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Justin Varughese

Founding Partner
& Senior Trial Attorney

Founding Partner and Senior Trial Attorney Justin Varughese has been universally recognized as one of the top trial attorneys both in the State of New York and nationally.  Having been consistently selected to the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers, SuperLawyers, American Academy of Trial Attorneys Premier 100, America's Top 100 Attorneys and Rue Ratings Best Attorneys in America, to name a few, Mr. Varughese's reputation as a preeminent trial attorney continues to soar.


Mr. Varughese was selected to the following:

  • Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney by New York Metro Super Lawyers

  • Top Attorneys, Metro New York by The New York Times

  • Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers

  • Premier 100 Trial Attorney by the National Academy of Jurisprudence

  • Best Attorneys of America

  • Top 10 Attorney Award for State of New York

  • Top 100 Settlements in New York

  • Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys, American Academy of Attorneys

Mr. Varughese focuses his practice on representing victims of nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury cases involving car and truck accidents, construction accidents, and accidents involving negligent property and building owners and managers.  He also has extensive expertise in real estate matters, estate planning, and criminal defense.  

In just the past few years, Mr. Varughese and his firm have facilitated in the recovery of over $200 million on behalf of clients that were injured as a result of car and truck accidents, construction accidents (involving New York State Labor Law violations), slip/trip and falls, and defective pharmaceuticals, including the recovery of over $100 million alone in verdicts and settlements on behalf of the victims of nursing home neglect and abuse and medical malpractice.  Several Leitner Varughese Warywoda jury verdicts and settlements have been recognized among the top largest personal injury jury verdicts in New York State and in the United States, and have been featured in the Top New York Verdicts and Verdicts and Settlements Hall of Fame publications.

Mr. Varughese is routinely called upon to handle high-profile and newsworthy cases, many of which have been televised or reported on in national and regional news and media outlets, including the New York Law Journal, the New York Post, the New York Daily NewsChannel 7 Eyewitness NewsCBS NewsBest of Long Island PressNewsdayNews 12 Long IslandLong Island Herald, and FIOS 1, amongst others.

Prior to founding Leitner Varughese Warywoda, Mr. Varughese was a senior trial attorney in the Nursing Home Litigation Unit at a national law firm based in New York.  Prior to his success at this national law firm, Mr. Varughese spent seven years at a high volume plaintiff’s boutique personal injury law firm where he obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients in a vast array of general liability case types including motor vehicle accidents, trip/slip and fall injuries, labor law/construction accidents, and various other injury cases.  


When not in the courtroom, Mr. Varughese enjoys playing the drums and spending time with his family. 

Bar Admissions

Mr. Varughese is admitted to practice in the State of New York, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. 



Mr. Varughese obtained his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, where he received a full scholarship and was a member of the Moot Court.  He obtained a double B.A. from the University of Maryland in Government & Politics and Criminal Justice.


Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers 

  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

  • Super Lawyers 2014-2018 (New York Metro Rising Stars*)

  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys Premier 100 (invitation)

  • Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America (invitation)

  • American Trial Academy: Top Tier Lawyers

  • American Bar Association

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association

  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers


*Super Lawyers reports that no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list.


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