In their recent Trial Advocacy column in the New York Law Journal, NYC Personal Injury Lawyers Ben Rubinowitz of Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf, and Evan Torgan of Torgan & Cooper discuss time tested ways to cross examine experts to achieve successful results at trial. Examples from recent trials are used to help illustrate the points. Each of these techniques have been used by the authors to develop powerful arguments for summation and assist in bringing home a successful verdict.
In an article published Today in the New York Law Journal, NYC Personal Injury Attorneys Ben Rubinowitz, Evan Torgan and Peter Saghir discuss trial techniques to secure winning verdicts.
One of these techniques is to FRAME an issue that can be explored during cross examination, reinforced during final argument and one that leaves the jury with an indelible impression that will last well into jury deliberations.
Our managing partner, Ben Rubinowitz, has been recognized for his expert commentary in the NYLJ for the past 19 years.
Congratulations to our partners Howard Hershenhorn and Diana M. A. Carnemolla who obtained an $85 million Verdict for a man who was struck by a red double decker sightseeing tour bus owned and operated by Twin America, LLC, Gray Line Corporation, Gray Line New York Tours, Inc. Coach USA, Citysights LLC, Citysights New York LLC, and Calvin C. Wright, while crossing the street.
The plaintiff who was 54 years old was ran over by a red double decker sightseeing tour bus on July 3rd, 2015. At the time of the accident, it was a sunny Friday afternoon. He had the walk signal in his favor when a 13 ton double decker sightseeing tour bus attempted to make a left turn from West 4th street onto 6th avenue striking him. He suffered serious injuries. As a result of the crash he spent 78 days in the hospital, having 9 operations. He also had two additional operations after he was discharged from the hospital.
$45 million for past pain and suffering and $40 million for future pain and suffering
Two of our young NYC personal injury attorneys, Rachel Jacobs and James Rubinowitz, were invited last Monday night to share their skills with the students of the Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP). During this two-week immersion program, students are taught cutting-edge strategies for courtroom litigation under the instruction of leading jurists and lawyers from across the country. The program is a cornerstone of Cardozo’s practical skills curriculum.
Rachel and James just finished a trial during which they represented the four adult children of a 90 year old pedestrian who was fatally struck by a motor vehicle as she was crossing a street in New York City. They presented to the students of the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) the opening statement and the summation that they gave to the jury at trial.
The pedestrian suffered excruciating pain and suffering before she died
9 of our Top New York Personal Injury Lawyers have been named Super Lawyers and 2 of them have been named Rising Stars. These lawyers are:
- Ben Rubinowitz named Super Lawyer every year since 2006 and listed in the top 100 New York Metro Super Lawyers
- Howard Hershenhorn named Super Lawyer every year since 2006 and listed in the top 100 New York Metro Super Lawyers
In their latest Trial Advocacy Column in the New York Law Journal, Top New York Personal Injury Attorneys Ben Rubinowitz and Evan Torgan write: To be effective with cross-examination, the trial attorney must know what her objective is and how to get there. All crosses must start at the end—with what attorney intends to prove. Once the attorney knows what she intends to prove, she can use different techniques such as changing the tone of her voice, focusing the question for the witness, asking low risk open ended questions and making statements with a question at the end.
Read the complete article in the New York Law Journal
We are pleased to announce that our partners, NYC Personal Injury Lawyers Ben Rubinowitz and Peter Saghir have obtained a record setting settlement on behalf of four young boys who were sexually abused by a worker at a local catholic church in Brooklyn. The Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens and a local after school program will pay $27,500,000 which will be divided evenly with each boy receiving $6,875,000. This is the largest settlement in the country paid by the Catholic Church to an individual survivor of sexual abuse.
Between 2003 and 2009, Angelo Serrano, sexually abused the four young boys who were between the ages of 8 and 12. Serrano who was 58 years old at the time of his arrest in 2009 was a long time worker at St. Lucy’s St. Patrick’s, a Catholic church in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. Serrano served as a CCD teacher at the church and also as the Director of Religious Education. The abuse which took place over a number of years was perpetrated inside the church and in his apartment which was located in the old school house of the church.
It was revealed during depositions that the priests in the church knew or certainly should have known that Serrano was sexually abusing children. One priest testified that he witnessed Serrano inappropriately embrace and kiss an eight or nine year old boy on the mouth in the church office. Despite witnessing this behavior the priest did not report this conduct, document it or even ask the child his name.
Three of our New York Personal Injury Lawyers visited Cardozo Law School yesterday night. Marijo Adimey, Christopher Donadio and Ben Rubinowitz gave a demonstration of Opening Statements to second and third year students. For more than a dozen years Cardozo Law has invited lawyers from the firm to conduct trial demonstrations to the students. Cardozo Law has recognized the quality of the trial lawyers at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf and has made clear to their students that they are among the very best trial lawyers in New York. We have a tradition dating back years of speaking at seminars for law students and lawyers. We believe it is an obligation to share knowledge accumulated over many years so that others will be better prepared to represent their clients. To view videos of some of those seminars click here.
Our partner, NYC Personal Injury Attorney Howard Hershenhorn assisted by Christopher Donadio is representing Kyle Green in a lawsuit against rapper Travis Scott and the New York concert venue Terminal 5. 23-year-old Kyle Green was left paralyzed after he fell from a balcony during Travis Scott’s concert on April 30 at Terminal 5 in New York.
Travis Scott concerts are infamously known to be wild and the singer himself encourages fans to stage dive and surf the crowd. During the New York concert before Green was pushed from the third floor balcony, Scott put the spot light on a fan who was attending the concert from the first floor balcony and encouraged him to jump which the fan did. He said to the fan, “They going to catch you, don’t be scared.” (see video below). Other fans then did the same. Shortly after, Green who was watching the concert from the third floor balcony was pushed over the railing by the surging crowd. He fell and hit the floor. Security guards immediately surrounded him and Travis yelled at them to bring the fan to the stage. Green who was in tremendous pain was lifted up, pulled around and dropped in front of the stage without using any backboard or neck brace. Then Scott gave him his ring.
Kyle Green is now in a wheelchair. He suffered serious injury that includes fractured vertebrae, a broken left wrist and fractured right ankle. The injuries required surgery and he was left paralyzed on his left side and must get around in a wheelchair. He had to quit school and move out of his Brooklyn apartment to go live with his parents in Dutchess County.
Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf is proud to announce that 11 of their New York personal injury lawyers were named 2017 Super Lawyers for the New York Metro area. The 11 named are Marijo Adimey, Jeffrey Bloom, Seymour Boyers, Diana Carnemolla, Anthony Gair, Howard Hershenhorn, Jerome Katz, Stephen Mackauf, Ben Rubinowitz, Peter Saghir and Richard Steigman. Among them, our our managing partner Ben Rubinowitz and our senior partner Jeffrey Bloom also made the top 100 New York Metro Super Lawyers.
The firm also would like to congratulate NY personal Injury Lawyers Christopher Donadio and Rachel Jacobs for their selection as Rising Stars for the New York Metro area.
Over the last 12 years, no other personal injury law firm in New York City had that many attorneys selected by Super Lawyers. 7 of our senior partners have been nominated for 12 consecutive years. All our attorneys have extensive experience in the field of personal injury law. They have honed their skills and developed expertise in Construction Accidents, Auto Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and other areas of personal injury litigation. The firm has gained a national reputation as “counsel to the profession”.