Ben B. Rubinowitz

Adjunct Professor of Law

Partner, Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman & Mackauf

Education

B.A., Boston University
J.D., Hofstra University

Bio

Throughout his 30-year legal career, Ben Rubinowitz has made his mark as a leading trial lawyer combining hard work and dedication with his remarkable courtroom skills and presence. Mr. Rubinowitz began his career as a prosecutor, where he honed the trial skills that would become his hallmark. From there, he began serving as a trial lawyer representing severely injured plaintiffs in personal injury cases, eventually joining GGCSMB&R in 1989. For the past 10 years Mr. Rubinowitz was featured in New York Magazines' article on "Best Lawyers in New York" and was recently named "Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year". He is one of ten GGCSMB&R attorneys who were listed in "The Best Lawyers in America"- which is more than any other New York plaintiff's personal injury firm. For the past 6 years Ben has been recognized in the New York Times as one of the "Top 100" lawyers in the New York Metro area, as evaluated by New York Super Lawyers. Ben was honored by being elected to be a member of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates. The Inner Circle of Advocates is limited to 100 members considered among the best plaintiffs attorneys in the United States and also to be "lawyers of excellent character and integrity."

 

Ben's meticulous approach to the preparation and trial of cases has produced 20 verdicts and over 100 settlements in excess of one million dollars in cases arising out of car accidents, premises accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, civil rights violations and products liability. Mr. Rubinowitz has a thorough grasp of the nuances of complex issues. This, coupled with his ability to translate complicated information into clear terms for a jury, has left an indelible impression on all those who have witnessed him in action--including even defendants' medical experts that he has cross-examined. In addition to his skills as a trial lawyer, Mr. Rubinowitz has successfully argued appellate cases before the Appellate Division and the highest court in the State of New York, the Court of Appeals.

 

Mr. Rubinowitz's experience and legal acumen is also sought out outside of the courtroom. He has appeared as a legal expert on Court TV and co-authors a regular column in the NY Law Journal on the subject of trial advocacy. His successes as a trial lawyer and expertise in his field have earned him national recognition as a trial advocacy teacher both to attorneys and to law students. Mr. Rubinowitz has lectured, chaired, and participated in seminars and programs at Harvard, Yale, Emory, Fordham, Hofstra, St. John's, Pace and Cardozo law schools, as well as more than 100 continuing legal education programs throughout the country and internationally. In recognition of his trial skills, Mr. Rubinowitz has been asked by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy to serve as a national and regional team leader and thereafter, ultimately elected to the prestigious position of a National Board Member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. And, more recently, Mr. Rubinowitz was asked by the Duke University School of Medicine and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons to lecture physicians about Medical Malpractice at the National Urologic Forum.

 

For the past five years Mr. Rubinowitz has chaired the prestigious "Masters of the Art of Trial Advocacy Program" sponsored by the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. That program was a three part seminar featuring only lawyers who have obtained multiple seven- and eight- figure verdicts for their clients. Due to his experience and skill, Mr. Rubinowitz was also asked to Chair the New York State Bar Association programs on Construction Site Accidents and The Basics of Civil Practice.

 

Mr. Rubinowitz is a 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 American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr Rubinowitz holds an "AV" rating (highest rating) from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is one of the oldest and best-known catalogues of lawyers in the United States.

 

Among Ben's recent Court victories are a $27,500,000 verdict obtained in New York Supreme Court in which a woman, who was struck by a bus while crossing the street, lost her leg. This is the largest award in New York State history for this type of injury; a $26,000,000 settlement in a wrongful death claim by the husband of a woman struck and killed by a truck. This is one of the largest wrongful death awards in the country for the death of one person; a $17,250,000 verdict in a medical malpractice case in which a man was rendered partially incontinent as a result of a doctor committing medical malpractice. This case was tried to verdict in Syracuse, New York and is one of the largest verdicts ever obtained in that county; an $11,400,000 verdict for the sexual abuse of two teenagers; a $10,000,000 settlement for a woman who was rendered blind as a result of being struck by a drunk driver. Ben successfully argued this case before the highest Court in the State, The New York Court of Appeals winning a 7 to 0 decision for his client (to see the legal argument click here). Ben later settled this case during trial in Nassau County Supreme Court; an $8,000,000 settlement during trial in Queens, New York for a woman who suffered brain damage as a result of anesthesiologic malpractice; an $8,000,000 settlement obtained during trial for a baby rendered brain damaged shortly after birth and an $8,000,000 settlement on behalf of a man who lost his wife as result of the reckless conduct of a man who was driving while intoxicated.