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, Rachel Jacobs and Allen Zachary 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”.
In their Trial Advocacy Column in the New York Law Journal, NYC Personal Injury Attorneys Ben Rubinowitz and Evan Torgan write: “From a procedural point of view, the real goal of jury selection for the trial attorney is to preserve peremptory challenges. In civil cases in New York each side is allowed only three peremptory challenges; however, each side is allowed an unlimited number of challenges for “cause.” This article was written in light of the recent political commentary on immigrant status. It is essential that the trial lawyer confront these issues directly or risk an adverse verdict. Unfortunately, certain political speeches have had the effect of improperly targeting immigrants. This article was written to assist Trial Lawyers to overcome such bias and bigotry.
Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries.
“For more than a third of the century,” says CEO Steven Naifeh, “Best Lawyers has been the gold standard of excellence in the legal profession.” President Phil Greer adds, “We are extremely proud of that record and equally proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of these exceptional legal professionals.”
In their latest Trial Advocacy column in the New York Law Journal, Personal Injury Attorneys Ben Rubinowitz of Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf, and Evan Torgan of Torgan & Cooper write about the dangers of Social Media, how attorneys are obliged to protect their clients, and that all attorneys must make clear to their clients that once posted the information is forever. The failure to conduct a proper social media check could easily result in a loss. Conducting an appropriate search of all social media platforms has now become mandatory.
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).
Our 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.
Two 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 York 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.
In their recent Trial Advocacy column in the New York Law Journal, Personal Injury Attorneys Ben Rubinowitz and Evan Torgan write: With discovery and depositions as broad as they currently are, problematic issues in a case should be laid bare before you even walk into the courtroom. It is not the fact that there is a problem but often the trial lawyer’s ability to confront and address the problem during jury selection that can make the difference in the outcome of a case.