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Alexa D’Amato Barrera

Alexa D'Amato Barrera
Alexa D’Amato Barrera is a partner at the D’Amato Law Firm where she has been representing victims of negligence from things like car, motorcycle and bus crashes, construction matters, fall downs, dog bites, and the like, in addition to representing families for Special Education matters. Alexa is a proud 1994 graduate of Mainland Regional High School. She received her BA from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1998 and her Juris Doctorate from the Rutgers School of Law in 2001. She became barred in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and accepted a position as Assistant Counsel of the County of Atlantic before joining the D’Amato Law Firm in Egg Harbor Township where she practices plaintiffs’ personal injury law, representing those that have been injured in serious accidents. Alexa is actively involved nationally with the American Association for Justice (AAJ), where she is Past Chair of their New Lawyers Division, which had over 4,000 New Lawyer Members at the time. She is also actively involved with the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) where she is on their Board of Governors and program chair for various seminars. Alexa was a Trustee of the Atlantic County Bar Association for 4 years and Chaired their New Lawyers Division from 2004-2007.

In 2012, Alexa was selected to the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 and in 2007 she received the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Alexa has been recognized as a top young lawyer by New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars from 2008 thru 2012. Only up to 2.5% of the attorneys in the state are named Rising Stars. Since 2013 she has been named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer. Locally, she was recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in Atlantic County when she was under 30 years old and also received the Atlantic County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award.

Alexa has been a speaker and moderator on numerous occasions locally for NJAJ and on the national level for AAJ. Her writings have been published by the New Jersey State Bar Association, NJESQ Magazine and the American Associate for Justice. She is also a proud member of the Melvin Belli Society.

Nationally, Alexa has worked with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans and Chicago and the Downtown Miami Beautification Project. Locally, Alexa was on the Advisory Board of the Atlantic County Women’s Center, which benefits abused and battered women and children, was a Steering Committee Member of Shore Medical Center Health Foundation Leaders Alliance since inception in 2007, is on the Board of Directors of the Ensign John R. Elliott Foundation, on the Board of FACES 4 Autism and a member of Rotary International’s Somers Point Chapter.

Alexa lives in Linwood with her husband, Alexander J. Barrera, Esquire, their three children, Paul (8), Massimo (7) and Rocco (5), their Goldendoodle Emme, and their two cats, Mickey and Minnie, a fish named Chocolate Fish an the snail, Gary.

 

AFFILIATIONS

  • American Association of University Women
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ, formerly ATLA)
  • New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ)
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Atlantic County Bar Association
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)
  • UNICO Rotary International – Somers Point
  • Melvin Belli Society Member

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Personal Injury Attorney: Alexa D’Amato to the Rescue!”, Atlantic County Woman, July/August 2015
  • “What is the Biggest Secret in the Courtroom?”, Atlantic County Woman, May/June 2015
  • “What Do You Do If Someone You Love May Have Autism?”, Atlantic County Woman, March/April 2015
  • “We All Have A Wonder Woman Waiting To Escape!”, Atlantic County Woman, January/February 2015
  • “Have I Voluntarily Limited My Civil Rights?!”, Atlantic County Woman, November/December 2014
  • When You’re David Taking on Goliath, NJESQ, Vol. 1, #19, June 22, 2009, page 8
  • Book review published in Trial Magazine, June 2009, page 59 (reviewing Paul Mark Sandler, Anatomy of a Trial: A Primer for Young Lawyers, The Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc. (2008)
  • Assisted Thomas J. Vesper in writing Chapter 25, “Loss of Consortium”, in AAJ and Thomson Reuters/West’s Litigating Tort Cases, 2008
  • “Community Service for the New Lawyer”, The Sidebar, ATLA NLD, Summer 2006
  • “How to Keep Your Client’s Happy”, The Sidebar, ATLA NLD, Winter 2005

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • 2016, 2015, 2014 New Jersey Super Lawyers List
  • 2014 Richard Stockton College Professional Achievement Award for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Star as selected by Law & Politics and the publishers of New Jersey Monthly
  • 2012 Inducted into Mainland Regional High School Hall of Fame
  • 2013, 2012 Selected to The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
  • AAJ New Lawyers Division 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 appreciation award for excellence and dedication to the New Lawyers Division
  • 2010 AAJ Wiedemann & Wysocki Award: for demonstrating a deep commitment to the highest standard and duties of trial lawyers
  • 2010 AAJ New Lawyers Division Eagle Award for soaring the Division to new heights
  • 2009 Atlantic County Bar Association Benjamin A. Rimm Young Lawyer of the Year Award
  • 2007 New Jersey State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award
  • 2006 “Top 40 under 40” for Atlantic County, New Jersey
  • Who’s Who Among American Law Students – 2001

Alexa D’Amato Barrera’s Awards

EDUCATION

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

Camden, New Jersey

  • Juris Doctor Degree, May 2001
  • American Bar Association—Student Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America—Student Member
  • Women’s Law Caucus
  • LRE: Legal Related Education from August 2000-May 2000
  • Camden County Bar Association—Student Member
STOCKTON UNIVERSITY

Pomona, New Jersey

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, May 1998

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

D’AMATO LAW FIRM, P.C.
  • Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
    Attorney, April 2002 – Present

ATLANTIC COUNTY LAW DEPARTMENT

  • Atlantic City, New Jersey
    Assistant County Counsel, September 2001-April 2002

LEVY, ANGSTREICH, FINNEY, BALDANTE, RUBENSTEIN & COREN

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Law Clerk, May 2000-September 2000

PAUL R. D’AMATO, PC

  • Linwood, New Jersey
    Law Clerk, August 1998-May 2000
    Legal Secretary, May 1993-September 1993 & May 1994-August 1998

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION POSITIONS

 Atlantic County Bar Association

  •  Trustee from 2005 – 2009
  •  Chair of the New Lawyers Division from 2004 – 2007

 American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA)

  •  Executive Committee – Committee Member 2010-2011
  •  American Association of Justice, Board of Governors 2010 – 2011
  •  Political Action Committee (PAC) Task Force – Co-Chair from 2006-2011; Committee Member from 2005-2011 and 2012-2013
  •  Law School Committee – Committee Member from 2007- 2010
  •  Membership Oversight Committee – Committee Member from 2008- 2011 and 2012-2015
  •  Membership Task Force Committee – Committee Member from 2009-2010; Committee Co-Chair from 2010-2011
  •  Key Person Committee – Committee Member from 2008- 2011
  •  New Lawyers Division (NLD) – Secretary for 2006-2007 term; Treasurer for 2007-2008 term; Vice Chair for 2008-2009 Term; Chair for 2009-2010 term
  •  NLD Board of Governors – Board Member, since 2003
  •  NLD – Chair of the Special Projects Committee – 2005-2006 and 2008-2009
  •  NLD – Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee – 2006-2007
  •  NLD – Membership/Outreach Committee Member – 2004-2007
  •  NLD – Publications Committee Member – 2005 -2007
  •  NLD – Chair of the Sponsorship Committee – 2007-2008
  •  NLD – Chair of the Education Committee – 2009-2010
  •  NLD – Chair of the Social Committee – 2010-2011

 New Jersey Association for Justice (formerly ATLA-NJ)

  •  Board of Governors, from 2004 -2015
  •  Listserve Committee Member 2004-2007
  •  Co-Chair of Women’s Litigator Luncheon at Boardwalk Seminar from 2007-2010, then again in 2016

 New Jersey State Bar Association – Auto Reparations Committee Member 2005 – 2006

Shore Memorial Hospital Health Foundation Leaders Alliance – Steering Committee Member since inception in 2007 – 2012

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation – Communications and State Network Committee Member and Membership Committee Member from 2005 – 2006

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • September 24, 2016 – Speaker, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education – “2016 Hot Topics for Civil Litigators”
  • August 12, 2016 – Speaker, New Jersey Bar Association / New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education – “Keys to Jury Selection”
  •  June 24, 2016 – Panelist, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey – Women’s Leadership Initiative – “The Power of the Purse”
  •  November 30, 2012 – National Business Institute – Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the “Rambo” Litigator, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • July 12, 2010 – Speaker, Resort Tort Litigation Group – “Hot Topics in Tort”, AAJ 2010 Annual Convention, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • July 11, 2010 – Moderator, Advocacy Track CLE Program: Pretrial Strategy Presented with the New Lawyers Division, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • July 12, 2009 – AAJ 2009 Annual Convention – New Lawyers Division – “David vs. Goliath: Taking on a Giant”
  • July 14, 2008 – AAJ 2008 Annual Convention – Resort Torts Litigation Group – “Hotels, Casinos, Theme Parks and Public Accommodations”
  • April 26, 2007 – ATLA-NJ Boardwalk Seminar 2007 – Women’s Litigator Luncheon – “The Law is a Jealous Mistress”
  • October 28, 2006 – ATLA-NJ Four Concurrent Seminars – Hot Tips in Torts – “Cutting Through the Bureaucracy: How to Obtain Discovery from Governmental Agencies”
  • April 22, 2005 – ATLA-NJ Boardwalk Seminar 2005 – David Ball – Demonstration Focus Groups: Watch Jurors Deliberate

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

  • Teal Pumpkin Project
  • Ensign John R. Elliott Foundation – Board of Directors since 2009
  • Atlantic County Women’s Center – Advisory Committee Board Member from 2007-2014
    • On April, 2014, March 9, 2012, February 26, 2010 and February 25, 2006 I performed in a benefit performance of the Vagina Monologues for V-Day, which is an organized response against violence towards women, with all proceeds raised from the events benefiting the Atlantic County Women’s Center in Northfield, New Jersey.
  • As Chair of the ATLA NLD Special Projects Committee, I worked with the People Over Profits Organization to protect American civil rights and trial by jury.
  • On July 13, 2007 I helped build a Habitat for Humanity house in Chicago with other members of the AAJ’s New Lawyers Division.
  • On May 2, 2007 I helped build a house in Musician’s Village in New Orleans for Habitat for Humanity with other members of the AAJ’s New Lawyers Division.
  • On February 9, 2007, I and other members of AAJ’s New Lawyers Division worked on a downtown Miami Public Service/Beautification project.
  •  My sister, Ava D’Amato Cocchi, and I raised nearly $6,000 holding a December 6, 2003 walk-athon for the Atlantic County Women’s Center.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1976
  • Married to Alexander J. Barrera, Esquire in September 2007
  • Son Paul D’Amato Barrera born in August 2008
  • Son Massimo D’Amato Barrera born in December 2009
  • Son Rocco D’Amato Barrera born in July 2011

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