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Raymond W. Belair



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Raymond W. Belair began his career as a defense lawyer dealing primarily with product liability, aviation and professional liability matters for both foreign and domestic companies and insurers. His practice had initial emphasis on appellate work, in which he successfully wrote and argued a number of appeals in both New York and federal appeals courts.

For over 30 years his practice has focused on trials. This has been primarily in defense of physicians and others involved in providing healthcare services. His practice has also included the trials of product liability, legal malpractice, construction site injuries, commercial disputes and cases involving issues of negligent highway design.

He has represented many physicians successfully in disciplinary matters involving hospital privileging, as well as before the Health Department’s Office of Professional Medical Conduct. The same is true as to other healthcare practitioners, as respects the Education Department’s Office of Professional Discipline and the New York Medicaid Inspector General.

He has also successfully prosecuted and tried many serious personal injury cases to verdict, resulting in very substantial recoveries. These have involved many different theories of negligence, design, manufacture and professional liability.


  • New York, 1974
  • United States District Court: Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, 1979
  • United States Court of Appeals: First and Second Circuits, 1992


  • Assumption College, A.B. cum laude 1970
  • Fordham University, J.D. 1973
  • St. Joseph’s Seminary, M.A. 2005
  • Graduate Theological Foundation, D. Min. 2009

Current board certifications

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1996
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, 1997


  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1999–


  • Medical Malpractice Mediation Panel, First and Ninth Judicial Districts, 1982–1992



  • Chapter 22: “The Physician Patient Privilege in Medical Malpractice Litigation” from Medical Malpractice in New York, New York State Bar Association, 1993, 2000, 2009
  • “Everyone Knows That,” New Oxford Review, December, 2008.
  • “A Recent History of the Ordinary Universal Magisterium,” American Theological Inquiry, January, 2008



  • Sexual Harassment and Discrimination by Restaurant Operators: Prevention, Risk and Insurance Managers Society Conference, 1995

Professional associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federalist Society
  • Guild of Catholic Lawyers