Michael A. Sonkin
"The vast majority of my practice is devoted to defending medical professionals from allegations of malpractice. I truly believe that practicing medicine is one of the noblest professions in our society. Short of being a physician myself, I can think of no greater service that I can render then to defend health care providers, and to do so with passion, integrity, and a commitment to achieving the very best results possible for them."



New York
New York

The primary reason Senior Trial Partner Michael Sonkin has pursued a career defending medical professionals is best explained in his own words: “I truly believe that practicing medicine is one of the noblest professions. I can think of no greater service I can render than to defend health care providers with passion, integrity, and a commitment to achieving the very best possible results for them.”

With always meticulous preparation and expansive medical knowledge, Michael prides himself on vigorously defending his clients. Whether exploring medical theories of defense, pursuing key evidence, or meeting with principals and witnesses in advance of their testimony, Michael’s entire approach is based on being fully prepared, credible, and likeable in order to achieve the best possible result for his clients. Known for going to extraordinary lengths to uncover all relevant details surrounding a case, he has obtained a high number of successful defense verdicts during his career. His 27+ years of experience include:

  • Defending individual physicians and major teaching hospitals in state and federal court against medical malpractice claims involving multiple medical specialties, including: obstetrics and gynecology; gynecologic surgery; infectious diseases and epidemiology; neurology; neurosurgery; orthopedic surgery; cardiology; and cardiothoracic surgery.
  • Representing major hospital and teaching institutions in high profile litigations carrying significant exposure.
  • Trying legal malpractice and personal injury cases.
  • Defending physicians against sexual misconduct claims.
  • Representing clients in cases involving general liability as well as electronic discovery issues.

Michael has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America © since 2019 for Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, and he has been rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®, their highest rating, since 2008.

As part of teaching the next generation of attorneys at Martin Clearwater & Bell <span class="text-llp">LLP</span>, as well as offering information for the professional liability defense industry as a whole, Michael is the head of the Firm’s Continuing Legal Education program, where he is also a regular presenter. Additionally, he has been an invited faculty participant in Hofstra University Law School’s annual Trial Training program.


  • New York City Bar Association


Syracuse University College of Law
Stony Brook University

Bar Admissions:

New Jersey
New York
United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern and Southern of New York


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