Milena (“Mila”) joined Gfeller Laurie, LLP in 2016 and handles the firm’s complex litigations in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey. Her practice includes cases involving catastrophic property damage and fire loss, construction defect, professional liability, medical and podiatric malpractice, general liability, and insurance coverage. Mila has significant experience handling all aspects of civil litigation, including case development, suit evaluation, motion practice, trial preparation, and settlement negotiation.
Prior to joining GL, Mila was an Associate at a New York City firm where she represented individual health care providers and hospitals in all types of high-exposure healthcare and professional liability claims. Prior to law school, she worked in the Investor Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, where she assisted with prosecutions of fraud in the insurance, mutual fund, and mortgage industries.
Mila earned her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles where she was an editor of the Loyola Law Review. She also interned with the Honorable Charles E. Ramos of the New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division and the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson of the United States District Court, Central District of California. Additionally, she volunteered at a domestic violence clinic helping victims obtain restraining orders in court.
Mila is fluent in Russian.
- “Testing Judicial Control Over Attorney Conduct at Depositions,” Law360, October 24, 2017.
- “New York’s Expert Discovery Rules Are Archaic,” Law360, July 20, 2017.
- “Subcontractors’ Rights and Woes: Enforceability of Pay-if-Paid Clauses in New Jersey and New York Contracts,” New Jersey State Bar Association’s Construction Law Section Newsletter, Volume 18, Issue 1, September 2016.
- “Cypress Point Redux – New Jersey Supreme Court Holds Developer’s CGL Policy Covers Condominium Association’s Consequential Damages Caused by Water Infiltration,” The Critical Path, Volume 20, Issue 3, September 2016.
- “Police Misconduct and Liability: Applying the State-Created Danger Doctrine to Hold Police Officers Accountable for Responding Inadequately to Domestic-Violence Situations,” 43 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 1533 (2010).
Admitted to Practice
- New Jersey
- New York
- United States District Court, District of New Jersey
- United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
- United States District Court, Southern District of New York
- Stony Brook University, B.A., magna cum laude
- Loyola Law School, J.D., Loyola Law Review