Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf is a New York Plaintiff's personal injury law firm specializing in automobile accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, products liability, police misconduct and all types of New York personal injury litigation.

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Rubinowitz-Ben-B_12d7428b-27a7-4195-bebc-7788dce430881Ben Rubinowitz, a partner at our firm, has been asked by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine to deliver a Grand Rounds lecture to its radiologists. This talk will specifically focus on medical malpractice and communication issues that lead to medical negligence. Throughout his 30 years as a trial lawyer, Ben has been lecturing to doctors, lawyers and patients concerning all areas of medical malpractice and personal injury. Ben’s lecture will take place on February 8, 2017.

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photo__1428053_peter_saghirOur partner, NYC injury attorney Peter J. Saghir, recently obtained a verdict of 100% liability against a glass company that dropped a large glass panel on a woman’s foot as she walked on the sidewalk. On September 29, 2012, Manhisha Narwani, 28, was walking with friends on 9th Avenue at 50th Street when two workers who were replacing a glass storefront dropped a large glass panel on her left foot causing her to sustain three metatarsal fractures. She underwent surgery on two of the metatarsals and subsequent physical therapy. The glass company blamed Manisha for the happening of the accident and for failing to see the glass as it was being carried on the sidewalk. After a 5 day jury trial in New York County before Hon. Arthur F. Enforon, the jury found Manisha was free from fault and that the glass company and workers were 100% at fault for the happening of the incident. The jury awarded Manisha $300,000 for past pain and suffering and $150,000 for future pain and suffering. The top offer by the insurance company was 250,000.

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New York Personal Injury Lawyer Richard SteigmanOur partner, NY injury attorney Richard Steigman will be the chair of the “2017 CPLR Update” seminar organized by the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. The Co chair will be Judge Ariel E. Belen (Ret.), JAMS Mediator & Arbitrator, Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department. The seminar will cover all new recent developments in the field of New York Civil Practice. Participants will be updated on  the recent legislative changes and court decisions in this field.

The seminar will take place Tuesday January 24 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the NYSTLA Office. The address is 132, Nassau Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10038.

To learn more about this seminar or to register please click here

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photo__2573607_christopher_donadioWe are proud to announce that our associate Christopher Donadio has been selected by The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40. The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state or region who are under the age of 40.  Membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7. Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Chris has already taken over 40 verdicts in personal injury cases in both New York State and Federal Courts. His selection is a testament to his having immersed himself not only in his work but in his extensive studying of both the past and present top personal injury lawyers. He has represented plaintiffs at trial in all types of personal injury cases including police brutality cases, an area in which he has a particular interest and expertise. We congratulate Chris on this well deserved Honor.

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best law firm-badge-2017Our New York Personal Injury Law Firm was listed in six practice areas in the newly released 2017 ranking of the Best Law Firms by U.S. News and Best Lawyers®. For the seventh consecutive year our firm was named a a top tier Law Firm for the New York City Metropolitan area in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice – Plaintiffs, Legal Malpractice – Plaintiffs and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs. The firm also ranked nationally in the top tier in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs.

Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The 2017 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. Over 10,000 attorneys provided more than 800,000 law firm assessments, and over 10,000 clients provided more than 90,000 evaluations.

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jbOur partner Jeffrey Bloom will be talking about Medical Malpractice at the next “Bridging the Gap Winter 2016” program. This seminar is organized by the New York State Bar Association. It is primarily intended to help newly admitted lawyers to bridge the gap between law school and the reality of practicing law in New York State. This two-day program  will take place on November 30 and December 1st at the CUNY Auditorium of the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave in Manhattan. It will be broadcast to Albany, Buffalo and Boston in an interactive video conference format. Participants will be able to interact directly with other participants or speakers in other locations. The program will also be streamed on a live webcast. This two-day program offers 16.0 MCLE credits. It covers various areas of law.

Jeff Bloom will speak on “Cross Examination of an Expert Witness in a Medical Malpractice Case”.  A top New York  Medical Malpractice Attorney, Jeff has built his reputation trying numerous cases involving failure to diagnose cancer, surgical errors as well as cerebral palsy. Jeff recently represented Melissa Rivers after her mother, Joan Rivers died during a routine surgical procedure. He obtained a confidential but substantial settlement for the Rivers family. Jeff  is also actively involved in pushing New York lawmakers to pass Lavern’s Law. The proposed law would be especially useful for cancer patients who have been misdiagnosed but can’t sue because of the statute of limitations.

Mr. Bloom describes his view of his work as follows: “One of the most difficult events a person may ever encounter is being told that he or she has a serious illness such as cancer. Even more devastating, however, is the realization that the disease should have and could have been diagnosed earlier. As a medical malpractice attorney, my role is to prove this medical negligence to the jury with the ultimate goal of securing a substantial award as compensation for the losses suffered by our clients.”

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Our NY personal injury law firm is proud to announce that our partners Ben Rubinowitz and Richard Steigman obtained a $7.75 million settlement in  a snowmobile accident in Saranac Lake, NY.

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The plaintiffs, Thomas Taylor (63) and Linda Taylor (57) were guests at The Point at Saranac Lake, a luxury 5-star hotel in Franklin County. The plaintiffs claimed that the hotel arranged a snowmobile tour with Adirondack Snowmobile Rental. The tour was set up by the hotel for the plaintiffs and four other guests (2 other couples) who were also staying at the hotel. All 6 of the guests were beginners – each of whom had never been on a snowmobile before.Payment was arranged through the hotel. The hotel not only arranged the tour but charged the guests 20% extra for this service.

The Tour Guide, Robert Pinsdorf, an employee of Adirondack Snowmobile, started the tour approximately 10 miles from the hotel, at a campground know as Charlie’s Inn. The hotel guests were given a 10-20 minute lesson in the operation of the snowmobile; however, the guide was charged with the responsibility of leading the guests on the tour and keeping them safe throughout the tour. The plaintiffs claimed that they were unfamiliar with the trails, road crossing and trail signs. Although the first hour of the tour went fine during the second hour, one of the snowmobiles broke down due to a faulty drive belt. The tour guide then decided to head back to Charlie’s Inn to get another belt. He left one guest in the broken snowmobile and took one guest with him on his snowmobile. He told the others to follow him. It was claimed that he was in a rush and, at this time, failed to protect the novice snowmobilers by traveling ahead of them without warning them of road crossings and stop signs and without knowing where they were. Plaintiff s decedent, Thomas Taylor, failed to stop for a stop sign. It was claimed that he was unaware that he was traveling towards a road and stop sign. It was at this point that the plaintiff s decedent crossed the road, without stopping, and was struck by a van driven by an elderly man (who was dismissed from the case on summary judgment).

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Gair Gair LawyersOur NY personal injury law firm is proud to announce that 11 of our attorneys have been named Super Lawyers. These top NYC personal injury attorneys are:  Ben B. Rubinowitz, Anthony H. Gair, Howard S. Hershenhorn, Jeffrey B. Bloom, Richard M. Steigman, Jerome I. Katz, Stephen H. Mackauf, Marijo C. Adimey, Diana M.A. Carnemolla, Peter J. Saghir and Seymour Boyers.  Additionally  two of our youngest attorneys,  D. Allen Zachary and Christopher A. Donadio,  were selected to the Super Lawyer Rising Stars list.

7 of these talented lawyers have been selected for 11 consecutive years: Jeff, Seymour, Anthony, Howard, Jerome, Stephen and Ben are all senior partners at the firm and have accumulated invaluable  experience in the field of personal injury litigation. Richard has been  elected a Super Lawyer  five times.

Additionally Ben and Jeff were both listed in the Super Lawyers top 100  New York -Metro.

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New York Personal Injury Lawyers Gair and RubinowitzTwo of our New York Personal Injury Attorneys, Anthony Gair and Ben Rubinowitz have been recognized by America’s Top 100 Attorneys as two of the top 100 attorneys, all practices included, in New York State. Membership among America’s Top 100 Attorneys® is meant to identify and highlight the accomplishments of the nation’s most esteemed and skilled attorneys in all areas of practice. Only 100 attorneys in each state* receive this honor and are selected for membership among America’s Top 100 Attorneys®. While selection for any award, honor, or exclusive membership organization is always subjective in nature, America’s Top 100 Attorneys® have developed a comprehensive multi-phase selection process involving propriety algorithms and Qualitative Comparative Analysis in an effort to help ensure that only the most skilled and exceptional attorneys in the community are selected for membership.

Anthony Gair (left picture) is a senior partner at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf. One of the most respected personal injury attorney in New York, Mr Gair specializes in preparing and trying catastrophic personal injury cases such as automobile accidents, bus and truck accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice and product liability. Mr Gair enjoys a national reputation in the area of civil rights litigation. In one of his most notable cases he represented the family of Amadou Diallo who was shot 19 times by NYPD officers. The city of New York agreed to pay $3 million to the family of Amadou Diallo. This amount was at the time the largest amount that has ever been paid by the city of New YorAmerica Top 100k in a wrongful-death action for the death of a single individual with no dependents and minimal earnings. Mr Gair was the 2006 recipient of the prestigious  New York State Trial Lawyers’ Civil Justice Honor Award. Mr Gair is also recognized as one of the top product liability attorneys in the country and was named 2011 Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability Litigation  – Plaintiffs, New York City Area by Best Lawyers. An expert in construction accident litigation, Tony Gair also lectures extensively on this area.

Ben Rubinowitz (right picture) is the managing partner at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf. A meticulous and skilled trial lawyer, Mr Rubinowitz has been recognized as one of the top Personal Injury Attorneys in the country and has received numerous awards. A day ago he was recognized for the third time as “Attorney of the Year” by “Best Lawyers”.  Recently Melissa Rivers, Joan Rivers daughter chose Ben Rubinowitz and Jeff Bloom, another of our senior partners to to sue the doctors and the clinic for medical malpractice over the death of her mother. Ben and Jeff reached a major but confidential settlement for the case. Mr. Rubinowitz’s experience and legal acumen is also sought out outside of the courtroom. Not only does Mr Rubinowitz regularly write about trial advocacy (he is the a co-author of  a column in the New York Law Journal) but he is also a highly recognized trial advocacy teacher. For the past five years he has chaired the prestigious “Masters of the Art of Trial Advocacy Program” sponsored by the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Rubinowitz is also member of the exclusive Inner Circle of Advocates, The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a Director of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and a Past President of the New York Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

 

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brCongratulations to Ben Rubinowitz for being selected NYC Personal Injury “Lawyer of the Year”-Plaintiff 2017 by Best Lawyers in America. This is the third time that our managing partner has been selected Best Lawyer’s “Lawyer of the Year” by his peers.  Last year Ben was named New York City “Lawyer of the Year” for Product Liability Litigation  – Plaintiff 2016 and in 2013 Ben was selected by Best Lawyers as New York City Personal Injury “Lawyer of the Year”-Plaintiff.

Ben Rubinowitz started his legal career more than  30 years ago and this award is a result of his hard work and dedication to helping people who have been injured by the negligence of others. Starting as a prosecutor, Ben honed  remarkable trial skills and courtroom presence that have now become his hallmark. He then continued his career serving as a personal injury attorney and joined Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf  in 1989. In 2013 Ben replaced Robert Conason as managing partner of our firm. Ben has achieved numerous verdicts and settlements in excess of one million dollars. A few months ago, Ben and our partner Jeffrey Bloom reached a substantial confidential settlement in The Joan Rivers  medical malpractice case. Ben also represented the family of Marylin Dershowitz, a retired Manhattan Supreme Court special referee who died in a bicycle accident. Ben obtained a $4.6 million verdict for her family.  In another recent case Ben obtained a verdict of $27.5 million for a pedestrian who lost her leg after being struck by a bus.

Recognition by one’s peers is one the most meaningful forms of recognition among attorneys and Best Lawyers is considered the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”