"Joan Rivers' daughter has selected a powerhouse Manhattan law firm [Gair, Gair, Conason] and will file a multimillion-dollar medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit against the endoscopy clinic [Yorkville, and the doctors involved] where the legendary comedian lapsed into a coma during a routine throat procedure, sources told The Post." - Julia Marsh and Laura Italiano, Page Six, The Post, October 28, 2014. Here is the article.
Joan Rivers is dead. She might not be if the powerful sedative Propofol had been properly monitored. That could be the major allegation in a lawsuit concerning what many see as a premature demise. The autopsy revealed, reports The Post, the cause of death as "anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during laryngoscopy and upper gastrointentinal endoscopy with propofol sedation."
Gair, which represented Amadou Diallo, has a reputation for being selective in the cases it accepts. That it is working with Melissa Rivers indicates that they probably assume the evidence is strong enough to move forward.
The branding rewards of having celebrity clients also entails the possibility of high-profile lawsuits.