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John Dughi is Named the 2020 Recipient of the “Senator William O. Barnes NJSBA Award for Excellence in Medical Malpractice Litigation” by the New Jersey State Bar Association Medical Malpractice Special Committee

John Dughi is Named the 2020 Recipient of the “Senator William O. Barnes NJSBA Award for Excellence in Medical Malpractice Litigation” by the New Jersey State Bar Association Medical Malpractice Special Committee

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski is proud to announce that the New Jersey State Bar Association Medical Malpractice Special Committee has named John Dughi the 2020 recipient of the “Senator William O. Barnes NJSBA Award for Excellence in Medical Malpractice Litigation.”

The Senator William O. Barnes NJSBA Award for Excellence in Medical Malpractice Litigation recognizes those lawyers who have demonstrated “exemplary civility, integrity and professionalism” in their practice and career and who have made “a significant contribution to the practice of law in the field of medical malpractice.”  No lawyer fits that description more than John – a quintessential professional who has been a true leader and the “Dean of the Malpractice Bar” for many years.

John’s storied career began after he graduated from the Cornell University school of law in 1972.  In 1979, he and Russ Hewit formed Dughi & Hewit.  For almost fifty years, John has defended physicians and other health care providers, taught trial attorneys at countless ICLE courses and mentored young attorneys in our firm and across the state.

John tried his first malpractice case in late 1973 and his most recent trial was completed in 2019, both were defense verdicts.  Over the course of his career, John conducted 255 trials with very few defeats and many notable and reported decisions in the medical legal field. He has tried malpractice cases in 20 of the 21 counties in New Jersey.  He has counseled most of the major malpractice insurance carriers on their exposure issues while defending thousands of their insureds. He tried and most often won against the top plaintiff’s attorneys in New Jersey and from NYC and Philadelphia.

He has tried to a conclusion notable malpractice cases many of which are reported decisions establishing important concepts in the medical legal field.  He handled the re-trials of Canesi v. Wilson regarding the evidential weight of PDR warnings, and Cho v. Park fundamentally changing the procedures for in limine and other pre-trial motions.  He tried Komlodi v. JFK (twice) changing the standard of proof for intervening causation and Scafidi preexisting harm charge language, Austin v. Deitch establishing the remedy for a violation of the affidavit of merit statute, Hutchinson v. Feldman changing the law to permit physician defendants to be questioned on standard of care issues, and Hudgins v. Serrano which clarified the standards for remittitur and qualification of experts. It is most notable that in each of these trials the outcome was a victory for John’s client notwithstanding the appellate court’s impact upon the defense or prosecution of malpractice matters.

John practiced in an era when most cases were tried and not settled, against legendary names in the malpractice bar, including this Award’s namesake, William O. Barnes.

 

DHD Trial Victory – John Dughi Wins Medical Malpractice Trial

Trial partner John Dughi secured a defense verdict on behalf of a defendant neuroradiologist alleged to have injured the plaintiff’s nerve root during a lumbar puncture, resulting in permanent and severe back pain and headaches.  The plaintiff was a 43-year-old married father of four and former high school and Ivy League scholar-athlete, claiming these injuries interfered with essentially all aspects of his life, from his career to his family life, and prevented him from engaging in any physical and athletic activities.  Plaintiff’s last settlement demand was $5,000,000.  Cyndee Allert sat second chair to Mr. Dughi in securing the win.  The case was tried to a jury in the Union County Superior Court over the course of 7 trial days.  Wolfe v. Volvovsky, Docket No. UNN-L-3204-14.

FIVE DUGHI, HEWIT & DOMALEWSKI ATTORNEYS HONORED AS SUPER LAWYERS AND RISING STARS FOR 2019

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski is proud to announce that partners of the firm – Louis John Dughi, Jr. and Craig A. Domalewski – have been named by New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine as among the top attorneys in New Jersey for 2019.  Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

In addition, the firm is also proud to announce that Cyndee L. Allert, Brandon D. Minde and Jennifer L. Young were named to the 2019 New Jersey Rising Stars list. Each year, this designation is given to less than 2.5 percent of New Jersey attorneys recognized as the top up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

DHD Litigators to Present: The ABC’s of Civil and Criminal Trial Preparation in New Jersey

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C. is proud to announce that Louis John Dughi, Jr.Craig A. DomalewskiMary Elizabeth Gazi, and Brandon D. Minde will be presenting an online seminar on New Jersey trial preparation on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 12:00pm EST (estimated duration: 75 minutes).

A trial is the culmination of the preparation of the case – preparation that has been designed from the start of discovery to develop the facts and evidence to win at trial. The trial attorney must start at the end (what needs to be proven at trial) to identify the elements of each claim and defense and then design a Blueprint of how he or she will develop and establish the facts and evidence to support the claims and defenses of the case. Like any building process, there are multiple stages to design, assess and redesign the Blueprint and strategies. The final Blueprint is a trial notebook that defines trial themes and organizes the presentation of the facts and evidence by witness to prove the facts needed to win. An effective trial book keeps the trial attorney focused and instills confidence that he or she is prepared and ready.

In this program, partners at Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, P.C., a premier New Jersey boutique law firm with extensive litigation and trial experience, will help the practitioner learn to develop a Blueprint as it pertains to written discovery, fact deposition and expert discovery, dispositive and pre-trial motions, rules of evidence, trial issues and more when litigating New Jersey cases and getting those cases ready for trial.

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This webcast will stream live on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 12:00pm EST (estimated duration: 75 minutes) and will be taught by Louis John Dughi, Jr.Craig A. DomalewskiMary Elizabeth Gazi, and Brandon D. Minde.  To register for the webcast, click on the link listed below.

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Four Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski attorneys honored as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2018

Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski is proud to announce that partners of the firm – Louis John Dughi, Jr. and Craig A. Domalewski – have been named by New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine as among the top attorneys in New Jersey for 2018.  Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

In addition, the firm is also proud to announce that Brandon D. Minde and Kristin M. Capalbo were named to the 2018 New Jersey Rising Stars list. Each year, this designation is given to less than 2.5 percent of New Jersey attorneys recognized as the top up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

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