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LEFT TO RIGHT: Gerard K. Ryan Jr.*, Monica R. Merrill*, Emil L. Samuels*, Ronald C. Burke*,
Gail S. Kelner* Top 50 Women, Robert S. Kelner* Top 100, Joshua D. Kelner*, Todd J. Strier*, Brian P. Hurley*
*CHOSEN TO 2016 SUPER LA WYERS
For over 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. Nine of the firm’s attorneys, Robert
Kelner, Gail Kelner, Ronald Burke, Todd Strier, Gerard Ryan, Monica Merrill,
Brian Hurley, Emil Samuels and Joshua Kelner, have been honored by
inclusion on the 2016 New York Super Lawyers list.
Robert Kelner has obtained more than 200 verdicts and settlements of $1
million or more. He achieved a verdict of over $29 million, which with interest
totaled over $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 over 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, NPR and BBC. 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 field 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 recently
achieved a $12.5 million verdict against the New York City Transit Authority
and approximately $5 million in a wrongful death settlement arising out of a
high-rise fire. He has also obtained a $3.8 million recovery in a construction
worker’s case and $2 million in federal court for the death of a seaman.
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 graduated from Harvard Law School, with honors, and was
an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Recently, he
achieved a $19.1 million verdict against the New York City Transit Authority
for a man dragged by a subway train, and a $3.8 million recovery in a civil
rights case for a death at Rikers Island. He also recently argued and won
a major case before the New York State Court of Appeals on the duties of
a landowner to maintain its sidewalk. He has been frequently quoted in
major newspapers. He has done extensive complex work on personal injury
cases and civil rights litigation. He frequently co-authors the New York Law
Journal Trial Practice column with Robert Kelner and Gail Kelner.
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 and 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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