Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP has established its reputation with the bench and bar for its long standing defense of New York’s premier teaching hospitals and physicians in high exposure, complex cases in many practice areas. As of 2012 MCB, by way of its predecessor firm, Whiteside & Stryker, has been defending the professions for 100 years.
What distinguishes MCB from other firms is the talent, experience and stability of its partnership. The Firm’s senior partners have at least 20 years tenure, and most have in excess of 30 years experience defending lawsuits in State and Federal courts, state departmental agencies and tribunals. This level of experience and service translates into consistent jury trial successes and accurate and realistic risk assessment.
The Firm’s attorneys have superior trial skills coupled with exceptional knowledge of the underlying medical and legal principles and procedures involved in defending medical malpractice cases. The attorneys understand and coordinate the best approach to often conflicting issues which are characteristic of this type of litigation. The Firm’s Partners routinely counsel at hospital Grand Rounds, medical specialty conferences and Bar Association programs.
In response to developments involving electronically stored information, MCB has cultivated an expertise in E-Discovery. The Firm has spearheaded the E-Discovery preservation, review and production of millions of pages of documents in a complex multi-party litigation. MCB’s experience with E-Discovery from preservation to reproduction and familiarity with the changing legal demands allows the Firm to advise its clients on how to comply in the most cost-effective manner.
MCB’s extensive experience in defending medical malpractice claims has led to its prominence in the defense of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. The Firm works to anticipate aggressive discovery tactics and formulate a proactive defense in each case. MCB also defends dentists in cases involving oral surgery, failure to diagnose oral cancers, dental restorative work, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontic cases, periodontal and endodontic cases.
The Firm’s practice extends to other professionals, including attorneys, architects, and accountants in professional liability matters. Partners counsel clients in physician discipline and credentialing matters, as well as management in employment law matters. These professionals turn to MCB when protecting their reputation and ensuring the best possible outcome is the only option. The Firm acts as trial counsel in these matters in both Federal and State courts, and handles all related appellate practice.
MCB assists physician groups in developing comprehensive risk management policies, and provides personalized, quality representation to the group practice’s professional legal needs. The Firm also counsels physicians, group practices and independent practice associations (IPAs) in health care compliance and represents clients in regulatory investigations and Medicare/Medicaid billing audits. In addition, MCB has a team of dedicated specialists who are skilled in the art of appellate advocacy in state and federal courts and who have helped to shape law in New York. Members of the Appellate Department work closely with other litigators in the firm to frame key issues, advance the most persuasive arguments, and ensure that issues are properly “preserved” for appellate review.