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Kenneth A Berkowitz

Kenneth A Berkowitz

also known as Kenneth Berkowitz

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective and Dangerous Products

About Me

Kenneth Berkowitz is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a
Civil Trial Attorney. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


 


Since joining Blume Goldfaden more than 20 years ago, Ken Berkowitz
has handled dozens of million-dollar settlements and jury verdicts, and
has appeared on ABC’s 20/20 news program.


 


His trial expertise is evident in
the significant verdicts he has obtained for clients injured as a
result of diverse types of cases, including medical malpractice and
product liability, including automobile defects, bicycle safety, and hot
water heaters. Some of his cases were also fought in the appeals
process that often follows a jury verdict.


 


In 2003, Mr. Berkowitz forged a record $25 million settlement for a
New York family man who was permanently paralyzed from the waist down at
a Caribbean resort hotel. Our research indicates that this
is the largest recovery for a personal
injury claim in New Jersey
State Court history.


 


In 2009, Ken settled a personal injury case for $11 million
(confidential settlement).


 


Utilizing mediation, rather than the lengthy litigation process, Mr.
Berkowitz obtained a $2.75 Million recovery on behalf of the family of
the limousine driver shot and killed by ex New Jersey Nets basketball
star, Jason Williams. By entering into mediation with the attorneys
representing Mr. Williams, Mr. Berkowitz was able to bring the civil
suit to a swift conclusion - sparing the family of the victim the
emotional and financial expense of litigation.


 


Among the numerous Product Liability and Medical Malpractice recoveries Mr. Berkowitz has obtained are:


 



One of the nation's largest jury verdicts in a bicycle safety
case on behalf of a high school boy, who was riding his bicycle one
evening. The new bicycle was, as with most bikes, misleadingly equipped
with an "all-reflector system". However, without a headlight, reflectors
were not enough for car drivers to see the bicycle at night. The young
man was hit by an oncoming jeep turning left and suffers severe
permanent physical and learning disabilities. As a result of this case,
manufacturers and consumers were educated that all bicycles need
headlights and that the all-reflector system can be dangerous. Mr.
Berkowitz won a $7 million jury verdict in this case.


 


A settlement with a present value of 7.25 million dollars on behalf
of a young woman rendered a spastic quadriplegic with a neurogenic bowel
and bladder at the age of 18 years. The young woman was in the ICU of
her local Hospital for weeks being treated for life-threatening
illnesses, meningoccemia, septic shock, DIC and acute respiratory
distress syndrome. While in the intensive care unit (ICU), the
malpractice occurred when she developed a tension pneumothorax which her
physician and nurse failed to
diagnose
and treat for approximately 30 minutes, resulting in a
cardiac arrest.


 


A residential gas explosion in which a man was horribly burned
over sixty percent of his body. Mr. Berkowitz discovered that the
explosion was caused by a disrupted gas line. He obtained a $4.8 million
settlement for the burn victim.


 


A 31 year-old woman presented to a hospital with complaints of
right flank pain, nausea and vomiting.  She was diagnosed with a kidney
stone, given IV fluids and discharged with instructions to follow-up in
the urology clinic the following day.  The young woman did not return
the next day, and she hid from the ambulance the following day, having
delirium, continuous vomiting, chills, and developing sepsis.  By the
time she was brought to the hospital two and a half days later, she was
in septic shock and suffered resulting amputations of both legs at the
knees, and amputations of multiple fingers.  Mr. Berkowitz obtained a
3.13 million dollar settlement on behalf of the young woman.


 


Mr. Berkowitz settled a case against Amtrak for $1.75 million on
behalf of a railroad worker electrocuted while attempting to service a
train at Newark's Penn Station. The 34 year old client was attempting to
fix a pantograph, an apparatus that transmits electrical power from
overhead wires, on top a NY bound Amtrak engine, when he was struck by
12,000 volts of current.  He suffered  severe burns to 12% of his body,
requiring six surgeries, and, the amputation of 4 toes.


 


A day care worker was washing an eight month old child in a sink
when she was distracted by another child. The unattended infant knocked
the faucet with her foot turning the water scalding hot. The infant
suffered first and second degree burns on her legs and feet, leaving her
with scarred feet and toes and psychological damage. She underwent
multiple debridements and skin grafts.  Mr. Berkowitz settled this
matter for $1.95 million.


 



A settlement with a present value of 2.75 million dollars on behalf
of an infant with spastic quadriparesis following a hypoxic ischemic
brain injury
at the time of her birth. The infant’s mother was
admitted to a local hospital with irregular contractions and spontaneous
rupture of membranes for a vaginal birth after C-Section (VBAC). After
approximately 15+ hours of labor, the obstetrician decided to perform a
repeat C-Section because of a lack of progress in the labor. The
Plaintiffs did not claim that the trial of VBAC labor was
contraindicated. Rather, the plaintiffs contended that the fetal
monitoring strips were indicative of fetal distress, requiring the
earlier performance of an emergency C-Section. The infant mother’s
uterus ruptured along the previous C-Section incision and the infant’s
body extruded outside the uterus. The child was immediately transferred
to another area hospital with diagnoses of asphyxia, anoxic seizure
disorder and respiratory failure. The claim had been previously
rejected by other plaintiffs’ counsel.


 


After graduating from Union College in New York (B.A. 1971) and the
Boston University School of Law (J.D. 1975), Ken Berkowitz clerked for
Judge Arnold Stein and then joined a commercial litigation firm in
Newark.


 


Mr. Berkowitz has also handled a number of other significant
defective products and medical
malpractice
cases. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at
Rutgers, teaching trial presentation.

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Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1975

  1. Personal Injury: 34%
  2. Defective and Dangerous Products: 33%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 33%

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Kenneth. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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  • Christian K. Lassen II

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    Christian Lassen Wrongful Death Attorney
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Contact Info

Blume Goldfaden Berkowitz Donnelly Fried & Forte

26 Journal Square
Jersey City, NJ, 07306

Blume Goldfaden Berkowitz Donnelly Fried & Forte

165 Highway 35
Red Bank, NJ, 07701

Blume Goldfaden Berkowitz Donnelly Fried & Forte

7300 Bergenline Ave.
North Bergen, NJ, 07047

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NJActive197505/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Lawyer of the Year - Product LiabilityBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2012
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2011
Lawyer of the Year - Product LiabilityBest Lawyers in America2011
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2010
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2009
Top 100 New Jersey Super LawyersNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2008
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2008
Top 100 New Jersey Super LawyersNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2007
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2007
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2006
Top 100 New Jersey Super LawyersNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2006
Top 100 New Jersey Super LawyersNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2006
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2005
Top 10 New Jersey Super LawyersNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2005
Top Listed in New Jersey in Personal Injury LitigationBest Lawyers in America1995
Top Listed in New Jersey in Product Liability LitigationBest Lawyers in America1995
Top Listed in New Jersey in Medical Malpractice LawBest Lawyers in America1995
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Board Certified Civil Trial AttorneySupreme Court of New JerseyN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct Professor, Trial PresentationRutgers University School of Law1988 - 1997
PartnerBlume Goldfaden Berkowitz Donnelly Fried & Forte1976 - Present
ClerkJudge Arnold M. Stein of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division1975 - 1976

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
United States District Court for the District of New JerseyMember1975 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Third CircuitMember1975 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Essex County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Highest Personal Injury Recovery in New Jersey State History$25 Million Settlement
Medical Malpractice Failure to Timely Diagnose and Treat Spinal Hematoma$3.7 Million Settlement
Medical Malpractice Failure to Diagnose & Treat Pneumothorax$7,250,000. Settlement

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
The RecordPSE&G settles Teaneck gas blast death suit; will pay $450,000 over mystery leak2010
New Jersey Law JournalDid Judge's Legal Research Taint Bench Trial?2009
New Jersey Law JournalInjured Car Passenger's Suit Settles For $1.765 Million in Essex County2005
New Jersey Law JournalAward of $3.975M Approved for Boy Brain-Damaged at Birth2005

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of Law LawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Union CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Supreme Court of New JerseyCivil Trial AttorneyBoard on Trial Attorney CertificationN/A