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Linda J. DeCorato


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U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York



Linda J. DeCorato is a partner in Rawle & Henderson’s New York City office. She has over twenty years of experience defending medical malpractice claims. Before becoming a lawyer she was an accomplished medical professional, registered nurse and hospital executive with a proven ability to persuasively distill, present and resolve complex issues.

As a sought after resource, Ms. DeCorato is routinely contacted by health care executives to advise on risk management, regulatory and compliance issues. She provides counseling on compliance with health care law regulatory requirements including confidentiality, ethics and patient rights; and management of internal federal and state investigations for hospitals, health care facilities and medical practice group.

Her effectiveness draws on her tenure as Director of Risk Management and Quality Assurance at a major New York City hospital at the inception of New York Public Health Law 2805, the law mandating hospital-based risk management quality assurance programs and integrated physician-credentialing procedures.

Ms. DeCorato represents individual health care providers in regulatory proceedings, disciplinary hearings and employment disputes. She has successfully limited disciplinary actions through her attention to the details leading to the disciplinary proceeding, the client’s personal and professional history, the work environment, and the complexities of the professional practice.

In addition, Ms. DeCorato guides professionals in obtaining and maintaining licenses. She also handles employment and physician practice contracts, and human resource issues including personnel policies, restrictive covenants and equal opportunity employment.

As an advocate Ms. DeCorato litigates medical malpractice and personal injury claims in cases where her prior medical knowledge and experience is invaluable.

Ms. DeCorato is a skilled negotiator and leads the firm’s Matrimonial and Family Law practice. She regularly advises clients regarding divorce matters including contested, uncontested, same sex and high net worth cases; equitable distribution; custody and visitation; and pre and post-nuptial agreements.

Ms. DeCorato has skillfully managed the interests of children as their Guardian Ad Litem by appointment of the Surrogate in Family Estate matters. Combined with her nursing experience, she affords children who are in the midst of divorce and custody matters the highest and most compassionate priority.

Ms. DeCorato has been designated a New York Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters every year since 2014.


Wagner College, Staten Island, NY   (B.S.N.)
New York University, New York, NY    (M.A.  1981)
Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY   (J.D. 1988)

Professional Associations

New York City Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
New York State Medical Defense Bar
American Association of Nurse Attorneys

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