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Mila Shtelmakher, Gary Strong, and Mark D. Shifton Combine for Win on Motion for Summary Judgment in New York Supreme Court


Recently, GL Associates Mila Shtelmakher and Gary Strong, along with Partner Mark D. Shifton, combined their efforts and secured an important win for an GL client in a potentially high-exposure New York medical malpractice case. Our client was sued for podiatric malpractice after plaintiff alleged numerous failures in treating his diabetic ulcer, which he alleged resulted in his need to undergo several surgeries and amputations. Following the completion of discovery, GL filed a motion for summary judgment, which was vigorously opposed by plaintiff’s counsel and his experts. On August 9, 2016, the Supreme Court of New York, Queens County, granted GL’s motion for summary judgment, and held that – even with expert support – plaintiff’s counsel failed to meet his burden of proof, and that there was no evidence that our client’s treatment proximately caused his client’s alleged injuries. The motion for summary judgment, which was drafted by Gary and Mark, was argued by Mila before Justice Peter O’Donoghue, and resulted in the dismissal of all claims against our client with prejudice.