Sanocki Newman & Turret, LLP
Known for our continuing success in achieving maximum recoveries, the attorneys of Sanocki Newman & Turret, LLP will passionately use their experience, hard work, skills and talents to secure the best possible result for our clients.
Edward J Sanocki, Jr.
In 1978, Mr. Sanocki tried his first case in the United States District Court in New York and was victorious. Since that time, he has successfully tried and won innumerable cases and has developed an outstanding reputation as a premier trial attorney who does not shy away from the “tough cases.” With exceptional skill, ability and courtroom instincts, he has obtained large awards for claimants in cases involving brain damage, paralysis, cognitive and intellectual impairment, blindness, spinal cord injuries, birth trauma, loss of limbs and wrongful death.
During his career, Mr. Sanocki has achieved recognition as a result of his exceptional trial prowess. He has frequently been listed in the New York Law Journal’s annual publication of “Top Medical Malpractice Verdicts” for achieving some of the highest awards for his clients. A number of his verdicts have been featured as the “Verdict of the Month” in the New York Jury Verdict Reporter. Mr. Sanocki and his firm were honored as a recipient of the Litigator Awards for both 2014 and 2015 (an award given to less than 1% of all lawyers) and named to the New York Law Journal & N.Y. Verdict Search Verdicts and Settlements Hall of Fame for Medical Malpractice. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer.
Mr. Sanocki’s past results include a multi-million dollar verdict in a neurological medical malpractice case that was, at the time and for over a decade thereafter, the largest medical malpractice verdict in Supreme Court, Westchester County history. In addition, Mr. Sanocki was the trial attorney in a case that resulted in a large settlement for a well-known Hollywood comedienne in the United States District Court in Connecticut.
An Emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers, Mr. Sanocki has lectured extensively on the subject of trial advocacy and personal injury litigation. These lectures have covered a broad range of topics including “Recent Decisions” and “Jury Selection” seminars for the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute. His extensive knowledge and skill has earned him speaking engagements before the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, the Mississippi Trial Lawyers, and the New York State Bar Association on various trial topics from “Effective Opening Statements” to “Summations.” He has also given a lecture on medical malpractice on “Legal Night” at the Hall of Justice in Harlem for The National Action Network.
Besides lecturing, Mr. Sanocki was asked to contribute an educational article in Europe on the subject of “Medical Malpractice,” which was featured on the front page of the Albanian Journal newspaper, and appeared in the Health Section of that publication.
Mr. Sanocki was born in Detroit, Michigan. His passion for the law and commitment to help people are defining qualities for his outstanding legal achievements.
Practice Areas:Medical MalpracticeProducts LiabilityPersonal Injury, Negligence, Automobile negligence, Construction Accidents, Commercial Law
Admitted:1978, New York; 1979, U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 1993, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York and U.S. Court Of Appeals, 2nd Circuit.
Law School:New York Law School, J.D. 1977.Graduate School:University of Tennessee, M.A. 1974.College:University of Michigan, A.B, 1972.
Biography:Achieved ranking as one of the “Top 1% of Medical Malpractice Plaintiff’s Trial Counsel In New York,” by Medical Malpractice Lawyers Magazine, published in 2012. Has been recognized for 25 years by Martindale-Hubble as being judged “AV Preeminent,” which is that organization's highest peer review rating, and based upon legal ability and high ethical standards. Selected to Super Lawyers 2015. Listed in Who's Who in American Law, 1992 to present. Co-author, Products Liability Column, New York Law Journal, 1989-90. Chairman, Products Liability Committee, 1987-88, Member Board of Directors, 1990-1993, New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Member, New York State Bar Association. Member, American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association).
Having practiced law in the state and federal courts of New York since 1983, Ira M. Newman has developed an expertise and outstanding reputation as a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice actions, products liability, construction accidents, labor law, automobile accidents, and liability actions and lawsuits where damages are sought as a result of another's negligence. In addition to trying cases in the counties comprising the greater metropolitan area, Mr. Newman tries matters in the federal courts including those located in other states such as California where in the midst of jury deliberations he achieved a large monetary settlement in a psychiatric malpractice case.
His trial techniques have contributed to successful results in a wide range of cases, including birth trauma, failure to diagnose cancer, failure to provide proper pre-natal care, construction accidents and cases involving severe injuries caused by defective products such as prescription drugs, motor vehicles, snowblowers and lawn equipment. In addition Mr. Newman has participated in and achieved large recoveries for his clients who were injured in automobile accidents and by defective or unsafe conditions. He was selected as a 2014 Super Lawyer. Mr. Newman and his firm has been named as a 2014 Litigator Award Winner, a prestigious National Award conferred on law firms ranking among the top 1% of all lawyers for catastrophic injury, brain injury and spinal cord injury.
Mr. Newman is also admitted to practice law in the state of Florida. He has served on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (www.NYSTLA.org) and is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He is a graduate of Bucknell University and Antioch School of Law (David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington D.C.) where he was an Editor of the Antioch Law Journal. Antioch Law School is known to champion the rights of low income people and minorities.
Practice Areas: Personal Injury and Negligence, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, Premises Liability, Commercial Litigation
Admitted: 1983, New York; Florida; 1991, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Law School:Antioch School of Law, J.D., 1982. College: Bucknell University, B.A., 1979.
Member:New York State Bar Association, The Florida Bar. New York State Trial Lawyers Association, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
Biography:Editor, Antioch Law Journal, 1981-1982.
David B. Turret
The cornerstone of any successful law firm is an attorney who understands the law and how to effectively argue legal issues for the benefit of his clients. This not only requires a vast knowledge of appellate court cases and statutes, but the ability to advocate a legal position based upon the circumstances that are presented in an individual case. Such a lawyer devotes most of his time to appeals and motions and providing immediate aid in the form of readily available consultation and written briefs to the trial lawyers in the firm who cannot wait for answers to questions that arise on the spur of the moment. This is where David Turret has proved invaluable to the overall success of Sanocki Newman & Turret, LLP.
Upon graduating Fordham Law School in 1977, Mr. Turret immediately commenced employment as a law assistant at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, First Department, located in Manhattan. A few months later, he was admitted to the Bar, and shortly thereafter, Justice Arthur Markewich of that Court chose him to serve as his principal law clerk for the duration of his term. These formative years provided Mr. Turret with the invaluable training and insight to analyze subtle and complex legal issues.
Mr. Turret has worked on innumerable matters with the goal of enforcing the rights of those who have been unjustly wronged and have sustained catastrophic injury. In the course of his career, Mr. Turret has argued over one hundred appeals, and has appeared in the New York Court of Appeals, all four Appellate Divisions in the State of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
In addition to concentrating in medical malpractice, products liability and catastrophic injury actions, over the years Mr. Turret has litigated cases involving deprivation of civil rights, governmental misconduct, employment disputes and breach of contracts. He has represented major real estate owners and developers in actions for property damage arising from negligence in the design, development and construction of commercial and residential property as well as multi-defendant asbestos abatement claims. In the past, he engaged in criminal defense work, and represented a New York State Senator, who had been accused of participating in a scheme to defraud the New York City Transit Authority on a subway construction project.
In addition to his responsibilities as an Appellate Lawyer and his involvement in motion practice, Mr. Turret is also the Managing Attorney at Sanocki Newman & Turret, LLP, who is responsible for making sure that all associate attorneys are assigned work, that they are properly supervised and that the law firm's cases in various courts are covered by attorneys when the case is on the court's calendar for a particular day.
Some of Mr. Turret’s recent appeals include: Cabrera v. Collazo, 115 A.D.3d 147 (1st Dep’t 2014). The defense moved to dismiss a professional malpractice action arguing that an attorney cannot be held legally accountable when his client’s action is not timely commenced if that attorney dies before expiration of the statute of limitations. Pointing out that the attorney’s death certificate indicated that the attorney had died, presumably of a terminal illness at a cancer center, Mr. Turret argued that the attorney should be held responsible for his prior neglect of the matter, his failure to inform the client of the imminent running of the statute of limitations, and that his ability to represent the client was impaired. Noting that on a pre-answer motion a plaintiff is given the benefit of every possible favorable inference, the Appellate Court found that “it appeared that the inaction of counsel rendered the lapse of plaintiff's cause of action not merely possible -- or even probable -- but inevitable.”
Moray v. City of Yonkers, 95 A.D.3d 968 (2nd Dep't 2012). The decedent, a police officer employed by defendant municipality, and under the care of the defendant psychiatrist, shot and injured his wife before fatally shooting himself. Both defendants sought summary judgment dismissing the separate claims against them. Mr. Turret argued that the evidence and expert opinion raised an issue as to whether the municipality was negligent in failing to remove the decedent's revolver and send him for an independent mental health evaluation. The Court agreed. As to the defendant psychiatrist, Mr. Turret argued that based upon the facts and law, a jury could find departures from good and accepted psychiatric care with regard to diagnosis, ensuing psychotherapy, and the prescription of psychotropic drugs, and that such duty extended to the decedent’s wife. The Appellate Division affirmed the trial court’s decision [2010 WL4913512(N.Y.Sup)]. The case was ultimately settled before trial.
Twersky v. Busche, 37 A.D.3d 704 (2nd Dep’t 2007), was tried to verdict by Mr. Turret’s partner, Edward Sanocki. The Trial Judge reduced the jury’s conscious pain and suffering award of $1,000,000 to $650,000 and the jury’s wrongful death award of $460,000 to $0. In his appellate brief, Mr. Turret successfully argued that the amounts awarded by the jury were not excessive, and were firmly supported by the evidence presented at trial. The unanimous appellate tribunal agreed, and reinstated the jury’s awards on both claims, in the total amount of $1,460,000.00.
For several years, Mr. Turret co-authored a column on Products Liability Law for the New York Law Journal. In addition, he co-authored a chapter on Product Liability Law (Chapter 27) for the multi-volume treatise known as New York Practice edited by Robert Ostertag and Hon. James D. Benson, General Practice in New York, Volume 23, Chapter 27 (West Group 1998). Mr. Turret is a former member of the Advisory Board of the New York University’s Diploma Program in Paralegal Studies where he was an adjunct associate professor. From 1995 to 2008, he taught courses in Litigation, Legal Research and Writing, and Introduction to the Law.
Practice Areas:Appellate Advocacy, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, Personal Injury and Negligence, Commercial Litigation, Surrogate's Court Practice.
Admitted:1978, New York; 1983, U.S. Tax Court; 1984, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1985, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; 2012, Colorado.
Law School: Fordham University, J.D., 1977. College: New York University, B.A., 1974.
Member:New York County Lawyers' Association. New York State Trial Lawyers Association. New York State Bar Association.
Biography:Law Secretary to Justice Arthur Markewich, Appellate Division First Department, 1978-1982. Adjunct Associate Professor, Paralegal Studies, New York University, 1995-2008. Co-Author, Products Liability Column, New York Law Journal, 1994 - 1997. Co-Author, General Practice in New York, Chapter 27, Products Liability (West Group 1998)