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Who We Are

Bellavia Blatt, PC has more than 37 years of experience in Dealership Law and is a nationally recognized authority in the field of automotive franchise law and marine industry law. Over the years, Bellavia Blatt has represented thousands of automobile and marine dealerships across the country. With offices on Long Island, Manhattan, Saratoga, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Chicago the attorneys at Bellavia Blatt have vast experience litigating against the manufacturers of automobiles and boats throughout the country.

Recognized as one of the foremost in the nation for advocating the rights of dealers, the Firm has developed a team of lawyers and support staff dedicated entirely to client satisfaction that has earned them distinction as being one of the preeminent auto and marine industry law firms in the country.

Over the years, thousands of dealers have come to rely on the Firm’s lawyers for a variety of legal matters ranging from franchise disputes and lease negotiations, to the purchase or sale of dealership businesses, real estate matters, and complex federal and state court litigation.

Having spent his life in the automobile business as his family has owned one of the largest dealer groups in the New York area since the 1950’s, senior partner Leonard A. Bellavia served as the Chair of the Litigation Section of the National Association of Dealer Counsel, Chair of the Automotive Franchise Law Section of the Franchise Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association, and has been endorsed by the Marine Retailers Association of America (“MRAA”) as its recommended franchise counsel to over 5,000 marine dealers nationwide.

Lead Counsel in These Top Industry Matters


Files mass action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of dealers against TRUECar alleging false advertising in violation of the LanhamAct, the primary federal “truth-in advertising” statue in the United States seeking both money damages and injunctive relief.


Launched a mass action lawsuit on behalf of over 1,000 dealers against CARFAX seeking substantial damages due to alleged anticompetitive behavior under the antitrust laws.


Representing almost all of the Saab dealers in the U.S. in the Saab Bankruptcy and recovered almost of dealer receivables.


Co-Lead Counsel in the Chrysler bankruptcy proceedings and commenced a mass action lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury on behalf of approximately 200 former Chrysler dealers in a wrongful “Takings” action. We have defeated the federal government’s four attempts to dismiss our litigation against them.


Lead counsel for 75 dealers against the Tribune Company for anti-trust violations in selling print ads to dealers.

Regarded as an industry pioneer in establishing the right of dealers to receive warranty parts reimbursement at a retail mark up.

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For more information about us, or to set up an initial consultation, at no cost or obligation, call (516) 873-3000 or complete our contact form.

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