Craig P. Fenno

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Craig P. Fenno received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1981 from Albany Law School. Since 1986, Mr. Fenno has specialized in medical malpractice defense. He currently represents a number of major medical centers and their attending physicians in cases alleging catastrophic injuries, including brain damage and Erb's palsy in infants, with seven- to eight-figure exposures.

Mr. Fenno has tried over 50 cases to verdict in New York, Queens, Bronx, Kings and Nassau Counties. These cases involved diverse and often emerging areas of medicine and surgery including cerebral embolization, Lasik and minimally invasive surgery. Mr. Fenno was also selected as a NYC Metropolitan Area SuperLawyer for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Some of the representative cases in which Mr. Fenno has obtained defense verdicts on behalf of hospitals and doctors include:

  • A young man who suffered a severe stroke he claimed was a complication of embolization of the anterior choroidal artery performed by a leading neuro-interventional radiologist. This case was selected by the National Law Journal as one of the top 10 defense verdicts in the United States in 2002.
  • An attorney who claimed he could no longer work because his vision was impaired by a Lasik surgery performed by a well-known ophthalmologist.
  • A school superintendent who claimed loss of functional vision in both eyes after undergoing radial keratotomies, a predecessor of Lasik.
  • A Bronx County case in which a young man claimed he could never work again due to reflex sympathetic dystrophy allegedly caused by negligent hand surgery.
  • A Queens County wrongful death case against multiple doctors involving the death of a New York City detective from stomach cancer who was survived by a wife and two young children. During trial, plaintiffs rejected a $1-million settlement offer.
  • A wrongful death of a young mother, survived by two young children, in the emergency room from anaphylactic shock after eating peanuts.
  • A female executive in the fashion industry who claimed permanent fecal incontinence from an oncologist's failure to diagnose a tumor.
  • A Kings County wrongful death case in which plaintiff claimed that her daughter's brain tumor was caused by trauma when she was struck by the defendant's vehicle.
  • A pediatric brain damage case in Bronx county where the demand was 3 million dollars and no settlement offer was made.

More recently he has secured defense verdicts on:

  • A four-month trial in Queens County involving allegations of fraud and ghost surgery;
  • A re-trial of a case involving catastrophic injuries that was reversed by the New York State Court of Appeals because the trial court refused to poll the jury after the verdict;
  • A wrongful death case brought against a cardiothoracic surgeon who perforated the bowel during the placement of a chest tube; 
  • A wrongful death case brought against a prominent cardiothoracic surgeon involving a claim of improper performance of coronary artery bypass graft surgery; and
  • An orthopedic case in Kings County where plaintiff asked the jury for 3 million dollars.
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