Biography

Paul R. D’Amato 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 member 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.

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

1974-1987

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

1987-2002

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

2002-Present

D’Amato Law Firm,
Counselors-at-Law
Linwood, NJ

2000-2002

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

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

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

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…

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.

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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