John D. Paterniti
John D. Paterniti co-heads the firm’s Medical Malpractice defense team and is a senior partner in the General Liability practice group. As a seasoned trial attorney, he has tried more than 50 cases to verdict over the course of his career in the New York City area and surrounding counties. John leads a team of partners and associates in defending major hospital systems, individual physicians and long-term care facilities in a wide variety of medical malpractice claims. He regularly tries high exposure cases, that require the skill to navigate the complexities of the medical issues as well as the often significant damages involved and the ability to partner with appropriate experts to defend against such claims. He also represents clients at mediation and at administrative hearings before the NYS Office of Professional Medical Conduct.
In his General Liability practice, John represents clients in all manner of claims including premises liability, work-site accidents, negligent security and property damage.
John served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York in Bronx County from 1996 to 2004, during which time he defended the City in numerous high-profile matters such as premises liability, false arrests and excessive use of force, civil rights violations, actions against the Department of Education, as well as various Labor Law violation claims. In 2004, John joined a highly regarded defense firm in New York City where he specialized in both general liability and medical malpractice defense.