Chuck Faillace has specialized in medical malpractice defense for more than 35 years (unusually, from first employment until today). He has tried to verdict over 100 medical malpractice cases and selected more than 200 juries. Chuck is known for handling complex cases in difficult venues, negotiating favorable settlements when needed, analyzing cases of very complex medicine (and making them understandable), participating in multi-party/contentious mediations, establishing significant new law and being an old school gentleman all the while. Chuck has pride in cordial relationships with adversaries, built over years, because the client gains significant advantage in reducing costs and in reducing settlements. Nonetheless, adversaries know that trial is never feared.
In every case, Chuck brings his encyclopedic knowledge of medicine. Where he does not know, he learns from leading experts (and leading clients). He is extremely knowledgeable about the intricacies of evidence, the rules of discovery and trial practice.
He is honored by a long-standing AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and frequent listing in Super Lawyers. He is proud of his relationship with the New York State Malpractice Defense Bar Association (230 of the leading malpractice defense practitioners), where he sits on the Board of Directors, is the former President and was the past Treasurer. Chuck is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.
Chuck has lectured to the NYS Bar Association; most medical malpractice insurance carriers in New York; many NY area hospitals, including Grand Rounds; and is an accredited continuing legal education lecturer. His important appellate successes changed NYS law: Jasopersaud v. Rho 169 A.D.2d 184 (1991) [benchmark NY case for expert disclosure]; Barracca v. St. Francis Hospital, 634 N.Y.S.2d 941 (1995); 237 A.D.2d 396 (1997) [first NY med mal case to be bifurcated].
Chuck graduated from Boston College (1978), cum laude, with two majors (finance and accounting); and, from the Hofstra University School of Law (1981). He is admitted to the Bars of New York and Massachusetts; to the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York (Federal); to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (Federal); to the US Supreme Court; to the District Court of Massachusetts (Federal).
Chuck is an avid traveler, having visited more than 60 countries. Many are “off the beaten track” (Iran, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Egypt, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, India [twice: Rajasthan and Kerala/Tamil Nadu], Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Bolivia). He is always looking forward to the next adventure. Chuck likes old cars (proud to own two fully restored cars: 1968 Corvette 427 and a 1971 Triumph TR6). He collects edged weapons, specializing in Indian swords/knives, from the 16th to 19th centuries. He is a native New Yorker and has resided in Manhattan for the last 31 years.