Michael Maggiano, ESQ
Michael Maggiano, the founder and senior partner of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, has specialized in all areas of motor vehicle collisions from auto to trucking and bus accidents as well as train wrecks for over 45 years now! He has worked as part of the trial team in the largest construction accident case in New Jersey and perhaps U.S. history. He was counsel in the In re Amtrak Train Disaster of 2015. He has handled high profile cases around the country in all areas from inadequate motel and hotel security cases, to mishandling of bodies and medical malpractice, achieving seven and eight-figure recoveries routinely. He was awarded the New Jersey Association for Justice Gold Medal Award. Received the Professor Clapp Lecturer Laureate by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal education. Received the “Mel” Award for achievements in Civil Litigation by the Melvin M. Belli Society. Received a Life Time Achievement Award from Chicago Kent College of Law as one of the most highly recognized alumni in its one hundred and twenty-five year history. He has been called in as lead trial counsel by many lawyers around the country as he is known to be able to try any type of personal injury successfully and has the documented track record to prove it. He is widely acknowledged by his peers as one of the top trial lawyers in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area. He has tried cases throughout this area as well as various other states of the United States.
Maggiano is licensed to practice law before all State and Federal Courts in New Jersey and New York. He is also licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States Certified as a civil trial attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Maggiano’s education includes a Juris Doctor with Honors in 1974 from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law with a class rank of 17 in a class of 160. He also went on to graduate from Fairleigh Dickenson University with a Bachelor of Science Economics in 1970.
As far as public appearances go, Maggiano has spoken at dozens of conventions and seminars around the country on legal topics and continues to do so actively. His topics range from the intricacies of legal techniques and strategies to specialized medical situations. He has appeared on both local and national television on various topics in the law. His cases and trials have been reported both in the general media and legal reporting journals. He has also had dozens of his articles published about winning for the injured in leading legal journals.
Maggiano is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an Advocate Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a past President of the New Jersey Association for Justice and the Melvin M. Belli Society, which is a highly select society of trial lawyers and barristers with notable members throughout the world.
What Others Have to Say
Rival attorneys speak on behalf of Maggiano and say that he consistently displays a depth of knowledge and understanding of medical and complex legal issues that make him an effective force in any courtroom. Known for his thoroughness and exacting approach, Maggiano has achieved a string of seven and eight-figure verdicts and settlements for clients, some of the survivors of those who had given their lives for someone’s negligence.
Founded in the late 1940s and incorporated in 1976, the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) is headquartered in Trenton, New Jersey. NJAJ is a statewide association of over 2,700 members in private practice and public service, paralegals, law clerks, law students, and law school graduates not yet admitted to the bar. NJAJ is dedicated to protecting New Jersey’s families by working to preserve and strengthen the laws for safer products and workplaces, a cleaner environment and quality health care.
In 1989, Michael Maggiano was voted President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, New Jersey Affiliate. With a vision for the association to advocate for the rights of so many injury victims without a voice in Trenton, Mr. Maggiano raised funds to move the association offices to State Street in Trenton, appoint a full-time lobbyist and create one of the most influential consumer advocate groups in the state through NJAJ PAC.
Over the years, Mr. Maggiano has testified and advocated in both assembly and senate hearings on legislation impacting on the rights of consumers and the injured. Mr. Maggiano has been active over the years on national issues, as well as a staunch supporter of the American Association for Justice Leaders Forum. The American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Leaders Forum is a dynamic group of member firms that help the AAJ fulfill its mission every day. Leaders Forum firms support the AAJ’s work to protect the civil justice system by providing the resources necessary to inform the public and educate members of Congress on dozens of issues crucial to individuals and families, such as forced arbitration, limits on justice for devastating and debilitating injuries, medical negligence, inadequate insurance minimums, environmental toxins, and accountability for dangerous and deadly products.
The AAJ Leaders Forum level of support is vital to the American Association for Justice. The commitment of such firms as Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi means that the association can pursue its vibrant and effective efforts to protect the civil justice system.
The association established the Leaders Forum more than a decade ago to ensure that every person has access to justice, even when up against the most powerful corporate interests. Leaders Forum firms such as Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi PC make a difference, enabling the association to communicate its message of accountability and protect every American’s right to the Seventh Amendment.
Mr. Maggiano has spoken throughout the United States for the rights of injury victims who, without such a voice, would never be heard in Congress or the Halls of Justice.
The following provides more details about the numbers awards, honors, distinctions and recognitions Michael Maggiano has received throughout his illustrious legal career.
2021 Top 100 Trial Lawyers in NJ
Mr. Maggiano was named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in NJ in the recent issue of New Jersey Monthly magazine.
2015 Bergen’s Top Lawyers Distinction
In June 2015, (201) Magazine published an article in their magazine that featured a segment known as Bergen’s Top Lawyers, a peer-review survey focusing on some of the greatest lawyers in all of Bergen County. Michael Maggiano was presented with the Bergen’s Top Lawyer Award. Attorneys in Bergen were contacted and asked whom they would recommend in the country and in the given area of law. The survey was conducted by Professional Research Services (PRS) of Royal Oak, Michigan. After all, attorneys were contacted by PRS, an online ballot was constructed and each attorney was invited to recommend up to three colleagues in each given legal specialty. After nominations were complete, each nominee was carefully evaluated based on the survey results. Things taken into consideration were the legitimacy of their practicing license and their current standing with the State Bar Association of New Jersey. In the area of Personal Injury lawyers, Michael Maggiano was chosen as a winner for recognition! Maggiano commented on the recognition:
“This is quite an honor for me. The fact that (201) Magazine included me in its selection of Bergen’s Top Lawyers signals that my constant effort to deliver excellent work has paid off. It is gratifying to be recognized in this way.”
2022 Gerald B O’Connor Award
Michael Maggiano has received the Gerald B. O’Connor Award
The NJAJ Board of Governors created the Gerald B. O’Connor Award to honor the memory of Gerald B. O’Connor, who was an extraordinary trial lawyer who earned the respect of colleagues and adversaries alike for his brilliant skill and professionalism as well as his humanity.
The award is presented to veteran current or former NJAJ members who, like Gerald B. O’Connor, have had a stellar legal career and:
Avvo’s Client Choice Award
Maggiano also received an award known as the Avvo’s Clients’ Choice Award, which is given due to client reviews. Avvo ratings, although they do not evaluate a lawyer’s knowledge of the law, past performance on cases, personality, or communication skills, speak to a lawyer’s background as seen by clients. Despite the fact that Avvo ratings cannot evaluate these specific background elements, client reviews, and peer endorsements do so. Continued dedication, experience, and excellence as a lawyer reflect in Michael Maggiano’s Avvo Client Choice Award. His specific award was presented to him with an outstanding rating of 10.0. He was presented with a Clients’ Choice Choice Badge and the award was given specifically for his outstanding focus in Personal Injury.
2020 Super Lawyers New Jersey Top 100 List and 2020 Super Lawyers Top 10 List
Jersey City Personal Injury Lawyer Michael Maggiano has also been again selected to the 2020 Super Lawyers New Jersey Top 100 List and 2020 Super Lawyers Top 10 List. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process consists of independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Basically, this list consists of only the best of the best attorneys in New Jersey, and Maggiano was secured as one of the selected! Along with being a super lawyer, Maggiano was featured in an article in April’s 2015 Super Lawyers Magazine known as “The Detail Man” by Matt Amis. He was quoted as being able to “drill down and connect dots.” He also stated, “There are no lions in the courtroom, without there first being the drudge in the library,” he says. “I have the patience to take the time, to drill down, to learn the methodology of the area of science or medicine very well. And then connect the dots.”
“Best Lawyers in America” Recognition & Honor (for 20 consecutive years)
Every year since 1983, the first and foremost resource for the best legal talent worldwide has been the peer-reviewed and recommended lawyers guide known as Best Lawyers in America.
Michael Maggiano has been named on the Best Lawyers in America list for over 20 years. He is listed as a Civil Trial Attorney with a focus on representing Plaintiffs in Personal Injury Claims.
Michael Maggiano’s cases have taken him throughout the U.S. and have covered the gamut from train derailment and truck and bus wrecks to construction collapse and violent injury due to inadequate motel or hotel security. He has taken on the Medical Examiners’ Office of North Carolina, as well as the largest hospital organization in Charlotte. He has sued casinos and hotel chains for injury to its guests and has represented the rights of many members of the motoring public who have been injured on our highways and roads. He has also:
Commentators have stated that, in Michael Maggiano’s decades of practice, he has handled every case from the guy struck by a car on his way to work, a college professor totally disabled in a train wreck and a worker in New York City falling through an opening at a worksite to being a member of the trial team in the litigation of the largest construction disaster in U.S. history.
NJAJ Leadership Award
Thirty-one years ago, Michael Maggiano saw a growing surge of anti-consumer legislation mounting in the senate and assembly of New Jersey by self-interested power groups headed by Corporate America and the Insurance and Pharmaceutical Industries. This legislation was designed to dismantle the basic right to trial by jury and to litigate personal injury claims.
Mr. Maggiano worked to bring together a group of dedicated legal advocates who founded the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) Political Action Committee (PAC). For 30 years, this PAC has helped the NJAJ advocate to protect the legal rights of consumers.
In 2017, Mr. Maggiano was honored by the NJAJ for his generous contributions of time, as well as his leadership, talent, and resources. Most importantly, he was recognized for inspiring the NJAJ to always fight for the good of JUSTICE FOR ALL.
National Board of Trial Advocacy
Michael Maggiano is not only a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, but also by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. This is a highly sought-after title by lawyers because few are. This is an extremely special opportunity because a National Board Certified Attorney has consistently demonstrated skill and expertise in their field and has proven their skill through rigorous testing by the NBTA. Many lawyers specialize in a specific type of law based on their reputation, but Maggiano is one of the few who has been certified in his field, which shows a dedication toward his job and your case.
There are many professions where the body of knowledge is so large that it is impossible to know everything about a certain topic. The same can be said about the body of law, where many complex topics have been introduced in the workplace. Being NBTA certified proves that there is truth in what you advertise. Michael Maggiano specializes in personal injury cases and promises you the utmost of care and time in your case.
Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
The American College of Trial Lawyers is recognized as the preeminent organization of trial lawyers in North America, dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics and the administration of justice.
Founded in 1950 as an organization to recognize the very best of the courtroom bar, the College has never limited the term “trial lawyers.” Its membership is composed of civil lawyers from both sides of the aisle, criminal lawyers, public interest lawyers, state and federal prosecutors, and public defenders. The primary constant is that Fellows of the College must have proven themselves in actual trial practice.
There is an intensive vetting process to assure this. Membership is by invitation only, to persons who have distinguished themselves in trial practice for at least 15 years and who are recognized leaders in their local communities. The College looks for lawyers who are considered by other lawyers and judges to be the best in their states or provinces, lawyers whose ethical and moral standards are the highest, and lawyers who share the intangible quality of collegiality.
The College is the only organization in which all Justices of the United States Supreme Court and all Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada are honorary members. The College is privileged to be able to make this statement because every Justice has elected to accept Honorary Fellowship in the College and to address the College at one of its national meetings. The Past Presidents of the College include some outstanding lawyers, including former Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell and former U.S. Attorney Griffin Bell.
From its founding in 1950 through today, the three-fold mission of the College has been to maintain and improve:
Michael Maggiano is honored to have been invited to be a member (or Fellow) of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Civil Trial Attorney
Maggiano is one of only 1,450 certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. An attorney of the State of New Jersey may be certified as a civil trial attorney, a criminal trial attorney, a matrimonial law attorney, a workers’ compensation law attorney, or a municipal court trial attorney, or in more than one designated area of practice, but only on establishing eligibility and satisfying requirements regarding education, experience, knowledge, and skill for each designated area of practice.
2015 Mel Award for Lifetime Achievement in Trial Advocacy
The Mel Award was bestowed on Michael Maggiano at the 2015 Gala of the Melvin M. Belli Society for Lifetime Achievement in the advancement of Trial Advocacy in and out of the courtroom. The by-invitation-only membership to the coveted Melvin Belli Society is shared by an elite membership of celebrated trial lawyers from around the country, Canada and those nations that value the rule of law and human rights. Michael Maggiano is also a Past President of this international society of distinguished trial lawyers and barristers.
New York Monthly Magazine’s Best Lawyers in the New York Area / New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s Top 100 Lawyer in New Jersey
Maggiano was named for one of New York Monthly Magazine’s Best Lawyers in the New York Area and one of New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s Top 100 Lawyers in New Jersey.
Top Personal Injury Trial Lawyers in the New York/New Jersey Metro Area
He was listed by U.S. News and World Reports, Newsweek, New York Magazine, and New Jersey Monthly.
2004 Trial Bar Award from TANJ
Every year, the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey presents its Trial Bar Awards to four trial lawyers on both sides of the aisle (plaintiff and defense) for distinguished service to the Cause of Justice through a zealous and ethical representation of their clients and their service to the Trial Bar and the Court System of New Jersey.
Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ) is an organization of approximately 800 members, consisting of both plaintiff and defense attorneys from the civil and criminal bars. It is dedicated to promoting the interests of the public at large, the interest of the litigants involved in civil and criminal cases and the interests of the bench and bar.
On October 15, 2004, TANJ honored Michael Maggiano as a recipient of the Trial Bar Award at a statewide dinner held in New Brunswick, New Jersey and attended by hundreds of trial lawyers from throughout New Jersey.
Preeminent Lawyers in America by Martindale-Hubbell.
Million Dollar Forum
Maggiano is a member of the Million Dollar Forum, which has a membership limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
Recognized as One of the “TOP TEN Attorneys” in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly Magazine
Every year, New Jersey Monthly Magazine dedicates the April issue to identifying the top lawyers in New Jersey by specialty. Michael Maggiano is consistently listed amongst the very top.
In 2016, Mr. Maggiano was honored (by peer review ) for his achievements and was named by New Jersey Monthly Magazine as one of the TOP TEN Attorneys in New Jersey. In a state with over 60,000 lawyers, that is quite an achievement.
Mr. Maggiano is highly respected not only by his peers but also by the insurance industry and the judiciary. He speaks on trial advocacy for the Morris Pashman Inn of Court as a Master of the Inn and is a sought after lecturer by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE). His record of courtroom successes has earned him peer-selected membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Membership, which is granted via a rigid selection process and peer view of all credentials, is only given to the top 1% in the field. Mr. Maggiano is also a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
National Board of Trial Advocacy in New Jersey
He is one of only 50 attorneys certified.
He holds the highest rating as an attorney (AV) from the oldest nationally recognized legal reference company in the country. This rating signifies that the lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity by the bench and bar.
Association of Trial Lawyers of America in New Jersey
He served as President.
1974 Alumnus of Distinction Award from the Chicago Kent Alumni Association
Michael Maggiano is a 1974 honor graduate from the Chicago Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois. As a law student, Michael was honored by a scholarship from Chicago Title Insurance Company and served as a student intern with the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Northern District of Illinois, assigned as an intern to Assistant U.S. Attorneys investigating political corruption and organized crime.
On November 21, 2013, the Chicago Kent College of Law celebrated its 125th anniversary. The Chicago Kent Alumni Association decided to celebrate its 125th year by commissioning select members of the alumni association, coupled with a student selection committee, to study the biographies of the alumnus since the law college’s inception in order to select and honor one graduate from each year of its 125-year existence. This rigorous process lasted more than two years.
Michael Maggiano was selected as the 1974 Alumnus of Distinction. As one could imagine, many were honored posthumously. Alumni and families from all over the country gathered in Chicago for the celebration. Michael Maggiano and his family were honored at the event, as well as by a private tour of the new state-of-the-art law school by its Dean, Harold Kent.
The Alumni of Distinction Award and Medal of Honor are proudly on display at the Fort Lee offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, PC.
2013 Alfred C. Clapp Award from the NJICLE
For over 30 years, Michael Maggiano has educated lawyers on subjects including (but not limited to) the:
For many years, Mr. Maggiano has put together the much sought-after Medicine for Lawyers, where he presents specialists in the various medical arts to teach lawyers and judges medicine as it relates to trauma.
For his outstanding contributions to the New Institute for Continuing Legal Education and his ongoing commitment to the professional development of the New Jersey Bench and Bar, on December 9, 2013, Michael Maggiano was presented with the Alfred C. Clapp Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education. He is recognized as a Clapp Laureate with the NJICLE as he continues to regularly present highly acclaimed educational programs to the New Jersey Trial Bar.
New Jersey Association for Justice Gold Medal
He was a recipient for his distinguished service to the association, and the advancement of justice through teaching trial skills to thousands of lawyers and for the cutting edge litigation he has participated in as lead counsel in New Jersey and around the country.
Maggiano and partner, Christopher DiGirolamo were co-counsel with the Plaintiffs’ Trial Team in the In Re Tropicana Garage Collapse Litigation that brought a $101,000,000.00 recovery to the workers and families of workers injured and killed in one of the nation’s largest construction disasters. Other case results include…
$1,125,000.00 to man assaulted by employee of a Banquet facility suffering laceration to face, fractures to leg and wrist, followed by an episode of deep vein thrombosis during recovery and a pulmonary embolism treated with medication. Client was a Operating Room Tech and suffered six months of disability and reduced work hours in the OR because of chronic leg pain.
$1,875,000.00 to woman suffering neck and back injuries in an automobile collision losing her opportunity to start a career as a chef. During surgery to her cervical she suffered an injury to her vocal cord impairing her ability to speak and swallow causing her to speak in a raspy voice.
$600,000.00 to 65 year old educator who tripped and fell on public sidewalk suffering a Closed head injury, shoulder, neck and back injuries causing her to take her retirement from her career and lost her confidence in driving and venturing outside the house without the company of her husband.
$10,000,000 • Motor Vehicle Accident …to a government worker on assignment in South Africa who was thrown from the vehicle he was riding as a passenger and alleged to have not been wearing his seatbelt which resulted in severe brain injury causing significant disability in the use of his legs and hands as well as visual impairment. We were able to argue that the use of a seatbelt in the facts of this case would have resulted in similarly severe if not worse injuries and perhaps death.
$7,000,000 • Motor Vehicle Crash …to a 23-year-old alleged to have been running across a four-lane highway in the middle of a block and against a green light when struck by an oncoming motorist. She suffered brain injury resulting in severe cognitive and motor impairment and a speech defect, leaving her totally disabled and dependent on caregivers.
$6,200,000 • Motor Vehicle Crash …to a commercial truck driver who was struck by another truck driver while pulled off on the side of the road, resulting in disabling brain injury.
$5,500,000 • Inadequate Security …Gunshot wounds to the abdomen and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to a room invasion in a motel
$4,500,000 • Personal Injury …Closed Head Injury and PTSD in a train wreck.
$3,350,000 • Burn Injury …to a young woman who in 2000 suffered severe burn injuries when the car she was riding in ignited in flames following a rear-end impact caused by a drunk driver. Learn more about how MDL handled this case.
$2,500,000 • Motor Vehicle Crash …for a 23-year old waitress who was when riding as a back seat passenger of a drunken driver. She suffered injuries when her host driver crashed into the rear of a stopped tractor-trailer parked on an approach ramp to a bridge due to a flat tire.
$2,500,000 • Motor Vehicle Crash …to a middle-aged tax preparer injured when a New Jersey Transit Bus struck his car in the rear after exiting the Lincoln Tunnel requiring two back surgeries following diagnoses of aggravation of pre-existing stenosis and a herniated disc leaving him permanently disabled from his career and in need of Life Care Plan.
$1,900,000 • Motor Vehicle Crash …Closed Head Injury in a car rollover.
$1,700,000 • Motor Vehicle Crash …for a 50-year old housewife injured when her car was hit in the rear while stopped a traffic light.
$1,170,000 • Motor Vehicle Crash …for an elderly couple suffering multiple injuries in an auto accident and aggravated by injuries suffered a few months later in a subsequent auto accident.
$1,061,392 • Motor Vehicle Crash …to a 42-year old truck operator and auto mechanic who suffered ulnar neuropathy, bulging lumbar disc, torn meniscus right knee, and post-traumatic stress disorder when he was struck by a tow truck backing up during a job thereby ending his two occupational careers.
$1,061,392 • Motor Vehicle Crash …to a 42-year old truck operator and auto mechanic who suffered ulnar neuropathy, bulging lumbar disc, torn meniscus right knee, and post-traumatic stress disorder when he was struck by a tow truck backing up during a job thereby ending his two occupational careers.
$10,000,000 • Medical Negligence …to a middle-aged widow suffering spastic quadriplegia, partial blindness, and brain injury as a result of the failure to diagnose a pulmonary embolism following a knee replacement procedure. To read more about this case click here.
$3,350,000 • Medical Negligence …to an automobile accident victim whose brain injury was undiagnosed by the emergency room physician. Subsequent emergency surgery failed to prevent significant brain damage which required prolonged rehabilitation and cognitive therapy and requires the assistance of a walker.
$2,900,000 • Medical Negligence …to a diabetic male who suffered significant visual impairment following pancreas transplant surgery. Maggiano argued that the surgery carried substantial risks and was not necessary as the patient would have been served well with an insulin pump and avoided the risks and injury suffered.
$2,000,000 • Medical Negligence …to a young man who in his senior year of high school football, after undergoing a surgical rod repair of a displaced tibia/fibular fracture, was the victim of medical negligence by the late diagnosis of a known complication of the surgery known as compartment syndrome, resulting in the loss of all tendons and muscle of his calf as well as osteomyelitis.
$1,500,000 • Medical Negligence …to a gastric bypass patient who suffered serious complications of a gastric leak which was not timely diagnosed.
$1,500,000 • Medical Negligence …to the three surviving adult children of a high school vice-principal who suffered a late diagnosis of an Abdominal Aortic Dissection which caused the patient to code on administration of anesthesia during emergency surgery once the diagnosis was finally made, which left him with a severe anoxia causing substantial brain injury and eventual death.
$900,000 • Medical Negligence …to two children of a 35-year-old woman who suffered cardiac arrest under anesthesia due to failure to diagnose congestive heart failure by her treating physicians and the anesthesiologist, all of whom cleared her for gall stone surgery despite signs pointing to an underlying heart condition.
$1.5 Million • Medical Malpractice …to an 85-year-old widower for the loss of his 65-year-old wife due to severe injury of the popliteal artery and vein of the leg during left total knee replacement surgery causing massive loss of blood resulting in shock, liver and acute renal failure with resultant metabolic acidosis.
$850,000 • Medical Negligence …to a 54-year-old salesman for foot disability due to unnecessary tarsal tunnel surgery by the podiatrist.
$600,000 • Medical Negligence …to a middle-aged single woman who suffered dislodgement of dentures into the throat during an oral medical procedure. Medical and nursing staff failed to remove the partial removable denture and not releasing the denture that was dislodged during the procedure.
$600,000 • Medical Negligence …to a man suffering severe aggravation of Tourette’s syndrome and nerve damage when a nurse negligently injected demerol into his radial nerve rather than his deltoid muscle following surgery.
$500,000 • Medical Malpractice …to a young man who while unconscious following pilonidal cyst surgery was caused to fall from operating table while unconscious, suffering tears of his labrum resulting in termination of his high school sports.
$500,000 • Medical Negligence …to the mother and father of an adult female daughter who died following a plane flight of a pulmonary embolism from taking of birth control pills prescribed even though her chart was red-flagged against birth control pills. We contended that this needless death, this loss of a young life was a family loss and the result of system errors brought about by failures in the system of the defendant’s medical practice due to simple management carelessness. This was a serious preventable adverse event.
$3,200,000 • Construction Accident …to a 35-year-old ironworker who fell from a steel frame building under construction due to the failure of the general contractor to provide a safe workplace which included supervision for the use of safety equipment and guide wires.
$2,600,000 • Construction Accident …to widow and child of a deceased dock builder injured during a pile driving operation. Defendant Developer and General Contractor placed blame on employer of a deceased worker who could not be sued because of the Worker Compensation Statute that says you can not sue your employer. We proved that even though the employer was negligent, the Developer and GC had to primary duty of safety on the job site to protect all workers from the cost-cutting unsafe practices of their employers.
$800,000 • Workplace Safety …to an electrician who suffered flash burns when he plugged in a meter to read the electric usage of a shopping mall tenant
Professional Organizations and Activities
|American College of Trial Lawyers – Fellow|
|New Jersey Association for Justice – Past President|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Leadership Forum|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey, member|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America – Political Action Committee (Past Treasurer for the New Jersey Affiliate)|
|National Board of Trial Advocacy Division of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification-American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate Member|
|American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate Member|
|Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, Member|
|Justice Foundation, Champion Member|
|American Bar Association, Member|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Member|
|Bergen County Bar Association, Member|
|Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Member|
|The Melvin Belli Society: Vice President 2004-2005, President 2005-2006|
|Master, Justice Brennan Inn of Court, Hudson County, New Jersey|
|Master, Justice Morris Pashman Inn of Court, Bergen County, New Jersey|
|Master, Chief Justice Arthur T. Vanderbilt, Inn of Court, Essex County, National Inns of Court Project, January 1991 to 1998 Speaking, Lecturing, and Writing|
|Taos Injury Lawyers, Member|
Professional Lectures & Speaking Engagements
- NJAJ Education Foundation, Inc.’s Winter Seminar 2018, Featured Guest Speaker (Lecture entitled, Deposing the Defense Liability Witness on the Methodology and Analysis), March 2018
Selected Civic Activities
Active in UNICO National (Italian American Service Organization), Cliffside Park Chapter, including Past Cliffside Park Chapter Vice President, Past Cliffside Park Chapter Scholarship Chairman, Member of the Scholarship Committee, Member of the Anti-Defamation Committee, Member of the Legal Issues Committee, and Past Chairman of the National Scholarship Committee
Columbus Citizens Foundation, Member
Fort Lee Chamber of Commerce, Member
United Homeowners of Fort Lee, Member
Councilman, Borough of Fort Lee 1989-1991
State Commissioner, New Jersey Public Broadcasting (appointed by Governor McGreevey with the consent of the Senate, November 2004)
Board of Directors: The Hemodialysis Foundation of New Jersey