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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. Looking for help
A: If by legal recourse you mean suing your parents, probably not. You are living in their home and thus arguably have to tolerate the living conditions with which they provide you. And unless you are paying them rent and have a landlord/tenant relationship, they likely have not breached any warranty of habitability. You might want to speak with them about giving the dog up for adoption. Or, if they are unwilling to part with the dog, perhaps finding you a different (and more quiet) place to live.
Q. Do my lawyer have the right to give me my documents on my case with index # etc?? Do They the right to hold my money
A: You certainly have the right to inspect the file your attorney maintains on your case. With regard to holding onto the settlement proceeds, as my colleague correctly advised, there might be liens (with either Medicaid / Medicare or a private insurance company) that need to be resolved before your attorney can release your portion of the settlement. Resolving such liens can take weeks, sometimes months. Regardless, you are responsible for paying such liens - they get deducted from your share of the settlement, not from your attorney's share. As for lending you money, here's an article I found online which you might find useful, https://blogs.findlaw.com/law_and_life/2015/09/can-my-lawyer-lend-me-money.html
Q. My wife filed a bunch of faults police reports on me with her friend some how I got charged with a felony esdropping
A: Sorry to hear what you're going through. If the reports that were filed against you were truly false, you might have a viable claim for defamation. Here's an article I found online which you might find helpful, https://www.findlaw.com/criminal/criminal-charges/filing-a-false-police-report.html Keep in mind that the statute of limitations for defamation lawsuits in New York is only one (1) year which means if you intend to pursue this matter you should speak with an attorney sooner rather than later. You can find an experienced defamation attorney using the Find a Lawyer tab on the JUSTIA homepage.
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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