Jay W. Dankner - Dankner Milstein, P.C.

Jay W. Dankner

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 212-751-8000

JAY W. DANKNER was born, raised and educated in Brooklyn, New York. After graduation from law school in 1973, he joined the firm of the legendary, Harry H, Lipsig, under whose tutelage he learned the intricacies of civil litigation and trials. He tried and won his first case against General Motors in a case involving a design defect within weeks after his admission. Thereafter, he focused his attention on the emerging and developing field of law known as products liability litigation.

At the age of 25, he became a partner at the Lipsig firm and soon founded and expanded its products liability department. In 1994, after over twenty years with that firm and its successors, he founded Dankner & Milstein, P.C. with Edward P. Milstein, who was the partner in charge of the medical malpractice department at the Lipsig firm.

Mr. Dankner has been trial counsel in hundreds of cases, obtaining many multi-million dollar verdicts. He has also been responsible for many of the landmark products liability cases in New York State, both at the appellate level and at the Court of Appeals.

A member of many professional societies and organizations, Mr. Dankner has been consistently named as a New York Super Lawyer (The Top 100), the New York Area’s Best Lawyers, the Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America, The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New York, the Best Lawyers in America, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell. He is also a founding member of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG) and is a member of its Board of Directors.

A prolific writer and lecturer, he has appeared over the years as a TV commentator in the fields of personal injury and products liability litigation.

Now, as principal at Dankner, Milstein & Ruffo, P.C., he and the firm continue to act as counsel for plaintiffs in high profile cases involving significant injuries and deaths in the fields of products liability, medical malpractice and general personal injury litigation.

Areas of Practice

  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • J.D. (Cum Laude)
  • Brooklyn College
    • B.A. (Cum Laude)

Honors and Awards:  

  • "Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America", Lawdragon, 2007
  • "Best Lawyers in America", Town and Country Magazine, 1985
  • "Million Dollar Advocates Forum", 1994 -continuing
  • "The Best Lawyers in America", (Products Liability) (2007-2014)
  • "The New York Area's Best Lawyers" (2006 - 2014)
  • "The Top 100 Trial Lawyers", National Trial Lawyers Association
  • "New York Super Lawyers", 2006-2014 (Top 100, 2008-2011)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1974
  • Florida Bar, 1974
  • New York Bar, 1974
  • The Florida Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association, Products Liability Committee, 1992-1993
  • Member, Special Committee for Judicial Discipline, New York State Bar Association, 1987-1989
  • Member, Products Liability Committee, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, (2005- 2008)
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Institute (Products Liability Committee) 1992-1993
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, American Association For Justice
  • Member, Board of Directors, Attorneys Information Exchange Group, Inc., 1981- Continuing

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "Trial Strategy - Plaintiff's View," Products Liability Practice Guide, 1988
  • Lecturer, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1990-2004
  • Lecturer, Practicing Law Institute, New York City, 1983-1987

Brooklyn College of the City University of New YorkBrooklyn Law School
Attorneys Information Echange Group (AIEG)

Client Comments

"Jay Dankner exemplifies what every client should have in an attorney. Jay is consistently thorough, proactive, and responsive to all of our concerns and questions. He was available 24/7 and handled our case with respect, thoughtfulness, and the highest expertise that exceeded our expectations. "

-Natalie O'Connell

"Jay Dankner? Words just flood my brain. He is energetic, kind, courteous, and has a sense of humor to that is welcomed to balance serious matters. I would say he is a regular guy with a whole lot of smarts. He is an extraordinary lawyer, and I am happy to have had an association with him. Mr. Dankner knows the law, interprets it understandably to the layman, and respects both sides of the issue at hand. I would not hesitate to sing his praises as a very competent lawyer, and I have recommended him to others seeking information. "

-Patricia Webdale

"It is my privilege to be offered a chance to praise the attributes of Jay W. Dankner. His exceptional personal manner is at the top of my list. I am impressed by the respect he shows to his clients, by the fact that he is a devoted family person, and by his keen sense of humor. The staff of Dankner and Milstein are concerned about the general welfare of those they serve, as well as committed to winning the cases they set out to represent. On the legal side, Jay is tenacious, well prepared, bold, and forward-moving. He has been available every time a family member has approached him. One thing that strikes me is his legal fairness. He knows and interprets the law for both parties, explaining what can and cannot be done on the client's behalf. We are more than pleased to have had him deal with the hospitals named in our lawsuit on behalf of our daughter Kendra's untimely death. In my mind, he has always been the "Best Lawyer." "

-Patricia Webdale

"I had the opportunity to meet Jay Dankner when I was seeking an attorney to represent my family after my sister's untimely death. Jay immediately impressed me with his knowledgeable, professional, and compassionate manner, and I knew that my search was over. I'm happy to say that my instincts were correct! During the course of our case, I have found Jay's intellect and integrity to be unparalleled. Jay communicated with us consistently and effectively, always taking the time necessary to answer questions to our satisfaction. He was as kind to our family as he was tough on the opposing attorneys. I always had the utmost confidence in Jay's abilities and couldn't have asked for a better attorney to represent my family."

-Kim Emerson

Office Location

595 Madison Avenue, 36th Floor
New York, NY 10022
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs of the New York City Metro Area
Jay W. Dankner has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs