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Stephen Van Natten, Partner at the D’Amato Law Firm
Stephen Van Natten, Partner at the D’Amato Law Firm, is also the Deputy Grand Knight of the Ocean City Knights of Columbus. He is seen here with other members working at the Ocean City Block Party on October 6, 2018.
Alexa D’Amato Barrera Contributing Writer – The Atlantic County Woman
From time to time, Partner Alexa D’Amato Barrera, Esquire has contributed to The Atlantic County Woman. The Atlantic County Woman is a bi-monthly publication resource devoted to educating women on various topics. Some of Alexa’s articles are featured below:
- We Focus Our Law Firm on Representing Victims!
- Attorney Barrera to the Rescue!
- The Law Firm of Generations
- You’re A Bully! Who Me?!
- Allergies, Asthma and 504 Plans, Oh My!
- What is the Biggest Secret in the Courtroom?
- Have I Voluntarily Limited My Civil Rights?!
- Righting the Wrongs in Atlantic County
10 Best Personal Injury Law Firm
D’Amato Law Firm Featured on the Cover of Atlantic County Woman
Best of the Press Silver Award for Best Legal Services 2018
WHO KILLED TIFFANY VALIANTE? QUESTIONS PERSIST AS FAMILY MARKS THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF HER MYSTERIOUS DEATH
Egg Harbor Township, N.J. (July 12, 2017) — Three years ago today 19-year-old Tiffany Valiante, the college-bound Mays Landing star volleyball player, was struck by a commuter train about five miles from her home. But was she already dead when the New Jersey transit train hit her? Was she first kidnapped and then fatally shot, tossed in front of the train to conceal the crime? And why has the state Medical Examiner , which quickly ruled her death a suicide, steadfastly refused to re-open the case despite the findings of a renowned forensic pathologist, and other experts, that Tiffany had not taken her own life?
Attorney Paul R. D’Amato has raised those and numerous other troubling questions on behalf of the Valiante family that’s been challenging the Medical Examiner’s report and recently asked newly elected Gov. Phil Murphy to intervene amid allegations of institutional incompetence and calls for a complete overhaul of the office that’s under the direction of the New Jersey Attorney General. Attorney D’Amato is preparing a new complaint, which is expected to be filed later today, to invalidate the Medical Examiner’s report on civil rights’ grounds.
“The Medical Examiner’s office has callously closed the book on Tiffany Valiante’s death, “ said D’Amato, “but no one should think that her family, friends, and many experts (including Dr. Donald Jason, a former Atlantic County Medical Examiner) believe there can be any semblance of closure while her death remains a total mystery, and quite possibly one of the state’s most perplexing unsolved murders.”
Mr. D’Amato restated parts of the original lawsuit that contended,“Tiffany Valiante did not take her life, but that she was the victim of a conspiracy to inflict bodily harm violently abducted on the night of July 12, 2015, and subsequently murdered”.
Louise Houseman, a former senior investigator in the Atlantic County Office of Medical Examiner, is among the experts that methodically reviewed the case and found no basis for the conclusion Tiffany committed suicide.
“I am convinced after having examined all of the relevant reports in the case, including those of NJ Transit, that while there are several plausible explanations for Ms. Valiante’s tragic death, suicide is not one of them,” stated Ms. Houseman.
The Valiante family yesterday stated, “We will not rest until there is justice for Tiffany, and all the unanswered questions regarding her death have been answered.” The family welcomes family and friends – and members of the media – to join the remembrance at their home (3160 Mannheim Ave., Mays Landing) starting at 6 p.m.
Personal Injury Boot Camp
Alexa D’Amato Barrera recently spoke at the Personal Injury Bootcamp at the Holiday Inn Philadelphia-Cherry Hill. The seminar hosted by the National Business Institute, provided useful information on personal injury cases. Alexa spoke about “Reviewing Insurance, Negotiation with the Insurance Adjuster and Demand Packages” and “Initial Filing and Discovery Tips in Personal Injury.”
Alexa D’Amato to Speak at Personal Injury Boot Camp
Alexa D’Amato will speak at the upcoming Personal Injury Bootcamp, a seminar hosted by the National Business Institute (NBI), which provides continuing legal education for professionals. The program, titled “An Attorney’s Guide through Personal Injury Cases – From A to Z” will provide valuable information useful for attorneys, in-house counsel, litigation support specialists, insurance professionals, and paralegals. Alexa will speak on two topics during the presentation: “Reviewing Insurance, Negotiation with the Insurance Adjuster, and Demand Packages;” and “Initial Filing and Discovery Tips in Personal Injury.” The seminar takes place on June 27 at the Holiday Inn Philadelphia-Cherry Hill, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Alexa, a partner at the D’Amato Law Firm, is a passionate advocate for victims of personal injury. She is actively involved nationally with the American Association for Justice (AAJ), where she is Past Chair of their New Lawyers Division; and with the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) on their Board of Governors and as Program Chair for seminars. Alexa was also a Trustee of the Atlantic County Bar Association and Chaired their New Lawyers Division. She has been recognized with many honors, including the Super Lawyers Rising Star; Top 40 Under 40 in Atlantic County; and the Atlantic County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year. Alexa devotes much of her personal time to charitable causes both nationally and locally, including Habitat for Humanity.
Paul & Alexa Both Receive “NJ 2018 Super Lawyer Awards”
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Justice for Tiffany
The Justice for Tiffany movement just took a major step forward with the publication today on NJ.COM of ‘Death & Dysfunction’, an investigative report based on an 18-month examination of the New Jersey State Medical Examiner’s Office, including its handling of the of the suspicious death of Tiffany Valiante.
The D’Amato Law Firm, which has been pro bono counsel of record for the family and friends of the late Tiffany Valiante, strongly encourages everyone concerned about the justice system in New Jersey to read this special report.
Visit www.NJ.com for full story more information.
Jury gives $750,000 to man burned by caustic beer in Atlantic City
A jury has awarded $750,000 in damages to a Cape May County man severely injured after drinking beer drawn from a casino restaurant’s tap containing a caustic cleaning solution, his attorney said Friday.
D’Amato Law Firm Challenges Teen’s Suicide Ruling
A medical examiner’s ruling that Tiffany Valiante committed suicide when a NJ Transit train struck her last year never made sense to her family.
Family of N.J. teen killed by train disputes suicide ruling, sues to prove kidnap-murder plot