David Ratner

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David Ratner is a graduate of Cornell University and Fordham Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits; United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Western, and Northern Districts of New York; the Southern District of Indiana; the Western District of Michigan; and New York State.

Mr. Ratner is the managing partner of Morelli Ratner Law Firm. As managing partner, Mr. Ratner is actively involved in all aspects of the firm's practice. Mr. Ratner has litigated and tried a wide variety of cases during his 40 years of practicing law, and because of this is able to give the younger lawyers at the firm the benefit of his vast experience as well as inculcate them with his aggressive approach to litigation. He accomplishes this through daily meetings with each lawyer during which cases are reviewed, goals are set and strategies are laid out. No piece of substantive legal work leaves the office without Mr. Ratner's review and approval.

Mr. Ratner is deeply involved in the firm's mass tort, class action and employment practice. He has been appointed to leadership roles on plaintiff's steering committees in numerous mass tort actions including Propecia, Chantix, Raptiva, Bextra/Celebrex, and ReNu Contact Lens Solution. He has travelled around the country in order to obtain the maximum recoveries for the firm's clients in these and other national multidistrict litigations. Mr. Ratner has successfully tried cases in all of the firm's practice areas including personal injury, medical malpractice, employment discrimination, and product liability.

Mr. Ratner is on the executive board of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and chairs its Mass Tort and Employment Discrimination committees. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice (AAJ), the New York State Bar Association and has been elected to the rank of advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates. In addition, he was chosen by Lawdragon and SuperLawyer as one of the Top 500 Lawyers in the United States in 2011, and was named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Ratner is also a Dean of the New York State Trial Lawyers Institute. He plans and presents continuing legal education courses designed to increase the skill levels of lawyers in New York. Mr. Ratner has also taught trial practice skills at Fordham Law School's School of Continuing Legal Education as well as presented classes for the AAJ and NYSTLA. Additionally, Mr. Ratner is an editor-in-chief of the NYSTLA magazine, " Bill of Particulars."

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  • David Ratner Chosen by Lawdragon as One of the Top 500 Lawyers in the Country
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