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Paul Richard D’Amato

Paul D'Amato
Paul R. D’Amato is a specializes in representing victims of all types of accidents, including construction, products liability and pharmaceutical litigation. For more than 3 decades he has been representing accident victims. Paul represents plaintiffs in Federal and County Courts across the State of New Jersey.

He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Paul has received numerous awards for community service and has been honored in New Jersey Magazine as one of the top Plaintiff Personal Injury Attorneys in 1997,1999 and 2003 through 2011 and awarded the ATLA Award for Monumental Efforts in 1996. He was also the Mayor of the City of Linwood and Assemblyman for the Second District of New Jersey.

Paul was born in 1947 in Atlantic City and was raised there until the age of 6, at which time his parents, Willie and Grace D’Amato, moved to Margate. He graduated from Blessed Sacrament School in 1960, Atlantic City High School in 1965, Mount St. Mary’s College in 1969 and Georgetown University Law School in 1974.

Since 1970 he has been married to his wife Sandi. They have three children – Alexa, his law partner; Ava, who graduated from LaSalle University and Villanova University Law School; and Ashley, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers School of Law. He is also a card-carrying member of Iron Workers Local 54.

Paul Richard D’Amato’s Awards


Blessed Sacrament Grammar School

Margate, NJ, 1961

Atlantic City High School

Atlantic City, NJ, 1965

Mt. Saint Mary’s College

Emmitsburg, MD, 1969

Georgetown University Law School

Washington, DC, 1974




Law Firm of Hankin,
D’Amato, Sandson & Sandman
Atlantic City, NJ


Law Firm of Paul R. D’Amato,
Linwood, NJ


D’Amato Law Firm,
Linwood, NJ


Mayor of Linwood
New Jersey

January 8th, 2002-May 2003

New Jersey State Assemblyman
Second District – Member of:

  • Banking & Insurance Committee
  • Tourism & Gaming Committee
  • Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards
  • Task Force for Fiscal Responsibility
  • Water Supply & Drought Emergency Legislative Panel


Paul gave up a promising career as a concert pianist to become a trial attorney.


2017 & 2018 New Jersey Super Lawyers List

Professional Lawyer of the Year Award (2006) presented by the Commission on Professionalism in the Law of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Atlantic County Bar Association

United Way Volunteer Center of Atlantic County – Community Service Award-1996

New Jersey Magazine – One of the Top Plaintiff Personal Injury Attorneys—1997, 1999 & 2003 through 2011 Issues

Recipient of the 1999 Trial Bar Award for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Justice, Presented on October 15, 1999, by the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey

“Man of the Year”—UNICO, June 2000

Recipient of the 2002 Louis J. Rosini Man of the Year Award from Order Sons of Italy

2003 Pinnacle Tourism Award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in Atlantic County

Association of Trial Lawyers of America Award for Monumental Efforts—1996

2007 Beacon Award for Vocational Service by the Rotary International Club of Atlantic City

Recipient of The Robert M. McAllister 2011 Award for Excellence in the Profession of Law presented by the Atlantic County Bar Association

SuperLawyers 2019



Member: New Jersey State Bar Association

Member: Atlantic County Bar Association; Established Litigation Skills Committee

Member: American Bar Association

Member: American Association for Justice

Former Member: New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee

Member: New Jersey Association for Justice

Former Member: Vincent Haneman American Inns of Court—Founder

Member: American College of Trial Lawyers

Lecturer: New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education

Lecturer: Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Member: Card-Carrying Member of Iron Workers Local Union 350

Fellow: American Bar Foundation

Paul D'Amato Presser Image

Paul R. D’Amato, Esq. speaks to the press in an effort to close beaches where people tragically died just walking along the shore line.

Get to Know Paul D’Amato

The D’Amato Law Firm focuses their practice in representing those who have been seriously injured in construction, products liability and motor vehicle collisions. The firm handles cases throughout the country with a primary focus on representing victims injured in Southern New Jersey. The D’Amato Law Firm has a national reputation for excellence.
I’m a builder of pyramids. I am building your case one block at a time. The accomplished defense attorneys that I have gone against in my career, their goal is to remove one pivotal block in that pyramid to make the entire pyramid collapse. Therefore, I become obsessive-compulsive about not allowing that pyramid to collapse, and the very last block on the top of the pyramid represents the successful resolution of the case.
My wife of 40 years says that I’m in the best mood when I’m in trial, and she says, it’s like you’re walking three feet above the ground, and she says something happens to you when you’re in that courtroom and I can see it on your face, I can see it in your body language. Veteran lawyers will tell you, because I’ve heard other lawyers say the same thing, it’s because when we’re in trial we’re only thinking about that one case, and not the hundreds of other cases that we have in the law firm.
What Type of Cases Do You Typically Handle?
Auto Accidents, Medical Errors, Product Liability, Construction Accident, Wrongful Death, Premises Liability, Class Action, Worker’s Compensation, Divorce, Family Court, Disability, Social Security and much more…
What’s One Thing You tell Young Lawyers About Trial Work?
The courtroom is a fluid, dynamic, breathing entity unto itself, and when you’re in there, no matter what your plans were and all your trial preparation, you have to be flexible because something can happen that wasn’t predicted and you very well may have to change your entire approach.
How Did You Get Started in Personal Injury Law?
I was here when the casinos were being built in Atlantic City, and hotels had construction accidents, and I just started handling those type of cases. The first one was a minor one at Caesars Hotel & Casino.

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