Don Blydenburgh is a partner at Levy Konigsberg LLP and focuses on asbestos litigation in federal and state courts in various parts of the country. His representation of individuals afflicted with asbestos related lung cancers and mesothelioma has resulted in multi-million-dollar verdicts against a variety of manufacturers and suppliers who knowingly exposed others to asbestos in the course of their employment. Before joining Levy Konigsberg, Mr. Blydenburgh held several litigation positions. He worked as a civil litigation attorney and handled labor and aviation cases in both trial and appellate courts. Mr. Blydenburgh was a clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and assisted Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the current U.S. Supreme Court Justice. He also served as a law clerk for Hon. Joan M. Azrack of the Eastern District of New York.
Mr. Blydenburgh has represented individuals with mesothelioma as lead counsel in a number of high-profile cases. In 2015, he served as lead trial counsel for the family of a 52-year-old man who died from mesothelioma after being exposed to talc as an employee at a ceramics store during his youth. The $10.55 million verdict was the largest award ever in Upstate New York asbestos litigation. The outcome was also a victory for those who have fought to hold companies accountable for manufacturing products with asbestos-contaminated talc after disregarding the dangers inherent in these materials. In another groundbreaking case, Mr. Blydenburgh convinced a court that a provision of the Illinois worker’s compensation statute that would have barred recovery for a 66-year-old victim of mesothelioma, should not be applicable. Mr. Blydenburgh cleared the path for other individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma in the course of their employment to be eligible for compensation under Illinois worker’s compensation law.
Mr. Blydenburgh received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University in 2001 and graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2005. As a law student, he earned several distinctions including selection as a Carswell Merit Scholar and admission to the Dean’s List and the Moot Court Honor Society’s Trial Division. He was also chosen as the Speaker of the Student Bar Association and Chapter President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He is admitted to practice in New York and in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
Mr. Blydenburgh’s professional associations include membership in both the New York City and New York State Bar Associations. He has also lectured and written about law in a variety of forums. He taught classes on trial strategies at Brooklyn Law School and Seton Hall Law School and published an article analyzing jury verdicts in products liability cases in 2006.
Mr. Blydenburgh lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Eileen. Together they run a theater production company called Husky Dog Productions in Brooklyn where he is the executive producer and she is the founder and artistic producer.