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Benjamin R. Novotny - Boston personal injury lawyer

Benjamin R. Novotny

Benjamin R. Novotny is a partner at Sweeney Merrigan Law. He is a devoted Jury Trial Lawyer and has tried more than 95 complex tort cases, almost all being in the field of medical malpractice with the exception of a few catastrophic personal injury claims. To date, he has won well over $200 million in verdicts and settlements.

Novotny has won several multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of his clients including but not limited to:

  • $40+ million verdict (with interest; 2015 largest verdict in MA & 20th in the U.S.)- Larkin v. Johnston – Jury found a physician’s negligence caused a 28-year-old woman to suffered a stroke hours after childbirth.
  • $30+ million verdict (with interest)- Xu v. Tufts Medical Center – Jury found Tufts Medical Center doctors negligent in care of newborn, leaving infant with debilitating condition.
  • He also brought forward the well-publicized Messier v. Bridgewater State Hospital case, resulting in a $3 million settlement and sweeping changes to mental health care in the prison system.
  • Ben was called in last minute by co-counsel to serve as lead trial attorney in the Zaw v. The Iowa Clinic in which he won a $2 million jury verdict for his client who was given an incorrect vasectomy instead of a circumcision.
  • Estate of Zoe Rosenthal v. Charles J. Davignon, et al.: In April 2021, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Ben & Nick Rowley won a $9.5 million verdict obtained on behalf of two daughters whose mother was negligently killed while walking her dog in a crosswalk near her home. According to the court clerk, this result set a record for a non-economic damages verdict for wrongful death with adult heirs in Western Massachusetts.

Novotny’s successes have been recognized by several publications throughout his career. He was named 2018 Lawyer of the Year by Lawyers Weekly. From 2016-2018, he was listed as a Super Lawyer, published by Boston Magazine. Prior to this, he was selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star (2009-2015) in Boston Magazine. In 2014, Attorney Novotny was chosen as Up & Coming Lawyer by Lawyers Weekly.

Ben is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of New Hampshire, the State of Iowa, the State of Oklahoma, and is admitted to practice before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Ben specializes in representing those injured in Medical Malpractice and complex tort cases.

Novotny was born and raised in Norfolk, Nebraska. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.S. Environmental Biology), cum laude from Vermont Law School (M.S.E.L.), and cum laude from Suffolk University Law School (J.D.). While attending law school, he was active in various student organizations including serving as Vice President of the Student Bar Association.

Attorney Novotny has extensive knowledge in multimedia trial presentations and demonstrative exhibits, and has lectured at Continuing Legal Education seminars on the topic of medical malpractice, personal injury law, and technology in the courtroom across the US. Additionally, Novotny has provided legal analysis and commentary on topics related to medical malpractice for various news stations.

Areas of Practice:

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Iowa Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • Winneshiek County Judicial Magistrate Appointing Commission
  • Iowa Association for Justice Board of Governors


  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • M.E.L.P., Vermont Law School, Royalton, Vermont
  • B.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska

Litigation Percentage:

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Iowa
  • Oklahoma
  • United States Supreme Court, New Hampshire

Awards and Honors:

  • 2014 – 2021 “Super Lawyer”
  • 2009 – 2013 Rising Star, Super Lawyers
  • 2018 Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year

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