David B. Golomb
Top rated Personal Injury attorney in New York, New YorkGolomb & Longo, PLLC
Advocating on behalf of victims of negligence in New York and the surrounding areas, David B. Golomb has a reputation as a fierce litigator who stops at nothing to recover maximum compensation. As the senior partner at Golomb & Longo, PLLC, he focuses solely on handling personal injury cases involving catastrophic injuries, whether from automobile or construction incidents, medical malpractice, defective products or any other cause. For more than 25 years, he has given a renowned, statewide annual review lecture on the year's developments in Medical Malpractice law.
One of Mr. Golomb’s most notable cases involved a 29-year-old carpenter who fell from a scaffold and became paralyzed from the waist down, for whom he secured a $50,600,000 verdict. In 2018, he recovered $15,000,000 for an IBM executive who suffered a fractured leg when hit crossing a street by a major national package delivery service's van. In 2019, he recovered $8,000,000 against NYC Health & Hospitals (Bellevue) for a 30 y.o. gunshot victim after malpractice in the operating room left him paralyzed. Other accomplishments include obtaining the then-largest pre-trial personal injury settlement against New York City on behalf of a 35 year old woman left paraplegic in a motor vehicle crash caused by a defectively-designed N.Y.C. bridge, and the highest verdict ever in a flammable fabrics case, in which a 23 year old woman lab assistant suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to her upper body from a defective lab coat.
For these and other accomplishments, Mr. Golomb holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has an Avvo “Superb” rating.
A former public defender, Mr. Golomb has been practicing law for over 40 years. Prior to earning his license, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Cornell University in 1970, going on to receive a law degree from St. John’s University School of Law.
A past president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Mr. Golomb remains active in that group as well as in the rest of the legal community through the American Association for Justice (formerly the Assoc. of Trial Lawyers of America), where he was on its Board for almost 20 years, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Public Justice, the Brooklyn Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. He lectures frequently to lawyers and judges on trial tactics, evidence and medical malpractice.
Outside his practice, Mr. Golomb was one of four attorneys who founded Trial Lawyers Care, a national organization of volunteer attorneys which became the largest pro bono legal services effort in history and ultimately represented almost 95% of the families and survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks in the Federal compensation program for 9/11.
* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
Practice areasPersonal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death
First Admitted: 1975, New York
- Who's Who in American Law
- , AV Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 1984
- Trial Lawyer of the Year, UJA, 2004
- Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2014
- Sustaining Member, American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), 1989-present
- Past President, N.Y.S. Trial Lawyers Association
- Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1983-present
- Member, Brooklyn Bar Association, 1988-present
- Sustaining Member, N.Y.S. Trial Lawyers Association, 1980-present
- Member, N.Y.S. Bar Association, 1984-present
- Co-Founder and Board of Directors, Trial Lawyers Care
- Member, Public Justice Foundation, 1991-present
- Member, Roscoe Pound Foundation, 1991-present
- Cornell University, B.A., 1970
- Nieto v. Anonymous Building Owner, Supreme Court, N.Y. County, Index no.: 159273/2016. $7,850,000 settlement for 51 y.o. carpenter/handyman who suffered spinal injuries leading to two surgeries after falling from a 20-foot ladder. (February 2023), 2023
- Mederos v. N.Y.C. Health and Hospitals Corporation. Supreme Court, N.Y. County. Index no.: 800324/2011. $8,000,000 settlement for gunshot victim left paralyzed after anesthesia malpractice in Bellevue operating room. (November 2020), 2020
- Kljyan v. Anonymous Urologist and Anonymous Hospital, Supreme Court, N.Y. County (2017): $4,500,000.00 settlement during jury selection for 53 y.o. elevator mechanic whose colon cancer diagnosis was delayed by 19 months, resulting in widespread metastases, as a result of defendant urologist's failure to read second page of CT scan report ordered for kidney stones. CT only showed the hospital's radiologist's conclusion of unexpected mass highly suspicious for cancer on second page. Hospital shared in settlement for its radiologist's failure to properly and promptly communicate the significant unexpected finding directly to the urologist, who had ordered the CT as part of a routine pre-kidney stone procedure workup., 2018
- McDonald v. Ousmane, Supreme Court, Westchester County, Index No.: 53207/2015, $15,000,000 settlement for executive who suffered serious knee injury when run over by a package company's delivery van [February 2017], 2017
- Randazzo, Public Adminsitrator v. Anonymous Bank, (Supreme Court, Bronx County, Index No.: 302563/2013) $7,500,000 settlement for deaths of two adults and a 12 year old in residential fire in building foreclosed on by defendants; first successful recovery under RPAPL §1307(1), enacted during the recent mortgage/economic crisis to require entities foreclosing on occupied properties to maintain them in “safe and habitable condition.” , 2016
- Willig v. Green Bay Dressed Beef, LLC, et al. (State of Wisconsin, Circuit Court, Brown County, Case No.: 14-CV-1043) $7,500,000 settlement on behalf of 63 year old Rabbi who fell from elevated work station in meat processing plant and suffered massive brain injuries, leaving him in a totally dependent, minimally conscious state. , 2016
- Garzon v. 605 Third Avenue, LLC, Supreme Court, Queens County, Index No.: 19720/2000. $4,900,000 settlement after one week of trial for then 45-year-old garage worker whose legs were mangled in a manlift. , 2015
- Hernandez v. Lamar, et al., Suffolk County, Index No.: 16533/2011, $2,100,000 settlement for bicyclist hit by pickup truck (December 2014), 2015
- Marsh v. Anonymous Hospital Center, Supreme Court, Albany County, Index No.: 1713/2010, $6,000,000 settlement for toddler injured by malpractice [October 2013], 2014
- Savillo v. Greenpoint Landing v. All Safe Contracting, Supreme Court, N.Y. County, Index No.: 114418/2007, $50,591,036 verdict for scaffold worker paralyzed and brain-injured in fall from a height [December 2010], 2010
- Nunez v. Levy, Supreme Court, N.Y. County, Index No.: 114538/2003, $10,000,000 verdict for demolition laborer whose leg was crushed and later amputated; [March 2007], 2010
- Tipaldo v. The City of New York, Supreme Court, Kings County, Index No.: 4209/2001. Then highest personal injury pre-trial settlement ever against the City of New York, $9,500,000 on behalf of 35 year-old hotel executive left paraplegic from motor vehicle collision caused by highway design defect [March 2006], 2007
- Klingner v. Mashioff, Supreme Court, Queens County, Index No.: 015776/05, $1,950,000 settlement for death of 64-year-old man after kidney stone removal [November 2008], 2009
- Malloy v. Stellar Management, Supreme Court, New York County, Index No.: 109054/05, $3,300,000 verdict for elevator mechanic who suffered disabling back injuries as a result of an on-the-job incident [February 2008], 2009
- Weigl v. Quincy Specialties Co., 190 Misc.2d 1, 735 N.Y.S.2d 729 (Sup. Ct., N.Y. Cnty, Marcy Friedman, J., 2001) Post-trial decision in product liability action resulting in $20,000,000 jury verdict in favor of burn victim, highest verdict in New York State history for a flammable fabrics action or for burn injuries, 2005
- Weigl v. Quincy Specialties Co., 1 A.D.3d 132, 766 N.Y.S.2d 428 (1st Dept. 11/6/03) Unanimous affirmance of post-trial judgment in the principal amount of $7,992,084, highest judgment in New York State history in a flammable fabrics action or for burn injuries, 2003
- Weigl v. Quincy Specialties Company, Supreme Court, N.Y. County, Index no.: 18321/1992. $20,000,000 verdict for 23 y.o. female laboratory assistant at Yeshiva University for 3rd degree burns to her breasts and upper torso from defective, flammable lab coat. Highest verdict ever in N.Y. for a flammable fabric case (November 2000), 2000
- Deodato v. Sklar, Supreme Court, N.Y. County Index No.: 106456/1993, $4,500,000 settlement after two weeks of malpractice trial for 12-year-old boy whose benign brain tumor was not timely diagnosed [November 1997], 1997
- Klos v. N.Y.C. Transit Authority, 240 A.D.2d 635, 659 N.Y.S.2d 97 (2nd Dept. 1997) Wrongful death construction-site action, $4,500,000 verdict, 1997
- Campbell v. Fine, Olin & Anderson, P.C., 168 Misc.2d 305, 642 N.Y.S.2d 819 (Sup. Ct., N.Y. Cnty., David Saxe, J., 1996) $1,000,000 recovery in legal malpractice action where workers' compensation attorney failed to advise client of all possible claims, 1996
- Cantrell v. New York University, 326 F.Supp 2d 468 (S.D.N.Y. 2004). $4,000,000 settlement in federal False Claims Act qui tam action, established precedent that each invoice, grant application, progress report and financial report may support a claim under the False Claims Act, 2006
Office location for David B. Golomb
370 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017