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John Joseph Ratkowitz

About me

I am a partner at STARR, GERN, DAVISON & RUBIN, P.C., a firm that traces its origins to 1926. I focus on Medical Malpractice and Construction Accident litigation, but represent catastrophically injured clients in a wide spectrum of personal injury matters.


On November 1, 2012, Starr, Gern, Davison & Rubin was one of nine law firms in New Jersey recognized as a Tier 1 Best Law Firm by U.S.News and World Report in the field of Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice. 


I am a client focused attorney. The people I represent are carbon copied on every correspondence and are continuously informed about what is going on in their litigation. I take and promptly return telephone calls and I am available to my clients after hours through my cell phone. My firm believes the practice of law is a service industry, and our clients are our best advertisers.

I will meticulously prepare you for every stage of the litigation process. My firm has the financial wherewithal to prosecute complex cases to conclusion. We consistently work with a network of medical and technical experts throughout the United States to assist us in representing our clients. Finally, we utilize state of the art technology in and out of the courtroom to advance your interests.


I am published in the area of medical malpractice, patient safety and complex litigation. I am on the Editorial Board of Medical Malpractice Law and Strategy. I sit on the Medical Malpractice Subcommittee of the New Jersey Bar Association. Finally, I am a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and I have been nominated by my peers in the field of medical malpractice in the annual Super Lawyers survey since 2010.

In the area of medical malpractice, some of the cases that I have successfully litigated  involved the following issues:


  • negligent retinal surgery,

  • negligent arterial stenting,

  • failure to diagnose arterial insufficiency,

  • failure to diagnose breast cancer,

  • failure to diagnose lung cancer,

  • failure to diagnose bacterial endocarditis,

  • traumatic birth injury causing cerebral palsy and neonatal enceophalopathy,

  • negligent orthopedic surgery,

  • negligent spinal surgery,

  • failure to appropriately follow fetal monitoring strips,

  • neurological injury caused by negligent orthopedic surgery,

  • negligent failure to diagnose lung cancer,

  • negligent extraction of wisdom teeth causing neurological injury.

  • negligent preoperative clearance causing stroke

  • failure to appropriately anticoagulate patient

  • negligent failure to diagnose infectious disease


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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 70%
  2. Litigation: 15%
  3. Personal Injury: 15%



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Contact info

Starr, Gern, Davison & Rubin, P.C.

105 Eisenhower Parkway
Roseland, NJ, 07068-1640

105 Eisenhower Pkwy Ste 401
Roseland, NJ, 070681640



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nominated for work in area of Medical MalpracticeSuper Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Nominated for work in area of Medical MalpracticeSuper Lawyers2012
Nominated for work in area of Medical MalpracticeSuper Lawyers2011
Nominated for Work in area of Medical MalpracticeSuper Lawyers2010
Lifetime MembershipMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Lifetime MembershipMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Board of EditorsMedical Malpractice Law and Strategy2009
Board of DirectorsArts Unbound2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Law ClerkSuperior Court of New Jersey, Law Division1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
The ABA Military Pro Bono Project.Member2011 - Present
Medical Malpractice Subcommittee of New Jersey State Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Essex County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Seton Hall University School of Law Inns of CourtMember1996 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
$1,060,000 Settlement at Trial on Behalf of Livingston, New Jersey, Resident Who Suffered a Stroke During Surgery.Settlement at trial
Starr Gern resolves medical malpractice case on behalf of man sufferring neurological damage following surgery to his knee.Settlement at trial
Starr Gern Obtains $3.9 Million on Behalf of Two Ironworkers Injured at a Construction Site.$3.9 Million Settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seton Hall University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Meadowlands SeminarProving Pain, Suffering and Loss of Enjoyment of Life at Trial: A Synopsis of the Pertinent Case Law.”2013
Four Concurrent Seminars, Edison, New JerseyProving Damages: Successful Strategies from Winning Cases.2010
New Jersey Association of Justice Annual Convention, Atlantic City, New JerseyDeposition Preparation and Winning Cases in Discovery: The Rules Governing Depositions2009
University of Medicine and Dentistry/The New Jersey Medical SchoolTreating the HIV Positive Patient in New Jersey: An Analysis of the Physician's Duty of Confidentiality, Liability for Failure to Warn, and the Requirement to Provide Medical Care1999