Mr. Canter provides complex civil litigation services to the business community and insurance industry with a concentration on property subrogation, professional liability defense including Engineers, Home Inspectors, Attorneys, Accountants and Insurance Agents/Brokers, arson defense, general casualty, construction defect and product liability litigation nationally. Mr. Canter also provides outside general counsel services to corporations, suppliers, manufacturers and distributors for national litigation coordination, risk management and complex commercial litigation, land use, transactional advice, intellectual property enforcement, and negotiation and preparation of licensing, manufacturing and distribution agreements. Mr. Canter engages in state and federal criminal defense and white-collar criminal investigations.
Mr. Canter has litigated large loss property subrogation and product liability cases throughout the United States and has led hundreds of complex origin and cause investigations involving fires and explosions, construction defects, building collapse, crane malfunctions, construction defects, heavy equipment failures, energy losses, turbine failures, fire suppression system failures, product liability and a wide range of complex commercial disputes.
Mr. Canter began his career in law enforcement as an Assistant District Attorney for the County of Westchester, New York, where he tried over 75 cases to verdict. Mr. Canter coordinated extensive under-cover narcotics investigations and presented over 150 cases to Westchester County Grand Juries. Mr. Canter started and manages the firm's national Insurance Subrogation Group.
In 1992, Mr. Canter entered private practice and joined former Assistant United States Attorney William I. Aronwald in various high-profile criminal defense matters including People v. Carolyn Warmus, which the press dubbed the "fatal attraction murder trial." He is a Life Member of his local fire department where has been an active firefighter for over 37 years, rose through the line officer ranks of Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant Chief and has served on the Board of Directors for the last 20 years.
Mr. Canter was elected Town Justice for The Town of Harrison NY (2012 – 2015) and was President of Canter Law Firm P.C. in White Plains, N.Y. from 2004 to 2017.
He has been a Guest Instructor for the Expert Witness Courtroom Testimony Course for the International Association of Arson Investigators and a Guest Speaker at many national conferences for the Property Loss Research Bureau and National Association of Subrogation Professionals. Mr. Canter is the New York State Delegate for the International Association of Arson Investigators' Attorney Advisory Committee, was appointed by Governor George Pataki for a 2-year term to the Management Advisory Board of Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Office of Inspector General, and was appointed in 2014 to the Executive Board of the Westchester County Arson Task Force.
Mr. Canter is a member of the Mediation Panel for the Southern District of New York and frequently provides private ADR/Mediation services for complex commercial, employment and business disputes.
The following are some of Mr. Canter's speaking engagements:
Industry Spotlight Series, "Enforcing Tenders of Defense and Indemnification," Property Loss Research Bureau, National Claims Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 1, 2019.
Keynote Speaker, The New York Independent Adjusters Association, "Preparing the Claims Adjuster to Testify", Spring Seminar, The Down Town Association, New York, NY, May 11, 2017.
Industry Spotlight Series, "Eliminating Waivers of Subrogation," Property Loss Research Bureau National Claims Conference, Boston, MA, March 28, 2017.
"A First Responders Perspective on Investigating and Subrogating Fire and Explosion Losses," Westchester County Fire Investigators Association, Westchester County Fire Training Center, Valhalla, New York, June 9, 2016.
"2014 Mock Trial - Plaintiff's Counsel," Property Loss Research Bureau National Claims Conference, Indianapolis, IN, March 16-19, 2014.
"Expert Witness Courtroom Testimony Course," Guest Attorney for the International Association of Arson Investigators, Albany, New York, March 10, 2012.
"Litigating Product Liability Claims – Mutual Marine Seminar Series," NYMAGIC, Inc. Headquarters, New York City, September 22, 2009.
"Expert Witness Courtroom Testimony Course," Guest Attorney for the International Association of Arson Investigator's in Troy, New York, October 20, 2007.
"Evaluating Subrogation Potential on Explosion Claims," Annual Conference of the Property Loss Research Bureau, Orlando, FL, March 19, 2007.
"Handling Explosion Claims," Annual Conference of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Orlando, FL, Nov. 13, 2006.
"Different Perspectives on Construction Defect Claims in New York," New York City, April 11, 2006.
"Construction Defect Claims in New York State," White Plains, N.Y., Feb. 21, 2006
"Investigation of the Case and Use of Experts," Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association, New York City, May 24, 2005.
"Explosions — the Subrogation Concept," Annual Conference of the Property Loss Research Bureau, San Antonio, TX, April 20, 2005.
"Subrogating Explosion Losses," Annual Conference of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 8, 2004.