William A. Krais

Krais, William

Principal Morristown, NJ
973.889.4316
wakrais@pbnlaw.com

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Bill, in speaking of his plaintiffs personal injury clients says, "I have sat in the living room of parents as they shared the tragic circumstances of their teenage daughter’s death, watched as a physical therapist coaxed a neurologically impaired child to feed herself, listened to a young boy describe horrific abuse at the hands of a caregiver, and counseled a young mother diagnosed with terminal cancer as she made plans for her children." In the face of such tragedy, these people have displayed both great strength and extreme vulnerability, especially when confronted by an increasingly complex legal system.

These people, our clients, turn to us to protect their rights and interests. We, in turn, support them with a team of professionals that not only includes experienced litigators, but also legal nurse consultants, trained paralegals, and legal assistants. Through hard work, compassion, and an unwavering commitment, we serve our clients in their time of need.

We have tried and settled many different kinds of medical malpractice and serious personal injury cases, including cases involving, for example, babies injured during childbirth, orthopedic injuries, delayed diagnosis of cancer, surgical errors, traumatic brain injuries, wrongful death, and those injured in accidents. We handle these types of cases in both New Jersey and New York.

In addition to representing victims of serious personal injuries, I also counsel attorneys in respect to issues of legal ethics. Given my experience as former chair of the District X attorney ethics committee, multiple appointments by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve as a Special Ethiics Master, and as a speaker at seminars addressing attorney ethics, we can both counsel attorneys to avoid ethics transgressions and represent them when faced with an ethics grievance or complaint.

Prior Relevant Experience
  • Chief Judge Sarah D. Grant, Arizona Court of Appeals, Phoenix, Arizona, Judicial Clerk, 1990–1991
Honors and Awards
  • Recognized in New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100: 2015, 2017
  • "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney
  • New Jersey State Bar Foundation Medal of Honor Nominee (Morris County), 2010
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (2014 - 2017), Medical Malpractice Law (2015 - 2017)
  • Recognized on the New Jersey Super Lawyers List, Personal Injury Plaintiff: General, 2012 -2017

Honors and Awards

Organizations/Memberships
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 2016 - present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Board of Trustees, 2010-2016; Nominating Committee, Chair, 2017-2018, Member, 2015-2016; Medical Malpractice Committee, 2009-present; Membership Committee, 2007-2016; Finance and Operations Committee, 2011-present; Amicus Committee 2016-present; General Council Executive Committee, 2011-present
  • Morris County Bar Association, President, 2005; Trustee, 1996–2006; Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments/Judicial Due Diligence Committees, 2009-present; Civil Practice Committee, Chair, 2017-present, Member, 2002–present; Nominations Committee, various years; Professionalism Committee, 1997–2000; Young Lawyers Committee, Chair, 1996–1997
  • Morris County Bar Foundation, President, 2003; Trustee, 2000–present; Chair, Lawyers for Kids 5K, 2005–2014
  • New Jersey State Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2014-2016; Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee, 2016
  • New Jersey Supreme Court appointment to the District X Ethics Committee, Chair, 2001–2002; Member, 1998–2002
  • American Bar Association, ABA/TIPS Task Force on Plaintiffs Involvement, 2005-present
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, Trustee, 2000–2006; County Bar Committee, Chair, 2005; Member, 2000-present
  • Matheny Medical and Educational Center, Board of Trustees, Member, 2002–present; Vice-Chair, 2008-present; Secretary, 2004-2008; Chair, Corporate Compliance Committee, 2009-2014
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Morris County, Board of Trustees, Member, 2003–2009
  • Urban League of Morris County, Board of Trustees, Member, 2005–2009
  • Columbia High School Baseball Boosters, President, 2013-2016
  • South Orange/Maplewood Recreation Department, Youth Baseball Executive Committee, 2007-2014; Friends of South Orange/Maplewood Baseball, Vice President, 2008-2014
Recent Results
  • $3,375,000 - Settlement for neurosurgical error causing paraplegia
  • $2,500,000 - Verdict for loss of vision in one eye due to failure to diagnose and treat a benign growth in the brain
  • $1,600,000 - Settlement against obstetrician and radiologist for failing to diagnose down syndrome in fetus
  • $1,500,000 - Settlement from wrongful death and personal injuries due to auto accident
  • $1,500,000 - Settlement for personal injuries due to construction negligence by roofing company
  • $1,300,000 - Verdict against obstetrician in shoulder dystocia/brachial plexus case
  • $1,250,000 - Settlement against obstetrician and radiologist for failing to diagnose spina bifida in fetus
  • $1,000,000 - Settlement for personal injuries against landowner and tenant for failing to install a handrail on exterior staircase
  • $975,000 - Settlement against obstetrician in shoulder dystocia/brachial plexus case
  • $750,000 - Settlement against two surgeons relating to patient's alleged wrongful death following bariatric surgery
Publications
  • "Tort Law: Back to Basics," New Jersey Law Journal, September 26, 2016.
  • "Intersection of the Federal Tort Claims Act and NJ's Charitable Immunity," New Jersey Law Journal, June 24, 2016.
  • "Personal Injury Defendants Find a Friendly Court," 221 New Jersey Law Journal 997, S-17, September 28, 2015.
  • "Court Returns to Time-Honored Topic of Proximate Cause in Med-Mal," 217 New Jersey Law Journal 699, S-11, September 1, 2014.
  • "Behind Closed Doors: What One Firm's Recruitment Committee Looks for When Hiring Summer Associates," New Jersey Law Journal - Summer Associates Outlook Supplement, May 31, 2010.
  • "Gynecological Malpractice Claims," New Jersey Law Journal - Medical Malpractice Supplement, June 29, 2009.
  • "All in the Family," Professional Malpractice Supplement, New Jersey Law Journal, January 22, 2007.
  • "Insolvent Malpractice Insurers Leave Everyone Holding the Bag," Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, Volume 23, Number 5, February 2006.
  • "The Role of the Morris County Bar Association in Judicial Selections," The Morris Lawyer, October 2005.
  • "Proposed Changes to Jury Voir Dire," 181 New Jersey Law Journal 516, S-4, August 8, 2005.
  • "Judicial Independence Must Be Preserved," The Morris Lawyer, Summer 2005.
  • "Can You Get an Impartial Jury in the Age of Tort Reform?," Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, Volume 22, Number 7, May 2005.
  • "An American Jury From the Perspective of a Trial Lawyer," The Morris Lawyer, May 2005.
  • "Kids, This is What Lawyers Do," The Morris Lawyer, March 2005.
  • "Shift in Charitable Immunity Law—New Jersey Charities Face Liability for Child Sex Abuse Committed by Employees," 177 New Jersey Law Journal 1168, September 27, 2004.
  • "Render unto Caesar: Medicare Reimbursement Under the Amended Medicare as Secondary Payer Act," Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, February 2004.
  • "For Whom the Discovery Rule Tolls," 173 New Jersey Law Journal 976, September 15, 2003.
  • "Claims Against Physicians Who Pad Their Resumes," Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, February 2003.
  • "Think Before Giving Up Right to Sue," Daily Record, December 21, 2002.
  • "Plaintiffs Take Their Lumps When Converting Structured Settlements Into Lump Sum Payments," 169 New Jersey Law Journal 1104, September 16, 2002.
  • "Courts Expand Physician-Patient Relationship to Include Examinations," Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, March 2002.
  • "Expanding Scope of the Wrongful Death Acts," 166 New Jersey Law Journal 961, December 17, 2001.
  • "Suing Doctors Who Exaggerate Their Expertise," 165 New Jersey Law Journal 528, August 6, 2001.
  • "Docs Who Exaggerate Face Claims Beyond Malpractice," 25 National Law Journal B9, June 18, 2001.
  • "New Jersey Recognizes Cause of Action for Fraud Against Physician Who Misrepresents His Credentials and Experience," IADC Newsletter, No. 7, May 2001.
  • "The Pain and Gain of Medical Malpractice Work," 161 New Jersey Law Journal 1190, S-14, September 18, 2000.
  • "Discovery Rule: Rediscovered-again," 9 New Jersey Lawyer 1664, August 28, 2000.
  • "Exploring the Ruins of the Collateral Source Rule After Perreira v. Rediger," 160 New Jersey Law Journal 1243, June 19, 2000.
  • "Patient Beware: The Confusing Status of a Doctor," Senior Bulletin, November 1999.
  • "Rediscovering the Discovery Rule," 8 New Jersey Lawyer 1690, August 9, 1999.
  • "The Newest Tort: New Jersey Courts Recognize Claims for Negligent Spoliation of Evidence," 152 New Jersey Law Journal 250, S-22, April 20, 1998.
  • "Avoiding the Double Recovery Bind," 149 New Jersey Law Journal 333, S-16, July 28, 1997.
  • "Spoliation: Don’t Throw Out the Trash," First Annual Tort Law Forum, N.J. ICLE, June 21, 1997.
  • "The Developmentally Disabled’s Right to Self-Determination: Right-to-Die, Sterilization, and Institutionalization," 15 AM.J.L. & Med. 333, 1989.
Speaking Engagements
  • "Everyday Ethics," Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, Morristown, New Jersey, June 14, 2017.
  • "Ethics for Paralegals," Paralegal Association of New Jersey, Morristown, New Jersey, April 25, 2017.
  • "Ethical Cliffhangers for Civil Trail Attorneys: Concerns for the Plaintiff's Attorney," NJICLE, Bernardsville, New Jersey, November 11, 2016.
  • "The Leading Cases in Civil Law from 2015 to the Present," Morris County Bar Association MCLE Program, June 15, 2016.
  • "Expert Qualifications in Medical and Nursing Malpractice Cases and Responsibilities of a Legal Nurse Consultant," New Jersey Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, January 13, 2016.
  • "Wrongful Death Litigation: Start to Finish," National Business Institute, December 18, 2015.
  • Panelist, "Using Expert Witnesses in Civil Cases," Morris County Bar Association – Legalpalooza, November 14, 2015.
  • "If, When and How Should We Create a Special Needs Trust as Part of Settlement or Case Resolution Planning," Morris County Bar Association Seminar, Moderator, Morristown, NJ, October 21, 2015.
  • "Top 14 Cases of 2014,"  Morris County Bar Association, February 5, 2015.
  • "Family Law Seminar:  Litigating a Tevis Claim," NJ ICLE, November 24, 2014.
  • Moderator, "Employment Law," Morris County Bar Association – Legalpalooza, November 22, 2014.
  • "Affordable Care Act:  Impact on Injury Settlements," National Business Institute, November 19, 2014.
  • "Cross Examination of an Expert in a Medical Malpractice Case – Demonstration," NJAJ - Meadowlands, November 13, 2014.
  • "Damages in Personal Injury," National Business Institute, March 27, 2014.
  • "Ethical Cliffhangers for Trial Attorneys," NJICLE, Morristown, New Jersey, December 5, 2013.
  • Panelist, "Careers in the Law," Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, February 14, 2013.
  • Panelist, "Raise the Bar," Morris/Sussex MCLE Professionalism Seminar, Morris County Bar Association, October 17, 2012.
  • "Excuses, Excuses – What Passes for `Extraordinary Circumstances’ and `Exceptional Circumstances,’" Hot Tips in Litigation, Solo and Small Firm Conference, NJSBA Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 18, 2011.
  • "Hot Tips for Personal Injury Attorneys, Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)," NJICLE, Woodbridge, New Jersey, December 18, 2010.
  • "Screening a Medical Malpractice Case," Morris County Bar Association Civil Practice Committee, October 29, 2008.
  • "Be on Your Best Behavior: An Ethics Update for Municipal Lawyers, Lawyer-Lobbyists, Public Officials and Those who Contribute to Them," New Jersey State Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting, Santa Barbara, California, November 7, 2007.
  • "Top Civil Cases Every Trial Attorney Must Know," Morris County Bar Association Civil Practice Committee, September 26, 2007.
  • Moderator, "Hardwicke v. American Boychoir School: Opens Door to Gross Negligence and Other Intentional Torts Against Charitable and Non-Profit Organziations,"NJICLE, New Brunswick, New Jersey, November 1, 2006.
  • Keynote Speaker, Morris County Law Day Ceremony, May 2, 2005.
  • "Ethical Cliffhangers: Are You Stepping over the Edge," Garden State Paralegal Convention, March 28, 2003.
  • "Professional Responsibility in New Jersey," New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 12, 2002, March 31, April 1, 2003, January 28, 2006, October, 27, 2008, January 24, 2009.
  • Keynote Speaker, Matheny School and Hospital Graduation, June 13, 2002.
  • "Ethics: View from the Inside," Morris County Bar Association, February 20, 2002.
  • "Selecting a Medical Malpractice Attorney," Television Interview for the Greenbriar Retirement Community, January 29, 2001.
  • " ‘The General Practitioners’ Guide to Personal Injury Litigation," Morris County Bar Association Seminar, November 8, 2000.
  • "When Does ‘No’ Mean ‘No’? Payment of Medical Bills Under ERISA," Home Health Services and Staffing Association of New Jersey, January 2000.
  • "100 Days to Trial: Countdown to Victory," N.J. I.C.L.E, July 13, 1999 and October 12, 1999.
  • "Personal Injury Practice for Young Lawyers and General Practitioners," Morris County Bar Association Seminar, April 14, 1999.
  • "Guardianship of the Disabled & Practice Considerations, Procedures, Constitutional Rights," New Jersey Head Injury Association, April 1995.

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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1990
  • New York, 1991
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1991
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1994
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 1994

Education

Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, J.D., 1990

  • American Jurisprudence Award: Conflicts of Law, 1989; Trial Advocacy, 1990
  • Second Highest Average: Products Liability, 1989
  • American Journal of Law & Medicine, Case & Note Editor, 1989–1990, Member, 1988–1989

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, B.A., Great Books Program of Liberal Studies, 1987

Contact Address

100 Southgate Parkway

Morristown, NJ 07962-1997

Phone: 973.538.4006

Fax: 973.538.5146

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