Dennis A. First

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Albany, NY

O'Connor, O'Connor, Bresee & First, P.C.
 | 20 Corporate Woods Boulevard, Albany, NY 12211
Phone: 518-465-0400
Fax: 518-465-0015
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1979
Education: Albany Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Dennis A. First is a partner with the O'Connor, O'Connor, Bresee & First, P.C., law firm in Albany, New York. Widely regarded as one of the top trial attorneys in the state, Mr. First focuses his practice almost exclusively on defending the rights and interests of those facing litigation involving all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims. He also represents licensed professionals during administrative hearings.

Serving a diverse range of clients throughout the Albany metro region and all of Upstate New York, Mr. First has achieved notable success over the course of his more than 30 years practicing law. In 2018, Best Lawyers named him Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" for medical malpractice law, and in 2017, the organization voted him "Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation — Defendants."

In addition, The Best Lawyers in America has recognized his contributions to commercial litigation and insurance defense as well as serving defendants in medical malpractice, personal injury and products liability cases. He also holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell.

A 1975 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, Mr. First obtained his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in 1978. The New York State Bar Association admitted him to practice the following year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of New York as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

A consummate professional, Mr. First is active in many professional legal organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Albany County Bar Association and the Trial Lawyers Association, among others. Regarded as a leader in his field, he writes extensively and conducts lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics related to effective trial practice, medical malpractice issues and more.

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About Dennis First

Admitted: 1979, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Lawyers-Lawyer of the Year-Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants 2018
  • Martindale Hubbell – AV Rated
  • Super Lawyers 2007-2018 Upstate New York Personal Injury Defense
  • New York State Bar Association President's Pro Bono Service Law Firm Award  
  • Albany Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants, Lawyer of the Year, 2018
  • Super Lawyers 2007-2018 - Top 25 Hudson Valley
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Albany, NY - 2017
  • Super Lawyers - Top 50 Upstate New York Lawyers, 2007-2018

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1979
  • New York State Bar Association, Insurance, Negligence and Compensation Law and Environment Law Sections, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1985
  • Albany County Bar Association, Member
  • New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1979  
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Trial Preparation Secrets”, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute
  • “Expert Witness: Procedures, Discovery and Trial Issues in New York”, Lorman Education Services
  • “Construction Site Accidents: The Law and the Trial”, New York State Bar Association, 2007, 2009, 2010
  • Trial practice and procedure, New York State Bar Association  
  • “Products Liability”, Albany County Claims Association
  • Lecturer: “Basic Civil Practice-The Trial”, New York State Bar Association
  • “New York Medical Malpractice”, National Business Institute
  • “Psychiatric Malpractice Issues in New York”, American Psychiatric Association, Northeastern New York Region
  • “Federal Practice”, New York State Bar Association, 1995 - 1996
  • “Medical Malpractice”, New York Psychiatric Association

Educational Background:

  • Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York  
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, B.A., Honors: With Distinction, Major: Political Science, 1975
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Office Location for Dennis A. First

20 Corporate Woods Boulevard
Albany, NY 12211

Phone: 518-465-0400

Fax: 518-465-0015

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Last Updated: 6/24/2019

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