As New York re-opens after the COVID-19 “Pause”, we all are focused on being responsible citizens – wearing masks, staying our distance, and washing our hands more frequently. But as more people return to work and activities, and traffic increases once again, have you thought about how that translates into your driving habits? In other words, can being a courteous driver get you in trouble?

About the Interview

In this episode of Hilary Topper On Air, Hilary interviews Jason Katz, an Equity Partner at Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP.

Jason will discuss if courtesy driving or being a polite driver can get you in trouble. Hear about why you must think twice before waving on or gesturing to other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and runners. Jason will offer case studies and advice on how to stay safe as traffic increases again, as the NY “Pause” due to COVID-19 relaxes.

About Jason Katz

Jason Katz is a defense lawyer in complex civil litigation with 28 years of experience representing clients in all phases of litigation and in every Court of Law in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland County, NY.  He is a Firm equity partner, serves as the head of the Appellate Team and serves on his Firm’s Catastrophic Loss Response Team.

Jason defends his clients in state and federal courts, managing all aspects of civil defense. He focuses his practice in complex and high exposure litigation, including construction defects, sexual molestation, taverns, products, vehicular, transportation and freight shipping, premise and commercial liability, and subrogation and insurance fraud.

Jason lectures on many topics including premises liability, automobile, contractual and construction liability, and wrongful death.  He serves as a mentor to newly admitted attorneys.  Jason is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the State of New Jersey, and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  Jason Katz was named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers® List every year since 2015, among only 5% of all lawyers.

About Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP

Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP is a full-service law firm with offices in Islandia, New York City and Westchester. Founded in 1993, Lewis Johs has grown from four to over seventy-five attorneys. From its inception, Lewis Johs has steadily gained a reputation as a skilled and dynamic law firm handling complex commercial litigation, civil trials, business transactions, real estate and banking matters, appeals, trusts and estates and elder law. Lewis Johs’ collective experience represents virtually every industry. For more information about Lewis Johs, its lawyers, and the services it provides, visit