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Physician Hospital and Nursing Home Law or Medical Malpractice

Malpractice Defense Attorneys

Since the firm was first established over forty years ago, Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski has been passionate about providing outstanding professional liability and malpractice representation to the healthcare community. With tremendous respect for the integral role medical professionals play in our lives, the firm has dedicated itself to defending New Jersey physicians, dentists, nurses, nursing homes, outpatient care facilities and hospitals against allegations of medical negligence. This firm passion and culture, and commitment to excellence, is shared by our senior trial attorneys including Russ Hewit, Bob Donnelly, Herb Kruttschnitt, Mark Petraske, Mary Beth Gazi, Brandon Minde and Rachel Schwartz, who are supported by a strong team of attorneys and paralegals equally devoted to supporting our healthcare professionals during the pendency of their cases and thereafter.

Having tried nearly 1,000 malpractice cases in the state and federal courts in New Jersey, Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski is one of the state’s best-known medical-legal firms. Our medical malpractice law team has cultivated deep legal expertise through decades of litigation experience, extensive legal and medical research and strategic planning, and ongoing training and development.

Outstanding New Jersey Medical Malpractice Defense Attorneys

Our malpractice defense attorneys realize that, for medical professionals, a malpractice claim can be deeply upsetting on multiple levels. The ripple effects of a lawsuit can have deleterious effects on your both your professional career and your personal life. Hospitals and individual professionals alike face the possibility of damage to their reputations and to their bank accounts. We’re committed to providing practical, carefully considered advice and guidance, responsive support, and powerful legal representation in a cost-conscious manner.

We realize that when you have questions or concerns, you need quick, accurate, well-considered guidance, so we ensure we’re always accessible and responsive to our clients. Our malpractice defense attorneys work tirelessly to stay abreast of the latest developments in medical technology and treatments, medical ethics, and standards of care. Because we constantly amass new legal knowledge, we’re ideally positioned to offer advice on a wide range of medical-legal issues. With extensive litigation experience, we’re well equipped to identify and analyze the complex issues involved in standards of care, causation, and damages. We also handpick experts to support your case, leveraging our team’s decades of experience to identify the best possible witnesses from our vast network of trusted industry professionals.

Backed by an outstanding support staff, Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski has the resources and expertise needed to build the most effective defense. Our attorneys work together to craft strategic defense plans based on our knowledge and experience with several goals in mind:

  • settling the matter as quickly, cost-effectively, and fairly as possible
  • avoiding any negative effects to your reputation and finances
  • protecting your assets and future insurability
  • zealously defending you in court when necessary

State Licensing Board Investigations And Disciplinary Matters

The attorneys at Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski represent New Jersey physicians, dentists, nurses, and other licensed professionals in connection with disciplinary investigations and hearings by the various New Jersey state boards which oversee them.  If you are a licensed healthcare professional and you receive an inquiry, a request for information, a subpoena, or a complaint from the New Jersey Attorney General, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners, the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry, the New Jersey Board of Nursing, the New Jersey Department of Health, the New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance, the Medicaid Fraud Division of the Office of the State Comptroller, or any other state board with regulatory authority over your professional license or conduct, the attorneys at our firm can assist you.

The attorneys at Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski have decades of experience representing healthcare professionals in a wide range of disciplinary actions and investigations brought by various New Jersey licensing boards.  If you have been contacted by a New Jersey licensing board, please contact us today.

A Comprehensive Healthcare Law Practice

While the firm is proud of its state-wide reputation as a leading defense firm in medical malpractice cases, its representation of hospitals and healthcare professionals is not limited to medical liability cases. To meet the needs of our hospital and healthcare clients, the firm has broadened its practice areas to address all types of healthcare-related transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters, and today we provide comprehensive medical-legal support to medical facilities and individual practices.

Because we have such vast healthcare law knowledge as well as access to 20 highly experienced attorneys with proficiency in these matters, we’re able to provide medical facilities and practices with the best possible advice and representation. This ability to tap into our entire team’s expertise to develop smart, effective legal strategies is just one of many ways we provide value to you.

Contact Us To Discuss Your Medical Malpractice Or Board Matter

You’ll find that we’re extraordinarily committed to providing you with the best possible legal representation so you can continue in the important work of serving your patients. In fact, we care so deeply about our clients that many have relied on us for decades and become like members of our own families. Find out why we’re the malpractice defense attorneys of choice for hundreds of medical facilities and healthcare professionals in New Jersey. Contact us today to discuss your legal matter or question and we’ll be happy to arrange a no-cost consultation

Attorneys You May Be Working With

Russell L. Hewit


Russell L. Hewit, founding partner, of Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, is an accomplished trial lawyer who focuses on...

Craig A. Domalewski

Managing Partner

Mr. Domalewski is the managing partner of Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C. He focuses primarily on complex-dispute...

Charles M Radler Jr.


Mr. Radler, a partner with Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski who joined the firm in 1983, directs the firm’s business-law...

Mark A. Petraske


One of Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski’s partners, Mr. Petraske has litigated over 70 trials to verdict over the course of...

Herbert Kruttschnitt III


With over 40 years of trial experience, Mr. Kruttschnitt is one of Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski’s senior trial...

Dara L. Spiro


Ms. Spiro joined Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski in 2002 and was named a partner in...

Mary Elizabeth Gazi


Ms. Gazi began her legal career as an associate at what was then known as Dughi and Hewit, where she was involved in...

Cyndee L. Allert


An attorney with Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski since 2013, Ms. Allert was made a partner in...

Brandon D. Minde


Mr. Minde is a trial partner with Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski who joined the firm in 2014, bringing with him legal...

Rachel M. Schwartz


Rachel Schwartz joined the firm as a partner in September 2020, after an extensive career as a trial lawyer with...

Pamela C. Castillo


Pamela Castillo is a partner with Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski since October 2021 bringing 15 years of experience in...

Judy L. Creelman

Of Counsel

Judy L. Creelman joined Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski in 2020.  She specializes in medical malpractice and nursing home...

Ryan A. Notarangelo


Mr. Notarangelo joined Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski as a senior associate in June 2020, where his practice focuses on...

Alexa B. Luzzi


Alexa Luzzi joined Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski in September 2021 and is member of the firm's civil litigation and trial...

Louis John Dughi, Jr.

Of Counsel

A founding partner of Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, Mr. Dughi is one of the leading defense-trial attorneys in New Jersey....

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