Thomas Giuffra

Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP
551 5th Ave
Fl 29
New York, NY 10176

Thomas P. Giuffra

A partner of the firm, Mr. Giuffra specializes in the trial of significant personal injury and medical malpractice actions. Tom has earned his reputation as a trial lawyer early on in his career when he obtained his first million dollar verdict when he was only four years out of law school. Tom's successes as a leading trial lawyer have continued through a combination of hard work and dedication to his clients together with outstanding skills as an advocate. Mr. Giuffra has successfully tried numerous cases representing severely injured plaintiffs to verdict throughout New York in both State and Federal Courts. Over his 17 year career, Tom's innovative approach, thorough preparation and trial of cases has led to 10 verdicts and numerous settlements in excess of one million dollars. Tom is one of the youngest trial lawyers in New York to amass such a successful record. One of his significant verdicts was for $21 million for three children who suffered lead poisoning due to the presence of lead-based paint in their apartment. This was one of the largest verdicts in the United States in 2008 as reported by the National Law Journal. Mr. Giuffra also had one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in New York State in 2009 and 2010 as reported by the New York Law Journal. During his career, Mr. Giuffra has handled cases involving medical malpractice, construction accidents, civil rights violations, product liability (including motor vehicle crashworthiness), toxic torts, admiralty, pharmaceutical mass tort litigation car accidents, premises accidents and general negligence.

Tom holds the coveted Martindale-Hubbell A/V preeminent rating which is the highest peer review rating for legal ability and ethics. For the past four years, Tom was recognized top 5% of lawyers in the New York Metropolitan Area in the New York Times edition of Super Lawyers for personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. This year Tom was honored by being elected to the National Trial Lawyers as one of the 100 top trial lawyers in New York and among the best plaintiff's attorneys in the United States. The National Trial Lawyers is an organization of America's top trial lawyers. Membership is by invitation only and "is limited only to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership in their respective state." In recognition of Mr. Giuffra's achievements as a trial attorney, he was appointed to and serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. His successes have resulted in his appointment to the Highest Panel of the Legal Referral Service of the New York City Bar Association. He was also appointed to and serves on the Medical Malpractice Committee of The New York City Bar Association.

In addition, Mr. Giuffra is an expert legal commentator and has appeared on "Primetime Justice" and "Court T.V. Live" regarding product liability actions. He also figured prominently in the Dutch documentary entitled "Claiming Justice" regarding U.S. personal injury litigation. Mr. Giuffra has also lectured on trial advocacy techniques.

Recent Cases

$21 Million verdict for three children who suffered lead poisoning due to the presence of lead - based paint in their Bronx apartment

$4.194 Million verdict for failure to diagnose lung cancer 2.9 Million settlement for failure to diagnose a giant mass cell tumor

$2.5 Million settlement for the failure to diagnose breast cancer which metastasized and eventually led to a woman's untimely and premature death

$2.25 Million verdict for failure to properly perform a sphenoid sinus biopsy resulting in blindness in one eye

$2.26 Million labor law verdict in Supreme Court, Bronx County in a lawsuit for a construction worker who fell from a scaffold and suffered a broken right leg and right elbow with surgery

$2.032 Million labor law verdict for a man who fell at a construction site

$2 Million verdict for a man left unsupervised in a nursing home, resulting to his exposure to freezing temperatures and leading to wrongful death

$2 Million settlement for a labor law action after a man's right tibia was cut through by a saw at an unsafe worksite

$1.975 Million settlement for two children who sustained lead poisoning in a city apartment

$1.7 Million verdict for delayed treatment of a complication of cataract surgery resulting in blindness in one eye

$1.74 Million verdict for traumatic amputation of two fingers as a result of a defective snow blower

$1.6 Million labor law settlement for a man who fell from a ladder at a dangerous construction site

$1.6 Million settlement for two children who sustained lead poisoning

$1.5 Million settlement for a doctor's failure to timely diagnose lung cancer in a woman

$1.26 Million verdict for a pedestrian involved in a motor vehicle accident, leaving him with a serious brain injury

$1.08 Million verdict for failure to diagnose an I.V. infiltration of an infant

$1 Million settlement for the lead poisoning of an infant

Areas of Practice

Medical Malpractice

Construction Accidents

Civil Rights Violations

Product Liability

Toxic Torts

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

New York, 1995

New Jersey, 1994

U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1994

U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1995

U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1995

U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1998

U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1995

U.S. Court of International Trade, 1995

U.S. Supreme Court, 2009

U.S. Tax Court, 1995


St. John's University School of Law, Jamaica, New York
J.D. - 1994
Honors: Member, Trial Advocacy Team
Honors: Best Advocate

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
A.B. (Cum Laude) - 1991
Honors: Departmental Honors in History
Honors: Phi Alpha Theta

Representative Cases

In Interest of D.A.C., 626 So.2d 694 (Fla.App. 3 Dist. 1993)

Flannery v. General Motors, 90-27323 (Appellate 1994)

Representative Clients




Products Liability


Mutual Marine Office

Mondial International Corp.


Lecturer, Trial Practice, New York City Bar Association

Honors and Awards

New York Metro Super Lawyers, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury, 2008 - 2010

A/V Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale- Hubbell, Highest Possible Rating in Legal Ability and Legal Ethics

National Trial Lawyers- Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New York State

Rated "Superb" by AVVO Attorney Rating Service

National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Trial Advocacy Skills Diploma, 2004

Best Advocate: St. John's University School of Law Civil Trial Institute, 1993

Phi Delta Phi, 1993

Phi Alpha Theta: National History Honor Society, 1990

Professional Associations and Memberships

New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors

New York City Bar Association, Medical Malpractice Committee

American Association for Justice, Member, 1991 - Present

American Bar Association, Member

Maritime Law Association of the United States

Brooklyn Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

John G. Alden Insurance, Claims Manager, 1987 - 1989

Mutual Marine Office, Claims Adjuster, 1986 - 1987




Pi Alpha Phi