Attorney Profile

Richard A. Gurfein

Richard Gurfein

Gurfein Douglas LLP
11 Park Place, Suite 1100
New York, NY 10007-2801

New York

New York (NY)

Contact Contact Richard A. Gurfein
T: 212-406-1600
F: 212-406-4779

Visit: www.gurfeindouglas.com
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%), Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%), Class Action/Mass Torts (30%)

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Class Action/Mass Torts

Industry Groups: American Association For Justice, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Public Justice
Law School: Brooklyn Law School

Profile

Mr. Gurfein has been trying complex personal injury cases on behalf of catastrophically injured plaintiff's for almost 40 years.  He started working as an electrical engineer at the New York Stock Exchange in 1967.  From 1968 -1972 he taught math and science at the Jane Addams Vocational High School For Girls in the South Bronx and in February 1972 he was admitted to practice law. Since 1972 he has devoted his entire practice to representing seriously injured people.  His experience ranges from simple automobile to complex products liability cases. As well as, construction and medical malpractice cases.

Years of Selection

• Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2013

Certifications and Credentials

About Richard Gurfein

Admitted: 1972, New York

Professional Webpage: www.gurfeindouglas.com/who-we-are/12-principles/28-richard-a...

Honors and Awards:

  • Recognized for completion of post graduate and continuing legal education, Advocate, National College of Advocacy, 2004
  • Awarded to a trial lawyer who combines courtroom skill and humane concern on behalf of the rights of the injured., Crown of Good Name Award, Institute of Jewish Humanities, 1996

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy 2010-present, 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Editorial Board of the "Bill of Particulars", the newsletter of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association., 2009
  • Co-Chair of the Committee on Technology - New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
  • Exchange Advisory Committee, American Association for Justice, 2007
  • President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association., 1995
  • President-Elect of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • First Vice President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1993
  • Second Vice President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1992
  • Secretary of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1991
  • Treasurer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • Deputy Treasurer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1989
  • Chairman, Committee on Medical Jurisprudence, Nassau County Bar Association, 1986

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • The article gives the reader a cookbook for the preparation of a judgment under the structured judgment provisions of the New York State Civil Practice Law ad Rules.  Using the economic and financial formulas in Excel, the reader is instructed on the law regarding the entry of judgments for larger verdicts in New York State., Author, Using Excel® to prepare a judgment under Article 50-A and 50-B of the CPLR, 2000

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $6,783,203 verdict on behalf of a 13 year old boy whose leg was run over by the middle wheel of an extended length bus., 2011
  • $7,400,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 60 year old woman who became paralyzed in both legs and one arm after her doctors failed to diagnose an infection in her spine., 2010
  • $3,250,000.00 settlement for a child with cerebral palsy. Obstetrician fell asleep while waiting for her pregnant patient who had significant bleeding to arrive at the hospital. No one woke the doctor., 2007
  • $2,750,000.00 settlement by pediatrician and Hospital radiation oncologist for sterilization of 16 year old girl while treating Hodgkins Dissease., 2007
  • $5,750,000.00 verdict in Fulton County, New York for the failure to diagnose a post-partum infection in a 20 year old lady who had delivered her second child without complications. The delay resulted in loss of all female organs and significant injury to intestines., 2006
  • $2,312,258.33 verdict for a 28 year old mechanic who was using a Genie hydraulic man-lift which tipped over., 2006
  • $435,000.00 settlement in Syracuse, NY for a birth injury to the infant's arm called Erb's Palsy., 2005
  • $450,000.00 verdict for a choregrapher against his orthopedist who operated on the wrong knee. , 2005
  • $5,493,000.00 settlement in Brooklyn, NY for birth injuries to infant causing cerebral palsy., 2004
  • $531,010.00 verdict in Queens, NY for injuries to motorcylce driver who was cut off by private car on Lexington Ave, NY, NY, 2003
  • $675,000.00 settlement in Jefferson County, NY for Erb's Palsy injury to infant during delivery., 2003
  • $1,000,000.00 settlement against livery cab struck while making a U-turn in LaGuardia Airport, Queens, NY, 2003
  • $4,500,000.00 in Brooklyn, NY for birth injuries to infant causing cerebral palsy., 2003

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Educational Background:

  • B.E. (in E.E.) New York University, School of Engineering and Science, 1967

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