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Benjamin Ray Novotny

Medical malpractice Attorney

4.5   16 reviews

also known as Ben

  • State Years
    Oklahoma - OK 2 years
    Iowa - IA 4 years
    Massachusetts - MA 17 years
    New Hampshire - NH 17 years
  • Licensed for 2 years
    State OK
    Acquired 2021
    Status
    Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2019
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NH
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Benjamin

Learn Benjamin’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Birth injury
    40%
    www.boston.com/news/local-news/2013/11/21/lowell-family-to-receive-at-least-5m-in-malpractice-suit-against-tufts-medical-center

    4 years

  2. Medical malpractice
    40%
    www.tl4j.com/tl4j-attorney-benjamin-novotny-named-lawyer-of-the-year/ http://archive.boston.com/lifestyle/health/articles/2011/01/25/tufts_settles_suit_against_doctor_in_girls_death_for_25m/

  3. Brain injury
    20%
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB31-iTqAZo&index=1&list=FLl1IUIqyDZI0lh73V9eJEmQ

I am a Jury Trial Lawyer licensed in the State of Iowa, the State of Oklahoma, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the State of New Hampshire. I have tried over 95 medical malpractice and complex tort jury trials and have won well over $500 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of my clients and their families. I am committed to fighting against insurance companies for victims of serious injuries and those harmed by medical malpractice.

My willingness to go the extra mile to get to know my clients on a human level combined with my vast knowledge of medicine has resulted in several multi-million-dollar verdicts. Because of my courtroom success, I have a powerful reputation in the law community. My reputation is well known by defense attorneys and insurance companies. My law community distinction, combined with my willingness and ability to take a case to trial, allows me to secure top dollar settlements for my clients.

I have dedicated my entire career to fighting against insurance companies in order to bring justice to my clients and their families. My hard work and successes have been recognized by several publications throughout my career. Most recently, I was named a 2018 Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year by Lawyers Weekly. From 2016-2018, I was listed as a Super Lawyer, published by Boston Magazine. Prior to this, I was selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star (2009-2015) in Boston Magazine. In 2014, I was chosen as Up & Coming Lawyer by Lawyers Weekly.

In the community, I serve on the Iowa Association for Justice Board of Governors, and I am a member of the Winneshiek County Judicial Magistrate Appointing Commission. Additionally, I am a member of the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

When I'm not fighting for my clients, I enjoy spending time with my wife, our son, and our two dogs. We love spending time outdoors hiking, skiing and enjoying all that nature has to offer.

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2022
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Next Level
After 8 years of trying to settle an injury claim, we hired Ben's team. This took us to the next level of seeing justice and a settlement. Ben's team is down to earth, personable and cares for their clients! We always felt confident we were in the best hands! He knows his law and will work hard for his clients!
Posted by Megan | December 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent teammate/co-counsel
Ben jumps to it for depos and client calls, etc - he's a great teammate and co-counsel and I highly recommend partnering with him if you need trial counsel for a state in which he's licensed.
Posted by Rachel | November 5, 2021
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Excellent attorney
Ben is consulting on five of my catastrophic injury cases. He is incredibly talented and has a long track record of success. He has been responsive and I look forward to working with him for the foreseeable future.
Posted by Mark | November 5, 2021
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Elite Trial Lawyer
Ben is not only one of the most talented trial lawyers in the business, but he also cares deeply about his clients. You will be in great hands if you choose him.
Posted by Hugh Albrecht | November 4, 2021
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A zealous advocate
I have had the pleasure of working with Ben and his firm on multiple medical malpractice claims that were all resolved for seven figures. Ben is a fearless and zealous advocate who goes above and beyond in the representation of his clients, making sure they receive the justice they deserve. When I need assistance with a case Ben is who I call on. Hugh Albrecht
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Posted by Michael | November 4, 2021
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Outstanding Trial Lawyer
Ben excels in the incredibly difficult area of medical malpractice. His courtroom skills are second to none. You won't find a better trial lawyer than Ben.
Posted by Daniel | November 4, 2021
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Truly Exceptional advocate
Ben is a one of a kind trial lawyer. His experience and passion create the best possible trial team for an injured person. After working with Ben, I am sure to send my family members who are injured to him as he one of the country's best.
Posted by Jeremy | February 23, 2021
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Fantastic Attorney!
Ben is a remarkable attorney that I turned to for assistance in a wrongful death action. His involvement in the case led to a seven figure result and I cannot thank him enough.
Posted by Timm | January 26, 2021
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Lawyer
Thank you Ben and staff for another outstanding experience and great result for our mutual client. I can't say enough about the professionalism and competence with which you handled this matter.
Posted by Heidi and Wally Lane | December 30, 2019
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Thank You ,Ben
My husband and I knew right from the start that our case was a difficult battle. Attorney Ben Novotny took the time to educate us on the process of a malpractice wrongful death case. We felt confident throughout this process on how the case was handled. Ben's open communication, with us, in keeping us abreast of matters was greatly appreciated. He made us feel very comfortable concerning any questions or concerns we had through out. Attorney Novotny helped us through every step in a very difficult time of our lives. Ben treated my husband and I with the out most respect and honesty the entire time.! Ben will be forever in our hearts for fighting so hard for our son Patrick. Attorney Novotny is truly dedicated to his clients.
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Posted by Tim | September 13, 2019
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One of the best malpractice attorneys in the business!
Attorney Novotny was, without question, instrumental in seeing my wife’s malpractice case through to its success. Attorney Novotny will be the first to tell you that malpractice cases are an uphill battle from the outset and, to be successful, attention to detail, among many other things, matters. Fortunately, for our family, having an attorney in your corner who prides himself on this very quality is pivotal. Attorney Novotny’s attention to detail was no more apparent than during trial preparations. Countless hours were spent meticulously covering all areas of the case to ensure we were comfortable with the plan put forth. It didn’t matter if this meant revisiting topics multiple times, Attorney Novotny was always there to support us every step of the way. Looking back over our two-week trial, Attorney Novotny demonstrated great poise, confidence, preparedness, attention to detail, and ability to connect with jurors, all which were contributing factors to our family’s case being decided favorably. Additionally, his previous experiences involving negotiations also proved beneficial both during trial as well as at the Appellate level. While I’ll be the first to admit the process of enduring a malpractice case can seem overwhelming, oftentimes resulting in families revisiting emotional life-changing events, having an attorney on your side who truly cares for the families he represents and someone who is vested in their advocacy can make all the difference in the world. In all honesty, being represented by Attorney Novotny was the best thing that ever happened to my family, given the circumstances involved, and if it wasn’t for his tireless efforts we wouldn’t be where we are today. He understands all that the families endure during the legal proceedings and is very much transparent with respect to the legal process itself, all the while conveying as realistic a perspective as possible. Over the years that our case was being litigated, I could always count on Attorney Novotny to address any questions or concerns I had related to the case. Attorney Novotny is first and foremost a dedicated person who takes great pride in his profession and is very passionate about the families he represents. It’s for this very reason that Ben has become a big part of our lives, even after our case concluded, and is also why I’m happy to consider him a friend.
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Posted by Jena | September 8, 2019
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Came to my rescue
I filed a complaint with the Iowa medical board in reference to a plastic surgeon who left me severely disfigured. Additionally the complications from the surgery left me required to see a wound care specialist for many many months with daily wound care, and will require another surgery related to the complications. The medical board did open an investigation and found the surgeon to be negligent. I had exactly 72 hours to file a malpractice lawsuit and Ben flew to me within 24 hours after he was contacted. He wasn’t concerned about the time frame just helping me!!!!! I was hesitant to hire an attorney and honestly very scared. After meeting Ben I knew I was in safe hands and that his sincerity towards my fears and overall situation was real. I completely trust Ben and being a nurse I must say I was impressed by his incredible knowledge in the medical field. Ben is smart, kind, sincere and he is dedicated to his clients. I are incredibly grateful to Ben. I hope if you unfortunately find yourself in a similar situation, you will contact Ben!!
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Posted by Farzeen Fareed | August 5, 2019
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A huge thank you for all your efforts and hard work
Great communication and responded quickly and answered any and all questions we had. Very organized. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Me and my family are very grateful for all the services you have provided to us. 6 years was very hard for our family, when I loss my husband due to medical stuff neglecting, thank you for believing on me, and take care of my case.
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Posted by Cheri | August 5, 2019
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Excellent and professional lawyer who got exceptional results for me and my family
Wonderful experience; even better results. Attorney Novotny was very professional, personable and did an exceptional job representing me and my family. I spoke with another attorney prior to deciding to go with Ben. He told me that my case should settle, and spit balled a number. It just didn’t feel right. Then, I read up on Ben and his accomplishments. I thought it was amazing how much he has accomplished for his age and he is an unbelievably talented trial attorney. I decided to meet with him. Ben was very honest and great at managing my and my family's expectations. The fact that he wasn't jumping to settle our claim off the bat and was willing to work the case up as if it were to go to trial set him above the other lawyer. I know this extra effort plus his trial record only increased the value of my case. I'm sure he has many cases and we only had one, but he treated us and the story of what happened to me/what my family went through as if it was the only case he was managing. His attention to detail, compassion, and willingness to take the time to get to know us shined through in front of the jurors. My family and I were very nervous to go to trial, but with him, we felt at ease. We wouldn't change our decision to fight on in the courtroom for the world - justice was served. I would recommend Ben to anyone looking for an attorney who is truly a triple threat in the law world. My family and I couldn't be more impressed or happier with our decision.
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2012
Told case was filed (never was), led me on for 16 months, poor review of facts & no people skills
This attorney's firm accepted my medical mal case for failure to diagnose rectal cancer. They sent it to two malpractice experts, who both recommended it go forward. I and another family member was told that the case had already been filed in Superior Court. I became suspicious when after several months I did not get requested copy of pleadings. In response, Atty Novotny, lead trial counsel, called me--for 1st time ever. He said that he had reservations about the case. He essentially blamed me for not following up with a specific GI doctor. Clearly Atty Novotny did not read the file because the same docs he stated I blew off were the ones that had refused the referral from my primary care doctor. They would not accept a new referral & would not book a referral appt. This was IN WRITING and faxed in response to referral by my primary care doctor. Every time I personally tried to make an appt I was told that I was released back to my primary care MDs care. So how was I negligent when they stated I did not need a specialist? I wasn't. In reality, Novotny changed his mind after 16 months for another reason. Novotny hadn't yet contacted their co-counsel in NH. When he did, they informed him they had a conflict because one of their expert witnesses was one of the docs I was suing. (The NH firm told me about conflict when I tried to hire them) He also said that NH has mandatory medical malpractice tribunals & attys end up trying the case twice, & he was" not up for all that." He could have worked around conflict by getting other NH counsel but stated it was too expensive. Most of all, I am shocked that Atty Novotny never allowed me the courtesy of a face to face meeting. This man had no empathy and tried to blame the victim. I would accept blame if I did not have a fax from same docs saying my primary care could handle it & refusing to make appt (Novotny blamed me for not getting a colonoscopy yet docs denied referral & further stated that since I had one in 2005, I did not need another in 2010.) Atty Novotny either did not know the facts or did not care to straighten them out. He also stated my case was too small in $ value for him to deal with a NH tribunal. Again, I would have had no problem with this had he told me 16 months earlier & not had told me that the case was actually filed when it was not. There is a clause in their retainer agreement that allows the client to pay going forward--they did not honor that. I was simply given the bum's rush and told not to contact them further. I suggest Atty Novotny learn the golden rule. They retained a law firm to hide behind (other former clients report same treatment -- Avvo contact me for sites if any question as to integrity of this claim pls) Atty Novotny caused me a lot of emotional distress by blaming me & having facts wrong, yet not allowing me to ask why they lied about case being filed for many months. Had Atty Novotny expressed any willingness to sit down and explain things to me, or refer me to other counsel before the SOL ran out, I would not feel this way. Mistakes happen but this was calculated to twist the facts around on their own clients & make me feel responsible for life threatening illness. He prejudiced the ability of a Stage 3B cancer patient to successfully bring a case and get compensation because it was not worth his time, and "tribunals are a pain". He failed to acknowledge the refusal of the doctors to see me & twisted it into it being my fault ( docs told me he is wrong). Atty Novotny did not keep his commitments, misrepresented the status of a case, and failed to keep me informed. Rather, he blindsided me with factual inaccuracies & arrogant refusal to deal with NH's tribunals. This 16 months has forever prejudiced my ability file case in timely fashion. If there was a conflict he should have helped refer case to another firm. Cruel, misleading and arrogant. I would swear to the accuracy of these allegations in a court of law.
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Posted by Mary | September 7, 2011
The consummate reason why people hate lawyers
This lawyer was rude, incompetent, and each time he called me about my case he did not even bother to have my file in front of him. He twisted the facts of my case and after two medical experts in his firm gave it two thumbs up to go forward, he refused because he was reading facts wrong. Would not sit down & talk to me. Not enough damages for him because I was not dead yet. Firm told me that he was filing case numerous times since June & were lying about it. He did not give me respect, empathy or honesty. Ruined my case. Goes for big money, said I have case but not worth his while after telling me it wwas filed???
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Resume

AVVO RATING 7.2 (Very Good)

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD
  • 2007

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Lawyer of the Year
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • 2018

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Medical malpractice Lawyer Benjamin Ray Novotny
Benjamin Ray Novotny
Medical malpractice Attorney
Licensed for 17 years