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Christopher J. Donadio

Partner

Christopher J. Donadio has taken over 40 verdicts as lead trial counsel in the various State and Federal courts of New York and New Jersey. In addition, Mr. Donadio has represented his clients in the appellate courts, having drafted and argued appeals in the State and Federal courts of New York. Mr. Donadio’s practice consists of catastrophic personal injury and medical malpractice. He is admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey. Mr. Donadio has been recognized as a SuperLawyers Rising Star in the New York Metro area from 2013 to the present, as well as a Best Lawyer in New York since 2018. He has also been named to the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40 attorneys of New York list. In addition, as a result of Mr. Donadio success as a trial attorney, he has been asked to lecture by various organizations, including the American Association for Justice, the New York State Trial Lawyers’ Association, the New Jersey Association for Justice, and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Mr. Donadio attended Duke Law School where he was a member of the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy and a member of the Moot Court Team. As a result of his oral advocacy abilities, Mr. Donadio was selected to represent his law school at the prestigious National Moot Court Competition. During law school he also had the opportunity to work at legal clinics where he provided free representation to those who could not otherwise afford to hire an attorney. Through his work at these clinics he developed a passion for aiding individuals who had suffered significant harm.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Donadio worked for a corporate litigation firm where he represented large corporations. After a few years as a corporate litigator, Mr. Donadio decided to follow his true passions and transitioned into the fields of personal injury and medical malpractice, where he could assist those who were truly in need of justice. Prior to joining Gair, Gar, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf, Mr. Donadio spent almost seven years at a New York plaintiff’s personal injury firm where he developed his craft of fighting for those who suffered severe harm.

Education

B.A., Boston College, 2004

J.D., Duke Law School, 2007

Bar Admissions New York, 2008
New Jersey, 2007
U.S. District Court of New Jersey, 2007
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2009
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2009
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2013
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

New York State Trial Lawyers’ Association

American Association for Justice

American Board of Trial Advocates

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40

New Jersey Association for Justice

Cases of Note
  • $6,250,000 verdict for a  worker injured in a scaffold accident at a Manhattan construction site. Read more about this case here
  • $3,000,000 verdict for a man who suffered a late diagnosis of pancreatic cancer as a result of medical malpractice. Read more about this case here
  • $1,225,000 verdict for a woman who suffered a collapse of the arch of her foot as a result a podiatrist’s malpractice.
  • $1,000,000 verdict for a man who suffered a fall causing a serious knee injury as a result of the New York City Transit Authority’s failure to properly maintain its subway grates.
  • $5,850,000 settlement for a construction worker who suffered a spinal injury as a result of a roof collapse.
  • $3,500,000 settlement for a child who suffered significant harm as a result of his doctor’s failing to diagnose compartment syndrome.
  • $1,450,000 settlement for a New Jersey high school student who was struck by a motor vehicle while crossing the street.
  • $1,400,000 settlement for a woman who suffered pelvic, wrist and shoulder injuries as a result of being struck by a bus.
  • $1,100,000 settlement for a New Jersey construction worker who was struck by a forklift and suffered injuries to his legs.
  • $1,000,000 settlement for a construction worker who suffered a crush injury to his thumb as a result of a collapse of a small crane.

Disclaimer: Please be advised that the results achieved in any given case depend upon the exact facts and circumstances of that case. Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf cannot guarantee a specific result in any legal matter. Any testimonial or case result listed on this site is based on an actual legal case and represents the results achieved in that particular case, and does not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction of the outcome of any other legal matter.

Lectures
  • “Getting Around the Qualified Immunity Defense” - given at the American Association for Justice Winter Convention, 2017
  • “Frye Hearings and the Effective Use of Biomechanical Experts” - given at a joint CLE program of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Defense Association of New York, 2018
  • “Helping the Jury Understand Damages” - given at the New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Seminar, 2018\
  • “Decisions in Trial Practice, 2018” – given at the New York State Trial Lawyers’ Association New York City Decisions Seminar, 2018
Client Reviews
★★★★★
"Very compassionate, very efficient and top rate! If you want a team of good lawyers that will not only work hard to win your case but knows how to listen and feel for you as a victim of medical malpractice, this firm is your only choice. Anthony Gair, was always there for us all throughout the case albeit the distance from NY to Manila! Words cannot express how thankful we are to him and his team. Thanks a million!" D.F.
★★★★★
"Everyone I communicated with at this firm made me feel like I was part of their family. My needs, feelings, and concerns were carefully considered and given the needed attention. My counselors were available whenever I needed them and became my personal friends. They came highly recommended and lived up to their reputation. I would recommend them to any of my friends without hesitation. This firm gives attorneys a "good name". Clients matter here. They made me feel like I mattered as a person, that I was valued, and not just a possible source of income for the firm. They earned their fees, and you will find that they will also earn your trust." N.W.
★★★★★
I met Diana Carnemolla and Howard S. Hershenhorn during the darkest time of our lives, when my husband was in a coma with very little chances to survive, due to a car accident. The compassion and professionalism that they showed myself and my family during such a difficult time combined with an incredible willingness to get the best results for us have shown us that we had made the absolute best choice. They not only fought extremely hard for what proved to be a very difficult case, but they also emotionally helped us through this incredible ordeal and have been a caring advocate for our family and our case. They got us the best results we could have expected given the circumstances and didn't give up when things got more challenging. We would absolutely recommend their Law Firm to handle the toughest of cases while providing such a great deal of personal support. Diana proved to be personally invested in our case ultimately seeking the best outcome for our family. We cannot thank them enough for what they have done for us. V.P.