Marc L. Breakstone
“Consistently superb results. Compassionately delivered.”
Marc Breakstone has established a reputation as one of the top medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers in Massachusetts and New England. Mr. Breakstone has represented seriously injured clients in medical malpractice and personal injury cases since 1986. He is a founder and principal at Breakstone, White & Gluck since 1992.
Mr. Breakstone works tirelessly to ensure that his clients receive full and fair compensation as well as achieve the most favorable medical result. He has been recognized by Top 100 New England Super Lawyers, Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers, and Massachusetts Super Lawyers.
In the courtroom, Mr. Breakstone is known for utilizing cutting edge computer reenactments and interactive digital technology to present his cases to juries. His presentations have helped win significant recoveries in a number of complex medical malpractice, motor vehicle and bus accident cases.
Mr. Breakstone has consistently maintained an AV rating – the highest rating for legal ability and professional standards – from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading national registry of attorneys. He also holds a top rating from Avvo.
Mr. Breakstone has been recognized by his peers throughout New England with the following distinctions:
- Massachusetts Super Lawyers
- Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers
- 2006, 2008-2016, 2018-2020, 2022
- Top 100 New England Super Lawyers
- 2009, 2011-2013, 2016, 2018-2019
- Best Lawyers in America
- Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2013-2023
- Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, 2011-2023
- Professional Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs 2018-2023
- Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Lawyer of the Year: 2002
- Avvo 10/10 Superb
- AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Mr. Breakstone’s significant verdicts and settlements include:
- $10.2 million for brain damaged baby due to ambulance negligence
- $7.5 million for a propane gas explosion and wrongful death
- $7.5 million for brain damaged baby due to medical malpractice
- $7.1 million for pedestrian leg amputation after run-down by MBTA bus
- $5.75 million for severe brain injury due to medical error
- $4.2 million for construction site wall collapse resulting in wrongful death
- $3.5 million for a motorcycle vs. truck accident resulting in wrongful death
- $3 million for failure to diagnose and treat ovarian cancer
- $3 million head-on collision with semi-tractor trailer
- $2.25 million medical malpractice; emergency department opiod overdose death
- $2.15 million absence of pedestrian bollards at strip mall results in sidewalk car strike and death
- $2.05 million for failure to diagnose spinal cord injury
- $2 million for anesthesia error, brain damage and wrongful death
- $2 million for truck v. pedestrian wrongful death
- $1.9 million for failure to diagnose and treat breast cancer
- $1.8 million for wrongful death due to Merrimack Valley Gas Explosion
- $1.8 million for car crash and wrongful death of 87 year old
- $1.8 million for radiology malpractice and wrongful death
- $1.65 million for Insurance Breach of Contract
- $1.5 million for post-colonoscopy sepsis and wrongful death
- $1.375 million for MBTA bus crash causing pedestrian traumatic brain injury
- $1.25 million for botched spinal fusion with nerve damage
- $1.25 million for motorcycle crash v. car
- $1.2 million for construction accident leg amputation
Mr. Breakstone has handled numerous high-profile cases which have been the subject of national media coverage. He represented the spinal fusion patient whom Dr. David Arndt victimized in 2002 when he left his surgery at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge to visit a bank. Mount Auburn Hospital neglected to tell the victim until the state revoked Arndt's medical license. In response to public outcry, the hospital adopted a new policy to inform patients if doctors are suspended. His recovery for a brain damaged infant against a national ambulance company led to fundamental regulatory changes with ambulance incident reporting in Massachusetts.
Mr. Breakstone is a sought-after speaker to lawyers and law students regarding trial techniques and medical malpractice law. He delivers approximately 8 to 10 lectures a year to lawyers around New England. He also regularly lectures on practice topics at Northeastern University School of Law, Boston University Law School and Suffolk University Law School. He has chaired or spoken on programs including "MCLE Medical Malpractice Update," "Introducing Evidence," "Demonstrative Evidence at Trial," and "Advanced Depositions Workshop."
Mr. Breakstone has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys for the past 15 years and is actively leading campaigns to reform the jury selection system in Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
- U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
- First Circuit Court of Appeals
- Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Board of Governors