Heather Ragone is a Partner and Business Unit Leader in Kelley Kronenberg’s Trucking and Transportation Practice Group. Heather has amassed over 20 years of experience defending complex and high-profile transportation-related litigation in New York, New Jersey, and federal court, involving everything from limousines, school buses, tractor-trailers, and dump trucks to double-decker tour buses. Before joining Kelley Kronenberg, Heather spent many years as the chief member of a New York/New Jersey Emergency Response Team. She now brings that experience and expertise to Kelley Kronenberg’s Rapid Response Task Force.
Always prioritizing the best interests of her clients, Heather engages in extensive interactions with police, prosecutors, investigators, accident reconstructionist experts, media, personnel, and other emergency responders. Heather assumes the dual role of a forward-thinking client advocate and a vital intermediary between clients and various law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as investigatory agencies, such as the National Transportation Safety Board. This role is especially crucial in the context of severe and high-profile commercial transportation accidents.
Heather has presented lectures to commercial auto carriers regarding not only the value and strategy of rapid responses, but also on New York and New Jersey litigation in general. She is a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA).
Recognized by the New York Metro Super Lawyers for eight consecutive years in the areas of Transportation and Maritime, Heather’s achievements are particularly notable. The Super Lawyers distinction is a prestigious honor, with only 5% of attorneys receiving this recognition, and an even more exclusive 2.5% being designated as Rising Stars, an honor bestowed on Heather for 2014-2015.
Before pursuing her Juris Doctor degree at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Heather completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the City University of New York-College of Staten Island.