Joseph M. Lichtenstein Biography
Serving Clients Throughout New York City for Close to 30 Years
Mr. Lichtenstein has successfully developed ground breaking legal theories in medical malpractice litigation including: the first case in New York to have a hospital’s answer stricken based on spoliation of records – a concept that had previously been applied only in product liability litigation.
Mr. Lichtenstein has also obtained the only Appellate Court decision in the United States precluding the defense of the maternal forces of labor in Muhammad v. Fitzpatrick, in 2012. He has lectured at national conventions of trial lawyers on these issues.
Indeed, in a personal letter to Mr. Lichtenstein dated February 27, 2012 from Justice Douglas McKeon, Justice McKeon stated: “I suspect Muhammad will be the first of many cases which finally address the “forces of labor” theory of brachial plexus injury. It’s no surprise Joe that you’re at the cutting edge of the debate.”
Mr. Lichtenstein has often been asked to lecture concerning medical malpractice cases to both New York State and National attorney organizations. He has been asked to give multiple lectures around the state of New York for the New York academy of Trail Lawyers. He has been asked to lecture at conventions of the American Association of Justice, including to the Birth Trauma Litigation Group and the Medical Negligence Litigation Group.
He has also lectured at the Birth Trauma Litigation Group, one of the most elite lecture series on the country, where only the most esteemed practioners in the field are generally asked to present. Mr. Lichtenstein graduated law school magna cum laude, and won many awards including both the best brief and best oral argument honors during the first year moot court competition, the Jenkes state-wide Jury Summation competition in 2 of the 3 years of law school, and the award for the “Best Trial Advocate in the Graduating Class.”
He also won American Jurisprudence awards for the best grade in a class for many of his classes. Mr. Lichtenstein began working for New York City firm Olwine, Connolly Chase O'Donnel and Weyher, a 100+ person firm, where former Chief Justice Judith Kaye was a partner prior to ascending to the Court of Appeals.
In 1988 he joined Finz and Finz P.C, (founded by former New York Supreme Court Justice Leonard Finz) and ultimately became their senior trial lawyer. Then in 1997 he began his own practice, focusing largely on medical malpractice and other complex litigation.
Mr. Lichtenstein is the most successful New York trial lawyer and foremost legal scholar on Cerebral Palsy, Erb's Palsy, Brachial Plexus and other birth injury cases
- $47 Million Dollar Verdict in Brooklyn Case for a Brain Injured Baby;
- $15.3 million verdict in an Erb's Palsy / Brachial Plexus injury, birth trauma case.. This was a record verdict;
- $9.3 million case that involved the claimed failure to timely diagnose meningitis in a 5 month old baby;
- $8 Million Dollars Settlement Value in Nassau County Case for Brain Damaged Baby;
- $5 Million Dollar Settlement in Queens Case for Woman injured by a truck;
- $4.4 Million Dollar Settlement in Bronx Case for Woman with a Stroke;
- $4 million for child brain damaged because of medical malpractice - a case other prominent attorneys turned away;
- $4 Million Dollar Settlement in Bronx Case for baby with cerebral palsy from medical Malpractice;
- $4 Million Dollar Settlement in Bronx Case for Baby brain damages in Hospital;
- $2.75 Million Dollar Settlement in Brooklyn Case involving a fire from a product defect;
- $2.6 Million Dollar Verdict in New York City Case for a Man Dying from a Heart Attack;
- $2.5 Million Dollar Settlement in Brooklyn Case for baby brain damages at birth;
- $2 Million Dollar Settlement in an Orange County Case for a baby brain damaged at birth;
- $1.8 Million Dollar Settlement after Verdict in Westchester County Case involving a truck accident;