Joshua Stern joined Block O’Toole & Murphy in May of 2021. He has been practicing law since 2011, after graduating from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center cum laude.
Mr. Stern went to law school knowing he wanted to become a trial attorney. He tailored his curriculum and activities to this goal, which included acting as the associate editor-in-chief of the Moot Court Honor Society and clerking for Honorable Justice Michele Woodard. In this role, he gained valuable insight into his current trial attorney practice.
Following law school, Mr. Stern began his career as a defense attorney and worked his way up to partner at a large international defense firm, handling numerous catastrophic injury cases and commercial cases on behalf of some of the largest insurance companies in the world. He represented many different defendants in personal injury cases, including construction companies, professional athletes in the NFL and NBA, municipalities, landlords, and businesses. To build upon his skills handling workplace accidents, he obtained OSHA 10 and 30 certifications in order to be part of a construction accident rapid response team.
After observing the devastating effects of construction, trucking, and other accidents on victims and their families, Mr. Stern commenced employment at a longstanding and respected plaintiff’s personal injury firm, where he honed his skills representing accident victims. It was here, settling and trying cases for plaintiffs, that he found his calling.
The trust in his skills to handle technical and catastrophic injury cases for defendants and plaintiffs speaks volumes about Mr. Stern’s abilities as an attorney. His work has been recognized by the organization Super Lawyers; in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 he was selected as a “Rising Star,” an accolade reserved for less than 2.5% of attorneys in New York State. Likewise, he was recognized by The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in 2021, a distinction for attorneys under the age of 40 that exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership.
In his spare time, Mr. Stern enjoys furthering and sharing his legal knowledge. In 2013, he was called upon to give a guest lecture at his alma mater regarding “The Art of Taking a Deposition.” In 2019, he presented a webinar to claim representatives and defense attorneys regarding “Understanding the Importance of Contract Provisions within the Context of New York Labor Law.”
Armed with knowledge of the inner workings of defense firms, municipalities, private and public companies, and various large insurance companies, Mr. Stern now only represents victims of negligence and other torts. His defense experience has been incredibly helpful in obtaining favorable results for his clients. Although he has only exclusively worked representing injured victims for a short time, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on lawsuits, he has successfully obtained over $20,000,000 for his clients via trial and settlements. His results at Block O’Toole and Murphy include a $4,500,000 settlement for a union plumber who sustained severe knee injuries after he tripped and fell at a work site; a $2,500,000 million settlement for a demolition worker who suffered serious injuries after falling from scaffolding while he was in the process of removing an HVAC duct; a $1,000,000 settlement for a trip and fall accident for an unemployed pedestrian that injured his neck; $750,000 for a 56-year-old unemployed passenger in a motor vehicle accident which resulted in a knee arthroscopy; $699,000 for a 20-year-old HVAC technician that fell from a ladder injuring his shoulder, which required arthroscopic repair; $650,000 for a retired police officer who injured her knee in a light impact motor vehicle accident; $600,000 for our client who sustained an arm injury requiring surgery when she was bitten by a canine; and $597,500 for our client who fell into a hole and sustained a calcaneal fracture that healed uneventfully.
Mr. Stern has tried many cases to verdict and has found success at both the trial and appellate level. His skilled, passionate, and unyielding approach to litigation continues to bring about favorable results for his clients.
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