely offers counsel for other attorneys regarding appellate issues, and he writes extensively and conducts lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics related to appellate and construction accident law.

A highly rated attorney with nearly 40 years of legal experience, Mr. Shoot focuses his practice primarily on personal injury cases and other tortious claims arising from municipal liability, catastrophic injuries, dangerous property conditions, employment rights violations and other acts of negligence or wrongdoing. He also has extensive experience advocating on behalf of those who suffered an injury or loss as the result of construction site accidents, toxic exposure at worksites and other serious construction-related issues.

Recognized for his professionalism and service, he has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including an AVPreeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell for the past 25 years. In addition, The Best Lawyers in America** voted him Lawyer of the Year for New York City in 2014.

A 1976 graduate of Union College, Mr. Shoot attended New York University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1979. He received his license to practice from the New York State Bar Association the following year. Active in his legal community, Mr. Shoot is a member of the Office of Court Administration Advisory Committee on Civil Practice, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

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Appellate (100%): Appeals

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019

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About Brian Shoot

Admitted: 1980, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • Super Lawyers Appellate Attorney 2008-2016 
  • Top 100 Attorneys, New York Metro Area, 2011
  • (AV®) from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings (highest possible peer rating for legal ability and ethical standards for the last 25 years)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year 2014 for the New York City area

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association 
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Member
  • Office of Court Administration’s Advisory Committee for Civil Practice , Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Shoot Decisions 2016 Labor Law Outline
  • New York Law Journal: Two Labor Law Rulings in Miniature
  • Member of the Board of Editors of Warren's Negligence in the New York Courts (6th ed.);  Frequent Lecturer and Writer on Civil Practice, Tort Law, and Appellate Practice

Educational Background:

  • Union College, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude (1976); New York University Law School (1979)

Industry Groups

  • American Academy Of Appellate Lawyers
  • Columnist In The New York Law Journal
  • Office Of Court Administration Advisory Committee On Civil Practice
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Office Location for Brian J. Shoot

120 Broadway
18th Floor
New York, NY 10271

Phone: 212-732-9000

Fax: 212-266-4141

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Last Updated: 5/14/2019

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