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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
Client Champion - GOLD
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Service
Super Lawyers
Thomson Reuters
AV Preeminent
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Service
Selected: 2019-2020 Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
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. I hired someone to paint my house, but he fell of the ladder. what is my responsibility ?
A: It really depends on why the worker fell off of the ladder. If there was nothing wrong with the ladder, your legal liability would be very limited as New York Labor Law § 240 does not apply to the owners of one- and two-family dwellings (unless you directed or controlled the work). If there was something wrong with the ladder, even though Labor Law § 240 would not apply, you could be held responsible under Labor Law § 200 if you either knew or should have known that there was something wrong with the ladder (or perhaps the worksite if it contributed to his fall). Although workers' compensation prevents the injured worker from suing his employer, it does not prevent him from suing you. If you have homeowner's insurance, best to report the incident to them sooner rather than later.
Q. I do not want the vaccine but it's mandatory for in-person classes. Is my right to education & health protected?
A: You're fighting a losing battle. The Supreme Court of the United States has, on multiple occasions, rejected challenges to NYC's vaccine mandate for municipal employees. A challenge to a mandate requiring CUNY students to be vaccinated for in-person learning would likely meet the same fate. Without going down the COVID rabbit hole, studies have shown the vaccine to be safe and effective, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/safety-of-vaccines.html
Q. Can I get out of my contract with a lawyer even though my case is still pending
A: You have a right to change lawyers at any time, for any reason. If you are not satisfied with your current legal representation, find a new lawyer. You can find many excellent attorneys using the Find a Lawyer tab on the JUSTIA homepage. Keep in mind that your new lawyer will have to reimburse your old lawyer for any expenses he or she incurred on your behalf. Additionally, the old lawyer will have a lien for the value of the work he or she performed (also known as quantum meruit). Although this will not affect your recovery, it will affect your new lawyer's recovery and will need to be resolved if and when your case is resolved.
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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
Wednesday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 7 PM (Today)
Friday: 9 AM - 7 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed