Alfred Sargente is a seasoned litigator who focuses his practice primarily on toxic tort and environmental litigation, product liability, commercial litigation, and general liability matters. Additionally, he has significant trial experience defending personal injury actions arising out of motor vehicle and transportation accidents, and other premises liability matters. He currently oversees hundreds of asbestos cases on the New York City Asbestos Litigation docket for one of the firm’s largest clients.
Prior to entering the legal profession, Alfred worked for ten years as an environmental and occupational health and safety specialist. In that capacity, he was involved in developing and implementing policies and procedures to protect employees, the public, and the environment from a multitude of toxic substances and hazardous conditions. Alfred was also a certified asbestos supervisor and investigator, and was involved in the monitoring and oversight of the largest asbestos abatement program in the history of New York City.
Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation
Alfred has represented manufacturers of various asbestos-containing products and equipment in both the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey. Additionally, he has defended claims alleging exposure to asbestos, lead, World Trade Center dust, and other toxic substances.
Alfred has substantial experience defending product liability claims involving allegedly defective lawn mowers, gas vapor detectors, boilers, pumps, valves and water flow control equipment. He has won summary judgment on behalf of his clients in a number of cases involving such claims.
Alfred has defended commercial litigation cases involving asbestos claims, lender liability, condominium design/construction defects, environmental liability claims, commercial real estate contracts, commercial equipment leases, factoring agreements and product distribution agreements. In one such case, Alfred won summary judgment on behalf of a hospital clinic management company in a multimillion-dollar breach of contract action.
Alfred has successfully litigated a wide range of personal injury and property damage cases on behalf of insurers and insureds including automobile/trucking accidents, premises liability, and construction site accidents. In one high value case, Alfred won a defense verdict in federal court in a case involving a multi-vehicle truck accident.
Alfred is actively involved in the cannabis space in New York and New Jersey. He is an ardent advocate for the legalization of adult-use marijuana, and a staunch supporter of medicinal marijuana, both in New Jersey and New York. Alfred is also acutely aware of the challenges facing cannabis businesses in each state, and eager to assist clients overcome the many obstacles they may encounter along the pathway to profitability by providing client-focused legal advice tailored to their business niche. He provides legal services and support for one of the first herbal and CBD edible food businesses in New Jersey. Alfred is also a member of the New Jersey Cannabusiness Association and currently serves on their legislative committee.
- New York Law School (J.D., 1994)
- Articles Editor, New York Law School Law Review
- ALI-ABA Environmental Law Scholarship
- City University of New York: Hunter College (M.S., 1990)
- SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (B.S., 1980)
- New Jersey
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- New York State Bar Association
- Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP), Litigation Management Institute at Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2019)