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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BR.jpg Gair Gair Steigman Mackauf Bloom and Rubinowitz is proud to announce that Partner Ben Rubinowitz is Chairing the New York State Bar Association’s BASICS OF CIVIL TRIAL program on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 New York City at the Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Avenue (at 33rd St.), New York, NY 10001 | (212) 736-5000.

This program will cover all aspects of a trial from jury selection through summation. The faculty includes some of the most successful attorneys in their field as well as a seasoned trial Judge who has presided over one of the busiest trial parts in the Country. ” I expect this program to be one of the finest CLE courses ever” said Rubinowitz who explained ” Not only will the program provide useful tips to help you win your case but it will give you the opportunity to see actual Trial Demonstrations conducted by superb Trial lawyers.” This one day program will focus on basic through advanced trial techniques including methods for dealing with Expert Witnesses and advanced techniques in cross examination.

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New York Personal Injury Lawyers are invited to attend the The Flagship Program of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association “DECISIONS” that gets underway this coming Friday and Saturday, September 27 & 28th.

Gair Gair Conason Steigman Mackauf Bloom and Rubinowitz is pleased to announce that two of their partners, Ben Rubinowitz and Richard Steigman, will be lecturing on Trial Practice in many of the venues where the program is being held. ” Not only will we be speaking about recent developments in the law but we intend to give concrete examples of methods for successfully dealing with these new issues” said Rubinowitz. “All attorneys need to continually update their knowledge in the field or they run the risk of putting their clients at a severe disadvantage while trying cases. I recommend that all practicing attorneys attend this program — I can assure you, it will be well worth your time.” Both Rubinowitz and Steigman have had numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements throughout their careers and have been recognized as Experts in the field by the New York Law Journal and Continuing Legal Education Programs throughout the State.

To attend Live or Order CDs go to New York State Trial Lawyers Association website.

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This Fall, Justice Douglas McKeon, the Administrative Judge of Bronx County, is heading up the Moore Advocates lecture series at Fordham Law School. This program features some of the finest and most successful trial lawyers in New York State lecturing about their field and demonstrating Trial Techniques to students and alumni of Fordham Law School. In addition to those who attended Fordham Law, the program is open to all practicing attorneys in New York. On September 12th Ben Rubinowitz and Evan Torgan joined Justice McKeon in speaking about Direct and Cross Examination. “Not only does Judge McKeon run one of the busiest Courts in the country but he still manages to find time to share his expertise with students and lawyers” said Rubinowitz. “I am delighted to have been asked to participate in the Program. It’s programs like these that make the Bar of the State of New York that much better.” Future speakers include, among others, Judy Livingston and Herald Price Fahringer.

From Left to right: Evan Torgan, Honorable Douglas McKeon and Ben Rubinowitz

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JAP_0087.JPGIn their Trial Advocacy column, New York Personal Injury Attorney Ben Rubinowitz of Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf and Evan Torgan of Torgan & Cooper write: Summation marks the attorney’s final interaction with the jury before the verdict is returned. However, it is one of the first things that an attorney should think about when meeting with a client for the first time. In this article the authors make clear that summation must not only be considered at every point in the trial but must be considered at intake and through discovery. Specific and helpful examples of witness examination are given to enhance final argument. Additionally, the operative terms from the jury instructions must be reviewed at the start of the case and every step of the way to strengthen the summation.

Read more in the New York Law Journal.

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In this video segment, our partner, Construction Accident Attorney Anthony Gair gives an overview of New York Labor Law section 240. The complete course is available for CLE credit at It was given in December,2012.

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Ben%20Rubinowitz.jpgIn their most recent column, New York Personal Injury Attorney Ben Rubinowitz, a partner at Gair Gair Conason Steigman Mackauf Bloom and Rubinowitz, and his colleague Evan Torgan, of Torgan Cooper and Aaron, write about the use of video taped depositions at trial. Their most recent article, published Today in the New York Law Journal is “The Use Of Video Depositions At Trial“. Of note, the old fashioned ways of conducting depositions are fading fast. Technology has improved to the point where a written transcript alone might not be enough to carry the day at trial. Careful thought must be given as to whether the deposition should be conducted by video and whether or not it will help or hurt the case. Reasons for conducting the video deposition always include issues such as age, infirmity and location of the witness. But of equal importance is the fact that taking a video deposition might actually change the “behavior ” of an adversary. Those attorneys who typically defend depositions in an overly aggressive or nasty manner might have to rethink that tactic. Nasty and rude conduct that might be shown to a jury on video will unquestionably work to the defending attorney’s disadvantage. Additionally, the use of the video deposition allows the jury to recall far more than a mere reading of the transcript will. It has been empirically shown that both seeing, listening and hearing someone speak is far more effective than listening alone. Specific examples of strategies for use of video depositions at trial are used by the authors in this article.

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As we previously posted on our blog, our managing partner , New York Personal Injury Lawyer Ben Rubinowitz, will be the co-director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s National Session this summer at the NITA Education Center in Boulder, CO from July 24th to August 1st, 2013.

In this video, participants and faculty members including Ben Rubinowitz, explain why lawyers should attend this prestigious training program.

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In their most recent article in the New York Law Journal our Partner Ben Rubinowitz and his friend and colleague Evan Torgan write about the Collateral Attack of an Expert Witness. The authors point out that it is not enough to prepare for the adversarial collateral attack during cross examination but that it is equally important to scrutinize your own expert’s qualifications, independent of the information contained in his or her resume, to protect against a collateral attack. Specific examples are used to teach trial lawyers techniques to discredit the expert.

To read the article click here

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ben.jpgOur managing partner, Ben Rubinowitz and the Hon. Nancy Vaidik (Indianapolis, IN) will be the directors of the NITA’s National Session at the NITA Education Center in Boulder, CO from July 24th to August 1st, 2013.

The National Institute for Trial Advocacy is a world leader in advocacy skills training and publication. The National Session is its most prestigious and longest running program. NITA’s National Session is a life-changing experience for the attorneys who have attended for the last 41 years and this year’s program is no exception. Ben Rubinowitz and the Hon. Nancy Vaidik (Indianapolis, IN) have developed this year’s program schedule to include dedicated drill rooms, motion training, focus groups, and jury selection.

To learn more or register click here.

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Our managing partner, Ben Rubinowitz will be one of the faculty member leading the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Teacher Training Seminar in New York from June 6th to June 8th at the New York Law School.

In this program, participants are expected to improve their litigation teaching skills by using the NITA learning-by-doing method. You should attend this program if you are interested in becoming a faculty member at NITA or if you simply want to broaden and hone your teaching skills in your firm or in your classroom.

Click here for more information or to register.