Rachel H. Poritz
Rachel H. Poritz, a partner at the firm, specializes in medical malpractice defense, with an emphasis on legal writing, including summary judgment motions, appeals and post-trial motions. She is the leader of the firm's appellate practice.
Ms. Poritz earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, magna cum laude, from Boston University in 1997. Thereafter, she graduated from Brooklyn Law School with a Juris Doctor Degree in 2000. In addition to being a Notes and Comments Editor on the Brooklyn Law Review, she was a finalist in the Best Brief Competition, a Dean's Merit Scholar, and a recipient of two CALI Awards for Legal Writing and Women and the Law.
During law school, Ms. Poritz drafted motions and appeal documents in the mass tort bankruptcy case entitled In re Dow Corning and attended the Dow Corning Breast Implant Settlement Hearings in the Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Michigan.
Following graduation, Ms. Poritz acted as the Court Attorney to former Supreme Court Justice Lorraine S. Miller in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County. In that position, Ms. Poritz managed a civil litigation case inventory and negotiated settlements in medical malpractice, tort, and labor law cases. Prior to joining our firm over 10 years ago, Ms. Poritz drafted motion papers and conducted medical research in the first successful Frye hearing to preclude an expert witness in a medical malpractice case in Richmond County.
Ms. Poritz is admitted to practice before the various New York State Courts. She is admitted to Federal Practice before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts. Additionally, she has successfully and victoriously litigated a complex insurance defense case from the state court to the New York Court of Appeals on behalf of a physician whose excess insurer refused to satisfy the balance of a judgment entered against him.