Howard S. Hershenhorn - Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf

Howard S. Hershenhorn

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Howard S. Hershenhorn is the youngest lawyer to be selected by his peers for inclusion in the Super Lawyers 2012 Top 100 New York Lawyers, which was published in the Magazine Section of the New York Times. Referred to as "The Best of the Best", he is among the top 100 lawyers who received the highest point totals in the New York Metro nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. Additionally, in each year since 2007, he has been recognized by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and New York Magazine's Best Lawyers in New York in the specialties of Personal Injury Litigation and Medical Malpractice. He was also awarded the highest rating by his peers in the 2011 Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.Howard has obtained some of the largest personal injury and medical malpractice verdicts and settlements in New York and New Jersey. His recent settlement of $26 million for the family of a well-known Financial Analyst who was struck and killed by a truck when she was crossing Sixth Avenue in Manhattan is believed to be the largest in the State of New York for the wrongful death of one person. His multimillion dollar April, 2010 jury verdict in a bus accident case in Nassau County was featured on the front cover of Newsday. His New York County jury verdict of $12.5 million in a wrongful death elevator personal injury case and cash settlements of $16 million for a Brooklyn construction worker, $8.625 for a Queens construction worker, $10.75 million for a Manhattan nurse injured when the tires of a tractor trailer broke loose and struck her, along with recent medical malpractice settlements of $8.5 million and $6 million are all a testament to his abilities as a trial lawyer.Howard Hershenhorn has represented victims of serious accidents and medical malpractice exclusively since 1996. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a litigator in one of the largest law firms in the world, DLA Piper, where he represented contractors, building owners, automobile manufacturers, bicycle manufacturers, pharmaceutical corporations, insurance companies, hospitals and doctors. Because of this experience he possesses a unique insight into how significant personal injury cases are defended and is able to leverage that knowledge for the benefit of his injured clients. He has been a prominent plaintiff's attorney from the very beginning, as his first trial as a plaintiff's attorney resulted in a $4.9 million dollar verdict. His legal skills and leadership in the field were unmistakable and he became a partner in 2000. He currently heads a team of lawyers, paralegals and support staff that handles cases from inception through trial.In May 2010 he was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School. In the fall semester of each academic year since, he has taught a 16 week 2 credit course that he formulated and designed entitled "A Practical Seminar in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice." The course is limited to second and third year law students. He has also chaired, designed, and taught courses for the New York State Bar Association and has been the Overall Planning Chair for the annual five-city Construction Site Accident Program. He is often requested to lecture national audiences for the American Bar Association and private Continuing Legal Education firms on the subjects of Construction Site Accidents, Car Accidents, Automotive Products Liability, Premises Liability and Medical Malpractice. His numerous articles have been published by the New York Law Journal the New York State Bar Journal and Medical Malpractice Law and Strategy.Howard Hershenhorn's legal acumen has been recognized by the non-legal community as well as the legal community throughout the country. He has appeared on CNN, ABC News, CBS News, WPIX and has been interviewed and quoted by The New York Times, Daily News, Newsday and New York Post.He is a member of the Board of Directors, the Medical Malpractice Committee and the Construction Accident Committee of The New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Howard is also a member of the Brooklyn Law School's Presidents Advisory Council. In 2012, he was reelected to his third term as Trustee of the Village in which he resides, and also serves his community as the Park Commissioner and as an active basketball and baseball coach.

Stony Brook University State University of New YorkBA 1986

Client Comments

"Mr. Hershenhorn has achieved an excellent outcome for me in a complex, long-lasting, wrongful death case. His knowledge, network and approach to move the case forward are an invaluable asset to any client. He is responsive, thorough, and great to work with. In times of personal hardship, I did not have to worry about any legal aspects. Our success was driven by his thorough preparation, work attitude, and especially choosing the right tactics to optimize the outcome. I highly recommend Mr. Hershenhorn to any future client as a trustworthy lawyer that will fight for you; he did it for me. "

"I am very grateful to have been represented by Howard Hershenhorn in a recent case. His resume and prior successes speak for themselves, which were enough to know I had the right lawyer for the job. Meeting him and his team provided me with peace of mind, as he is empathetic, sympathetic, and is very much a 'teamwork' kind of person. At the same time, seeing his ability to be fierce on my behalf in the process was all the more reassuring. The case was a complicated one with certain obstacles that he was able to circumnavigate smoothly and effectively. Above all, he is a terrific person, and anybody would be lucky to have him on their side. "

"From the word go, I knew Howard Hershenhorn was the right attorney for my case. That he was energetic, smart, and most of all, shared a desire to hold folks accountable is what sold me. Throughout the case, Howard led the charge forward, never hesitating and never once taking the easy way out. Never motivated by money, he was in it for the fight, and I am forever grateful to him. Words cannot express how happy I am with Howard and Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz. Money aside, Howard got me the truth, and there is no price tag you can put on that. He helped me close a terrible chapter in my life, and for that I owe him and his team at Gair and Gair an enormous amount. "

"In 2003, I lost both of my legs in a bus accident. The law firm of Gair Gair Conason Steigman & Mackauf assigned Howard S. Hershenhorn to represent me. Upon meeting him, my first impression was that he was a sincere, intelligent person. In a short amount of time his ability to combine his legal acumen with compassion was quite apparent. It put me at ease and allowed me to be myself, making the process a dignified one for me. He was extremely thorough, dotting all of the i's and crossing all of the t's. He treated me with honesty and respect, keeping me apprised of my case throughout. He acted as a leader and confidante in one. He is a reliable, trustworthy, and highly-skilled professional, and he went to great lengths to help me."

"Howard S. Hershenhorn represented me in a very difficult and tedious case. There was much research and many days with long hours of preparation. What amazed me the most were the vast knowledge, skill, and dedication he directs to each and every case, which would explain his impeccable record. I've worked with other lawyers in the past, but Howard's diligence and integrity are second to none."

-Larry Walder
Alladin Auto Body

"Howard was very successful in my case, obtaining a much higher settlement than we had hoped for. He was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend him unequivocally."

"I am so fortunate to have been referred to Howard Hershenhorn. His vast experience in working with clients was evident immediately. He put me at ease by explaining the legal process of a malpractice suit in a warm, friendly manner. My many questions were answered in a timely fashion, always with patience and empathy. Mr. Hershenhorn was realistic and accurate in relating what my expectations of the outcome of my case should be. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mr. Hershenhorn. He is an accomplished attorney and an outstanding human being."

-Shari Isacowitz

"I found his handling of my case highly professional. He was compassionate to my situation, as well as enthusiastic. He made sure that I was kept updated. He made sure that I was clear on what to expect. It was clear that Howard enjoys what he does."

-Barbara Smith

Office Location

80 Pine Street, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10005
United States

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs (Catastrophic Injury, Hospital Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Wrongful Death)
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Automobile Collision, Brain Injury, Catastrophic Injury, Mass Tort, Medical Malpractice, Premises Liability, Professional Malpractice)