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The youngest lawyer to be selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and New York Magazine's Best Lawyers in New York in the specialties of Personal Injury Litigation and Medical Malpractice , I have obtained some of the largest verdicts and settlements in New York and New Jersey. I was also awarded the highest rating possible by his peers in the 2011 Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings and I recently was recognized in the New York Times as being in the top 5% of all lawyers in the State by New York Super Lawyers.
My recent settlement of $26 million for the family of a well known Financial Analyst who was struck and killed by a truck when she was crossing Sixth Avenue in Manhattan is believed to be the largest in the State of New York for the wrongful death of one person. My multimillion dollar April 2010 jury verdict in Nassau County was featured on the front cover of Newsday. My New York County jury verdict of $12.5 million in a wrongful death elevator negligence case and cash settlements of $16 million for a Brooklyn construction worker, $8.625 for a Queens construction worker, $10.75 million for a Manhattan nurse injured when the tires of a tractor trailer broke loose and struck her, along with recent medical malpractice settlements of $8.5 million and $6 million are all a testament to my abilities as a trial lawyer.
I have represented victims of serious accidents and medical malpractice exclusively since 1996. Prior to joining the firm, I worked as a litigator in what is now one of the largest law firms in the world, DLA Piper, where I represented automobile manufacturers, bicycle manufacturers, pharmaceutical corporations, insurance companies, hospitals and doctors. As a result, I possess a unique insight into how significant personal injury cases are defended and I am able to leverage that knowledge for the benefit of my injured clients. I have been a prominent plaintiff's attorney from the very beginning, as my first trial as a plaintiff's attorney resulted in a $4.9 million dollar verdict. My legal skills and leadership in the field were unmistakable and I became a partner in 2000. I currently head a team of lawyers, paralegals and support staff that handles cases from inception through trial.
My legal acumen has been recognized by the non-legal community as well as the legal community throughout the country. I have appeared on CNN, ABC News, CBS News, WPIX and have been interviewed and quoted by The New York Times, Daily News, Newsday and New York Post.
In May 2010 I was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School teaching a seminar in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice to second and third year law students and I am also on the Brooklyn Law School's Presidents Advisory Council. I have also chaired, designed, and taught courses for the New York State Bar Association where I have been the Overall Planning Chair for the annual five-city Construction Site Accident Program. I am often requested to lecture national audiences for the American Bar Association and private Continuing Legal Education firms on the subjects of Automotive Products Liability, Premises Liability, Medical Malpractice and other topics. My numerous articles have been published by the New York Law Journal , the New York State Bar Journal and Medical Malpractice Law and Strategy .
I am a member of the Board of Directors, the Medical Malpractice Committee and the Construction Accident Committee of The New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and I am on the Executive Board of the Trial Lawyers Section of The New York State Bar Association where I also serves as Chairman of the Construction Law Committee. I am also a director of the Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association. In 2010, I was reelected Trustee of the Village in which I reside, and also serve my community as the Park Commissioner and as an active basketball and baseball coach.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|New York Super Lawyer||New York Super Lawyers||2011|
|New York Super Lawyer||New York Super Lawyers||2010|
|New York Super Lawyer||New York Super Lawyers||2009|
|New York Super Lawyer||New York Super Lawyers||2008|
|Best Lawyers in New York||New York Magazine||2008|
|New York Super Lawyer||New York Super Lawyers||2007|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2007|
|New York Super Lawyer||New York Super Lawyers||2006|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2006|
|Partner||Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf||2000 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New York State Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||N/A|
|New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section||Executive Committee||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||N/A||N/A|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|New York State Bar Association||Recalcitrant Worker and Sole Proximate Cause-The Current State of Labor Law Section 240||2008|
|New York State Bar Association||Construction Site Accidents: The Law and the Trial||2007|
|Lorman Education Services publication||Auto Insurance: Uninsured, Underinsured and Accident Litigation||2007|
|New York State Bar Association||Presentation of Damages-The Law and the Trial||2006|
|Brooklyn Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|State University of New York, Stony Brook||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1986|
|Construction Site Accidents: The Law and the Trial||Construction Site Accidents||2012|
|New York State Bar Association||Motor Vehicle Accident Litigation-The Road Less Travelled: Summary Judgment for The Plaintiff||2011|