Derek J. Spada

Derek Spada, personal injury attorney at Basch & Keegan in Kingston, NYDerek J. Spada was born in Kingston and has handled thousands of personal injury cases since becoming an attorney. Mr. Spada has routinely handled all aspects of personal injury cases, but he is an especially accomplished appellate lawyer.

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After only four years in practice, Mr. Spada received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating, AV Preeminent.  He has also been named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers of New York State by the National Trial Lawyers Association; Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers Association; Top 10 Under 40 by the National Academy of Trial Attorneys; Top 10 in New York State in client satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys; and a Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Mr. Spada has been appointed to the Character and Fitness Committee of the Third Judicial Department, the Civil Appeals Settlement Program Advisory Committee of the Third Judicial Department, and the Ulster County Board of Ethics.  He has also served as the President and Treasurer of the Ulster County Bar Association.


Mr. Spada received his Bachelor of Arts from the College of Saint Rose, Magna Cum Laude, in 1999 and Juris Doctor from Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in 2002.  He also studied abroad at Oxford University in Oxford, England.

In law school, Mr. Spada was a member of the Cardozo Moot Court Honor Society from 2000-2002.  While a member of Moot Court, he was the Northeast Regional Winner and Winner of the Best Brief Award in the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition in Boston, MA, and advanced to semifinalist in the national Giles Sutherland Rich competition held in Washington, D.C.  He also clerked for Hon. George B. Daniels in the Federal Southern District of New York.

At graduation, Mr. Spada was awarded the Jacob Burns Medal for Best Brief, which is given to the best writer on the Moot Court Honor Society.



  • New York State
  • Connecticut State
  • Northern and Southern District Federal Courts of New York

Professional Affiliations & Memberships


  • Ulster County Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Ulster County Board of Ethics

National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys – Top Ten Attorney Top 100 Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

Super Lawyers Rising Star     Derek J. Spada AV Preeminent peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

10 Years   Derek J. Spada award from Martindale-Hubbel - Highly Rated in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards, 2015

PRR 2015 PRR 2014

Derek J. Spada certificate from Martindale-Hubbel - Highly Rated in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards, 2012.

Top Attorneys 2014  Top Attorneys 2013