Whether litigating against the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies because they sold defective drugs injuring tens of thousands of people; or standing up for women who are harassed and discriminated against in the workplace; or representing the victims of defective products and medical negligence; or representing consumers who are defrauded as a result of false and deceptive advertising, the lawyers of Morelli Alters Ratner LLP combine their aggressive desire for justice with their compassion for their clients in order to achieve the maximum recovery possible both in and out of the courtroom.
With offices in both New York City and Miami Beach, Florida, the firm combines the wisdom that comes with age and experience with the vitality that comes from youthful exuberance.
Benedict P. Morelli and David S. Ratner have over seventy years of hands on trial experience between them. They have litigated against powerful corporations and prestigious law firms in courts throughout the country. In 2011, Mr. Morelli led a trial team in Federal Court in the Southern District of Illinois that secured a $95 million verdict on behalf of a young woman who was the victim of sexual assault by her boss and whose complaints about his harassing behavior went unheeded by the company. Not only was this the largest single sexual harassment victim verdict ever, but the verdict also sent a message that Morelli Alters Ratner will fight to the end for its clients.
“Trying cases is a lost art, because our world is based more on mediation and arbitration than litigation,” says founding partner Benedict Morelli, a past-President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association who has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America annually since 1995. “But our firm has been established to handle cases from start to finish. In fact, it’s our trial experience that has allowed us to litigate important cases against substantial opponents, and, in the process, help victims of corporate America’s negligence, misfeasance and malfeasance.”
The team at Morelli Alters Ratner LLP is dedicated to enforcing its clients’ rights and securing for them the justice they deserve. The firm’s practice is national in scope, with litigation from New York to California. For example, the firm is currently handling cases against Pfizer in Alabama over the drug Chantix, as well as cases in Texas and New Jersey against Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers over defective metal-on-metal hip implants. The firm also has filed cases in Florida, New York, and New Jersey against companies that sell and install spray polyurethane foam insulation, which has been shown to cause health and property damage.
“In other words, we will take on industry giants to help our clients,” notes David Ratner, the firm’s managing partner. “And it is because of our acknowledged ability to present cases to juries that we have been given leadership roles in many of these cases by judicial appointment.”
Morelli Alters Ratner’s office in the trendy Miami Design District is the hub of the firm’s class action litigation practice. Jeremy Alters’s philosophy has been to always fight on behalf of innocent consumers, such as those who have been victimized by the predatory practices of banks. In 2012, he helped secure one of the largest class action settlements against Bank of America for $410 million.
The firm is currently litigating class actions against Red Bull, KIND Bar, several banks for their overdraft practices, L’Oreal, and Dial Soap.
In addition the firm continues to be in the forefront of several mass torts including TransVaginal Mesh, Propecia, Testosterone Replacement therapy, and metal on metal hips.
Finally the firm is extremely proud of the work it did on behalf of Kevin Dwyer, a cystic fibrosis sufferer who was denied coverage for a costly life-saving drug by his health insurer. “We secured him coverage, the drug worked, and we saved his life,” Ratner said. “What could be better than that?”