In memory of
Richard J. Sgarlato
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In memory of
Richard J. Sgarlato
Richard J. Sgarlato, Esq. Prominent Staten Island trial attorney Richard J. Sgarlato, Esq., 73, passed away on Tuesday afternoon at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., after a more than three year battle with scleroderma. Richard, a prominent medical malpractice and personal in jury trial attorney, was a partner in Sgarlato & Sgarlato, PLLC which he founded in 1996 with his beloved daughter, Gina Sgarlato-Benfante. He was born in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn and earned a bachelor's degree from New York University in 1967. Richard began his legal career in 1969 downtown Brooklyn, after attending St. John's University School of Law. He mastered the art of both criminal defense and civil litigation while practicing across the street from Cadman Plaza the heart of the legal community of Brooklyn. In the mid '80s he relocated his practice to the Sunnyside section of Staten Island where he continued to earn a reputation among his peers as a superb attorney. Richard Sgarlato has been named to the annual list of Super Lawyers, an independent peer-nominated list of the nation's top lawyers. He has obtained numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for injured clients and their families. Due to his outstanding trial skills, he also served as trial counsel for many law firms in complex litigation. In 2012, Richard obtained a $103 million dollar verdict for a young woman injured at birth. This jury verdict was the highest verdict in the history of the Staten Island Court System and was the fourth highest verdict in New York State in 2012. This verdict earned him recognition in Super Lawyers Magazine 2013 Edition and Verdict Search's Top New York Verdicts of 2012. In addition to his trial work, Richard served as an arbitrator and counsel to various companies including Duane Reade. He has also appeared as a guest commentator on Court TV and The Geraldo Rivera Show. Richard was an avid golfer and a long standing member of Adios Golf Club, Coconut Creek, Fla. He was a member of the Richmond County Bar Association and the Staten Island Women's Bar Association, as well as the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Besides his daughter, he is survived by his loving and devoted wife, MaryAnn, his son-in-law, Alan Benfante, his cherished grandchildren, Bianca, A.J., and Blake Benfante. Richard was the youngest of five brothers: his surviving brother, Robert Sgarlato, Esq., and his predeceased brothers, Santo Sgarlato, Esq., Anthony Sgarlato, M.D. and Peter Sgarlato. Richard is also survived by many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Richard was enamored with his adorable and ever loving King Charles Cavalier, Gabby, whom he loved to spend endless hours with. Funeral from Scarpaci Funeral Home, 6389 Amboy Road is on Saturday, departing at 8:45 am. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Teresa Church at 9:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Moravian Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to visit on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Scarpaci Funeral Home 6389 Amboy Road Staten Island, N.Y. 10309 (718) 966-7800
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In memory of
Richard J. Sgarlato
Richard J. Sgarlato, Esq. Prominent Staten Island trial attorney Richard J. Sgarlato, Esq., 73, passed away on Tuesday afternoon at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., after a more than three year battle with scleroderma. Richard, a prominent medical malpractice and personal in jury trial attorney, was a partner in Sgarlato & Sgarlato, PLLC which he founded in 1996 with his beloved daughter, Gina Sgarlato-Benfante. He was born in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn and earned a bachelor's degree from New York University in 1967. Richard began his legal career in 1969 downtown Brooklyn, after attending St. John's University School of Law. He mastered the art of both criminal defense and civil litigation while practicing across the street from Cadman Plaza the heart of the legal community of Brooklyn. In the mid '80s he relocated his practice to the Sunnyside section of Staten Island where he continued to earn a reputation among his peers as a superb attorney. Richard Sgarlato has been named to the annual list of Super Lawyers, an independent peer-nominated list of the nation's top lawyers. He has obtained numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for injured clients and their families. Due to his outstanding trial skills, he also served as trial counsel for many law firms in complex litigation. In 2012, Richard obtained a $103 million dollar verdict for a young woman injured at birth. This jury verdict was the highest verdict in the history of the Staten Island Court System and was the fourth highest verdict in New York State in 2012. This verdict earned him recognition in Super Lawyers Magazine 2013 Edition and Verdict Search's Top New York Verdicts of 2012. In addition to his trial work, Richard served as an arbitrator and counsel to various companies including Duane Reade. He has also appeared as a guest commentator on Court TV and The Geraldo Rivera Show. Richard was an avid golfer and a long standing member of Adios Golf Club, Coconut Creek, Fla. He was a member of the Richmond County Bar Association and the Staten Island Women's Bar Association, as well as the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Besides his daughter, he is survived by his loving and devoted wife, MaryAnn, his son-in-law, Alan Benfante, his cherished grandchildren, Bianca, A.J., and Blake Benfante. Richard was the youngest of five brothers: his surviving brother, Robert Sgarlato, Esq., and his predeceased brothers, Santo Sgarlato, Esq., Anthony Sgarlato, M.D. and Peter Sgarlato. Richard is also survived by many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Richard was enamored with his adorable and ever loving King Charles Cavalier, Gabby, whom he loved to spend endless hours with. Funeral from Scarpaci Funeral Home, 6389 Amboy Road is on Saturday, departing at 8:45 am. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Teresa Church at 9:30 a.m. Interment to follow in Moravian Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to visit on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Scarpaci Funeral Home 6389 Amboy Road Staten Island, N.Y. 10309 (718) 966-7800
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