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Today Paul D’Amato of the D’Amato Law Firm filed a complaint in the Superior Court of New Jersey seeking release of DNA evidence that could finally answer questions about the suspicious death of star teenage athlete Tiffany Valiante. Tiffany’s body was found on the railroad tracks in Galloway Township in 2015. In less than 24 hours her death was ruled a suicide without benefit of a full autopsy, rape kit analysis or analysis of DNA evidence. The lawsuit is asking to the court to compel New Jersey Transit to hand over all material evidence that could help investigators determine what actually happened the night she died.
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The compassionate and dedicated legal team at the D’Amato Law Firm pursues justice for individuals and families throughout South Jersey, including those in Atlantic City, Egg Harbor Township, Linwood, Galloway Township, Cape May, Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Ocean City, and Woodbury. Call 609-926-3300 or contact us online today.
On Thursday, May 9, 2019, members of the D’Amato Law Firm participated in the American Red Cross Blood Drive at the NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar in Atlantic City, NJ. The Blood Drive was hosted by the Minority Trial Lawyers Caucus.
Pictured are: Stephen M. Van Natten, Erika Lezama, Alexa D’Amato Barrera, and Laura Pastore.
Distinguished attorney, Stephen M. Van Natten, has multiple speaking events this April. He will be speaking with criminal law students at Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, New Jersey on April 8 and Cumberland Regional High School on April 11. Both lectures will be centered around the intricacies and processes of the court, the legal system and his recent appearance on ID Discovery.
Mr. Van Nattan brings 26 years of experience to his lectures and classes. He had a prestigious career, prosecuting over 75 jury trials. He spent the majority of his career in the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Van Nattan has prosecuted for many criminal cases, ranging from theft to capital murder, and takes pride in his role of representing victims.
Mr. Van Nattan has been recognized as a superior lecturer and educator by multiple scholastic institutions. He spent 17 years teaching at Pennsylvania State University at the Lehigh Valley Campus as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law. After discovering his affinity for education, he spent years lecturing at high schools and colleges throughout the Lehigh Valley, as well as for the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association. He was also a Certified Instructor for the Allentown Police Academy. Mr. Van Nattan has been honored by Penn State-Lehigh Valley with the “Part-Time Faculty Teaching Excellence Award” and was recognized by the “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” for his service to the education of our nation’s youth. His alma mater, DeSales University, has honored him as a distinguished alumnus in its “Alumni Spotlight” series. His lectures are sure to be an inspiration for the student audience.
Mr. Van Nattan has been admitted to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As part of the D’Amato Law Firm as a personal injury attorney, he is dedicated to helping victims receive the benefits they deserve. The D’Amato Law Firm is proud to have him on their team and commend him for his distinguished and illustrious career.
The D’Amato Law Firm team is thrilled to announce that two of our firm’s attorneys have been honored as Super Lawyers for 2019! Both Paul R. D’Amato and Alexa D’Amato Barrera are returning veterans of the Super Lawyers’ prestigious recommendation. Both are lifelong residents of South Jersey and have been actively involved with their communities.
Once a year, Super Lawyers compiles a list of distinguished attorneys in order to provide the public with high-caliber recommendations in all areas of law. Using their patented selection process, Super Lawyers evaluates nominees through a combination of peer review and independent research. Attorneys are listed by state and focus of law practiced. Lawyers who are selected have undergone a rigorous screening process based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Paul R. D’Amato has been selected to Super Lawyers every year since 2005. Mr. D’Amato represents victims in every type of personal injury law matter. He has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years and has received many awards and honors throughout his luminous career, including being recognized in New Jersey Magazine as a Top Plaintiff Personal Injury Attorney 11 times over the course of his career. He was also elected as the mayor of Linwood and served as Assemblyman for the Second District of New Jersey.
Alexa D’Amato Barrera has been honored by Super Lawyers every year beginning in 2008, when she was named a Rising Star for six consecutive years. Ms. Barrera is equally as dedicated to her community as she is to her career. She has been an active member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) and the Atlantic County Bar Association. In addition, she is stalwart in her commitment in humanitarian efforts. She has been involved with Habitat for Humanity, was on the Advisory Board for the Atlantic County Women’s Center, a Steering Committee Member for Shore Medical Center Health Foundations Leaders Alliance and is on the Board of Directors of the Ensign John R. Elliott Foundation.
Paul R. D’Amato and Alexa D’Amato Barrera are two of D’Amato Law Firm’s dedicated and passionate personal injury lawyers. Our whole team shares a commitment to those we represent. If you have been hurt due to the negligence or carelessness of another, please contact us online or call us at 609-926-3300 to schedule a free consultation at our offices in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, where we represent clients in Atlantic City and the entire surrounding area.
The entire team at D’Amato Law Firm is proud to share that attorney Stephen M. Van Natten appeared on an episode of the Investigation Discovery program, “Dead of Night.” The episode aired on Thursday, March 21 and featured the story of one of the youngest serial killers in American history and the first serial killer from Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Harvey Robinson is currently imprisoned on death row for the rape and murder of 47-year-old Jessica Jean Fortney. He is also serving two life sentences for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl and another adult woman from the early 1990s. One of his surviving victims was only 5-years-old at the time of the attack. Robinson was convicted after DNA evidence linked him to all three of the murders and the attempted murders. He was sentenced to 100+ years in jail for the non-fatal attacks and was originally given three death sentences for the murders he committed.
Stephen Van Natten was the Chief of Prosecutions for the Lehigh County Office of the District Attorney and took over the case while the case was on appeal in 2007. The first death sentence was changed to a life sentence when the law in PA changed to preclude a death sentence for a murder committed by a minor. Robinson was only 17 when his first victim was killed. That case is currently scheduled for a new sentencing hearing as a result of another change in PA law.
The second death sentence was also reversed on appeal, citing an error the Judge made when instructing the jury before deliberations. Van Natten was tasked with the responsibility of re-trying that case more than a decade later at a new death penalty trial. The third death sentence was appealed to the Supreme Court of PA on post-conviction grounds alleging ineffective counsel at trial. Through numerous hearings with several experts who assessed Robinson’s mental abilities when he committed the crimes, Van Natten successfully convinced the court that the judge was correct to deny the appeal.
Ultimately, the family of the 15-year-old murder victim agreed to a life sentence for Robinson on the condition there would be no chance he could appeal or challenge the sentence. To this day, the remaining death sentence is on appeal through federal habeas corpus.
View the full episode here.
If you or your loved one needs legal counsel on a personal injury matter, the experienced South Jersey personal injury lawyers at D’Amato Law Firm will guide you toward the best course of action. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 609-926-3300 or contact us online. We represent clients throughout South Jersey and in Atlantic City from our offices located in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.