David Siegel, a longtime Albany Law School professor who was considered the state’s foremost authority on New York civil practice, died Thursday at home in North Egremont, Mass., after years of declining health. He was 82.
Siegel was best known as the author of “New York Practice,” a treatise on civil procedure known to every lawyer who practices in New York. Originally published in 1978, the book is now in its fifth edition. For 37 years, Siegel wrote and edited the New York State Bar Association’s New York State Law Digest, which reports on notable Court of Appeals opinions, and authored numerous commentaries on civil and federal practice.
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