Howard J. Newman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New York, NY

Saretsky Katz & Dranoff, LLP
 | 475 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-973-9797
Fax: 212-973-0939
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1976
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (60%),
  • Insurance Coverage (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile
Multi dimensional practice representing and counseling insurance companies, insureds and self-insureds in a broad range of personal injury and products liability defense and insurance coverage and insurance bad faith issues in both New York State and Federal Courts
 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%)

Insurance Coverage (30%)

Personal Injury - Products (10%)

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 9 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2019

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  • Liens & Subrogation - Validity of lien, subrogation and reimbursement rights against 3d party liability claims

  • Wrongul Death Damages (2014) - recovery of wrongful death and conscious pain and suffering damages

  • Zone of Danger - interplay between a Zone of Danger claim and the New York No-fault Law

  • About Howard Newman

    Admitted: 1976, New York

    Professional Webpage: https://www.skdllp.com/howard-j-newman

    Honors/Awards:

    • AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell continuously each year since 1989

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York,
    •  U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1993
    • Defense Association of New York
    • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1978
    • NYS Bar Assn; TICL Section; Committes on Professional Liability and Ethics;  DANY
    • New York, 1976

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Defense verdict on a damages only trial entitle Raigosa vs Fage USA Corp where plaintiff was alleging spinal fusion and knee surgeries were causally related to a low speed impact rear-end collision, The plaintiff's attorney in summation asked the jury to award the plaintiff $7.5 miilion in damages.  The jury returned a verdict finding that the plaintiff's alleged injuries were not causally related to the accident., 2011
    • Settlement during damages only trial before Justice Lara Genovesi in Supreme Court Kings County, Zhong vs Cam Fuel,Inc., etal.. Pl alleged to have sustained multiple herniated and bulging lumbar and cervical disks as the result of a rear end collision. Pl had back surgery at the L4/5 level to remove an alleged herniated disk. Pl would not reduce her settlement demand below $100K. After cross examining the pl and pl's treating doctor, the case settled for $50K. Had there been a montetary award, interest would have addded apprximately 25% to the award since summary judgment on liability was granted to pl in 2016., 2019
    • Settlement during damages only trial before Justice Rothenberg in Supreme Court Kings County. Plaintiff was alleging to have sustained bilateral shoulder rotator cuff and labrum tears, bilateral knee meniscii tears, a fracture of the right knee tibial plateau and neck and back herniations. Plaintiff underwent 4 orthroscopic surgery procedures. After intensive cross examination of plaintiff orthopedic surgeon, the case settled for $40.000. Watson v Badshah, November 2018, 2018
    • Defendant's verdict in an elevator defect case tries in the Supreme Court New York County entitled Parisi vs Marriott International Corp where plaintiff alleged that a freight elevator door and warning system was defective resulting in the door strike the plaintiff's head resulting in lumbar herniated discs. In the case the elevator maintenence company was found responsible and the court award Marriott indemnification and re-imbursement of attorney fees and costs
    • Defense verdict in Sanders v Mahboob et ano Supreme Court Kings County in a case involving an alleged accident on the Grand Central Parkway where the pl claimed that the defendant in a yellow medallion taxi cab sideswiped his motorcycle resulting in lower extremity fractures. , 2014
    • DEFENSE VERDICT - Supreme Court Nassau County in Castro v Sahedo. This was a premises liability claim gainst the Sahedos who were the owners of a rental propery in Valley Stream, N. Y.  The pl a 14 year old boy allegedly sustained a comminuted fracture of his index finger requiring an ORIF and pinning when he allegedly was struck by a 50 pound granite finial which the dfs had installed on a brick colum in front of the home.  The jury found that the finial as installed and at the time of the accident was not in a dangerous condition. - 2016
    • Comparative fault liability verdict finding plaintiff 60% at fault in pedestrial knockdown. Lezcano v Sunny's Limousine Service. Supreme Court Queens County.  Jury found pl 60% comparative fault for crossing intersection one foot out of crosswalk. Defendant driver admitted that he did not see the plaintiff before he felt the contact. Driver got out of his vehicle and saw pl lying on the roadway.  Pl alleged multiple lower extremity injuries including total knee replacement as well as aggravation of chronic back conditions. Pl claimed to be a union painter who could not retrun to work after the accident. Pl alleged $500,000 in economic loss in addition to past and future permanent disability and permanent pain and suffering. Prior to liability verdict, Plaintiff's non negotiable settlement demand was $1 million which was the amount of the liability insurance coverage. Plaintiff also sent a "bad faith" letter to the insurer. After the liability verdict, case was settled for $250,000., 2017
    • Defense verdict representing Hyundai Motor America in a case entitled Frassetti v Hyundai Motor America et al venued in Supreme Court Richmond County involving an alleged 2d collision resulting from an allegedly defective driver's seat., 2007
    • Defendant's verdict in a premises liability case in the EDNY in a case entilted Wong vs Marriott internation where plaintiff claimed to have fallen in her hotel room because she was notified of a planned power outage resulting in her falling and striling her jaw against a bathroom vanity. Plaintiff alleged to have sustained facial and dental fractures and the exacerbation of a pre-existing auto-immune disease.
    • Defense Verdict in Harnos v s Wells. This was a damages only trial where pl alleged to have sustained multiple cervical herniated discs resulting in 2 cervical discectomies and fusions at 3 levels. The defendant had been found 100% liable for the happening of the accident based upon the court's decision  on a motion for summary judgment. In the damages only trial the jury found that the pl's alleged injuries were not causally related to the accident.  Te pl's attorney in summation asked the jury to award $1.5 million in past and future pain and suffering., 2013
    • DEFENSE VERDICT in Supreme Court Queens County in Prieto vs Shkoder Contracting, Suca and Moreira. This was a 4 car chain collsion where I represented the owner and operator of car #4. In this bifurcated trial my client admittedly rear ended car #3 without a non negligent excuse.  Pl in car # 2 claimed that my client rear ended car #3 and pushed car #3 into her which caused her to rear end car #1. I admitted in opening that my client was negligent in hitting car #3 but that by the time my client hit car #3, the plaintiff had already caused the accident by hitting car #1 before there was any contact with the rear of her car. The jury found my client negligent but his negligence was not a proximate cause of the accident. Plaitiff was claiming serious and protracted neck and back injuries including lumbar back surgery., 2014
    • $65000 verdict Thomas v NYLL Management.  Supreme Bronx. Full liability case involving plaintiff claim of shoulder tear and arthroscopic surgery. Jury at first returned a verdict of "no threshold injury" which was inconsistent. Judge then over objection recharged the jury and the answers to the threshold questions which were at first answered "No" were changed to "Yes" and an award made of $65000 for past pain and suffering only. Plaintiff asked the jury to return a verdict of 7 figures for past and future pain and suffering., 2016
    • Defendants verdict on threshold in case where I represented a livery driver who was in the process of picking up a fare in Brooklyn. He stopped several feet from the curb and the plaintiff tried to enter the vehicle on the drivers side rear door on the traffic side of the street. A tractor trailor while traveling down the same street struck the rear door after the plaintiff opened it and was in the process of entering the car. The plaintiff claimed serious injuries including a left shoulder tear, left knee tear, neck and back herniations and Traumatic Brain Injury for which she has been seeing a psychiatrist and psychologist over the last 5 years since the happening of the accident.  The jury found no liability on the truck driver and apportioned 15% liability to the livery driver and 85% fault on the plaintiff. The jury then found that the plaintiff sustained no threshold injury and retured a defendants verdict.  Supremen Court Kings County , 2018
    • Defense verdict on a premises liability case in the EDNY in a case enttiled Bigus vs Marriott International corp involving a plaintiff with a pre-existing MS condition who was allegedly caused to fall in the bathroom of a Hotel Timeshare unit because of residue left from a product used to clean the bathroom floor. Plaintiff alleged that as aresult of her fall, it exacerbated her pre-existing MS condition resulting in her wheelchair confinement.
    • Defense Verdict in Selitto vs Solomon et al. After being held in 100% responsible for the happening of the accident, the jury returned 2 defedants verdicts finding the neither the pl driver's, nor the pl passenger's injuries were causally related to the accident. Both pl's alleged torn rotator cuff and torn labrum injuries of their respective left shoulders. The pl driver had 2 surgeries performed and the pl passenger had one surgey performed. Each pl asked for $650,000 in past and future pain and suffering., 2013
    • $25000 verdict in Iovino v Kaplan in Supreme Court Kings County in a case involving a pedestrian knockdown and plaintiff's claim of having sustained severe and protracted personal injuries involving a labrum tear with arthroscopic surgery, traumatic bursitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. The trial judge directed a verdict against the defendant on liability finding her 100 percent liable for the accident. The plaintiff's attorney in summation on the damages trial asked the jury for an award of over $ 1 million for past and future pain and suffering., 2014
    • DEFENSE VERDICT- Supreme Court Nassau County in Castro v Sahedeo. This was a premises liability case where pl sustained a comminuted fracture of his index finger requiring an ORIF and pinning. Pl a 14 year old boy alleged that a defectively installed 50 pound granite finial installed at the premises caused his injury. The jury found that the finial as installed and at the time of the accident was not in a dangerous condition., 2016
    • Comparative Fault Verdict in Supreme Court Kings County before Justice Debra Silber. The case was tried on liability only involving an intersection accident, question of lights. The plaintiff was a passenger in my client's vehicle. She testified that she was not looking outside the vehicle when the accident occurred and didnt know the color of the lights.  Both defendant drivers claimed to have the green light and a non party witness also testfied that in as much as she had a red light going in the opposite direct from my client, she therefore assumed that my client also had the red light. The jury at first returned a defendent's verdict for my client finding that my client was negligent but that his negligence was not a substantial factor in causing the accident. The Judge would not accept the verdict and recharged the jury on proximate cause. The jury then again returned a verdict finding that both drivers were liable and apportioned liability of 10% to my client and 90% to the co defendant. Subsequent to this, the co df's insurer tendered their whole policy, when prior to the verdict they had taken a no pay position.  2018 Supreme Court Kings County, 2018

    Representative Clients:

    • State Farm Insurance Companies, Hereford Insurance Company, American Transit Insurance Company, NY Central Mutual Insurance Company, Marriott International, County of Rockland
    • Settlement during damages only trial before Justice Lara Genovesi in Supreme Court Kings County, Zhong vs Cam Fuel,Inc., etal.. Pl alleged to have sustained multiple herniated and bulging lumbar and cervical disks as the result of a rear end collision. Pl had back surgery at the L4/5 level to remove an alleged herniated disk. Pl would not reduce her settlement demand below $100K. After cross examining the pl and pl's treating doctor, the case settled for $50K. Had there been a montetary award, interest would have addded apprximately 25% to the award since summary judgment on liability was granted to pl in 2016., 2019

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Selected Top Attorneys in New York; The New York Times Magazine

    Educational Background:

    • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1975

    Industry Groups

    • Automobile
    • Automotive
    • Insurance Bad Faith
    • Personal & Commercial Lines
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    Website - www.skdllp.com
    Office Location for Howard J. Newman

    475 Park Avenue South
    New York, NY 10016

    Phone: 212-973-9797

    Fax: 212-973-0939

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    Last Updated: 4/11/2019

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