Dawn M. Pinnisi

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in New York, New York

Varcadipane & Pinnisi P.C.
Dawn M. Pinnisi
Varcadipane & Pinnisi P.C.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Medical Malpractice; view more

Licensed in New York since: 2000

Education: Brooklyn Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023
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Varcadipane & Pinnisi P.C.

28 Liberty St
39th Floor
New York, NY 10005 Visit website


Dawn Marie Pinnisi is a founding member of Varcadipane & Pinnisi P.C., which has law offices in Manhattan and Paramus, New Jersey.

Nationally recognized as one of the top trial attorneys in the country, Ms. Pinnisi has more than two decades of legal experience, and provides unmatched advocacy and support to clients throughout the greater New York City metro area who have suffered serious injuries or lost loved ones due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing. 

Ms. Pinnisi is considered one of New York’s top injury and medical malpractice attorneys, as she has been selected to the Super Lawyers list in 2020.

Over the course of her career representing the rights and entitlements of innocent accident victims and their families, Ms. Pinnisi has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for those adversely affected by motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, defective products and other preventable tragedies. She has also gained a reputation as a staunch advocate for children victimized by bullying and those who have suffered severe injuries at birth.

Ms. Pinnisi has a track record of substantial verdicts and settlements for her clients, including $3,500,000 recovery for an infant that sustained Erb’s Palsy as a result of a doctor’s malpractice. 

Ms. Pinnisi’s law firm has successfully represented many clients involved in business, commercial or contract disputes. 

From her success, Ms. Pinnisi has earned a membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and The National Trial Lawyers voted her among the Top Trial Lawyers in the United States. She has also received a Best of the Bar designation along with other top rankings and endorsements from her peers.

A 1996 graduate of St. John's University, Ms. Pinnisi obtained her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 1999. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and she is an active member of The National Trial Lawyers Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association as well as other local, state and national legal organizations.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 50% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2000, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.vpattorneys.com/dawn-m-pinnisi

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District
  • United States District Court, Southern District
Educational Background:
  • B.A. St. John’s University,     Magna Cum Laude
  • Dawn M. Pinnisi secures $400,000.00 settlement for deceased man who was negligently discharged from the hospital  In this action it was alleged that the decedent, who had a prior history of mental illness, presented to the emergency room of Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in June of 2013 with psychiatric complaints, including but not limited to depression and auditory hallucinations.  It is alleged that Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center failed to perform a complete and thorough evaluation, including but not limited to the failure to properly assess risk factors for suicide and the failure to review the records of decedent’s prior psychiatric treatment.  It is alleged that decedent should have been admitted to the hospital, but instead, decedent was discharged within a few hours of his presentation.  Later that same evening, the decedent’s body was found in a subway tunnel, having been struck by a train. , 2017
  • Dawn M. Pinnisi obtains a $320,000.00 settlement on behalf of a woman who was injured in a Brooklyn supermarket  Plaintiff slipped and fell in a Brooklyn supermarket on December 8, 2011 due to a freshly mopped floor with no signs or notice posted to warn customers of the wet floor. Plaintiff ruptured her Achilles tendon and required surgery. During litigation, Dawn M. Pinnisi discovered that the supermarket captured the accident on surveillance video. When the supermarket alleged to have lost the video, an application was made to the Court and the Judge ruled that the jury could infer that the video would have supported Plaintiff’s version of the accident., 2016
  • Dawn M. Pinnisi obtains a $750,000.00 settlement on behalf of a victim of medical malpractice.  In this lawsuit, it was alleged that a general surgeon failed to provide his patient, the plaintiff, with the findings of a CT Scan taken at a Brooklyn, New York hospital causing a significant delay in the diagnosis and treatment of left urothelial cancer. Ms. Pinnisi hired an expert urologist who opined that as a result of the surgeon’s failure, his patient suffered the loss of her left kidney., 2015
  • Dawn M. Pinnisi obtains a $300,000.00 settlement against the City of New York for injuries sustained by a 12 year old boy after falling off defective playground equipment  On May 2, 2013 at the Dr. Ronald E. McNair playground located at 122nd Street and Lexington Avenue in New York City, the infant plaintiff fell from playground equipment known as a spinning disc causing the infant to sustain a fractured arm. Ms. Pinnisi hired an engineer who opined that the spinning disc apparatus was unsafe and defective, namely due to the fact that the disc had nothing for children to hold on to while the disc was spinning, resulting in children being thrown from the disc. The expert’s opinion served as a basis for a lawsuit against the City of New York. As a result of this lawsuit, along with others brought throughout the five boroughs, the City of New York has removed these spinning discs or has made the discs stationery., 2015
  • Dawn M. Pinnisi obtains a $1 Million Dollar settlement on behalf of a ten month old infant whose right ring finger was partially amputated by a defective stroller.   On May 11, 2010 by the entrance to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, the infant plaintiff’s right ring finger got caught in the defective handlebar hinge of a Kolcraft Contours Option four wheeler stroller, model # ZL005, causing her to sustain a traumatic partial amputation of the finger. Ms. Pinnisi hired an engineer to perform an inspection of the stroller which revealed that the infant plaintiff’s injury was caused by a scissoring mechanism present in the stroller’s handlebar hinge which created two forms of mechanical hazard: a pinch point hazard which results in a crush injury and a shear point hazard which results in a cutting injury, making the stroller unreasonably dangerous and unfit for its intended purpose. The expert engineer opined that had Kolcraft simply put a guard or protective cover over the hinge, the infant plaintiff’s injury would have been prevented. After receiving the engineer’s findings, Ms. Pinnisi immediately contacted the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and obtained a recall of the subject model stroller.http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2012/Strollers-Recalled-by-Kolcraft-Due-to-Fingertip-Amputation-and-Laceration-Hazards/An action was commenced and litigated through to the trial phase. After jury selection, Ms. Pinnisi obtained a $1 million dollar settlement, a portion of which was put into a structured settlement on behalf of the infant that is expected to pay out over $4 million dollars throughout her lifetime., 2015
  • Dawn M. Pinnisi obtains a $600,000.00 settlement on behalf of 2 Long Island Railroad Workers who were forced to work in unsafe workplaces.  In this lawsuit, it was alleged that the Long Island Railroad failed to provide their employees with a safe place to work in violation of the Federal Employer’s Liability Act, 45 U.S.C.S. §51, et seq. resulting in the carjacking, kidnapping, robbery and assault of one railroad worker and the robbery of another railroad worker, both occurring at the East New York Long Island Railroad station in Brooklyn, New York. Ms. Pinnisi hired a security expert who concluded that the crimes perpetrated against both railroad workers were foreseeable and preventable; that the railroad was on notice that the area of the East New York station was dangerous and located in a crime ridden neighborhood; and that none of even the simplest things used to deter criminal activity, such as better lighting, more personnel, secured parking for employees, surveillance cameras and police presence, were done by the railroad. In the expert’s opinion, the failures of the railroad to have any security system in place whatsoever despite having actual notice of the dangers of the East New York station, proximately caused the incidents and injuries to their employees. As a result of these lawsuits, the Long Island Railroad implemented safety procedures to prevent incidents like this from happening in the future., 2013
  • Dawn M. Pinnisi recovers $340,000.00 wrongful death settlement on behalf of a medical malpractice victim  Dawn M. Pinnisi commenced litigation against a Brooklyn hospital that negligently discharged and failed to properly treat a 74 year old woman who presented to the emergency room with complaints of severe abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting. Four days later, the woman died due to a perforated intestine and sepsis. During the discovery phase of litigation, Ms. Pinnisi secured a settlement for the deceased woman’s loving family., 2016

Office location for Dawn M. Pinnisi

28 Liberty St
39th Floor
New York, NY 10005

Phone: 917-997-5117


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