In their recent Trial Advocacy column in the New York Law Journal, NYC Personal Injury Attorneys Ben Rubinowitz of Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf, and Evan Torgan of Torgan & Cooper write: Whether in the form of a deposition, surveillance footage or an event captured on a nearby security camera, the trial lawyer must think carefully how to best exploit a video as a strategic tool for helping her win the case before ever questioning a witness. If used properly, a video can serve to leave an indelible impression that there is no doubt that the witness is a liar, cannot be trusted and is anything but credible.
Our NYC Personal Injury Law Firm is proud to announce that 10 of our attorneys were named 2021 “Best Lawyers” and 3 were named 2021 “Ones to Watch” by Best Lawyers in America for New York, NY. Best Lawyers rankings are entirely based on peer review. The named lawyers are:
This week, in an unusual decision, New York State Supreme Court Justice Alexander Tisch upheld a jury verdict for $60 million. Our partners New York personal injury attorneys Ben Rubinowitz and Richard Steigman tried the case before Justice Tisch last July. See Prior Blog. This is one of the largest awards for pain and suffering ever affirmed by a trial court in New York State.
The case was one that sparked national attention. A 10th grade student, Alonzo Yanes, was severely burned in his 10th grade chemistry class due to the negligence of his teacher Anna Poole and the New York City Board of Education. The teacher, who had been performing the “rainbow experiment,” failed to take necessary safety precautions to protect the students in her class. In the experiment the teacher was using methanol, a highly flammable substance, and failed to ensure that the students were kept at a safe distance from the demonstration table, failed to provide goggles to the students, failed to ensure there was a fire blanket was in the classroom and conducted the experiment in a classroom which did not have proper ventilation or showers.
Alonzo was burned alive. As the teacher poured the methanol from a gallon jug into a beaker a large fireball erupted and coated this young student with millions of droplets of burning methanol. Alonzo was screaming in agony — but because there was no protective equipment in the classroom and no shower or fire blanket he kept burning while a teacher from another classroom finally entered the classroom with a fire blanket to smother the flames.
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.