Donald J. Fager is the founding partner of Fager Amsler Keller & Schoppmann, LLP.
An attorney with 48 years of experience in the healthcare professional liability field, Mr. Fager is a noted authority on the subject. He has been called upon to provide testimony on medical liability before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as state legislative committees in states as diverse as New York, Ohio, and Iowa. He was also a member of the Liability and Quality Committee of Governor Mario Cuomo’s Health Care Advisory Board. Mr. Fager is frequently invited to speak on the subject of medical liability by various state and county medical societies, national and state specialty societies, medical schools, hospitals, law schools, Joint Medical Society and Bar Association meetings, American Medical Association programs, and American Bar Association programs.
For 17 years, beginning in 1956, Mr. Fager was a trial attorney for Martin Clearwater & Bell, specializing in the defense of physicians, dentists, and hospitals in medical malpractice cases in New York State. He managed the firm’s Syracuse office from 1964 until 1973. In 1973, he became the indemnity representative of the Medical Society of the State of New York, and in 1975, he assisted the Medical Society in the formation of MLMIC Insurance Company. Today, MLMIC is one of the largest writers of medical liability insurance in the country.
Mr. Fager is also a founding board member of the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA) and a member of the board of trustees from inception until 1991 (the last two years as emeritus). Within PIAA, he also served as the chairman of the Membership and By-Laws Committee; chairman of the Neurologic Deficit Study Committee; chairman of the Legislative Oversight Committee; and president (1986 and 1987).
A founding member of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Mr. Fager has been a member of its board of directors since 1997. He served as a member of the foundation’s executive committee from 2000 through 2003 and is currently the chair of the By-Laws Committee. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Medical and Health Research Association of New York City, the board of directors of the Physicians’ Home, the board of trustees of the New York State Dental Foundation, and the board of directors of the New York State Dental Association Support Services, Inc.
Mr. Fager is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the International Association of Defense Counsel (and a member of its Medical Defense Committee), and the Defense Research Institute, and an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
He has been the recipient of several awards, including PIAA’s prestigious Peter Sweetland Award of Excellence; the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) Foundation’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in Healthcare Professional Liability; and the Onondaga County Medical Society’s Award for Service to Physicians of New York State.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Donald Fager received his Bachelor of Arts cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review. In 1956, Mr. Fager was admitted to practice law in New York State and is admitted in U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York. He currently resides in New Canaan, Connecticut, with his wife, Geraldine. They are very proud of their three grown children – two daughters and a son – and their three grandchildren.