Meet Our Team

Ambitious, Focused & Original

Meet the Attorneys of Rende, Ryan & Downes, LLP

For exceptional defense representation from lawyers with decades of experience defending individuals, hospitals, corporations and municipalities from potentially damaging verdicts, turn to Rende, Ryan & Downes, LLP. Based in White Plains, we serve New York, the Hudson Valley and Long Island. If you fear that a case has truly damaging potential and want to retain a firm with an excellent reputation for creating positive resolutions in the most complex and severe cases, we can help.

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FRANK J. CAROLLO

Of Counsel

t: 914-681-0444
e: fcarollo@rrd-law.com

Frank J. Carollo has been an attorney at Rende, Ryan & Downes, LLP since 1986. He spent over 13 years in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, five of which as Chief of the Major Offense Bureau, where he tried numerous cases, especially those involving homicides and organized crime. At Rende, Ryan & Downes, he has specialized in the defense of physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice actions. He is also an AV rated attorney. Mr. Carollo has taught and lectured in civil and criminal practice at Westchester Community College, Iona College, Mercy College, and at numerous CLE courses involving trial and litigation. He is a member of Westchester County, White Plains, Northern Westchester and Columbian Lawyers bar associations, having served as Director and President of the Northern Westchester Bar Association.

Areas of Practice
Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury
Products Liability Law
Professional Malpractice Law

Admissions to Practice
New York State, 1974
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1975
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1975
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1972
Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1987

Education
New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts-J.D.
Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut-B.A.
Major: Political Science

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JOHN POLINSKY

Partner

t: 914-681-0444
e: jpolinsky@rrd-law.com

John Polinsky joined Rende, Ryan & Downes LLP, in 2007. He obtained his law degree from Pace University School of Law where he earned the Excellence in Clinical Education Award. Mr. Polinsky earned his undergraduate degree from Marist College. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Polinsky served as an Assistant District Attorney in Orange County N.Y. where he prosecuted all aspects of criminal cases, including violent crimes as well as white-collar crimes. Since joining the firm, Mr. Polinsky has defended doctors and hospitals who were faced with medical as well as dental malpractice claims. He also handles a wide variety of complex general negligence, nursing home and product liability claims. He is a successful trial lawyer achieving excellent results for his clients. Mr. Polinsky became a Partner in 2016. He is admitted to practice law before the New York State Courts, Southern District of New York, and Eastern District of New York. Mr. Polinsky has been accepted pro hac vice to practice before the New Jersey State Court. Mr. Polinsky is a member of the New York State Bar Association. In his spare time, Mr. Polinsky enjoys spending time with his wife and two children on the sports field.

Areas of Practice
Labor Law
Personal Injury
Medical Malpractice
Nursing Home
Premises Liability
Dental Malpractice
Litigation & Appeals

Bar Admissions
New York, 2003
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2007
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2007

Education
Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York- J.D. 2001
Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York- B.A. 1997

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JONATHAN REED

Partner

t: 914-681-0444
e: jreed@rrd-law.com

Jonathan Reed is a Partner at Rende, Ryan & Downes, LLP, having joined the firm in 2008. Mr. Reed provides close attention and focus on his clients’ individual needs. He prides himself on digesting technical medical concepts and highly complex general liability matters, which has resulted in numerous cases being dismissed on summary judgment throughout New York State. He represents physicians, hospitals, self-insured medical facilities and other individual healthcare professionals. Mr. Reed provides counsel for general contractors, large municipalities and commercial businesses. Mr. Reed received his J.D. degree from New England Law (with the honor of Dean’s List). During law school, Mr. Reed clerked for Judge Joseph Sullivan of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department. He earned a B.S. in Business from Skidmore College. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern District. Outside of our office, Jonathan and his wife can be found in one of the many local parks with their two children. Jonathan also enjoys exercising in the gym and downhill skiing.

Areas of Practice
Labor Law
Personal Injury
Medical Malpractice
Products Liability
Premises Liability
Litigation & Appeals

Admissions to Practice
New York State, 2008
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2009
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2017

Education
New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts-J.D. 2006
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York-B.S. 1996
Major: Business

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ALISSA A. MENDYS

Associate

t: 914-681-0444
e: amendys@rrd-law.com

Alissa A. Mendys obtained her law degree from Emory University School of Law where she was a managing editor for the Emory International Law Review. Prior to law school, Ms. Mendys earned a B.A. in Germanic studies from Boston College. She also spent a semester of college studying at the Catholic University of Eichstätt, Germany. After graduating from law school, she served as the law clerk to the Honorable David B. Rand, J.S.C. in the Superior Court, Morris County, New Jersey from 2004 -2005. Subsequently, she has practiced as a litigation attorney at two Manhattan law firms. Ms. Mendys has experience in handling general negligence, premises liability, labor law and products liability cases. She also has experience in appellate practice, having successfully argued appeals in both the First and Second Departments of the Appellate Division. She joined Rende, Ryan & Downes, LLP as an associate in 2018. Outside of work, Ms. Mendys can be found shuttling her two daughters from sports and dance classes. She also serves as a co-leader for her daughters’ Brownie and Daisy Girl Scout troops.

Areas of Practice
Personal Injury
Medical Malpractice
Labor Law
Product Liability
Premises Liability
Litigation & Appeals

Admissions to Practice
New York, 2006
New Jersey, 2004

Education
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia-J.D. 2004
Boston College, Newton, Massachusetts-B.A. 2000
Major: Germanic Studies

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KRISTEN E. JOHN

Associate

t: 914-681-0444
e: kjohn@rrd-law.com

Kristen E. John obtained her law degree from Western New England School of Law. Prior to law school, Kristen earned a M.S. in criminal justice from Roger Williams University and a B.A. in criminal justice from Russell Sage College. Originally from upstate New York, she served as a law clerk and an Associate Attorney at a boutique law firm in Columbia County focusing on general civil matters. As a law student, Ms. John interned at the Schenectady County Conflict Defender’s Office where she made appearances in City Court, Supreme Court, and Family Court on a variety of cases. Also as a law student, Ms. John interned at Community Legal Aid in Springfield, Massachusetts. She was a part of a team of attorneys that handled Landlord/Tenant claims and represented tenants in Housing Court. Ms. John joined Rende, Ryan & Downes, LLP in 2019 as an associate where she works in the areas of general negligence and medical malpractice. Kristen enjoys playing and watching basketball, running, spinning, and going to the gym. She lives in White Plains with her husband.

Areas of Practice
Labor Law
Personal Injury
Medical Malpractice
Dental Malpractice
Premises Liability
Litigation & Appeals

Admissions to Practice
New York, 2019

Education
Western New England School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts-J.D. 2016
Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island-M.S. 2013
Russell Sage College, Troy, New York-B.A. 2011
Major: Criminal Justice

Our Office

202 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY 10601 Call: 914-681-0444 Fax: 914-681-0875