Gail S. Kelner

Gail S. Kelner

Gail S. Kelner concentrates in construction accident litigation and catastrophic injury cases.

She has been involved in dozens of cases that have resulted in recoveries of over $1,000,000. Many of these have been construction accident injury cases. Significant among them have been a $9,000,000 recovery for a worker who fell from a forklift at the American Airlines Terminal. She was recently involved in a $10,400,000 verdict against the City of New York with Robert Kelner in a case involving the collapse of a sidewalk bridge in Bronx, New York. Other multi-million dollar recoveries in her cases have included the death of a bridge painter when a box lift truck overturned, a ladder collapse necessitating the amputation of an electrician's leg, a construction worker seriously injured when a scissor lift overturned and a window washer whose ladder collapsed.

She has represented construction workers in many trades, including iron workers, electricians, laborers, plumbers, roofers, masons, carpenters, building superintendents and window cleaners. She has won summary judgment in many of these cases, both at the trial and appellate levels. One of her iron worker clients obtained recoveries of over $1,000,000 in two different accident cases. She has also been involved in paralysis and brain injury cases resulting from other types of accident cases. For example, she handled a case resulting in a $9,000,000 recovery for a 64 year old man severely injured in an auto accident.

She is a co-author with her husband, Robert Kelner of the Trial Practice column in the New York Law Journal and has written extensively on many issues in personal injury trial practice. All of these columns have addressed developments in New York law in the field of personal injury litigation. She has lectured for the New York State Bar Association as well as the New York County Lawyers Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association in the areas of construction site litigation and other areas of personal injury litigation. She has also addressed the court attorneys in the Appellate Division, First Department on aspects of the New York Labor Law in construction accident cases.

She received her J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1973 and a B.A. from Tufts University in 1970 (Phi Beta Kappa). She is admitted to the New York State Bar and the Federal District Courts in both the Southern and Eastern Districts. She has argued appellate cases before the Appellate Division, First Department, the Appellate Division, Second Department, and the New York State Court of Appeals.