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Joseph Awad

Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C. - Garden City
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Joseph Awad
Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C. - Garden City
Garden City,

Mr. Awad has an excellent record of achievement in trial and appellate advocacy on behalf of consumers in matters including medical malpractice, construction site injury, premise security, automobile accidents, municipal liability and unsafe products. His experience includes million dollar recoveries in more than forty cases, including the highest jury and appellate award in a single year.


Bachelor of Arts

 State University of New York at Binghamton, 1976

 Outstanding Academic Achievement Award

 Departmental Honors, Foreign Policy

Juris Doctor

 Albany Law School of Union University, 1981

 Albany Law School Full Tuition Merit Scholarship

Professional Employment

Senior Partner

 Silberstein Awad & Miklos, P.C. (Inc. 1980)

 Nationally Certified Preeminent Law Firm (Recognized for the highest level of legal ability and standards of ethics and reliability), 1996-present

 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms

 Featured Law Firm, Forbes Magazine, May 9, 2011

Professional Recognitions

 Board Certified Trial Attorney by National Board of Trial Advocacy

 An American Bar Association Accredited Organization, August 2002

 Best Lawyers in America, 2006-Present

 Best Lawyers in New York, 2006-Present

 New York Super Lawyers, 2006-Present

 Legal Eagle Award, Long Island, 2010-Present

Martindale-Hubbell Rating

 Highest Rating (AV) for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Nationally Recognized Preeminent Lawyer, 2000-Present

Public Service Appointments

 New York State Governor’s Medical Malpractice Task Force, Member, 2007-2010

 New York State Court of Appeals Judicial Screening

 Committee for Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Member, 2006-Present

Professional Appointments

President, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2006-2007

 Chair, LawPAC, Most Affluent Political Action Committee for Lawyers, Nationally, 2003-Present

 Governor, American Association for Justice, 2004-2011

 Director, National Crime Victim’s Bar Association, 2002-2009

Community Service Awards

 Chair, Dominico-American Society of Queens, 2008-Present (Joseph Awad’s President’s Message)

 New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc.

 Recognition for Protecting New York’s Civil Justice System, 2009

 Dominico-American Society of Queens’ Philanthropic Leadership and Volunteerism Award, 2007

Notable Achievements

 The Million Dollar Advocates Forum Award and Membership

 Recoveries of One Million Dollars or greater in over seventy (70) lawsuits

 Largest Verdict in History for Failure to Timely Diagnose Cervical Cancer

 Largest Verdict in History, Medical Malpractice Cause of Action Recovery for Blindness

 Top Twenty Verdicts, New York State, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2011

 Sustained Largest Appellate Court Decision for Pain and Suffering, 2003

 Largest Medical Malpractice Verdict in New York State

 Top Ten Medical Malpractice Verdict in the United States

 Lifetime Appointment, Registry of Who’s Who

 American Registry of Outstanding Professionals, Lifetime Achievement Award

Additional Professional Appointments

 Immediate Past President, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2007-2008

 President-Elect, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2005-2006

 Vice President, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2004-2005

 Vice President, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2003-2004

 Vice President, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2002-2003

 Secretary, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2001-2002

 Vice-President/Secretary/Treasurer, Long Island Affiliation of New York State

 Trial Lawyers Association, 1998-2001

 Board of Directors, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2000-Present

 Chair, Medical Malpractice Committee, New York State Trial Lawyers, 2002-2006

 Chair, NYSTLA Statewide Symposium on Legal Advertising and Disciplinary

 Rules Trustee, LawPAC, 2001-Present

 Director, Board of Directors, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice


 Sustaining Member, American Association for Justice (Section Member:

 Professional Negligence, Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises

 Liability Section; Office Management Section; Litigation Group Member: Birth

 Defect, Birth Trauma, Breast Cancer, Inadequate Security, Laparoscopy, Construction Site Accident)

 Sustaining Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association

 New York State Bar Association (Trial Lawyers Section)

 The National Crime Victim Bar Association

 Bronx County and Queens County Bar Associations

Reported Appellate Advocacy

 Kletnieks v. Hertz, 54 A.D.3d 660 (2nd Dept., 2008)

 Durney v. Terk, 42 A.D.3d 335 (1st Dept., 2007)

 Dowd v. City of New York, 40 A.D.3d 908 (2nd Dept., 2007)

 Jumawan v. Schnitt, 35 A.D.3d 382 (2nd Dept., 2006)

 Vassell v. Magno, 30 A.D.3d 406 (2nd Dept., 2006)

 Ramos v. Nouveau Industries, Inc., 29 A.D.3d 555 (2nd Dept., 2006)

 Spano v. Bertocci, 22 A.D.3d 828 (2nd Dept., 2005)

 Patterson v. New York City Transit Authority, 5 A.D.3d 454 (2nd Dept., 2004)

 Michalowski v. D’Alessandro, 2 A.D.3d 508 (2nd Dept., 2003)

 Maccaro v. Legouri, 306 A.D.2d 323 (2nd Dept., 2003)

 David v. County of Suffolk, 1 N.Y.3d 525 (N.Y., 2003)

 Stokes v. New York Medical Group, 304 A.D.2d 449 (1st Dept. 2003)

 David v. County of Suffolk, 295 A.D.2d 556 (2nd Dept., 2002)

 Spano v. Bertocci, 299 A.D.2d 335 (2nd Dept., 2002)

 Quinn v. Nyack Hospital, 286 A.D.2d 675 (2nd Dept., 2001)

 Patterson v. New York City Transit Authority, 276 A.D.2d 474 (2nd Dept., 2000)

 Lugo v. Angle of Green, Inc., 268 A.D.2d 567 (2nd Dept., 2000)

 Lounda Foreman v. B&L Properties Company, 261 A.D.2d 301, 691 (1stDept., 1999)

 Aghabi v. Sebro, 256 A.D.2d 287 (2nd Dept., 1998)

 Serfaty v. New York City Transit Authority, 254 A.D.2d 476 (2nd Dept., 1998)

 Slutskaya v. Landau, 250 A.D.2d 594 (2nd Dept., 1998)

 Cordero v. City of New York, 236 A.D. 2d 577 (2nd Dept., 1997)

 Ramnarine v. New York City Bd. of Educ., 231 A.D.2d 724 (2nd Dept., 1996)

 Harrell v. County of Nassau, 227 A.D.2d 590 (2nd Dept., 1996)

 Farrukh by Farrukh v. Board of Educ. of the City of New York, 227 A.D.2d 440 (2nd Dept., 1996)

 Epstein v. Eastman Kodak Co., Inc., 225 A.D.2d 516 (2nd Dept., 1996)

 Torrado v. Lutheran Medical Center, 198 A.D.2d 346 (2nd Dept., 1993)

 Staines v. Nassau Queens Medical Group, 176 A.D.2d 718 (2 Dept., 1991)

 Ruiz v. New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., 165 A.D.2d 75 (1st Dept., 1991)

Areas of Practice

 Medical Malpractice

 Personal Injury

 Municipal Liability

 Construction Site and Work Place Injury

 Premises Liability

 Product Liability

 Appellate practice


 New York State Trial Lawyers Association

 National Crime Victim Bar Association

 New York State Bar Association and various local bar associations

 Faculty Lecturer to the Judiciary, New York State Judicial Institute, 2002-2006


 9/11 Victim’s Compensation Fund, Long Island Section

Recent Papers Presented at Professional Meetings

 “Proximate Cause in Negligent Security Cases”

 “Trial of First Personal Injury Lawsuit”

 “The Use of a Paralegal in a Personal Injury Law Practice”

 “Discovery Update”

 “Openings in a Medical Malpractice Case”

 “Health Care for Minorities in New York State”


 “Labor Law 241(6)”


 “Voir Dire”

 “Preliminary Conference Negotiations and the Law”

 “Construction Site Accidents and Federal Jurisdiction”

 “Daubert, Frye, Expert Witness Testimony in NYS Supreme Court”

 “Ethics Update”

 “Motions and Pleadings Update”

 “Metaphors and Use of Linguistics in Jury Trials”


 “Law Firm Advertising and the First Amendment”

 “Article 31 of the CPLR and Discovery”

 “Negligent Security and Supervision”


 New York Law Journal Interview

 Presidents Message DAS

 Forbes NY Legal 2011

 New York State Bar Association – Discovery 2004 – Joseph Awad, Speaker

 New York State Bar Association – Construction Site Accidents Update 2010 – Joseph Awad, Speaker

 Joseph Awad District of Nebraska Admission

 New York State Trial Lawyers Association – Second Vice President Certificate – Joseph Awad

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