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Jonathan R. Ratchik

Jonathan R. Ratchik

Kramer, Dunleavy & Ratchik PLLC
  • Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice
  • New York
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Biography

Over two decades of experience devoted exclusively to the practice of personal injury law

Has recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf negligence victims and their families

Frequent lecturer for New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Growing up, Jonathan Ratchik knew that he wanted to make a difference. To help people get back up when life knocked them down. To be their voice when no one seemed to listen or care.

In hindsight, it seems only natural that Jonathan went to law school and, after graduating, immediately became a personal injury attorney.

Jonathan lives in New York City with his wife, Hollie, and their two children. When he’s not fighting in the courtroom, Jonathan enjoys coaching his son’s little league team, listening to the Yankees on the radio, and being a great husband (and an even better dad). He’s also a proud supporter and volunteer for Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group that is committed to making NYC a safer, more enjoyable place for all New Yorkers to walk, bike and live.

Education
American University Washington College of Law
J.D. (1997) | Law
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New York University
B.A. (1994) | Political Science, French
Honors: cum laude
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Professional Experience
Partner
Kramer, Dunleavy & Ratchik PLLC
- Current
Partner
Kramer & Dunleavy, LLP
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act of 1995
American University Journal of International Law and Policy
Speaking Engagements
Ethics, Decisions 2015
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Ethics, Decisions 2014
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Ethics, Decisions 2013
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Pleadings and Filings, Decisions 2012
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Pleadings and Filings, Decisions 2010
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Pleadings and Filings, Decisions 2010
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Pleadings and Filings, Decisions 2009
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
Ethics, Decisions 2016
Awards
Super Lawyers
Thomson Reuters
AV Preeminent
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Service
Selected: 2019-2020 Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
Client Champion - GOLD
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Service
Professional Associations
New York State Trial Lawyers Association
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Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Current
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New York State Bar  # 2856607
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 2856607
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2nd Circuit
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United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
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United States District Court, Southern District of New York
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Medical Malpractice
    Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Where can you find a litigants case? if in fact it was filed? So there are no double filings?
A: If the case was filed in Supreme Court, you can check the New York State Courts Electronic Filing (NYSCEF) system, https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/nyscef/HomePage You can search by index number, party name and attorney.
Q. A woman hit me in my car back in November. Her insurance company covered the repairs but not the whole rental car bill.
A: As my colleague correctly advised, unless the insurance company of the rental agency (or perhaps your credit card company) is willing to go to bat for you, you'll have to bring a proceeding in small claims court against the woman whose vehicle hit you. Given the amount in controversy, it is unlikely that you will find an attorney interested in your case.

https://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/smallclaims/startingcase.shtml
Q. A settlement Agreement was prepared by a party with adequate Attorneys 2 days to it's trial. That same day Pro Se party
A: So, if I understand you correctly, you entered into a settlement agreement, the terms of which were changed after you signed the agreement. Under those circumstances, you might have a valid basis on which to say that there was never an agreement in the first place since you never agreed to these additional terms. It really depends on whether the additional terms that counsel is adding to the agreement are materially altering the terms and conditions of the settlement agreement. Most settlement agreements are more than just an agreement to pay a certain dollar amount. Rather, they often include hold harmless provisions, confidentiality clauses, etc.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Kramer, Dunleavy & Ratchik PLLC
Blog
The Blame Game Podcast
Contact & Map
Kramer, Dunleavy & Ratchik PLLC
61 Broadway
Suite 2220
New York, NY 10006
Telephone: (212) 226-6662
Fax: (212) 226-8089
Monday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 7 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed