Joseph K. Schwarz


P:2126837100 ext. 208

Meet Joseph

Joseph has specialized in the defense of malpractice claims against physicians, dentists, hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers for over thirty-five years. He also has significant experience in the defense of general personal injury and excess casualty claims.

Joseph has been trying cases in New York since 1986.  He has over 50 jury verdicts in favor of his medical, dental and hospital clients in the courts of New York City, on Long Island and in counties north of New York City. He is highly experienced in pretrial discovery proceedings and has effectively conducted and defended hundreds of depositions.  In addition, Joseph has experience in writing appellate briefs and has argued in the New York Appellate Divisions, First and Second Departments.

Joseph is highly skilled in assessing liability and damages, developing litigation strategy, maintaining close contact with clients and carriers and obtaining satisfactory case resolutions through motion practice, settlement, mediation or jury verdict.

Prior Work Experience
  • Before joining Gallo, Vitucci Klar LLP, Joseph was a partner in the firm of Schuchman Schwarz & Zoldan-Leite, LLP since June 2008. His practice included the defense of clients in medical and dental malpractice cases, nursing home cases, general personal injury suits and excess casualty claims. Prior to his partnership in Schuchman Schwarz & Zoldan-Leite, Joseph was a partner at Ptashnik & Associates, where he focused on the defense of medical malpractice claims.

Practice Areas

  • Elevator and Escalator
  • Premises Liability


  • New York, 1983
  • U.S District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1984


  • B.A, LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY 1976
  • J.D, Albany Law School, Albany NY 1982