Richard A. Gurfein

Top rated personal injury attorney in New York, New York

Gurfein Douglas LLP
Richard A. Gurfein
Gurfein Douglas LLP

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Medical malpractice, Products liability; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1972

Education: Brooklyn Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022

Gurfein Douglas LLP

11 Park Place
Suite 705
New York, NY 10007-2801 Visit website


Richard A. Gurfein has been passionate about protecting the rights of injured clients for almost 50 years. He handles a wide variety of personal injury matters, including product liability, medical malpractice, auto and trucking accidents, general negligence and mass torts. Mr. Gurfein is board-certified in Civil Trial Law and Civil Pretrial Practice Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has helped numerous clients obtain 7, 8 and 9-figure settlements and verdicts. His impressive track record has earned him a membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the National Association of Distinguished Counsel's "Top 1%" award, the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Who's Who and America's Premier High Stakes Litigators - 9-Figure Litigator Award.  The firm of Gurfein Douglas LLP has been awarded the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents, Litigator Award and has achieved a First Tier ranking of Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report.   Mr. Gurfein has been listed in Who's Who in American Law for over 35 years. 

After receiving his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from NYU, Mr. Gurfein earned his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts as well as the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of Massachusetts and the Second and Third Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. Prior to beginning his law career, Mr. Gurfein was an electrical engineer and taught high school math — experiences that have helped him effectively present cases to juries and judges. He continues to teach by lecturing on various topics at continuing legal education programs.

Mr. Gurfein's achievements have earned him the recognition and respect of his peers. Along with being listed in "Who's Who in American Law," "Who's Who in the World" and other publications from Marquis Who's Who LLC, Mr. Gurfein frequently appears on television and radio programs to speak about high-profile cases he has handled. Mr. Gurfein served as president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and chaired the Committee on Medical Jurisprudence for the Nassau County Bar Association. He is also a Governor of the American Association for Justice and serves as president and CEO of, an internet service and software company.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Personal injury - products: plaintiff

Focus areas

Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff, Medical malpractice, Birth injury, Delayed or incorrect diagnosis, Informed consent, Motor vehicle defects, Medical devices

  • 30% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 40% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff
  • 30% Personal injury - products: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1972, New York

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Educational Background:
  • New York University, School of Engineering and Science, New York, New York, United States of America, B.E. in E.E., 1967
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • First Vice President, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1993
  • Treasurer, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • Exchange Advisory Committee, American Association for Justice, 2007
  • New York Bar Admission, Feb. 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court Admission, 1976
  • President-Elect, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Secretary, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1991
  • Chairman, Committee on Medical Jurisprudence, Nassau County Bar Association, 1986
  • Editorial Board, "Bill of Particulars", Newsletter of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
  • President, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1995
  • Second Vice President, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1992
  • Deputy Treasurer, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1989
  • Co-Chair, Committee on Technology, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Admissions; Southern District of New York 1973, Eastern District of New York 1973, District of Massachusetts 2015
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • The article gives the reader a cookbook for the preparation of a judgment under the structured judgment provisions of the New York State Civil Practice Law ad Rules.  Using the economic and financial formulas in Excel, the reader is instructed on the law regarding the entry of judgments for larger verdicts in New York State., Author, Using Excel® to prepare a judgment under Article 50-A and 50-B of the CPLR, 2000
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy 2010-present, 2010
  • , Nine Figure Litigator Award, America's Premier High Stakes Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • Recognized, Completion of Post Graduate and Continuing Legal Education, Advocate, National College of Advocacy, 2004
  • , Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, The Marquis Who's Who Publication Board, 2018
  • Who's Who in American Law and 4 other Who's Who publications
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Awarded, Trial Lawyer Who Combines Courtroom Skill and Humane Concern on behalf of the Rights of the Injured., Crown of Good Name Award, Institute of Jewish Humanities, 1996
  • Who's Who in the World
  • $110,600,000.00 verdict in Bronx County NY for a malpractice lawsuit against several doctors who failed to consider transferring the mother of five to more advanced care., 2019
  • $675,000.00 settlement in Jefferson County, NY for Erb's Palsy injury to infant during delivery., 2003
  • $7,400,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 60 year old woman who became paralyzed in both legs and one arm after her doctors failed to diagnose an infection in her spine., 2010
  • $3,250,000.00 settlement for a child with cerebral palsy. Obstetrician fell asleep while waiting for her pregnant patient who had significant bleeding to arrive at the hospital. No one woke the doctor., 2007
  • $435,000.00 settlement in Syracuse, NY for a birth injury to the infant's arm called Erb's Palsy., 2005
  • $1,000,000.00 settlement against livery cab struck while making a U-turn in LaGuardia Airport, Queens, NY, 2003
  • $6,783,203 verdict on behalf of a 13 year old boy whose leg was run over by the middle wheel of an extended length bus., 2011
  • $2,750,000.00 settlement by pediatrician and Hospital radiation oncologist for sterilization of 16 year old girl while treating Hodgkins Dissease., 2007
  • $450,000.00 verdict for a choregrapher against his orthopedist who operated on the wrong knee. , 2005
  • $4,500,000.00 in Brooklyn, NY for birth injuries to infant causing cerebral palsy., 2003
  • $531,010.00 verdict in Queens, NY for injuries to motorcylce driver who was cut off by private car on Lexington Ave, NY, NY, 2003
  • $5,750,000.00 verdict in Fulton County, New York for the failure to diagnose a post-partum infection in a 20 year old lady who had delivered her second child without complications. The delay resulted in loss of all female organs and significant injury to intestines., 2006
  • $2,312,258.33 verdict for a 28 year old mechanic who was using a Genie hydraulic man-lift which tipped over., 2006
  • $5,493,000.00 settlement in Brooklyn, NY for birth injuries to infant causing cerebral palsy., 2004
Industry Groups:
  • Consumers

Office location for Richard A. Gurfein

11 Park Place
Suite 705
New York, NY 10007-2801

Phone: 212-406-1600


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022

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