When Charles Gucciardo founded his practice 30 years ago, he believed then as he does now that his clients’ interests and satisfaction must come above all else. “I’ve always thought that if you stop caring about your clients then you should get out of the business because you are going to hurt somebody,” Gucciardo says. “So my focus has remained on servicing my clients to their best interest.”
During his career, Gucciardo has built a reputation as a tenacious advocate both in and out of the courtroom for victims of malpractice and other accidents. “Cases that I handle typically involve catastrophic injuries. As such, the high level of responsibility owed to these clients perpetuates throughout the pendency of their claim,” Gucciardo notes. “You have to, by definition, step up to the plate with every case.”
Gucciardo is known for pressing his cases at every stage, especially at trial, for optimal results. Because of his dedication, he has succeeded against the most experienced adversaries in the state. “I run my practice as I live my life—with the interest of other people in mind,” he says. “When you do that, the fruits of these labors will be significant, as the intention is genuine.”
This year alone, the firm has successfully prosecuted many significant cases. Notably, following a month-long trial this past June, Gucciardo secured a $16.6 million award in Nassau County for a 5-year-old student who was struck by a car at a busy instruction with inadequate crossing guard supervision. “A result like that is unusual for Nassau County,” Gucciardo explains. “Our dedication again resulted in an award that was appropriate to compensate this severely disabled client.”
Given the results he has achieved, Gucciardo has been acknowledged as being among a select group of lawyers known for obtaining significant back-to-back recoveries. In addition to being AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, he has been named in New York Super Lawyers since 2009, a recognition that includes only the top five percent of lawyers in the state.
Gucciardo attributes his success to his commitment of the time required to handle these types of matters appropriately. Indeed, his firm is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “My practice is centered on helping people in their time of need,” Gucciardo says. “I have no problem waking up in the middle of the night when a new client requires my services. If you’re going to practice in this area of the law you have to be dedicated to the profession. The satisfaction of extending myself in this regard is without equal.”
Gucciardo adds that honesty and integrity are just as important as hard work. “Injuries in medical malpractice cases are almost always catastrophic, but liability may not always exist based on the doctor’s actions. Clients in that position deserve the time from an attorney to have this explained in detail. These efforts not only benefit the client in their understanding, but also serve to avoid claims that should not be brought against medical professionals or other potential defendants where they are not warranted.” In any event, the firm will look at all viable avenues of inquiry before making its determination.
Gucciardo’s efforts have also had a positive effect on the community at large. Many of the cases prosecuted by the firm have led to safety improvements. For example, in the case involving the 5-year-old student, Gucciardo secured an assurance that measures would be taken to correct the dangers at that intersection to prevent further accidents at that location. He notes, “For a long time, lawyers in this profession have prompted innovations that have resulted in safer products and procedures in the real world.”
Gucciardo stands committed in his continued service to the people who need and rely on him and his staff.