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Peter DeFilippis

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Law Office of Peter DeFilippis
369 Ashford Avenue
Address 2
Suite L
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Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Areas of Practice
Business/Corporate - Litigation, Civil Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Litigation
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369 Ashford Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA
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Peter DeFilippis & Associates is an experienced and successful personal injury law firm located in Manhattan and Southern Westchester. The firm has been independently recognized as one of New York City’s best personal litigation firms and Mr. DeFilippis is regarded as a leader in the fields of personal injury and medical malpractice. Mr. DeFilippis has had more than 40 different cases reported in various legal journals and court reporting services and has an established track record of obtaining million dollar jury awards and high-value settlements. He has additionally provided expert legal commentary and analysis for television and newspaper reporters on many occasions and has written numerous published articles concerning various legal matters.

Sample Recoveries

Sample Verdicts and Settlements on Behalf of Injured Individuals:

  • A 68-year-old retired security guard suffered a foot burn following cardiac surgery. The contraindicated compression device placed on his foot in the hospital caused blisters, burns, and tears to his skin which worsened, requiring skin grafts. Additional complications required eight surgeries. A verdict for medical malpractice causing pain and suffering was rendered by a Bronx jury for $3,500,000.
  • A 73-year-old college teacher was injured when a distracted MTA mini-bus driver rear-ended her vehicle on the Verrazano Bridge. This caused a chain collision with two other vehicles in front of her. She sustained a fracture of the transverse processes in her neck and was compensated $450,000. In an earlier successful motion for summary judgment, the negligence of MTA and the lack of negligence of the client was established as a matter of law. A global settlement was reached in Kings County Supreme Court with all defendants including the MTA for $2,225,000 just before jury selection commenced.
  • A 28-year-old warehouse worker was injured in a motor vehicle accident while a back seat passenger in a taxi cab which was struck broadside by a speeding truck. Injuries included a fracture of the right arm and 50% hearing loss. A total damages award was rendered after a Bronx trial for $1,900,000.
  • A 17-year-old student was nearly crushed and suffocated to death in a crowded stairwell of a gymnasium alongside her best friend who died and nine other wrongful death victims. The tragedy occurred while they were attending an oversold concert which was organized, promoted, supervised and managed by Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs. The client’s injuries included post-traumatic stress syndrome, the onset of Graves Disease and fear of death while trapped in the stairwell for nearly fifteen minutes. A court of claims judge ruled after trial that Mr. Combs was legally responsible for causing the deaths and injuries by deciding to close the gym’s stairwell doors, thereby sealing the victims’ fates. The case settled in favor of the client during jury selection in a companion trial in the New York County Supreme Court. The significant settlement amount is subject to a confidentiality agreement at the request of defendant Sean Combs.
  • A four-month-old Brooklyn infant was mistakenly administered an adult heart medication instead of a simple antibiotic. The pharmacist at the hospital incorrectly filled a prescription written illegibly by one of the pediatricians. The improper medicine was given to the infant on four different occasions over a twelve-hour period by nurses on duty. The series of medical errors resulted in the child suffering from near-fatal convulsions that permanently affected her nervous system and caused brain damage. A medical malpractice suit was commenced in the Kings County Supreme Court. The parties settled on the eve of jury selection for a significant sum. The award amount is subject to a confidentiality agreement at the request of defendant New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
  • A three-year-old Brooklyn girl suffered two-foot fractures when a decrepit, unbalanced, 170-pound steel radiator toppled over onto her foot. Prior to this premises accident, the landlord had been warned that the radiator nearly tipped on another eight-year-old child. The landlord decided to repair the problem by having an unlicensed handyman insert wood blocks under the dilapidated radiator instead of replacing the radiator and rusted piping and rotted wood floor below it. The matter was settled with the company insuring the building after depositions were conducted for $775,000.
  • A 58-year-old Brooklyn cook died from infection after a New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation surgeon left part of a stethoscope inside the suture line of his stomach after weight loss surgery. The medical negligence case was resolved by settlement before depositions for $675,000.
  • A physical therapist fell when pushing open the outer door of a restaurant. The door contained too much tension and was missing the door handle and side handrails. Plaintiff’s counsel proved at trial that because of a number of previous incidents when patrons attempting to leave dropped food and drinks while turning the outer door handle, the owner further created a dangerous condition by then removing the entire handle and latch. Plaintiff testified that when she began to fall, she had no door handle or handrails present to catch her fall. An expert architect testified that seven building code violations contributed to the incident. After the fall, she was writhing in pain for an extended period until assistance arrived. The client suffered a trimalleolar ankle fracture requiring an open reduction surgery with hardware placement. A second surgery was needed approximately six months later to remove the hardware. There were no loss of income claims. A surveillance video of the entire fall was intentionally destroyed by the owner. The Putnam County jury found 100% in favor of the Plaintiff after deliberating for only 15 minutes. The case then settled with the insurance company insuring the restaurant business and the defendant owner for $625,000.
  • A pregnant 25-year-old Westchester woman had a sonogram in her final week revealing a baby weighing in excess of 10 lbs. with a very large head circumference. During the early stages of delivery, meconium staining was present as was fetal distress. The doctor opted not to perform a Cesarean section though both parents repeatedly requested that the doctor do so. Subsequently, the baby’s head became lodged in the birth canal for ten minutes. Emergency measures were needed to resuscitate the non-breathing baby. An expert OBGYN reported that excessive traction was used in pulling on the baby at the roots of the brachial plexus and the doctor failed to use known methods for extracting the child with shoulder dystocia. Further, a C-Section should have been scheduled at the onset. The baby was left with mild Erb’s Palsy resulting in deceased shoulder movement and loss of grip strength requiring years of physical therapy. The medical malpractice case was filed in Westchester and a settlement was reached with the doctor’s insurance carrier after depositions were held for $600,000.
  • A 50-year-old Bronx housekeeper was injured in a NYCHA building when a defective trash compactor door slammed abruptly on her hand as she placed trash in the bin. Despite prior complaints and injuries to others, the door was not repaired by the building’s superintendent. Her injuries included a broken hand requiring surgery and a permanent 20% loss of use as determined by the Workers’ Compensation Board. Jurors serving in the Bronx awarded the client a total damages verdict against NYCHA of $598,500.
  • A 40-year-old safety consultant visiting from Texas was struck by a car as he was walking on West 58th Street in Manhattan while crossing Eighth Avenue with the walk signal in his favor. The client was hit on his right leg by a vehicle operated by a distracted driver. He was taken by ambulance to an emergency room where X-rays revealed a fractured leg. He also sustained a herniated disc to his back stemming from a subsequent physical therapy session for rehabilitation of his broken leg. The case was tried in New York County and a favorable settlement was reached with the company insuring the driver after three days of trial for $550,000.
  • A 5-year-old Manhattan girl sustained burns covering more than 30% of her body including keloid scarring. The child accidentally turned on the bathtub faucet which supplied hot water that was 60 degrees hotter than the legal limit. Tenants had previously complained to the superintendent about the abnormally hot water weeks before the dangerous property accident, yet no correction was made. A New York City fire marshall at the scene confirmed the building’s boiler was improperly set at the wrong temperature generating overly hot water in violation of the NYC Building Code. The company insuring the landlord settled during jury selection for $460,000.
  • A 73-year-old Brooklyn school teacher was hurt in a multi-vehicle collision when her car was struck in the rear by a NYC MTA “Access-a-Ride” bus on the Verrazzano Bridge. She sustained two neck transverse process fractures. A judge awarded her summary judgment against the NYC MTA, finding their driver fully liable and also determining that the client was absolutely blameless for the incident. The client’s case settled just prior to jury selection in Kings County Supreme Court for $450,000.
  • A 38-year-old teacher from the Bronx suffered herniated neck and back discs with some knee and shoulder complications as a result of an auto accident at an intersection controlled by a traffic signal. The collision was caused when the other driver sped through a red light striking the teacher’s SUV as she was proceeding through the intersection. The client’s vehicle spun around and collided with a tree. The parties negotiated a pretrial settlement in the Bronx after depositions were held in which the other driver’s insurer agreed to pay $400,000.
  • A 37-year-old Queens bankruptcy investigator was injured while a passenger in an overturned bus. The driver turned an icy curve on a mountain road at an excessive rate of speed in upstate New York. The client sustained a torn rotator cuff requiring arthroscopic surgery to her shoulder. She also suffered an aggravation of a preexisting cranial malformation necessitating corrective surgery. The case settled with the carrier for the bus company in the Federal Court for the Eastern District for $400,000.
  • A 19-year-old waitress was scalded by dangerously hot water from a defective water heater in a restaurant in Manhattan. She received second-degree burns on over 18% of her body. The same type of water heater had been the subject of a number of suits across the country. The products liability action settled in the New York County Supreme Court just before trial for $390,000.
  • A 69-year-old bank manager was badly hurt when she fell over a concrete sidewalk flagstone which had been protruding three inches above the grade for years. The Department of Transportation had been warned by the Big Apple Pothole Corporation of the problem in writing well before the incident. No repairs were ever undertaken by the City. The injured woman had fallen and struck her head upon the concrete sidewalk resulting in permanently blurry vision in one eye. The case settled for $300,000 during jury selection.
  • A Brooklyn man in his 30’s slipped and fell down seven stairs resulting in a SLAP tear to ligaments in his shoulder that subsequently required arthroscopic surgery. Despite the surgery, he suffered from permanent pain and limitations from bursitis. The client’s slip and fall was caused by an excessive amount of water on the stairway. A building employee was mopping the floor using an industrial mop and bucket with a broken wringer. His attempts to manually wring out the mop were insufficient. Additionally, the building employee did not post a wet-floor warning sign and the owners failed to provide handrails on both sides of the stairway. The case settled after jury selection in the Kings County Supreme Court (Brooklyn) prior to opening statements for $300,000.
  • A 44-year-old New Jersey man hurt his back, suffering a single herniated disc, in a hit-and-run motor vehicle collision. A fire truck, without any lights or sirens on, sped through a red light, struck the car in which he was a passenger, and fled the scene. The case, which was filed in the Bronx County Supreme Court, was settled for $295,000.
  • A 42-year-old independent truck driver was driving his tractor-trailer on I-81 North in New York. A large piece of steel from the flatbed of a tractor-trailer in front of him fell onto the roadway, causing him to swerve off the roadway, jackknife, and hit an embankment. He sustained injuries to his back and neck including herniated discs. His injuries were confirmed by EMG and MRI testing. Evidence obtained indicated that the negligent trucker was cited for two counts of improper cargo securing after an examiner for the New York State Department of Transportation performed an inspection of his tractor-trailer. The defendant pleaded guilty to those charges. Upon the conclusion of depositions, the case, which had been filed in the Bronx, settled with the company insuring the trucking company and its driver for $286,000.
  • A nurse’s aide at a nursing home slipped and fell on a floor while responding to an emergency call from a patient. The maintenance workers waxing the floor failed to leave a safe path for the nurses to reach patients and did not post any warning signs. The Bronx woman’s injuries included a fractured wrist which did not require surgery resulting in a Workers’ Compensation Board finding of 17% permanent loss of use of her dominant hand. The suit was settled with the insurance company for the building just before jury selection in the Bronx County Supreme Court for $180,000.

Sample Business-Related Settlements and Verdicts:

  • While representing the minority shareholders selling stock in their Corporation, the firm fended off litigation challenges from the majority shareholders and an unlawful assignee so that the stock transfer could close. The minority share was valued at approximately $4,000,000.
  • A general contractor recovered losses from the NYC School Construction Authority for delay in the construction of a new $25,000,000 school in Brooklyn, New York. The Authority failed to obtain needed permits from the NYC Department of Buildings for nearly a year. The case, which was filed in the Kings County Supreme Court, settled before depositions began for $1,250,000.
  • The firm successfully defended a general contractor in a multi-million dollar breach of contract claim brought by a concrete subcontractor. The case was resolved after 20 separate hearing dates before an American Arbitration Association mediator in Manhattan. The general contractor was found to have not breached the construction contract with the concrete subcontractor and was further awarded $127,000 on their counterclaim against the subcontractor.
  • The firm collected unpaid franchise fees on behalf of Servistar, a national hardware chain, by commencing actions in the Kings, Queens, and New York County Supreme Courts. Servistar recovered over $500,000 in outstanding debts.
  • Homeowners brought a suit against a contractor for building their new home on substandard soil. The home began to significantly shift upon completion. This action settled just prior to jury selection in the Westchester County Supreme Court with the firm’s clients obtaining $300,000.
  • A husband and wife were defrauded out of their investments by a sham mortgage investment company. The firm litigated on their behalf and they recovered their full investment in a liquidation settlement in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the sum of $250,000.

Awards & Honors

New York Super Lawyers, 2011-2019
New York Super Lawyers, Top Rated Medical Malpractice Lawyers, 2019
National Trial Lawyers, Civil Plaintiff Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2016-2019
National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation’s Top One Percent, 2015-2018
VerdictSearch, Top Verdicts, 2010-2018
New York Law Journal, Verdicts and Settlements Hall of Fame: Medical Malpractice (verdict of $3.5 million in Stothart v. Montefiore Medical Center: Negligent Treatment category), 2014
Association of American Trial Lawyers, Top 100 in New York, 2019
American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 10 Best for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service Award, 2015-2019
American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in the State of New York, 2018
The Association of American Trial Lawyers (AOATL), Top 100 Lawyers, 2019
New York Law Journal, Top Settlements for Premises Liability: Negligent Repair category, 2014 & 2016
Attorney and Practice Magazine, New York’s Top 10 Attorneys List, 2019
Medical Malpractice Lawyers Magazine, Top 1% Trial Counsel for Medical Malpractice in N.Y., 2012-2018
Martindale-Hubbell, Client Distinction Award, 2012, 2015 & 2018
Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Gold (awarded to lawyers/firms with at least 6 reviews and an average score of 4.2 or higher), 2018
Avvo (independent attorney rating service), rated a Superb Attorney (10 out of 10), 2016-2018
America’s Most Honored Professionals (Top 10%), 2015, Top 100 Personal Injury Settlements in New York, 2017
The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of New York, 2016-2019
American Academy of Attorneys, Top 100 Attorneys in personal injury law nationwide
American Institute of Legal Advocates (AIOLA), Elite Advocate in the field of Personal Injury Law, 2019


American Bar Association
American Association for Justice
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
New York State Bar Association
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
New York County Lawyers Association
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America


Covenant House Mentor Program
New York Cares Volunteer Program
Coach of Girls Youth League softball and soccer teams



Former Member of Community Board 8 in Manhattan
Former New York County Judicial Delegate
Board Member of “Days of Wonder” Pre-School, Dobbs Ferry, New York
Referee for the Supreme Court of the State of New York


New York and New Jersey Bars, 1989
U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1991


Seton Hall University
J.D., 1988

Fordham University
B.A., 1985

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Law Office of Peter DeFilippis
Law Office of Peter DeFilippis 369 Ashford Avenue, Suite L, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

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posted 5 years ago

Peter came highly recommend to me by a very good friend of mine. I hired him for my daughters personal injury case. Every step of the way, he was very professional, clear, and concise about what his goals were and what our expectations should be regarding the case. His experience and extensive...


5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 years ago

Mr. DeFilippis was retained to represent in an automobile accident case. He came highly recommended and I must say he superseded my expectations. He was very knowledgeable and kept me informed every step of the way. He was always available to take my calls and answered all of my questions. I was...


5 out of 5 stars

posted 7 years ago

I was extremely impressed by his professionalism, integrity, responsiveness, judgement and demeanor. I would highly recommend him above all others. I was very satisfied with the outcome of my lawsuit! I have recommend him to my family and friends and they were equally impressed.


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posted 8 years ago

Peter is an excellent attorney...He is respectful, curtious, and extremely knowledgable about the law and your rights. He is an asset to all who know him and have the opportunity to have him as their attorney. Reviews Reviews
Law Office of Peter DeFilippis
Law Office of Peter DeFilippis 369 Ashford Avenue, Suite L, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

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posted 3 years ago

Peter was highly professional in his approach and could effectively explain the challenges of our issue. User

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posted 10 years ago

Peter DeFilippis was very patient and understanding and loyal. My particular case had a lot of twists and turns and curve balls thrown in, yet Peter persevered and maintained professionalism at all times. Long after our original case had settled Peter was there to advise me and provide assistance... User

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posted 11 years ago

I was hit by a car in New York City which resulted in serious injuries. Peter DeFilippis handled my case in a very dedicated and competent manner. Mr. DeFilippis' commitment to me and his diligence towards the case proved essential for the successful courtroom outcome. The case took nearly four... User

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posted 11 years ago

We retained the services of Peter DeFilippis after my Brother was hit by a car in New York City, sustaining serious bodily injuries. Mr. DeFilippis was extremely knowledgeable, very competent, committed, compassionate, and an essential element to achieving a positive resolution to the case. Mr....