PETER C. KOPFF

Peter C. Kopff

Mr. Kopff has extensive experience in the defense of medical malpractice cases. He has tried major personal injury and wrongful death cases in both Federal and state courts. His courtroom experience in obstetrical, ophthalmological and surgical cases include numerous victories in brain damaged, wrongful death and other high exposure cases. In the courtroom, Peter relies heavily on visual demonstrative evidence, thorough preparation of his own witnesses and thorough cross-examination of adverse witnesses

pkopff@kopffllc.com

Education
J.D., Albany Law School, 1975
A.B. Princeton University, 1970


Professional:

Member, Bar of the State of New York, 1976
Member, Bar of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1976
Member, Bar of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1976
Member, Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, 1978
Member, Supreme Court of the United States, 1983
Member, Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1989

 Legal Employment History

Peter C. Kopff, LLC  2013 – Present

Kopff & Di Pippo, P.C., June 2012 – December 2012

Kopff, Nardelli & Dopf LLP  1982 – 2012

Peter C. Kopff  1980 – 1982

Martin Clearwater & Bell  1975 – 1980

Board of Trustees

Trustee Emeritus of Albany Law School
Albany Law School, 2013 – Present
 

Legal Associations

Chair, New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section 2012
Member, Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers
Member, New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section,
Executive Committee, Tenth District, District Representative 2006 –  2013
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Brooklyn-Manhattan Trial Counsel Association
Member, Defense Research Institute
Member, Nassau County Bar Association
President, New York City Chapter, ABOTA 2008-2009
Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates, Secretary of the New York City Chapter 2007
Founding Member, New York State Medical Defense Bar Association, President 1996
Member, International Symposia Advisory Board of the UC Davis Center
for Perinatal Medicine and Law

Publications

Medical Malpractice In New York, New York State Bar Association,“The Brain-Damaged Baby Case From Defendant’s Perspective,”Fourth Edition,Chap. 24, August 2016
Medical Malpractice In New York, NYSBA, “The Brain-Damaged Baby Case From Defendant’s Perspective, ” Third Edition, Chap. 24, 2009.

“Medical Malpractice Avoidance and Related Liability Issues,” Refractive IOL Symposium, December 3, 2005, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Medical-Legal Dermatopathology: Practical and Conceptual, Vol. 10, Num. 2, April-June 2004. “Cross-Examination of Medical Witness” Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section Journal Fall 2002, Vol. 31, No. 2
Medical-Legal, Dermatopathology: Practical and Conceptual, Vol. 7, Num. 4, 2001.
“Treating Doctor as Expert Witness,” New York Law Journal, 2001.
“Principles of Behavior of Physicians In Matters Medical-Legal,” Dermatopathology: Practical and Conceptual, Vol. 2, Num. 2,1996.
“New Medical Malpractice Legislation,” New York Law Journal, Litigation Special section, 1995.
Modern Vascular Surgery Volume Four, “Prevention and Management of Medical Malpractice Crisis, Steps the Individual Surgeon Should Take to Avoid or Successfully Defend a Malpractice Lawsuit,” Chapter 32, Vol. 4, 1991.
Medical Malpractice: Strategic and Practical Principles, “The Deposition of the Plaintiff,” Chapter 9, 1986.
“Defendant’s Checklist for Pre-trial Deposition of Claimant in Medical Malpractice Litigation,” New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section, seminar publication, June 1983. “Cross-Examination of Medical Witnesses,” Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law Section Journal, Fall 2002, Vol. 31, No. 2.

Program Chair

New York State Bar Association – Trial Lawyers Section Meeting, the Malton Hotel, Killarney, Ireland, July 28-31, 2013
New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section Summer Meeting, Woodstock Inn, Woodstock, Vermont,  July 29-August 1, 2012.
New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section Summer Meeting, The Mirror Lake Inn Resort, Lake Placid, New York, July 31-August 3, 2011.
New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section Summer Meeting, Equinox, Vermont,  2010.
New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section Summer Meeting, Newport, Rhode Island,  2009.
New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section Summer Meeting, Southampton, Bermuda,  2008.
New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section Summer Meeting, Skytop, Pennsylvania, 2007.
New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section Summer Meeting, Cooperstown, New York 2006.
New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section Summer Meeting, Cooperstown, New York 2005.
New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section Summer Meeting, Skytop Lodge, Skytop, Pennsylvania 2004.
New York State Bar Association, Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section and
Trial Lawyers Section Joint Annual Meeting, New York City, January 29, 2009.
New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section Summer Meeting, Saratoga Springs, New York, 2005.
New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section Summer Meeting, Hyatt Place Mystic, Mystic, CT, August 2-5, 2018.
New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section Summer Meeting, The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, Pennsylvania, August 6-9, 2017.
New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section Summer Meeting, MacArthur Place Inn & Spa, Sonoma, California, July 27-30, 2014.

 

Moderator

The Art of Selecting and Engaging the Jury, New York State Bar Association, Affinia Manhattan Hotel, New York City, New York, July 24, 2012
Defense Breakout Session “The Experts Analyze Brain Damaged Baby Cases III” Seminar November 11-13, 2004, University of California, Davis Health System, Center for Perinatal Medicine & Law and Continuing Medical Education American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Medicine and Law Committee.

Lectures Delivered

“Trial and Appellate Counsel Working Together on High Exposure Cases”; Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers, Westbury Manor, Westbury, New York 11590, November 14, 2018.
“Cross-Examination of Expert Medical Witness,” New York State Bar Association, Melville Marriott, 1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, New York, April 14, 2016.
Cross on Causation; “Expert v. Expert;” and Different Styles of Cross Examination, New York State Bar Association, CLE, Affinia Manhattan Hotel, New York, New York, March 28, 2014.
Primer on Supporting Expert Use in Birth Trauma Cases, Annual AIG Healthcare Birth Trauma Seminar, March 12, 2014.
“Cross-Examination of Expert Witness from A to Z,” New York State Bar Association, CLE, Affinia Manhattan Hotel, New York, New York, December 18, 2013.
Advice from a Medical Malpractice Defense Attorney, The Dermatologic Society of Greater New York at Lenox Hill Hospital, December 5, 2013.
The Trial of The Personal Injury Case – The Defense, Nassau County Bar Association, The Inns of Court, Mineola, New York, May 21, 2013.

Reading and Persuading the Jury During Trial, NYSBA Affinia Manhattan Hotel
New York City, New York July 24 2012
“Deposition of Plaintiff and Internet Discovery Issues,” NYSBA — Medical Malpractice Seminar, New York Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City, New York, March 9, 2012.
“Cross-Examination of a Medical Expert Witness,” NYSBA – Medical Malpractice Seminar, New York Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City, New York, November 19, 2009.
“Hot Issues” on the Reilly trial, Nassau/Suffolk Trial Lawyers, Westbury Manor, Westbury, New York, October 22, 2009.
Lessons learned at gel* trial, New York State Medical Defense Bar Association, June 16, 2009. “Cross-Examination of Medical Expert,” NYSBA, New York City, November 7, 2007,
“Jury Selection,” NYSBA, Plainview, New York, November 1, 2007.
“Why do Defendants Win at Trial?” Medical Malpractice Seminar of 2007, June 30, 2007, Cafe on the Green, Bayside, New York, sponsored by National Medical Consultants.
“Premature Delivery: Identifying, Preventing and Minimizing Adverse Outcomes, ” American Conference Institute’s 6th Annual Advanced National Forum on Preventing, Managing & Defending Claims of Obstetric Malpractice, Park Hyatt, Philadelphia, PA., June 19-20, 2007. “A Conversation,” New York Dermatological Society, April 4, 2006.
Medical Malpractice Avoidance and Related Liability Issues,” Refractive IOL Symposium, December• 3, 2005, Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Defense of an Obstetrician in a Medical Malpractice Case: Deposition to Trial,” ACOG and Central New York OB/GYN Society, October 20, 2005, Syracuse, New York.
“Hot Legal Issues,” Medical Malpractice Litigation: New York State Bar Association, October 14, 2005, New York City.
“Medical Issues: A Trial Lawyer’s Advice Suggestion For Surviving The Ordeal,” Pediatric Grand Rounds, Schneider Children’s’ Hospital At North Shore, February 23, 2005.
“The Brain Damage Baby Case From Defendants Perspective: Proving The Defense And Overcoming The Plaintiff’s Emotional Appeal,” Faculty Member, The New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, The Medical Malpractice Trial: Trying The Brain Damage And Cancer Cases, January 13, 2005.
“Medical Legal Issues in Pathology,” Suffolk County Society of Pathologists, March 25, 2004. “Issues of Medical Malpractice, Suggestions for Surviving the Ordeal,” Pediatric Grand Rounds, Winthrop University Hospital, February 3, 2004.
“Medical-Legal Issues In Dermatopathology: How to Decrease your Chances of Being Sued and Still Practice Good Medicine”, 401 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Dermatopathology, Chicago, Illinois, October 9-12, 2003.
“Prosecuting and Defending Medical Malpractice Claims — Voire Dire, ” New York State Bar Association, New York City, May 9, 2003.
“Lecture and Demonstrations: Economist, Direct Examination and Cross-Examination,” How To Try Damages, Speaker, New York State Bar Association, Friday, December 6, 2002. “Cross-Examination of Medical Witnesses,” New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyer Section Summer Meeting, August 29, 2002, Gideon Putnam Hotel, Saratoga Springs, New York.
“High Exposure Trials – A Checklist of Concerns,” Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company 2002 Risk Management Seminar, June 7, 2002.
“Orthopedics” presentation with Robert C, Hendler, M.D., “Medicine in the Courtroom,” New York State Bar Association Seminar, Manhattan venue, May 17, 2002.
“Medical Malpractice Litigation: Opening and Summation,” New York State Bar Association, April 20, 2001.
“Trial of an Obstetrical Malpractice Case: Direct Examination of Defendant’s Pediatric Neurologist,” Mock Trial: Actual Demonstrations from Opening Statements to Summation, New York Law Journal Seminar, March 26-27, 2001.
“New York’s Medical Judgment Rule: Viable Defense for the Practicing Physician,” Guest of Honor/Speaker, New York Ophthalmological Society, November 8, 1999.
“Why Personal Injury Attorneys Need Medical Illustration?” at the Association of Medical Illustrators, Atlanta National Conference, July 31, 1999.
“Medical Malpractice Litigation: Cross-Examination of the Medical Expert,” New York State Bar Association, April 30, 1999.
“How to Handle a Neck and Back Injury Case,” Moderator & Lecturer, Direct and Cross-Exam of an Orthopedic Surgeon, New York State Bar Association, December 4, 1998.
“Medicine in the Courtroom, Trial Techniques, Use of Medical Evidence at Trial,” Faculty (Chair)/Speaker, New York State Bar Association, November 21, 1997.
“Trial of an Obstetrical Malpractice Case,” Mock Trial: Actual Demonstrations from Opening Statements to Summation, New York Law Journal Seminar, September 22, 1997.
“Medical Malpractice,” Speaker, American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, New York City, District II, March 23, 1997.
“Cross Examination of the Medical Expert Witness,” Faculty, New York State Bar Association Program, Medical Malpractice Litigation lecture, October 25, 1996.
“The Art of Trial Advocacy: Examining the Expert Witness,” Faculty/Presenter, Albany Law School Continuing Legal Education, October 13, 1995.
“Defending the Obstetrical Medical Malpractice Case,” Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Lenox Hill Hospital, September 20, 1995.
“Cross Examination of Expert Witness,” Seminar Faculty, New York State Bar Association Program, Medical Malpractice Program, December 1, 1994.
“Advanced Trial Practice,” Inaugural Speaker, Albany Law School Alumnus-in-Residence Program, April 7, 1993.
“Use of Visual Evidence,” Keeping Pace: A Guide for the Up-To-Date Litigator, New York State Bar Association, March 26, 1993.
“Advice From A Malpractice Defense Lawyer,” The Westchester Psychoanalytic Society, November 7, 1988.
“Motions Directed to the Pleadings,” New York State Bar Association Seminar, October 1988. “Medical Malpractice Panels,” Nassau Academy of Law Seminar, January 1988.

Panel Member

“The Rights of the Wronged: Is Tort Reform Required?” Panelist: Princeton Reunion, Alumni Faculty Panel, May 27, 2005.
“Use of Authoritative Texts During Cross Examination – Cross Examination of Infant Plaintiffs,” New York State Medical Defense Bar Association, February 12, 2002.
Videotaped Risk Management Program for Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company: Discussion of six case situations, November 7, 1996.

Profile

“A New Trial Weapon: Puppets,” The National Law Journal, February 25, 2002.
“Winning the Malpractice Game,” Medical Economics – Ob-Gyn Edition, Vol. 17, Num. 1, pp. 32, 50, January 1998.
“Winning, Successful Strategies from 10 of the Nation’s top litigators,” The National Law Journal, September 22, 1997, by Margaret Cronin Fisk, cited as “a consistent winner” who met the criterion of “a long record of favorable courtroom victories.”

Litigation Background

Mr Kopff has extensive experience in the defense of medical malpractice cases. He has tried major personal injury and wrongful death cases in both Federal and state courts. His courtroom experience in obstetrical, ophthamological and surgical cases include numerous victories in brain damaged, wrongful death and other high exposure cases. In the courtroom, Peter relies heavily on visual demonstrative evidence, thorough preparation of his own witnesses and thorough cross-examination of adverse witnesses.

Awards

The Best Lawyers in America, 2003-2013
The New York Area’s Best Lawyers, New York, 2005
Distinguished Alumni Award, October 1, 2004, Albany Law School, Class of 1975