Peter DeFilippis

Peter DeFilippis

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New York, NY

Law Offices of Peter DeFilippis & Associates
 | 450 7th Ave. Suite 2205, Suite 507
New York, NY 10123
Phone: 212-227-4001
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Chinese-Cantonese,
  • Chinese-Mandarin
Attorney Profile

Peter DeFilippis is a skilled and compassionate litigator who, for 28 years, has tirelessly fought to win cases for serious injury and wrongful death victims. Our firm specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice, and business law. We have successfully represented clients in numerous prominent and high-profile cases by providing top-quality legal services and personalized attention. Mr. DeFilippis has provided expert analysis for the news media on many occasions. In 2004 the Daily News described him as "a prominent New York litigator." The firm's meticulous preparation, dedication, and perseverance has led to multimillion-dollar recoveries. Our loyalty and ethical commitment to our clients’ needs was recognized when our attorneys and staff earned the “Client Distinction” Award from Martindale- Hubbell in 2012 and 2015. In 2016-18 Mr. DeFilippis also received the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” Award from the The National Trial Lawyers. In 2015 he was selected as a member of the "Nation's Top One Percent" for legal excellence by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel.  We were proud to announce that two of our clients' cases were listed in the New York Law Journal's article entitled, "Top 2010 Verdicts." One matter was reported under the category of "Medical Malpractice" and the other under "Motor Vehicle-Pedestrian Injuries." We also had a case listed on the "Top 2011 Verdicts" list. We were added to the Verdicts and Settlements Hall of Fame: Medical Malpractice.” by New York Law Journal 2014 for the verdict of $3,500,000 in Stothart v. Montefiore Medical Center: Negligent Treatment Category. And in "Top Settlements" of 2014 and 2016 by New York Law Journal for Premises Liability: Negligent Repair category. Mr. DeFilippis was honored to be: selected to the Super Lawyers list in 2011-2018; included in the list of "The Top 1% Trial Counsel for Medical Malpractice" in New York by "Medical Malpractice Lawyers" magazine; and rated a top medical malpractice lawyer by "Best Medical Malpractice Lawyers".  In 2015-18 Avvo gave Mr. DeFilippis a "Superb" attorney rating of 10 of 10. 

About Peter DeFilippis

Admitted: 1989, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.legalrightsadvice.com/founders-resume.html

Honors/Awards:

  • Rated a “Top Attorney” (10/10), Avvo, 2016
  • “Top Settlements”, New York Law Journal, 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers , National Trial Lawyers, 2016
  •  “Client Distinction Award”, Martindale Hubbell LexisNexis, 2015
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine Metro Area, 2011

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • 1989, New York and New Jersey; 1991, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Mr. DeFilippis has been an active member of The New York State Trial Lawyers Association, New York County Lawyers Association and an appointed Board Member of Community Board 8 on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan. He is a New York County Judicial Delegate and serves as a member for one of the Judicial Selection Committees responsible for interviewing prospective judges seeking an endorsement for election or re-election. He is the Vice-Chair of a Law Committee for the County of New York. Since 1998 he has also volunteered his time as a Covenant House mentor and as a volunteer with the New York Cares organization

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • A diabetic 68-year-old retired security guard suffered a burning sensation in his foot following cardiac surgery. The contraindicated compression devices placed on his foot in the Hospital caused blistering and tearing of his skin which worsened, requiring skin grafts. Additional complications led to eight separate surgeries. A total damages verdict was rendered in The Bronx County Supreme Court for $3,500,000. A three-year-old Brooklyn girl suffered two foot fractures when a decrepit, unbalanced, 170 pound steel radiator toppled over onto her foot. Prior to this premises accident, the landlord had been warned the radiator nearly tipped on another eight-year-old child. The landlord decided to repair the problem by having an unlicensed handyman insert wood blocks under the dilapidated radiator instead of replacing the radiator, rusted piping and rotted wood floor below it. The matter was settled with the company insuring the building after depositions were conducted for $775,000. A 40-year-old safety consultant was knocked down by a car as he was walking on West 58th Street, in Manhattan. As he crossed Eighth Avenue with the signal in his favor, our client was struck in his right leg by a vehicle operated by a distracted driver. He was taken by ambulance to an emergency room where X-rays revealed a proximal fracture of his right tibia. MRI testing later showed a non displaced fracture of his fibula. He also sustained injuries to his lower back stemming from a subsequent physical therapy session for rehabilitation of his knee. The case was tried in New York County Supreme Court and a settlement was reached after three days of trial for $550,000.  A pregnant 25-year old Mamaroneck woman had a sonogram in her final week revealing a baby weighing in excess of 10 lbs. with a very large head circumference. During the early stages of delivery meconium staining was present as was fetal distress. The doctor opted not to perform a Caesarean section though both parents repeatedly requested that she do so. Subsequently, the baby’s head became stuck in the birth canal for ten minutes. Emergency measures were needed to resuscitate the non-breathing baby. An expert OBGYN reported that excessive traction was used in pulling on the baby at the roots of the brachial plexus and the doctor failed to use known methods for extracting the child with shoulder dystocia. Further, a C-Section should have been scheduled at the onset. The baby was left with a mild Erb’s Palsy resulting in deceased shoulder flexion and grip strength requiring years of physical therapy. The case was filed in Westchester County Supreme Court and it settled after depositions were held for $600,000. A 28-year old warehouse worker was injured while a back seat passenger in a livery cab which was struck broadside by a speeding truck. Injuries included a spiral fracture of his right arm and 50% hearing loss. A total damages verdict was rendered in The Bronx County Supreme Court for $1,900,000. A 58-year old Brooklyn cook died from infection after a New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation surgeon left part of a stethoscope inside the sutured part of his stomach after weight loss surgery. The case, which was filed in the Kings County Supreme Court, was settled before depositions for $675,000. A 38-year old teacher from The Bronx suffered herniated neck and back discs with some knee and shoulder complications as a result of an auto accident at an intersection controlled by a traffic signal. The collision was caused when the other driver sped through a red light striking the teacher’s SUV as she was proceeding through the intersection. Our client’s vehicle was spun around and collided with a tree. The parties negotiated a pretrial settlement in The Bronx after depositions were held in which the other driver’s insurer agreed to pay $400,000. A 50-year old housekeeper was injured when a defective trash compactor door slammed abruptly on her hand. In spite of prior complaints and injuries to others, the door was not repaired by the building's superintendent. Her injuries included a broken dominant hand requiring surgery and a permanent 20% loss of use as determined by the Workers' Compensation Board. Jurors serving for The Bronx County Supreme Court awarded our client a total damages verdict for $598,500. A General Contractor recovered losses from The NYC School Construction Authority for the delay in the construction of a new $25,000,000 school in Brooklyn, New York. The Authority failed to obtain needed permits from the NYC Department of Buildings for nearly a year. The case, which was filed in the Kings County Supreme Court, settled before depositions began for $1,250,000. A 17-year old student was nearly crushed and suffocated to death in a stairwell of a gymnasium next to her best friend who died along with nine other unfortunate victims. The tragedy occurred while they were attending an oversold rap-show organized, promoted, supervised and managed by Sean "P.Diddy" Combs. Her injuries included post traumatic stress syndrome, the onset of Graves Disease and fear of death for nearly fifteen minutes. A Court of Claims Judge ruled after a liability trial that Combs was legally responsible for causing the deaths and injuries. The case settled during jury selection during a companion trial in the New York County Supreme Court for a significant amount subject to a confidentiality agreement at the request of Defendant Combs. A 19-year old waitress was scalded by a defective water heater in a restaurant in Manhattan. She received second degree burns on over 18% of her body. The same water heater had been the subject of a number of suits across the country. The action settled in the New York County Supreme Court just before trial for $390,000.   A 37-year old bankruptcy investigator was injured while a passenger in a bus that flipped onto its side. The driver turned an icy curve on a mountain road at an excessive rate of speed in upstate New York. Our client sustained a torn rotator cuff requiring arthroscopic surgery to her shoulder. She also suffered an aggravation of a preexisting cranial malformation necessitating corrective surgery. The case settled in the Federal Court for the Eastern District for $400,000. Homeowners brought a suit against a Contractor for building their new home on substandard soil. The home began to significantly shift upon completion. This action settled just prior to jury selection in the Westchester County Supreme Court for $300,000. A 69-year old bank manager was badly hurt when she fell over a sidewalk flagstone which had been protruding three inches above the grade for years. The Department of Transportation had been warned by the Big Apple Pothole Corporation of the problem in writing well before the incident. No repairs were ever undertaken by the City. The injured woman had fallen and struck her head upon the concrete sidewalk resulting in partial vision loss in one eye. The case settled for $300,000 during selection of the jury.  A nurse's aide at a nursing home slipped and fell on a floor while responding to an emergency call from a patient. The maintenace workers waxing the floor failed to leave an unwaxed area for the nurses to reach patients and did not post any warning signs. The injury included a fractured wrist resulting in a Workers' Compensation Board finding of a 17% permanent loss of use of her dominant hand. The suit settled just before jury selection in The Bronx County Supreme Court for $180,000. Successfully defended a General Contractor in a multi-million dollar breach of contract claim brought by a concrete subcontractor. The case was tried over 20 separate hearing dates before an American Arbitration Association mediator in Manhattan. The General Contractor was found to have in fact not breached the construction contract with the concrete subcontractor and was further awarded $127,000 on their counterclaim. A husband and wife were defrauded out of their investments by a sham mortgage investment company. They recovered back their full investment in a liquidation settlement in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the sum of $250,000. A 5-year old girl was burned over 30% of her body including keloid scarring. The child accidently turned on the bathtub faucet which supplied hot water that was 60 degree hotter than the legal limit. Tenants had previously complained to the superintendent about the abnormally hot water weeks before the incident, yet no correction was made. A New York City Fire Marshall at the scene confirmed the building's boiler was improperly set at the wrong temperature in violation of the NYC Building Code. The case settled during jury selection in New York County Supreme Court for $460,000. Successfully represented the minority shareholders selling shares in a stock sale valued at approximately $4,000,000, fending off litigation challenges from the majority shareholders and an unlawful assignee so that the transfer could close. Collected unpaid franchise fees on behalf of Servistar, a national hardware chain, by commencing actions in the Kings, Queens, and New York County Supreme Courts. Servistar recovered over $470,000 in outstanding debts. A four month old infant was mistakenly administered an adult heart medication instead of a simple antibiotic. The pharmacist at the Hospital incorrectly filled an illegible prescription written by one of the pediatricians. The improper medicine was given to the infant on four different occasions over a twelve hour period by nurses on duty. The errors resulted in the child suffering from near fatal convulsions that permanently affected her nervous system and brain activity. A medical malpractice suit was commenced in the Kings County Supreme Court. The parties settled on the eve of jury selection for a significant sum. The award amount is subject to a confidentiality agreement at the request of Defendant New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • New York Super Lawyers list in 2011-18. "Top 10 Best Attorneys in New York State" list by the  American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys in 2014 and in 2015, VerdictSearch for "Top Verdicts of 2010" and "Top Verdicts of 2011.  “Verdicts and Settlements Hall of Fame: Medical Malpractice.” by New York Law Journal 2014 for the verdict of $3,500,000 in Stothart v. Montefiore Medical Center: Negligent Treatment Category. "Top Settlements of 2014” by New York Law Journal for Premises Liability: Negligent Repair category.  In 2016 Mr. DeFilippis also received the“Top 100 Trial Lawyers” Award from the The National Trial Lawyers. "Top medical malpractice lawyer rated by Best Medical Malpractice Lawyers for 2012. On the 2012 list of "The Top 1% Trial Counsel for Medical Malpractice" in New York by Medical Malpractice Lawyers magazine. The "Client Distinction" Award from Martindale HubbellLexisNexis in 2012 and 2015. Rated a "Top" Attorney (10/10) by Avvo. 
  • Some articles involving our Firm:  Verdicts and Settlements Hall of Fame: Medical Malpractice [New York Law Journal 2014] Verdict- $3,500,000 Stothart v. Montefiore Medical Center: Negligent Treatment Category. Tenant Slips and Falls on Wet Stairway-No Warning Sign or Handrails - Settlement: $300,000 [2014-24-01]. Staff Writer [New York Jury Verdict Review & Analysis]. 2014 Top Settlements [New York Law Journal] Premises Liability: Fall Down – Pizzeria door handle and and latch intentionally removed by owner – Ankle fracture. Settlement: $625,000,  New York Jury Verdict Review & Analysis (2016):Premises Liability – Defendant Found 100% Negligent for Causing the Fall: Evidence Destroyed. Jury Makes Decision in 15 Minutes.New York Jury Verdict Review & Analysis (2016) Negligent Repair, Calixte v. 5201 Snyder Avenue Associates, Kings Supreme Court, Janitor's mop work created hazard- shoulder injury settled for $300,000. Cap to Limit Non-Economic Awards Fails in Negotiations [2011-03-29] :Joel Stashenko  [New York Law Journal]. Mr. DeFilippis provides commenatry.  Clot Preventing Measures Led to Eight Surgeries, Plaintiff Alleged - Verdict: $3,500,000 [2010-12-16] :Staff Writer [VerdictSearch]  Man Bumped By Car Sustained Fractures of Leg - Settlement:$550,000 [2010-09-27] :Dan Israeli [Verdict Search] Patient's Death Blamed on Surgeons' Failure to Remove Tube - Medical malpractice Settlement: $675,000 [2010-05-17] :Dan Israeli [VerdictSearch] Decrepit Radiator Fell Onto Child's Foot - Settlement: $775,000[2009-12-07] :Staff Writer [New York Law Journal] Fatal Mistake At Coney Island Hospital Was Never Reported, Records Show - Settlement: $675,000 [2009-07-26] :Benjamin Lesser [New York Daily News]  City "Whitewash" for Botched-Op Doctors [2008-12-04] :Susan Edelman, Stefanie Cohen and Cynthia R. Fagen [New York Post].  FDNY Hit & Run Settled for 275G [2008-11-17]:Susan Edelman [New York Post] The city is paying a man who hurt his back in a hit-and-run car collision with a fire truck $275,000,   Falling Debris From Tractor-trailer Blamed for Accident-Settlement:$286,000 [2008-12-21]:Nancy DeLuca [Verdict Search] . VerdictSearch - Settlement: $400,000 [2007-08-27]:Staff Writer Passenger Claimed Disabling Injuries Due to Bus Rollover - Settlement: $400,000.00 VerdictSearch -Settlement: $300,000 [2006-09-18]:Staff Writer Woman Claimed She Was Struck While Stepping Off Of Road - Settlement: $300,000.00. Tillie v. NYC - Waiting for $1.9M Pay Day [2005-04-04]:Chrisena Coleman [New York Daily News]A passenger who was injured when the cab he was riding in collided with a fire truck is waiting to collect a $1.9 million verdict. What a Big Bill! [2004-10-29]:Derek Rose, George Rush and Nancy Dillon [New York Daily News]Bill O'Reilly and the decades-younger producer who claimed he tormented her with unwanted advances reached an out-of-court settlement last night. "Had tapes been produced, I think there would have been a significant backlash of public opinion against [O'Reilly]," said prominent New York litigator Peter DeFilippis. "It's one thing to read the words in a lawsuit and another to hear them played over and over again on the radio and TV." For Extortion, O'Reilly's Suit Might Not Fit [2004-10-17]:Paul H.B. Shin [New York Daily News]The woman accusing Fox News star Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment may have asked the popular pundit to pay up, but that's a far cry from extortion, legal experts [DeFilippis]said yesterday. Murder Laid Out in Letter - Lawyer [2004-09-06]:Ralph R. Ortega [New York Daily News]The janitor suspected of gunning down a co-worker in the Manhattan hospital where they worked outlined the deadly plot in a letter to the woman's mother, Peter DeFilippis, lawyer for the victim's family said yesterday. Money talked, Kobe walked: pros [2004-09-05]:Tracy Connor [New York Daily News] A civil settlement in the Kobe Bryant case hasn't been announced, but the young woman who dropped criminal charges against the basketball star must already know how big her payday may be, legal experts told the Daily News. Mr. DeFilippis  was consulted and offered his legal opinion. $1.9M Price for Animal House Crash [2004-08-25]:Gersh Kuntzman, Murray Weiss and Heidi Singer [New York Post] Bronx judge is expected to approve a $1.9 million jury award to a passenger represented by Peter DeFilippis injured in a 1995 crash between a cab and a ladder truck from the scandal-scarred Ladder Co. 33/Engine Co. 75 firehouse in Fordham. Woman Shot By Ex Dies [2004-07-31]:Jose Martinez [New York Daily News]A woman who was shot by a co-worker died yesterday after being taken off  life support, relatives and cops said.Hospitals in Nurse Crisis; Dire Shortage Putting Many Patients in Peril [2004-05-09]:Susan Edelman [New York Post]At hospitals across New York, patients are getting hurt at the hands of overworked, understaffed nursing teams, caught in the grip of a steadily worsening nursing shortage. Psycho Analyst [2003-01-10]:Kieran Crowley and William J. Gorta [New York Post]A soft-spoken Long Island psychiatrist, driven into a rage when an affair with a patient, in violation of medical rules, went sour, solicited another patient to help him get a gun and silencer to kill her and five others, authorities said yesterday. Psychiatrist Threatens Rampage [2003-01-10]:Associated Press [From WPVI.Com Action News Channel 6, Philadelphia]A Long Island psychiatrist who allegedly claimed he planned to kill up to a half-dozen people had become irate after a psychologically vulnerable patient ended their affair, Peter DeFilippis, the woman's lawyer, said. Doc's Killer Plan - L.I. shrink schemed to murder lover & other patients, cops say [2003-01-10]:Brian Harmon and Tracy Connor [New York Daily News]A Long Island psychiatrist is behind bars for buying a black-market pistol and ammunition with plans to murder six people - including a patient he improperly seduced, police and sources said yesterday. Authorities Say L.I. Psychiatrist Told Patient of Plot to Kill 6 [2003-01-09]:Elissa Gootman [New York Times]It started unfolding inside a psychiatrist's office in a small brick office building here: one man confided to another that he wanted to kill as many as six people, the authorities said today. Ex-Net Could Face Suits 'Accident' Remark Seals Jayson's Fate [2002-02-24]:Austin Fenner [New York Daily News]As former Nets star Jayson Williams awaits likely criminal charges from prosecutors in the death of his limo driver, liability attorneys predicted his lawyer's proclamation that the shooting was an accident dooms his chances in a civil case. Mr. DeFilippis commented upon Williams' reckless conduct. Puffy Settles '91 Crush Case [2000-05-25]:Salvatore Arena [New York Daily News]Rap impresario Sean (Puffy) Combs agreed yesterday to pay an undisclosed sum to a woman represented by Peter DeFilippis who was badly hurt in a deadly stampede during a 1991 charity basketball game he organized at City College. Puffy Settles Stampede Suit - Payoff Is Last Chapter Of '91 Tragedy [2000-05-25]:Laura Italiano and Eric Lenkowitz [New York Post]Sean "Puffy" Combs agreed to pay a secret settlement yesterday to a Bronx secretary, represented by Mr. DeFilippis, caught in a stampede at a City College charity basketball game the rap mogul sponsored in 1991. Judge Nixes Puffy Bid To Halt Negligence Trial [2000-05-16]:Salvatore Arena [New York Daily News]Sean (Puffy) Combs' attorneys failed yesterday to stop a multimillion-dollar negligence case against the embattled rap music mogul from going to trial this week. Beat the Rap - Will Sean 'Puffy' Combs Pay $2 Million to End His City College Nightmare? [1999-11-29]:Robert Kolker [New York Magazine]After eight years of legal maneuvering, only one final lawsuit from the deadly 1991 City College rap-show riot still plagues Sean "Puffy" Combs. But just as Puff Daddy's annus horribilis is finally winding down -- the wimpy album sales, the cash-hemorrhaging record label, the rumored payoff to stop that nasty assault charge -- this last bit of business could prove more damaging than all the others combined. Puff Daddy Keeps a Father Waiting [1999-05-17]:Matt Fleischer [The New York Observer]"I think that Puffy Combs has been very, very conservative in terms of settlement negotiations and is really treating this as more of a business situation and less of a human situation," contended Peter DeFilippis, who is representing Nicole Levy, a onetime acquaintance of Mr. Combs now suffering from a thyroid disease said to be triggered by the incident. Puffy Found Guilty in Stampede Case [1999-01-12]:Associated Press [New Jersey Star-Ledger]Sean "Puffy" Combs and rapper Heavy D are found 50 percent responsible for a stampede at a party that left nine people dead in 1991, a state judge has ruled. Plaintiff's lawyers claim victory.CCNY Shares Liability In '91 Stampede Deaths [1999-01-12]:Associated Press [New York Newsday] City College of New York was found to be 50 percent liable for the deaths of nine students crushed in a stampede during a celebrity basketball game sponsored by rapper Sean (Puffy) Combs. Judge Says Rappers and State Share Blame in a Fatal Crush [1999-01-12]:Anthony Ramirez [New York Times]In a blistering decision, a state judge has found New York State and two well-known rap performers equally responsible for a 1991 stampede at a City College gymnasium that killed nine young people and injured 29 others. Victims' Families Relieved By Ruling [1999-01-12]:Bill Hutchinson [New York Daily News]Loved ones of those who died in the 1991 City College stampede said yesterday's finding that Sean (Puffy) Combs, Heavy D and City University were negligent was long overdue. Rap Producer Testifies on Fatal Stampede at City College [1998-03-24]:John Sullivan [New York Times] In 1991, Puffy Combs was a largely unknown rap promoter whose celebrity basketball game became forever linked to a horrible event: the stampede that killed nine people at City College. Puffy Recalls Deadly Benefit - Suit over tragedy at City College [1998-03-24]:Associated Press [New York Newsday]Long before Sean (Puff Daddy) Combs became one of the music industry's biggest stars - before the Grammys, the videos on MTV and the magazine covers - he promoted a 1991 celebrity charity basketball game in which nine people died. Puff Daddy Gives Testimony Says Stampede Wasn't His Fault [1998-03-24]:Salvatore Arena [New York Daily News] Rap music king Sean (Puff Daddy) Combs says he's not to blame for the 1991 stampede at City College in which nine people were killed and dozens injured at a celebrity basketball game he organized. Stampede Trial Smokes Puffy's Plan For Oscars [1998-03-21]:Salvatore Arena [New York Daily News]Rap music king Sean (Puffy) Combs' plans to attend the Academy Awards on Monday were scuttled by a judge who threatened to jail him for contempt if he doesn't show up in court. Best Of '99 Puff Daddy, Heavy D Found Liable For Deadly Stampede. VH1.com [January 12, 1999] Chris Nelson and Randy Reiss [VH1] Hip-hop producer Sean "Puffy" Combs and rapper Heavy D are equally responsible, along with the City University of New York, for a stampede that killed nine people and injured 29 at a charity basketball game in 1991, a judge has ruled. 

Educational Background:

  • Fordham University 1985.  Seton Hall University Law School 1988
Office Location for Peter DeFilippis

450 7th Ave. Suite 2205
Suite 507
New York, NY 10123

 

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Last Updated: 5/15/2018

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