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Constance A. Endelicato
Wood Smith Henning & Berman L.L.P.
Constance A. Endelicato is undefeated, a rarity when you have tried as many cases as she has during her career — over 60 jury trials and several binding arbitrations.
Her success in the courtroom is due to her belief in her client and “compassion for the opposing injured party,” she said.
Ms. Endelicato is a partner who specializes in the defense of skilled nursing in long-term care facilities, hospitals, physicians malpractice and health care employment grievances at Los Angeles-based law firm Wood Smith Henning & Berman L.L.P.
“In my cases, they are medical malpractice, and I think it is very important to be sensitive to the opposing party,” Ms. Endelicato said.
“It’s been my conviction to present a straightforward, factual defense without smoke and mirrors or hyperbole. The jurors recognize the difference, and I believe they respond to that,” she added.
Ms. Endelicato joined Wood Smith Henning & Berman in 2014 and spearheaded and developed the firm’s medical malpractice division.
She refers to this time as an “exciting adventure.”
Previously, she was principal shareholder and managing partner at Kramer, deBoer, Endelicato & Keane.
“At the time, typically, one had to be affiliated with a medical malpractice firm to attract business. Since joining Wood Smith, we have expanded our medical malpractice department to a dozen of our different offices,” she said.
Stephen Henning, founding partner at Wood Smith Henning & Berman, has known Ms. Endelicato since college and law school, and said he is amazed by her energy.
“She is able to craft cogent work in the middle of the night. She has what seems to be endless energy and enthusiasm for her work. Then again, she gives back so much in terms of time and energy in mentoring other lawyers, speaking at conferences, sharing her knowledge with risk managers and clients,” he said.
As a mentor to the new lawyers at the firm Ms. Endelicato said she hopes she can instill a “strong work ethic” into the upcoming class of new lawyers.
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