Susan Karten has been described in media as follows:
“Karten has earned the reputation as the lady who makes the Corporation Counsel shudder at the mentioned of her name”
“Karten comes to Court ready to bite the ass off a bear”
“She is a role model for the younger generation of women attorneys- she is fantastic with juries and her opponents fear and respect her
“When Karten roars the City officials Shutter !”
NY Resident July 2000
Susan M. Karten, one of the most well known and respected personal injury lawyers in the Country, started her career in law when she worked at the highest Court of the State of New York, The Court of Appeals, as protégé to Associate Judge Jacob D. Fuchsberg. Judge Fuchsberg was one of the most well respected Judges and Trial Lawyers in the United States, Ms. Karten worked under his tutelage for almost 15 years.
After Graduating Law school, while she worked at the States Highest Court, she joined Judge Fuchsberg in private practice and was assigned some of the most important cases in his office.
After two years, she decided to start her own law firm and has been in private practice in New York City since 1986. During that time, Ms. Karten has handled some of the most significant cases involving the City of New York.
Representing the first health care worker in the United States to test positive for aids as a result of a needle stick injury, she fought hard for Dr. Veronica Prego against the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. After 8 weeks of trial testimony, the case resolved successfully for Dr. Prego and even more importantly, as a result of Dr. Prego’s suit, sharp needle stick holders became common place in hospitals all over the country to prevent needle stick injuries to health care workers.
After her victory in the Prego case, Ms. Karten served as lead counsel in the Happy Land Fire cases bought against the City of New York for allowing an illegal social club to operate at the premises in the Bronx where 87, mostly Honduran people, perished. The lawsuit was ultimately settled in the amount of 20 million dollar and the laws changed in New York City regarding the safety code of after hour social clubs.
Following the Prego and Happy Land Fire cases, Ms. Karten became well known for her representation of the family of Anthony Baez, against the New York City Police Department. Ms. Karten won a record settlement of $3 million dollars; the highest ever paid by the City in a wrongful death lawsuit involving police brutality. Police procedures changed after the completion of the Baez Case.
Ms. Karten holds the record for one of the largest verdicts obtained against New York City Transit Authority for her representation of a young infant who was dragged in his stroller by a moving train. The case resulted in a verdict in the amount of $12.7 million dollars.
In the year 2003, she received one of the top 100 verdicts of 2003 in the country when she obtained a $38 million dollar malpractice verdict for the family of a brain damaged infant that was exposed to Group B Strep meningitis at the time of birth.
Ms. Karten currently is working on the New York City Crane Collapse case which took place in 2008. The case is already focusing an important light on the construction industry and their practices. She currently represents the family of Ramadan Kurtaj, an Albanian immigrant who was killed at the site.
She has handled numerous trail blazing cases in the area of breast cancer litigation, plastic surgery and recently numerous cases against the laser laser hair removal and skin treatment industry.
She has served for six years on the Appellate Division, First Department’s Grievance Committee. From 2002-2004, she served as the President of The Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association.
In June, 2002, she was inducted into the prestigious the Melvin M. Belli Society. Ms. Karten also serves on the faculty of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School and the NY State Trial Lawyers Continuing Education Institute.
Ms. Karten’s vigorous representation of the Baez family culminated in a movie entitled “Every Mother’s Son.”
Ms. Karten is a frequent commentator on Court TV. In January, 2000, Ms. Karten was profiled by CNN as one of the three women throughout the world in their “Women in the Millennium” series.