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Donald A. Caminiti

Donald A. Caminiti

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Biography

Education

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Newark, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D. - 1976
  • Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey
    • B.A. - 1973
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: History

Classes & Seminars

  • "Legal Responsibility During Gymnastic Lesson", Montclair State College Gymnastic Safety Workshop, 1980
  • "Legal Responsibility During Gymnastic Lesson", Montclair State College Gymnastic Safety Workshop, 1981
  • "Legal Responsibility During Gymnastic Lesson", Montclair State College Gymnastic Safety Workshop, 1983
  • "Basic Course in trial Advocacy", National College of Advocacy, 1983
  • "Legal Consideration: Review of Law in Evaluating Cases For Selection - Variations In Law Between New York and New Jersey", American College of Legal Medicine, 1984
  • "How To Win trip, Slip and Fall Cases", ATLA - New Jersey Seminar, 1989
  • "Social Host Liability", People's Law School, Bergen Community College, 1989
  • "Auto Insurance: A Problem we All Must Live With", 1989
  • "Emotional Distress - What Is It and When Is It Actionable", 1990
  • "Does Auto Insurance Get You Down?" An Analysis of New Jersey's Automobile Insurance Laws, 1991
  • "Political Action Committees", Cranio-Mandibular Society of New Jersey, 1991
  • "Rights & Limitations Under Today's Auto Insurance Laws in New Jersey", 1993
  • "Hot Tips hi Tort Law V", ATLA-New Jersey Seminar, 1994
  • "Civil Trial Preparation", Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1995
  • "Hot Tips in Tort Law, VIII", Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1996
  • "Litigating A Wrongful Death Case", Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1997
  • "Litigating Wrongful Death Cases", Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1999, 1999
  • Program Chair/Speaker, "How To Stay On Your Feet On The Premises Liability Case", ATLA-New Jersey Seminar, 2002
  • "Winning At Trial: Direct & Cross Examination Of Experts", ATLA-New Jersey Seminar, 2002
  • "Hot Tips in Tort Law", ATLA-New Jersey Seminar, 2003
  • "Structured Settlement", Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2003
  • "Cross Examination: Destroying Adverse Witnesses Using Microsoft Power Point", ATLA-New Jersey Boardwalk Seminar, 2003
  • "Litigating the Slip 'N' Fall Case", Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Moderator, 2003
  • "Premises Liability: Expert Witnesses - Nailing Down the Facts Early through Expert Witnesses", ATLA-New Jersey Boardwalk Seminar, 2004
  • Co Chair/Speaker, Five Concurrent Seminars Program - "Premises Liability", ATLA-New Jersey, 2004
  • "Opening Summation" "Direct Examination Of Plaintiffs' Expert", ATLA-New Jersey Trying The Auto Case, 2005
  • "Sexual Misconduct By A Physician", ATLA-New Jersey Boardwalk Seminar Hot Tips In Medical Malpractice, 2006
  • "Some Myths About Degenerative Disc Changes", ATLA-New Jersey Boardwalk Seminar Litigation at Sunrise Legal Medicine: Radiology, 2007
  • "Exposing Defense Medicine", ATLA-New Jersey Seminar, 2007
  • "Behind Enemy Lines: Armed Cross Examination", ATLA-New Jersey Seminar, 2007
  • "A Plaintiff Attorney's Perspective", Damage Prevention Conference and Expo, 2007
  • "Direct Examination Of Plaintiff s Expert", ATLA-New Jersey Seminar, Pines Manor, 2008
  • "Exposing Deceptive Defense Medicine: Polarizing the Case", NJAJ, 2009
  • "Techniques for Dealing with the Usual Suspects in NJ", NJAJ, 2009
  • "Your NJ DME Usual Suspects - Our Collective Experience", NJAJ, 2009
  • "Audience Participation Segment - Q and A", NJAJ, 2009
  • Trial Strategy, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1985 to 2010
  • Trial Strategy, New Jersey Association for Justice, 1985 to 2010
  • Master, Justice Morris Pashman Inn of Court, 1998 to Present
  • Moderator, "How To Stay On Your Feet In Slip 'N Fall Litigation", New Jersey Institute For Continuing Legal, 2009
  • "That Is A Lucid, Intelligent, Well Thought-Out Objection": Sustained Or Over-Ruled? Objections to Jury Charges, NJAJ Meadowlands Seminar 2009, Sheraton Meadowlands, 2009
  • "Understanding Chiropractics", New Jersey Institute For Continuing Legal Education, Panelist, 2009
  • Moderator, "How To Stay On Your Feet In Slip 'N Fall Litigation", New Jersey Institute For Continuing Legal Educations, 2009
  • NJAJ, Boardwalk Seminar Litigation At Sunrise, "Degenerative Disc Disease: Strategies to Neutralize this Potentially Frivolous Defense", 2010
  • Speaker, "ALM Annual Medical Malpractice Update", 2014
  • Cross Examination College: Speaker, "Cross of the Defense Radiologist", NJAJ Meadowlands Seminar, 2014
  • Litigation at Sunrise: Speaker, "BAD FAITH: Where are We Now?", NJAJ Meadowlands Seminar, 2014

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Executive Board Member, Tomorrow's Children's Fund, Hackensack University Medical, 1987 to Present

Past Positions

  • Hon. Theodore W. Trautwein Assignment Judge Bergen County Superior Court, Judicial Clerk, 1976 to 1977

Languages

  • Spanish

Ancillary Businesses

  • Honorable Discharge, United States Air Force, July 1966 - March 1970

Published Works

  • "Recreation & Sports Equipment", Chapter 71, (Co-Author), Products Liability Practice Guide, Matthew Bender, Vol. 4, 1988
  • "How to Prove Portee or Falzone Emotional Distress Cases", National Trial Lawyer, Volume 3, May 19, 1991
  • "Model Statement Of Procurement Policy For Public Housing authorities Operating hi New Jersey", (Co-Author), 1994

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2016 to Present
  • American Association for Justice, Prior Board Member, 2000 to 2006
  • American Association for Justice , Member, 1980 to Present
  • New Jersey Association for Justice, Board Member and Past President, 1980 to Present
  • Housing Authority of Bergen County, Co-Counsel, 1997 to Present
  • Township of River Vale, Assistant Counsel, 1977 to 1980
  • Housing Development Corporation of Bergen County, Counsel, 1978 to Present
  • Housing Authority of the Township of North Bergen, Counsel, 1980 to 1984
  • North Bergen Rent Leveling Board, Counsel, 1980 to Present
  • Attorney General of the State of New Jersey to represent the State of New Jersey in Tobacco Litigation, Special Counsel, 1996 to 1999
  • Borough of Paramus, Special Counsel, 2006 to Present
  • Borough of Paramus Affordable Housing Corporation, Counsel, 2006 to Present
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New Jersey Bar Association, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Member
  • New York Bar Association, Member
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Member
  • ATLA, Sustaining Member, 1988
  • ATLA-New Jersey, Member, 1981 to Present
  • Board of Governors, American Association for Justice(formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Member, 2001 to 2007
  • Board of Governors, Association of Trial Lawyers of America New Jersey Chapter, Member, 1983 to Present
  • ATLA - New Jersey, President, 1994 to 1995
  • ATLA - New Jersey , President-Elect, 1993 to 1994
  • First Vice-President, ATLA-New Jersey , 1992 to 1993
  • ATLA-New Jersey , Second Vice-President, 1991 to 1992
  • ATLA-New Jersey , Third Vice-President, 1990 to 1991
  • ATLA, Education Committee, Chairman, 1989 to 1990
  • ATLA-New Jersey , Treasurer, 1986 to 1987
  • ATLA-New Jersey , Secretary, 1985 to 1986
  • Secretary, ATLA-New Jersey , 1989 to 1990
  • ATLA, Seminar Committee Chairman, 1984 to 1987
  • ATLA-New Jersey , Parliamentarian, 1984 to 1985
  • Trial Lawyers For Public Justice, Member, 1991 to Present
  • ATLA-New Jersey - PAC, Chairman, 2000 to 2001
  • Tomorrows Children's Fund Hackensack University Medical Center, Member, Executive Board, 1987 to Present
  • Service Award, Community Resource Counsel Bergen County, Recipient, 1995
  • ATLA-New Jersey , Third Vice-President, 1990 to 1991

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court
  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1989
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2000

Current Employment Position

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation - General Negligence 60%
  • Civil Litigation - Medical Malpractice 10%
  • Civil Litigation - Defective Products 10%
  • Civil Litigation - 1983 Defense 5%
  • Miscellaneous 15%
  • Class Actions -- Plaintiff
  • Criminal Law
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Premises Liability -- Plaintiff
  • Sexual Abuse -- Plaintiff
  • Traffic Violations
  • Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Auto Dealer Fraud
  • Civil Rights
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wills

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1976
  • New York, 1980
  • District of Columbia, 1978
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1990
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986

Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1973
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in America, 2000
  • Who's Who in America, 2004
  • Who's Who in America, 2007
  • Who's Who in America, 2008
  • Who's Who in America, 2009
  • Honored Member, Who's Who in America
  • Honored Member, Who's Who in America
  • Honored Member, Who's Who in America
  • Honored Member, Who's Who in America
  • Top 10 New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2005
  • Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2006
  • Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2007
  • Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2008
  • Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2009
  • Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2010
  • Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2011
  • Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Top 10 New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Top 10 New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Top 10 New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2014
  • Top 10 New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2016
  • Ten Leaders - Personal Injury & Trial Law of Northern New Jersey
  • Member, Outstanding Lawyers of America
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Lawyer Achievement Award, 2014
  • James J. McLaughlin Award. New Jersey State Bar Assoc., 2015
  • New Jersey Association for Justice, Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, 2016