Founded in 1919, Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz (GGCSMB&R) is one of the oldest and most well-established personal injury law firms in New York City. Representing only the most seriously injured plaintiffs, the firm has become synonymous with justice for the catastrophically injured.
“Our primary goal has always been to obtain justice for our clients and their families. Although we can’t replace what our clients have lost, we work tirelessly to achieve results that will help restore them to a life of dignity and independence by securing compensation to make them whole again,” says managing partner Ben Rubinowitz.
While GGCSMB&R is headquartered in Manhattan, its attorneys regularly handle cases throughout New York and New Jersey, including some of the most significant personal injury and negligence cases in the country. In the past decade alone, GGCSMB&R has achieved verdicts or settlements exceeding $1 million in more than 450 cases, and it has achieved more than $1 billion in total verdicts and settlements for its clients.
“The key to these results is the fact that we limit our case intake to about 100 cases per year,” says Anthony Gair, a partner at the firm. “That selectivity allows us to devote our firm’s full resources and attention to each case from start to finish. It is our meticulous trial preparation and our ability to take a case to verdict that defines our success.”
Some of the firm’s most notable results include $103 million for a child who sustained brain damage at birth; $90 million for a child with cerebral palsy resulting from birth injuries; $26 million for a pedestrian struck by a truck; $17 million for a young man disabled after a failed medical diagnosis; $16 million for a construction worker who was injured when he fell from a scaffold; and $14 million for tenants who were injured in a pipe explosion resulting from Con Edison’s negligence.
“We understand that our clients are coming to us during a great time of need. Whether it is a client who has been permanently injured or a client who has lost a loved one, we approach each case with the highest level of dedication and commitment, knowing that the result will determine, in large part, the quality of life our clients will have,” says Howard Hershenhorn, a partner who has devoted his career to such work.
Recently, the firm achieved a $27.5 million verdict for a woman who lost her leg after being struck by a Transit Authority bus, which was one of the largest verdicts for such an injury in the country. In 2013, the firm successfully represented a pedestrian who suffered knee injuries after being struck by a car, resulting in a $7.125 million verdict—also one of the largest verdicts of its kind for such injuries.
Because of their continued success in prosecuting personal injury and medical malpractice cases, the firm’s attorneys have been repeatedly recognized by the legal community for their expertise: A total of nine partners have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and 10 have been named in New York Super Lawyers. The firm also includes attorneys who are members of the Inner Circle of Advocates and fellows of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
“The bottom line is that we care,” says Jeffrey Bloom, a partner who has spent his entire career at the firm. “Our dedication to obtaining justice for the most seriously injured individuals has defined our firm for nearly 100 years and will continue to define us into the future.”