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Charles Kramer

Charles  Kramer
Status: Deceased

(1916 - 1988)

Charlie Kramer was an expert in medical malpractice law. He wrote or co-wrote four books on medical malpractice and co-authored a monthly column in the New York Law Journal on medical malpractice.

In 1940, Charlie was a young lawyer who struck out to build his own practice. He rented a two-room suite at 70 Pine Street, and for several years honed his craft on his own. Then, in 1944, he hired a young man who had just been honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. Henry Dillof became Charlie's law clerk - a form of apprenticeship that prepared young lawyers for the Bar exam. Two years later, Henry passed the Bar, and became Charlie's Associate. And in 1950, they formed the firm of Kramer & Dillof. Over the next 25 years, other attorneys joined the partnership, and the firm's reputation for excellence in representing injured plaintiffs - particularly in complicated medical malpractice cases - grew nationally. In 1978, another young attorney joined the firm as partner- Tom Moore. In 1989 Judy Livingston came on board forming the firm Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore.

Tom recalls: When I met Charlie Kramer in 1978 he was a living legend. He was literally a pioneer in medical malpractice litigation, an extraordinary trial lawyer, a true gentleman, and a consummate teacher. To truly understand Charlie's gift, you would have to meet him. He was diminutive and soft-spoken but uttered his words with pristine clarity and in commanding fashion. The secret to Charlie's success as a trial lawyer was that he always made himself the least important person in the courtroom. The focus of the jury was on anything but him. This would enable him to make a powerful point in the most subtle manner, leaving an overwhelming impression on the jury. It was as if they wanted to make sure that he understood the significance of what he had just elicited from the witness. His inimitable style made Charlie a master at cross-examination.

Charlie was an avid art collector and donated five large and highly important collections of prints to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Picasso linocuts), the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (surrealist prints; self-portraits; Munch) and the Israel Museum (M.C. Escher)
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