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Stephen H. Mackauf


One of the premiere medical malpractice attorneys in the country, Stephen Mackauf joined the firm in 1970 and specializes in the evaluation, preparation, and trial of all types of medical negligence cases, including obstetrical, surgical, and anesthesia malpractice and the failure to diagnose breast and other cancers. Mr. Mackauf’s talent for understanding medicine, medical terminology, anatomy and diseases, and his consequent ability to decipher voluminous medical records, renders him virtually indispensable to the success of GGCRBHS&M’s medical negligence practice.

Mr. Mackauf regularly chairs seminars and teaches the art of preparation and trial of medical malpractice cases to both plaintiff's and defendant's attorneys across the country. In 2008, in recognition of his skill and knowledge in the field of medical malpractice, Mr. Mackauf was asked by senior members of the Judiciary to teach New York judges about issues involving obstetrical malpractice at the annual New York Judicial Seminar. He has also lectured at New York Bar Association seminars and for the Practising Law Institute.

Mr. Mackauf is listed in the prestigious Best Lawyers in America and has developed a national reputation as a leader in the medical malpractice field.

He resides in Westchester County with his wife Carol who is a psychologist and psychoanalyst.


J.D., Columbia University, 1968

A.B., University of Miami, 1965

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Florida, 1969
New York, 1970
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1972
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1972
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
(Committee on Medical Malpractice, 1988-2000)

New York County Lawyers Association
(Medical Malpractice Committee Chairman, 1994-1995)

New York State Trial Lawyers Association

American Association for Justice

The Society of Medical Jurisprudence


A noted author, Stephen Mackauf has written extensively on medical malpractice, and his books and articles include:

  • "Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer: the perspective of a patient's attorney" in Handling the Failure to Diagnose a Breast Cancer Medical Malpractice Case, New York State Bar Association, 2007.
  • "Deposition of the Defendant in Medical Malpractice Cases" in Medical Malpractice Litigation, New York State Bar Association, 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2001, and in Prosecuting and Defending Medical Malpractice Claims, New York State Bar Association, 2003 and 2007
  • "Erb's Palsy Cases: a plaintiff's perspective" in Obstetric Malpractice, 2003 and 2004
  • Trial of an Obstetrical Malpractice Case, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2001
  • Failure to Diagnose Fetal Distress, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001
  • Advanced Medical Malpractice Trial Techniques, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 2000
  • Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer: the trial, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1998 and 2000
  • Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1993, 1995, 1998 and 1999
  • "Neurologic Malpractice: the perspective of a patient's lawyer," Neurologic Clinics, May 1999
  • "Failure to Diagnose Fetal Distress," Trial, September 1999
  • Fen-Phen: Medical Aspects and Potential Liability, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1998
  • "Responding to Defenses in Erb's Palsy Cases," Trial, 1998
  • Breast Implant Litigation, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1992 and 1993
  • Failure to Diagnose Cancer, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1991 and 1992
  • Malpractice in the Emergency Room, Practising Law Institute, 1988 and 1992;
  • Current Trends in Hospital Liability, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1981, 1985-1988 and 1990
  • Basic Medical Malpractice, Practising Law Institute, 1989
  • Failures in Anesthesia Care, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1984, 1985, and 1986
  • Obstetrical-Neonatal Malpractice and Brain Damage, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1984, 1985, and 1986
  • Medical Malpractice, Federal Publications, 1985
  • Advanced Medical Malpractice: anesthesiology, general surgery & neurology, Practising Law Institute, 1983
  • Failures in Obstetrical and Neonatal Care, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1982
  • How to Handle Orthopedic and General Surgery Malpractice Cases, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1981
  • Anatomy for Lawyers, New York State Bar Association, 1980 and 1981
  • "Liability for Adverse Drug Reactions" and "Liability for Hospital Acquired Infections," in Hospital Liability and Risk Management, Practising Law Institute, 1981
  • "Preparation for and Presentation to the Medical Review Panel," in Hospital Liability, Practising Law Institute, 1979
  • "A Key to Medical Terminology," Trial Lawyers Quarterly 13:99, 1979
  • "New York Law on Wrongful Birth Cases," New York Law Journal, November 9, 1978
  • "Recovery for Mental and Emotional Distress," New York Law Journal, March 25, 1976
  • "Birth Control and Malpractice," Trial Lawyers Quarterly 10:86, 1974
  • "Medical Texts for Cross-Examination & Reference," in New Developments in Medical Malpractice, Practising Law Institute, 1974
Read articles about Stephen Mackauf.

Mr. Mackauf’s notable court victories are among the largest in the country:

$103,127,355 verdict in a medical malpractice case on behalf of a Binghamton premature baby who was brain damaged due to lack of oxygen because of the failure to perform a sufficiently prompt emergency cesarean section.

$90,939,857 jury verdict for a Brooklyn child whose cerebral palsy was caused by the failure of an obstetrician to diagnose placental abruption and who thus delayed the cesarean section that was necessary to rescue the baby who was suffering from a lack of oxygen.

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.

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