LEF T TO RIGHT: Gerard K. Ryan Jr.*, Monica R. Merrill*, Emil L. Samuels*, Ronald C. Burke*,
Gail S. Kelner*, Robert S. Kelner*, Joshua D. Kelner**, Todd J. Strier*, Brian P. Hurley*
*CHOSEN TO 2015 SUPER LA WYERS; **CHOSEN TO 2015 RISING STARS
EXPERIENCED REPRESENTATION, EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS
For more than 60 years, Kelner & Kelner has represented personal injury
and medical malpractice victims. The firm’s attorneys have obtained
hundreds of recoveries of $1 million or more. Eight of the firm’s attorneys—
Robert Kelner, Gail Kelner, Ronald Burke, Todd Strier, Gerard Ryan, Monica
Merrill, Brian Hurley and Emil Samuels—have been honored by inclusion
on the 2015 New York Super Lawyers list, and one attorney, Joshua Kelner,
is on the 2015 Rising Stars list.
Robert Kelner has obtained more than 200 verdicts and settlements of $1
million or more. He achieved a verdict of more than $29 million, which with
interest totaled more than $40 million, in a trucking accident case involving
wrongful death. He has also achieved verdicts of $36 million against the
Transit Authority and $23 million in a motor vehicle accident. He is co-author,
with Gail Kelner, of the Trial Practice column in the New York Law Journal.
He lectures frequently at bar associations, and has been chairman of the
New York County Lawyers Civil Trial Practice program for more than 10
years. The New York Times wrote a “Public Lives” column about him and his
representation of victims. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS
and NPR. He has been quoted in The New York Times, New York Post, New York
Daily News and Newsday. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where
he lectures frequently on the subject of tort law and trial practice. He has also
lectured at Princeton University and Touro College School of Health Sciences.
Gail Kelner handles construction accident litigation, catastrophic injury
cases and other complex litigation. She is co-author, with Robert Kelner, of
the Trial Practice column in the New York Law Journal. She obtained $16.5
million for a construction worker who fell from a sidewalk bridge, $9.7
million for a worker who fell off a ladder (she won his case in the Court of
Appeals), $9 million for a worker injured in a forklift accident, $9 million in
an auto accident, and a $10.4 million verdict with Robert Kelner on a case
involving the collapse of a sidewalk bridge.
Ronald Burke has lectured extensively in the fields of personal injury and
medical malpractice litigation. He has recently obtained recoveries of $7.25 million
and $5.25 million, and a verdict in a medical malpractice case of $7.9 million.
Emil Samuels works in all types of personal injury matters. He achieved a $3.8
million recovery in a construction worker’s case and $2 million in federal court
for the death of a seaman. He has recently obtained approximately $5 million
in a wrongful death case arising out of out of a high-rise fire.
Todd Strier has obtained dozens of recoveries of $1 million or more. He
works extensively on cases of municipal union workers who are seriously
injured. He and Robert Kelner recently obtained $9 million for the wrongful
death of a sanitation worker. This is believed to be the highest recovery in
the death of a sanitation worker or uniformed worker in New York state.
Joshua Kelner is included on the Rising Stars list. He graduated from
Harvard Law School with honors and was an editor of the Civil Rights-Civil
Liberties Law Review. Recently, he obtained a $3.4 million jury verdict for
a child in a lawsuit against the city of New York. He has been frequently
quoted in major newspapers. He has done extensive work on personal
injury cases and civil rights litigation. He frequently co-authors the firm’s
New York Law Journal column.
Monica Merrill, whose career began as a nurse, is the head of the medical
malpractice department. She has obtained dozens of recoveries in excess
of $1 million.
Gerard Ryan primarily works in the medical malpractice department.
He recently won a major appellate court victory limiting the rights of
defendants to discovery of certain private medical information about
injured plaintiffs. He, Robert Kelner and Gail Kelner recently obtained $7
million for a worker killed at an arboretum in Long Island. He has obtained
numerous recoveries in excess of $1 million.
Brian Hurley has obtained many multimillion-dollar recoveries, including a
recent case where an iron worker fell to his death, and a multimillion-dollar
recovery for the victim of an elevator accident.
Kelner & Kelner’s attorneys have donated significant sums for law school
scholarships and have spent many hours of time for pro bono causes.
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