In the past decade, Douglas Milch has handled some of the largest personal injury matters in the State of New York. He has used his considerable legal talents to obtain for his clients settlements totaling over $80 million—but also to effect positive changes that benefit not just his clients but the public as well.
Douglas spent the first part of his impressive legal career honing his skills representing some of the largest and most sophisticated business in the world: credit card companies, national supermarket chains, banks, insurance companies, and various other corporations and financial institutions. He was chosen to handle a multi-party complex products liability class action involving cruise ship passengers who were stricken by Legionnaires’ disease. Douglas has also handled complex products liability cases on behalf of the world’s largest manufacturers of heavy construction equipment. After gaining invaluable insight into how corporations view and defend their most important cases, Douglas was recruited by one of the most prominent personal injury firms in the county, where he applied his formidable litigation and trial skills to represent harmed individuals in catastrophic personal injury cases, pharmaceutical liability lawsuits, and class actions involving thousands of wronged consumers.
One of Douglas’s most memorable successes includes representing a young man rendered quadriplegic by falling over 25 feet from a defectively erected gym climbing wall, in a complex case that held responsible not only a large New York sports club, but also an international manufacturer of climbing gear. Douglas ‘s victories also include a $21 million dollar settlement on behalf of a 25-year-old man paralyzed by a falling object at a construction site, and an $11 million settlement for a 65-year-old woman injured in a fall from a LIRR platform gap. The LIRR case resulted in system-wide implementation of the MTA Metro North/LIRR “Watch the Gap” consumer safety program. Douglas won a temporary restraining order against the Port Authority of NY/NJ and Bombardier Inc. that halted construction of the $2.7 billion dollar JFK Airport Monorail system, on behalf of the family of a train operator killed during testing, leading to a wrongful death settlement of $5 million dollars.
“We have serious doubts as to the public safety of this system,” Douglas said of the AirTrain monorail, as quoted in Newsday. “If we have no faith or confidence in manual testing of the AirTrain, how can you have faith or confidence for the safety of the general public in an automated system?”
A cum laude graduate of New York Law School, Douglas attended the University of Rochester and has a degree in history from George Washington University. He is a member of the bar of the State of New York and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Douglas handles a variety of matters, including cases involving construction site accidents, train disasters, premises liability, defectively-designed products, toxic torts, and commercial disputes. Douglas has been the lead attorney for a consumer class action, and he has litigated fraud, deceptive marketing, and some of New York State’s largest and complex Labor Law matters as well.