David A. Kates was born and raised in Queens. He was educated in New York City public schools. A lifelong New Yorker, he is passionate about helping the people in his community.
As an attorney with over two decades of legal experience, he represents patients and families of patients who have suffered serious injuries as a result of medical malpractice. These are complex cases, but he knows what is at stake and how to defend his clients’ interests. His goal is to get to the bottom of what caused a patient harm, expose this, and bring the responsible party (or parties) to justice. His efforts have resulted in millions of dollars in recoveries for his clients.
Known for his tenacity and thoroughness, David is a formidable opponent in any courtroom. He assumes every case will go to trial and prepares accordingly, working closely with medical experts and thoroughly preparing witnesses. This approach not only yields a better result if a case goes to trial but sometimes serves to convince the opposition to settle outside of court.
David also takes care to keep his clients completely informed through every stage of their cases, treating them with compassion and respect as they go through the most challenging times of their lives.
David earned his undergraduate degree from New York University in 1992 and his law degree from New York Law School in 1995. He started his legal career as an insurance defense lawyer, which gives him an in-depth and extremely valuable understanding of how insurance companies think and work. Armed with this knowledge, he is able to develop more effective legal strategies on behalf of his clients. He is admitted to practice in all New York State and Federal courts.
Admitted to Practice
- New York State & Federal Courts
Memberships & Associations
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association
- American Association for Justice