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Charles T. Gura

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800 Westchester Avenue
Suite C-700
Rye Brook, NY 10573
(914) 977-7312
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Charles has gained experience in a diverse range of practice areas throughout his career, with a specific focus on medical malpractice defense litigation since 2004. He has handled more than 200 hundred medical malpractice cases to date, representing physicians and hospitals through all phases of litigation, including trial. Charles has also represented health care providers in disciplinary hearings.

In addition to representing health care providers, Charles has experience defending commercial property owners in premises liability cases, owners and contractors in construction accident cases under New York Labor Law, a boiler manufacturer in mass-tort asbestos litigation and a major commercial airline in aviation matters. He has also defended dram shop cases.

Charles has obtained defense verdicts and achieved settlement of cases well below the amount demanded during trial and beforehand through motion practice. For instance, in representing obstetricians in birth-related injury cases, Charles successfully petitioned the court to perform genetic testing on the infant-plaintiff, the results of which led to a substantial reduction in the settlement demand.

While attending New York Law School, Charles was employed as a claims examiner for a large insurer of doctors and hospitals in the state of New York. During that time he worked with physicians in all fields of surgery and medicine, oversaw a hospital account, and worked on risk management and regulatory issues. 

Charles began his legal career at Jones Hirsch Connors Miller & Bull P.C. He practices mainly in the New York City metropolitan area, in both State and Federal Courts, as well as the State of Connecticut.

Charles is a member of the New York State Medical Defense Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. An active member of his community, Charles is a student mentor at New York Law School and has served in various leadership roles at his church.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Defense verdict for two internists and their practice group in a wrongful death case involving failure to diagnose lung cancer in a 58-year-old patient.

  • Defense verdict in a case involving failure to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy leading to rupture and requiring emergency surgery.

  • Defense verdict in a case involving alleged negligent administration of anesthesia causing sepsis.

  • Directed verdict and dismissal of all claims against three intensivists and a urologist in a  case involving complications in the SICU following cardiothoracic surgery.

  • Bothe v. Vytra Health Plans Long Island, 13 A.D.3d 586 (App.Div.2d Dep’t 2004) summary judgment affirmed dismissing medical malpractice claim against an HMO based on ERISA preemption.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • New York Case Law Update, Health Care Law Seminar, Marshall Dennehey, November 9, 2016

Published Works

  • “Lavern’s Law and the Discovery Rule in Failure to Diagnose Cancer Cases in New York State,” Defense Digest, December 2018, Vol. 24, No. 4

Pro Bono Activities

  • Representation of indigent defendants in Fair Debt Collection Practices Act matters.

Education

  • New York Law School, New York, New York (J.D. 1997)

    Law Review:  New York Law School Journal of International and Comparative Law, articles editor

  • State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego, New York (B.A. 1990)

Defense Digest Article December 10, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 4, December 2018 By Charles T. Gura, Esq.* Key Points: Through “Lavern’s Law,” New York has extended its medical malpractice statute of limitations in failure to diagnose cancer cases by..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 4, December 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Apr 11, 2019
We obtained summary judgment in favor of a thoracic surgeon in a mixed medical malpractice/product liability case in New York State Supreme Court, Kings County. ​The claims involved an experimental weight loss device that was inserted and removed by...
Dec 1, 2017
Obtained a defense verdict in a jury trial on behalf of a school bus transportation provider in a motor vehicle/wrongful death case. ​The plaintiff was operating her car when she lost control in inclement weather, crossed over the double yellow line...

Education

  • New York Law School (J.D., 1997)
  • State University of New York at Oswego (B.A., 1990)

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1997
  • New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York

Associations & Memberships

  • New York State Medical Defense Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Year Joined Organization: 2014

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