Kutner Friedrich, LLP

Kutner Friedrich, LLP is an AV-rated professional liability defense firm serving the medical and legal professions with an experienced team of dedicated attorneys and support staff. With over 100 years of combined experience, our attorneys pride themselves on taking an attentive, comprehensive approach in defense of professional liability claims, including legal and all types of medical malpractice. Additionally, the firm defends hospitals, physician assistants, nurses, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners.

The firm represents physicians practicing a wide variety of specialties. These include (but are not limited to) cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, radiology, orthopedics, cardiothoracic surgery, family practice, anesthesiology, nephrology, urology, general surgery, internal medicine, plastic surgery, dermatology and dermatopathology.

In addition, the firm is involved in the defense of dental malpractice claims involving general dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, implantology and all aspects of oral surgery.

Our legal malpractice defense practice group has defended attorneys in a wide variety of practice areas, including commercial litigation; personal injury; trusts and estates; insurance law; and real estate. We are particularly proud of our record in obtaining dismissals at the earliest stages of litigation.

In addition to defending professional liability claims, the firm represents physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse midwives, nurses and nurse practitioners in disciplinary proceedings before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct of the N.Y.S. Board for Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline of the N.Y.S. Department of Education. The firm has represented attorneys in proceedings before the Departmental Disciplinary Committees of the Appellate Division for the First and Second Judicial Departments.

The firm provides a full range of personal services in healthcare management including drafting employment contracts; drafting and reviewing leases; offering “safe harbor” and Stark II opinions; creating professional entities such as Professional Limited Liability Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies; reviewing Third Party Insurance agreements and financing agreements; arbitration of Third Party claims; and arbitrations involving renewal of privileges. The firm has also represented medical practices in billing arbitration disputes over coding and billing practices with HMOs and CMS.

The insurance law defense practice group offers coverage opinions and prosecutes and defends declaratory judgment actions on behalf of liability insurance carriers and companies issuing surety bonds.