Abe M. Rychik


Abe Rychik, a founding partner and shareholder of the firm, heads its insurance defense, health care, employment and construction practice groups. He has over twenty-six years of experience successfully defending liability claims against corporate entities in the areas of professional and general liability and insurance matters. He also handles a wide range of complex commercial litigation. Mr. Rychik was born in New York City in 1962. He graduated from New York University’s Washington Square and University College, was elected Phi Betta Kappa, and received his Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude in 1984. He received his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law, where he served on the International Property and Investment Journal, in 1987. Prior to founding Katz & Rychik P.C. in 2007, Mr. Rychik was a partner/shareholder at Melito & Adolfsen P.C. and a partner at Ohrenstein & Brown LLP. He is a frequent lecturer to the firm’s insurance company clients and the American Psychiatric Association and has lectured on professional liability, malpractice, employment and managed care issues.


• B.A. New York University, Washington Square University College, 1984
• J.D. Hofstra School of Law, 1987



• New York, 1988
• United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 1988
• United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1988
• New Jersey, 1988
• United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1988
• District of Columbia, 1989



• New York State Bar Association
• Defense Research Institute
• DRI Insurance Law Committee
• New York State Bar Association
• Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Published Cases:

• Grilikhes v. International Tile & Stone Show, 90 A.D.3rd 480, 934 N.Y.S.2d 384 (1st Dep’t. 2011).
• Pinto v. Metropolitan Opera, 61 A.D.3rd 949, 877 N.YS.2d 470 (2d Dep’t. 2009).
Fouchecourt v. Metropolitan Opera Association, 537 F. Supp.2d 629 (S.D.N.Y. 2008).


Representative Lectures and Presentations:

Malpractice Liability: The Changing Role of the Psychiatrist, 58th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, May 2, 2014.
• Malpractice Defense: Strategies For Success, 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.
Malpractice Defense: Strategies For Success, 163rd Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, May 2010.
Malpractice: Winning Strategies, 162nd Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, May 2009.
• Malpractice: A Defendant’s Primer, 161st Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, May 2008.