John Bonina

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Brooklyn, NY

Bonina & Bonina PC
 | 16 Court Street, Suite 1800
Brooklyn, NY 11241-1018
Phone: 888-633-5291
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1990
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

John Bonina Jr. grew up knowing that he wanted to make a difference. Through his talent in the courtroom and his tireless preparation, he has used the law to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of clients by fighting for them when they otherwise would not have had a voice.

John has been making a difference for his clients ever since his first trial win 25 years ago. Some significant verdicts include a $7,000,000 verdict for the wrongful death of a man who bled to death following liver surgery; a $4,646,000 verdict for the wrongful death of a woman due to delayed diagnosis of lung cancer; a $2,500,000 verdict for a man who sustained a perforated colon during a colonoscopy, resulting in the need for a colostomy and the development of a hernia; a $2,500,000 verdict for the family of a woman who bled to death while waiting for emergency surgery on a ruptured aneurysm; a $1,646,000 verdict for the family of a man who died as the result of delayed diagnosis of lung cancer; a $1,250,000 verdict for failure to diagnose appendicitis; a $1,000,000 for an improper diagnosis of tuberculosis; a $1,350,000 verdict for an improperly performed tubal ligation; and a $1,000,000 verdict for a worker hit by a forklift on a loading dock.

His success extends beyond verdicts, with numerous multimillion-dollar settlements in cases involving injured construction workers, catastrophically injured children and others injured by negligence or malpractice.

John Bonina Jr. is the senior trial attorney for the firm, leading a five-lawyer team with over 100 years of combined experience representing victims of medical malpractice, negligence and defective products. Under John's leadership in the last 10 years, the firm of Bonina & Bonina has recorded more than $200 million in combined settlements and verdicts. He credits the firm's success to a combination of old-fashioned hard work and innovative trial techniques.

Bonina's approach guides everyone at his firm. "There are two important ingredients in representing injured people passionately: empathy for the clients and meticulous preparation on each and every case," he explains. "Our mission in pursuing fair and just compensation is to expose the wrongdoing that hurt our client - whether it is substandard medical care, dangerous consumer products or shoddy workplace safety practices. When we prepare for trial, we prepare as though someone's life depends on it — because for our clients, it does."

John's empathy for his clients is matched by his rapport with juries. He approaches his clients and jurors from the perspectives he has gained in nonlawyer roles such as basketball player, bartender, little league coach and father.

The combination of empathy for victims and courtroom skill has earned John the respect of his peers. Their positive evaluations have earned him a place in The Best Lawyers in America, and in New York Magazine's the Best Lawyers in the New York Area for the past 10 years. He has maintained the highest possible AV* rating in Martindale-Hubbell throughout his career.

A past president of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and the chairman of the Medical Malpractice Committee of the Brooklyn Bar Association, John Bonina is a frequent lecturer on medical malpractice and trial tactics throughout the New York state.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (80%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Personal Injury - General (10%): Wrongful Death, Brain Injury

Personal Injury - Products (10%)

Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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About John Bonina

Admitted: 1990, New York

Professional Webpage: www.medlaw1.com/jaboninajr.asp

Honors/Awards:

  • New York Magazine's the Best Lawyers in the New York Area
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • "Lawyer of the Year Award", The Institute of Jewish Humanities, June 4, 1998

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1992
  • New York, 1990
  • Trustee, Academy of Trial Lawyers Political Action Committee, 2006-present
  • Chair, Medical Malpractice Committee, Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Member, Plaintiff's Steering Committee, New York Rezulin Product Liability Litigation, November 27, 2000
  • Queens County, Medical Malpractice Panelist, 1990 to 1991
  • Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Committee, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1997 to 1998
  • Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Committee, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1993 to 1996
  • Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Committee, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1991 to 1992
  • Board of Directors, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1999 to 2004
  • Trustee, Law PAC, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2002 to 2004
  • Member, Executive Committee, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2002 to 2004
  • Member, Columbian Lawyers Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • CLE Committee, Brooklyn Bar Association, 2005
  • Tort Law Committee, Brooklyn Bar Association, 2005
  • President's Club, American Association for Justice, 2001
  • Member, American Association for Justice, 1992
  • Bay Ridge Lawyers Association, 1992
  • Co-Chair, CLE Committee, Bay Ridge Lawyers Association, 2002
  • Chair, Program Committee, Bay Ridge Lawyers Association, 1996 to 1998
  • Board of Directors, Bay Ridge Lawyers Association, 1997
  • Treasurer, Bay Ridge Lawyers Association, 1998 to 1999
  • Recording Secretary, Bay Ridge Lawyers Association, 1999 to 2000
  • Vice President, Bay Ridge Lawyers Association, 2000 to 2001
  • President, Bay Ridge Lawyers Association, 2001 to 2002
  • President, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2007 to 2008
  • Member, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2004
  • Member, Medical Malpractice Liability Advisory Task Force, 2007

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "CPLR 3407 Expedited Discovery for Terminally 111 Plaintiffs", "Bill of Particulars", September, 2001
  • Frequent Lecturer, Medical Malpractice and Trial Tactics, New York State
  • Lecturer, "Trial Practice Workshop Program" (Direct and Cross-Examination of Doctors, and Summations), New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, June 12, 2003
  • Lecturer, "Winning Depositions, the Trial Lawyers Perspective", NYSTLA Young Lawyers, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, May 30, 1998
  • Lecturer, "Summation and Charge", presented as part of "How to Try a Damages Case", NYSTLA Young Lawyers Section, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, May 17, 1997
  • Moderator and Lecturer, "How to Conduct Depositions - A Hands On Workshop", presented to the NYSTLA Young Lawyers, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, 1995
  • Lecturer, "Motion Practice Addressing Pleadings and Discovery Issues", as part of "Pleadings, Discovery, and Beyond", presented to NYSTLA Young Lawyers, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, 1994
  • Moderator, "Pleadings, Discovery, and Beyond", presented to NYSTLA Young Lawyers, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, 1994
  • Moderator, "The Pre-Trial Conference - Do's and Don'ts for the Young Lawyer", presented to NYSTLA Young Lawyers, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, 1993
  • Moderator, "Trial Tips from the Masters" presented to NYSTLA Young Lawyers, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, 1993
  • Moderator, "Pre-Action Discovery", presented to NYSTLA Young Lawyers, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, 1991
  • Moderator, "Conferencing a Case", presented to NYSTLA Young Lawyers, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, 1991
  • Settlements: Court Perspectives - What Constitutes an Enforceable Settlement? Liens and their Effect on Settlements, Columbian Lawyers Association, September 6, 2005
  • Lecturer, "Presenting a Claim to the Victim Compensation Fund", American Association for Justice, 2002
  • Lecturer, "Medical Malpractice Cases: From Retainer to Filing", Bay Ridge Lawyers Association, October 24, 2007
  • Lecturer, 2001 Winter Seminar, "Civil Practice and Personal Injury Law Municipal Liability and Advanced Settlement Techniques", Bay Ridge Lawyers Association, February 9, 2001
  • Lecturer, Direct and Cross - Examination of Medical Witnesses at Trial as part of "Medical Witnesses: Treating Physicians, Expert and Defendants", Brooklyn Bar Association, June 1, 2005
  • Medical Malpractice Lecturer, "Precedents and Statutes for Personal Injury Litigators", New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2007
  • Lecturer, Direct and Cross Examination of Medical Witnesses, New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, June 11, 2007
  • Medical Malpractice Lecturer, "Precedents and Statutes 2006", New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2006
  • Medical Malpractice Lecturer, "Precedents and Statutes 2005", New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, September 23, 2005
  • Lecturer, "From Stalemate to Success: Achieving the Best Settlement for your Client", New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, July 11, 2005
  • Lecturer, Medical Malpractice, "Precedents and Statutes 2004", New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2004
  • The Use of Criminal Convictions and Prior Bad Acts to Attack Credibility", "Bill of Particulars", December, 1994
  • "Opposing Summary Judgment in Medical Malpractice Cases", "Bill of Particulars", 1991

Representative Clients:

  • Ojo v. Flores, Sup. Queens, NYLJ, 1999
  • Naimo v. County of Suffolk, NYLJ, 1991
  • Estate of Zavarelli vs. Tramontana, Supreme Court - Richmond County, Justice William Mastro, 2000
  • Passeri vs. Vincent, Supreme Court - Richmond County, Justice Joseph Maltese, 1998
  • Oisen/Estate of Dorothy Gibbs vs. Burns, et al, Supreme Court - Kings County, Justice Jules Spodek, 1997
  • Bawallah/Estate of Ruby Smith vs. NYCHHC, Supreme Court - Kings County, Justice Jules Spodek, 1997
  • Reape vs. City of New York, Supreme Court - Kings County, Justice Nicholas Clemente, 1994
  • Rodriguez vs. NYCHHC, Supreme Court - Kings County, Justice Vincent Pizzuto, 1991
  • Bartolo v. Monaco, et al, 2nd Dept, 202 A.D.2d 535, 609 N.Y.S.2d 275, 1994
  • Lewis v. Sood, 2nd Dept, 222 A.D.2d 659, 636 N.Y.S.2d 651, 1995
  • Reape v. City of New York, 2nd Dept, 228 A.D.2d 659,645 N.Y.S.2d 499, 1996
  • Mattarrese v. New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, 2nd Dept, 247 A.D.2d 475, 668 N.Y.S.2d 686, 1998
  • Peterson v. Stratford, et al., 2nd Dept, 253 A.D.2d 744 677 N.Y.S.2d 492,1998
  • Olsen v. Burns, et al., 2nd Dept, 267 A.D.2d 366, 699 N.Y.S.2d 731, 1999
  • Marun v. Coleburn, 1st Dept, 291 A.D.2d 340, 739 N.Y.S.2d 22, 2002
  • Cooper v. St. Vincent's Hospital of New York, et al., 1st Dept, 290 A.D.2d 358, 736 N.Y.S.2d 41, 2002
  • Chiaro v. D'Angelo, 2nd Dept.,  A.D.3d 746,776 N.Y.S.2d 818 (CPLR 306-b), 2004

Educational Background:

  • Georgetown University, B.A in American Government, 1987
  • Brroklyn Law School JD 1990 (Magna Cum Laude)
Office Location for John Bonina

16 Court Street
Suite 1800
Brooklyn, NY 11241-1018

Phone: 888-633-5291

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Last Updated: 4/4/2019

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