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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.


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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 20%
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
  3. Defective and Dangerous Products: 20%
  4. Car Accidents: 20%
  5. Personal Injury: 20%

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  • Edward A. Ruffo

    I endorse this lawyer. Howard is one of the few outstanding litigators in the profession consistently obtaining top compensation for his clients.


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Contact info

Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf

80 Pine Street, 34th Floor
New York, NY, 10005-1702


NYCurrently registered 198903/13/2015
DCInactive 199105/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
New York Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2011
New York Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2010
New York Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2009
New York Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2008
Best Lawyers in New YorkNew York Magazine2008
New York Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2007
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2007
New York Super LawyerNew York Super Lawyers2006
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of DirectorsN/A
New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers SectionExecutive CommitteeN/A
American Association for JusticeN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
New York State Bar AssociationRecalcitrant Worker and Sole Proximate Cause-The Current State of Labor Law Section 2402008
New York State Bar AssociationConstruction Site Accidents: The Law and the Trial2007
Lorman Education Services publicationAuto Insurance: Uninsured, Underinsured and Accident Litigation2007
New York State Bar AssociationPresentation of Damages-The Law and the Trial2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
State University of New York, Stony BrookN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Construction Site Accidents: The Law and the TrialConstruction Site Accidents2012
New York State Bar AssociationMotor Vehicle Accident Litigation-The Road Less Travelled: Summary Judgment for The Plaintiff2011