Judd F. Kleeger

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New York, NY

Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C.
 | 19 West 44th St, Suite 1500
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-490-5700
Fax: 212-490-4800
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (40%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Judd F. Kleeger is a partner with the Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., law firm in New York, New York. Focusing solely on personal injury and wrongful death claims, Mr. Kleeger represents clients throughout New York City's five boroughs and the surrounding areas who need help securing their rightful compensation and benefits after suffering an injury or loss caused by another party's negligence or wrongdoing.

In addition to personal injury law, Mr. Kleeger also represents clients with their legal issues involving labor law, civil rights violations and other civil litigation matters. In all cases, Mr. Kleeger devotes his time and resources to protect his clients' rights and entitlements while delivering the personalized, compassionate support and assistance they deserve. Through his efforts, he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and awards on behalf of those he serves.

A 1991 graduate of Boston University, Mr. Kleeger attended the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, obtaining his Juris Doctor in 1995. Along with being licensed to practice in both New York and New Jersey, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

A consummate professional who is fully dedicated to his practice, Mr. Kleeger serves on the New York State Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors, and he is heavily involved with the American Association for Justice.

As an attorney, Mr. Kleeger finds great reward in helping his clients who have suffered as a result of motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, premises liability accidents, defective medical devices, including transvaginal mesh implants and medical malpractice.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Class Action/Mass Torts (40%): Class Actions, Toxic Torts

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Class Actions, Toxic Torts


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019

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About Judd Kleeger

Admitted: 1996, New York

Professional Webpage: https://lawyer1.com/about-us/attorneys/judd-kleeger/


  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Lifetime Member, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Association for Justice, Eagle PAC Member
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Leaders Forum, Member


  • $450,000 - Labor Law - Gean Damazio v. 99-105 Third Avenue Realty, LLC, et.al. Supreme Court, New York County. Index # 101265/11., 2014
  • $625,000 - Slip And Fall - Hernriett Cesar v. Hotel Chandler, LLC, et al. Supreme Court, Kings County, Index No. 7031/2009. , 2014
  • $1,650,000 - Motor Vehicle Accident - Question of Lights - Plaintiff Driver - Donald V. Bynoe Index # 300931/08, Supreme Court, Bronx County. , 2012
  • Verdict - $1,120,000 - Labor Law - Julio Hurtado v. Roebling Park, LLC and YBG Construction of NY, LLC. Supreme Court, County of Kings. Index # 23775/08., 2015
  • $3,000,000 - Motor Vehicle - Stop Sign - Neck, Back, Shoulder and Knee Injuries  Jose Ramon Martinez v. Robert Cofer And A.R.E.B.A. - Casiel, Inc. Bronx County, Index No: 301486/2011. Plaintiff Martinez, 47 year old auto mechanic, was operating his vehicle on October 10, 2010, when defendant Cofer failed to yield the right of way at a posted stop sign. Defendant Cofer claimed he came to a complete stop at the stop sign and plaintiff was speeding, thus responsible for the happening of the accident.  Plaintiff moved for partial summary judgement on the issue of liabilty and the motion was granted.  Following the accident, Martinez was taken by ambulance to an emergency room where he made complaints of chest, rib and mid/upper back pain. Martinez was treated and released from the emergency the same day. Martinez presented to a chiropractor the following day and made complaints of neck, back, shoulder and knee pain. Martinez underwent a left shoulder arthroscopy and a left knee arthroscopy shortly following the accident. Martinez missed 5 months of work following the accident and then returned to his job as an auto mechanic.  As a result of cervical and lumbar disc herniations, Martinez eventually underwent surgery to his neck in 2013 and surgery to his back in 2014. Plaintiff was unable to return to work following his back surgery.  Defendants claimed plaintiff did not make any complaints to his neck, lower back, shoulder and knee in the emergency room and his injuries were unrelated to the motor vehicle accident. In fact, defendants claimed his injuries were degenerative in nature as a result of wear and tear and working as an auto mechanic.  Judd F. Kleeger, partner, settled this matter at a mediation in May 2017 for $3,000,000.    , 2017
  • Louisy v. 362 West 53rd, LLC Index # 21963/08, Supreme Court, Kings County., 2012
  • $1,500,000 Pedestrian Knockdown - Knee Injury - Aggravation of Pre-Exising Condition Clinton Harris v. Peter J. Valasiadis Supreme Court, Bronx County. Index No. 301908/12 Plaintiff, 59 year old male U.S. Post Office worker, was in the roadway directing traffic to assist a post office truck backing up into the bay, when he was struck by the defendant's motor vehicle causing him to fall to the ground. More specifically the defendant's car ran over plaintiff's left foot as he passed by and drove around plaintiff. Plaintiff was taken by ambulance to Beth Israel Medical Center complaining of left foot pain.  Plaintiff was seen by an orthopedist one month after the accident complaining of left knee pain, and underwent arthroscopic surgery to his left knee approximately 1 1/2 years following the accident.  Ultimately plaintiff underwent a left total knee replacement three years following the accident.  In 2003 plaintiff underwent arthroscopic surgery to his left knee due to degenerative joint disease. However, plaintiff returned to work following without restrictions. Defendant claimed that plaintiff stepped into the path of his vehicle, and that he was not aware that plaintiff was assisting a post office truck. Defendant also claimed that there was minimal contact to plaintiff and plaintiff did not fall as a result of the incident. Defendant claimed that plaintiff's knee condition and surgeries were unrelated to the accident, were degenerative in nature and pre-existed the date of the incident. Aditionally, defendant claimed that plaintiff made an excellent recovery from his treatment and was able to return to work without any restrictions.  Judd F. Kleeger, Partner, settled this matter settled at a mediation while the case was on the trial calendar.              , 2018
  • $1,150,000 - Trip and Fall - Karin Reyes v. The City of New York, 421 Melrose, LLC. and Pat Management, LLC. Index No. 14159/06. Supreme Court, Bronx County. , 2013
  • $825,000 - Labor Law / Motor Vehicle - Anthony Calandrillo v. 343 Broadway Properties LLC. Index # 26927/07, Supreme Court, County of Kings., 2014
  • $1,900,000 - Labor Law - Darrin Harsch and Mary Ellen Harsch v. City of New York, Brooklyn Union Gas Company and Felix Equities, Inc. Supreme Court, Kings County. 44521/98., 2014
  • Kenneth Juarez, Infant by Mother and Natural Guardian, Maurillia Gregorio v. 508 West 140th Street., Corp.  Supreme Court, New York County. Index Number 103762/10., 2013
  • $1,000,000 - Motor Vehicle Accident - Hit In Rear - Plaintiff Driver - Nicholas Joplin v. City of New York, Supreme Court, Bronx County. Index # 310197/09., 2015
  • Verdict - $3,609,743.20- Recovery After Judgment - $4,500,000.00 - Julia Nunez v. MTA Bus Co.: Motor Vehicle Accident – Plaintiff Passenger – Cervical and Lumbar Spine Injury, Index Finger Injury Index No: 401596/09 Supreme Court New York County    , 2016
  • Collazo v. Coastal At Lincoln, Inc. Index # 102797/08, Supreme Court, New York County., 2013
  • Lee v. SS.Cosmas, Index # 102321/09 Supreme Court, Richmond County. , 2012
  • Verdict $6,832,284  – Roberto Passos v. MTA Bus Co. and Victor Moses (Index No. 300386/11) Motor Vehicle Collision – Plaintiff Operator – Lumbar Spine, Knee, Shoulder, and Foot Injuries Plaintiff, a 45 year old employee of a moving company, was the driver of a box truck that was stopped at a red light on Second Avenue and 78th Street, New York, New York, when he was rear-ended by an MTA Bus. As a result of being struck in the rear, plaintiff's truck was caused to strike the rear of an SUV vehicle stopped in front of him. As a result of the impacts, plaintiff sustained injuries to his back, right shoulder, left knee and left foot. Plaintiff was removed from the scene of the collision by EMS and taken to the emergency room, where he was treated and released.  A few days following the accident plaintiff began a course of conservative treatment.  Eventually plaintiff underwent lumbar spine fusion surgery, right shoulder and left knee arthroscopy, and mid-foot surgery due to post traumatic arthritis.  Plaintiff moved for partial judgment on liability and the motion was granted.  However, the First Department Appellate Division reversed on grounds that the driver of the SUV testified that his vehicle was struck in the rear twice.  Therefore, defendants argued that plaintiff struck the SUV first resulting in a sudden stop, and thus the MTA Bus was unable to avoid rear-ending plaintiff's vehicle.  Defendants claimed that plaintiff was 100% responsible for the happening of the accident and all of his injuries were caused when his van struck the rear of the SUV before the bus rear-ended plaintiff.  Defendant also claimed that there was minimal property damage to the bus and plaintiff's van, but moderate damage to the rear of the SUV. Defendants introduced several hours of video surveillance of plaintiff and argued he is capable of performing all of his daily activities, including an ability to work without restrictions.  Defendants also argued that plaintiff had a prior motor vehicle accident six years earlier and was recommended lumbar spine surgery to his low back, thus the subject motor vehicle collision did not result in a back injury. Moreover, defendants claimed plaintiff's back condition was degenerative, pre-existing, due to congenital defects and unrelated to the within bus collision. Judd F. Kleeger, tried this matter to verdict in the Supreme Court, Bronx County.  The jury found defendants 100% responsible for causing the collision, and awarded $6,832,284 for past and future pain and suffering, as well as future medical expenses and future loss of earnings.  The parties stipulated to past medical expenses and past loss of earnings. , 2018
  • Rancy Carrasco v. Hazcar Management. Index # 103426/2010, Supreme Court County of New York., 2013
  • $1,650,000 - Motor Vehicle Accident - Hit In Rear - Samnang Him v. Bernard Hopkins, et al. Supreme Court, County of Bronx. Index Number 307168/09., 2014
  • $800,000 - Slip and Fall - Snow And Ice - Theresa Favor v. RP Stellar Riverton, LLC and Stellar Management, LLC. Supreme Court, New York County, Index No. 105435/10, 2015
  • Tacuri v. New York University, Index # 18207/07, Supreme Court, Queens County., 2012
  • $1,750,000 – Slip and Fall on Stairs  – Neck and Shoulder injuries  Lensley Reece v. Gamma Beford, LLC, et. al. Supreme Kings County Index No. 7825/2012., 2015
  • - $3,750,000 - Motor Vehicle Collision - Ankle And Wrist Injuries - Bus Failed To Yield Before Left Turn - Virginia Gordon v. MTA Bus Co, Inc. Index # 306684/09 Supreme Bronx County    On April 22, 2009, plaintiff, 47 year old sonographer, was driving westbound on Nereid Avenue, near its intersection with Baychester Avenue. While plaintiff was proceeding through the intersection, her vehilce was involved in a head-on collision with a transit bus that was being driven by Marcos Henriquez, who was making a left turn onto Baychester Avenue, from the opposite side on Nereid Avenue.  Plaintiff sustained injuries to her left foot/ankle and left wrist.  Plaintiff filed suit against the bus operator and the MTA Bus Co. and in a separate filing the bus operator filed suit against plaintiff Gordon.  Plaintiff Gordon claimed that she proceeded into the intersection with a green light and the bus operator failed to yield the right of way before proceeding to make his left turn. The Bus operator claimed the collision occured after he had entered the intersection, stopped, and allowed two oncoming vehilces to pass.  The bus operator claimed his bus was struck while it was stopped.  Plaintiff Gordon sustained a comminuted fracture of her right calcaneus (heel) and a non-displaced fracture to her left radius (wrist). Plaintiff subsequently underwent surgery to her right ankle and her left wrist. In addition, plaintiff underwent a subtalar fusion due to posttraumatic arthritis. Plaintiff claimed residual damage of a nerve in her right ankile, posttraumatic arthritis in her right ankle. Plaintiff sought recovery for past and future loss of earnings, past and future medical expenses, as well as past and future pain and suffering. Defense counsel contended Gordon achieved an excellent recovery, Gordon can resume work, and that Gordon did not require further treatment. This matter was settled by Judd F. Kleeger, Partner, just prior to jury selection., 2016
  • Tomasell v. Beach 65th Street Development, LLC. Index # 18115/08 Supreme Court, Kings County., 2012
  • $875,000 - Ceiling Collapse - Rosa Diaz v. 210 East 198th Street Realty, LLC. Index # 307123/2008, Supreme Court, County of Bronx. , 2014


  • $4,300,000 Settlement: Work Related Injury - Falling Object; Neck, Back and Ankle Injuries. Deno Pestic v. Stern Projects, LLC, et al. Supreme Court, Kings County 18828/12 Plaintiff, a 49 year old painter, was working on a jobsite when a free-standing unsecured window was caused tip over and fall, striking the plaintiff on his neck and back.  As a result of the being struck by the window, plaintiff was caused to fall down to the ground.  As a result of the accident, plaintiff sustained injuries to his neck, back and left ankle. Plaintiff underwent a conservative course of physical therapy and pain management.  Ultimatley plaintiff was required to undergo neck, back and left ankle surgery. Plaintiff asserted a claim for past and future lost earnings as well as future medical care.  The defendants claimed that they did not know why the window fell or how the window was caused to fall but did not dispute that a window fell and struck plaintiff. With regards to damages, defendants claimed his neck and back unjuries and subsequent surgeries were unrelated to this accident. Moreover, defendants claimed defendant was capable of returning to work without restrictions.  Partner, Judd F. Kleeger, settled this matter prior to trial for $4,300,000.  , 2018

Representative Clients:

  • $1,800,000.00 Settlement: Slip and Fall on Wet Stairs; Back and Shoulder Injuries.Rene Tlaseca v. Elmaz835, LLC Supreme Court, Kings County 592/14 Plaintiff, 32 year old male para-professional, was walking down the stairs in his building when he was caused to slip and fall on wet stairs. Plaintiff claimed that the defendant mopped the stairs, left water and residue on the stairs and failed to place caution / wet floor signs.  As a result of the fall, plaintiff sustained injuries to his low back and shoulder. After a course of conservative care and physical therapy failed, plainitff underwent lumbar spine surgery as well as arthroscopic surgery to his shoulder. Plainitff did not assert a lost earnings claim, but claimed future medical care for his back and shoulder.  The defendants denied mopping the stairs on the date of the accident and claimed that they do not mop or clean stairs on the weekend. Since plaintiff's accident occurred on a Saturday the defendant claimed they did not clean the stairs that day. Defendant also claimed that plaintiff suffered from a pre-existing congenital lumbar spine condition and his back surgery was unrelated to the fall. Defendant also claimed that plaintiff did not need any further treatment for his back or his shoulder.  Partner, Judd F. Kleeger, settled this matter before trial for $1,800,000., 2018
  • $2,250,000 - Premises – Slip and Fall on Ice - Back And Knee Injuries Carmen Nunez v. Merriam Avenue Associates, L.P. Index No. 301177/15Plaintiff, 48 year old female, was walking her son to school when she slipped and fell on ice in front of a residential building, causing her to fall. Plaintiff claimed the superintendent of the subject building was using a hose to clean the glass entrance façade and doors prior to the accident during below freezing temperatures, thus causing a creating a dangerous and hazardous condition on the sidewalk abutting the premises.  As a result of the accident plaintiff complained of neck, back and left knee pain.  Plaintiff was taken by ambulance to the emergency room and was treated and released. Following the accident plaintiff began a course of physical therapy and ultimately underwent surgery to her back and left knee.  Defendant’s superintendent claimed that he was not using a hose at any time prior to the accident. In addition, the defendant’s superintendent denied the presence of ice on the sidewalk where plaintiff fell.  Defendants also claimed that all of plaintiff's injuries were degenerative in nature and not caused by the alleged incident. Defendants also claimed that plaintiff suffered no objective orthopedic or neurological deficits as a result of the accident.   Judd F. Kleeger, Partner, settled this matter prior to jury selection (2019). , 2019

Educational Background:

  • Boston University, B.A., 1991
Office Location for Judd F. Kleeger

19 West 44th St
Suite 1500
New York, NY 10036

Phone: 212-490-5700

Fax: 212-490-4800

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