Paul J. Napoli

Paul J. Napoli was a Founding Partner at one of the most successful national litigation firms. Paul was appointed by the United States District Court as Co-Liaison Counsel representing more than 11,000 9/11 first responders and other rescue and recovery workers who became ill or were injured during the rescue.

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Paul J. Napoli is a nationally renowned personal injury, medical malpractice, and mass tort litigation attorney with more than 25 years of experience in the legal field. As a top injury Paul Napoli Named Best Lawyers attorney, he aggressively defends the rights of his clients in courtrooms throughout the country, fighting to ensure they get the maximum amount of compensation they deserve. Trusted by those he represents and respected by his colleagues in the legal field, he has a well-earned reputation for integrity and honesty, and a dedication to ensuring justice is served.

With his well-documented track record in achieving the most successful outcomes in legal cases, Mr. Napoli rates a score of 10 out of 10 on AVVO, the highest possible ranking from the nation’s leading lawyer referral and rating service. He is well-known for consistently achieving jury awards and settlements involving multipleProduct Liability Law millions of dollars for plaintiffs, and he brings his particular brand of excellence, his high- powered legal skill, and his tenacious approach work on behalf of clients.

Representing Injured Workers and First Responders from 9/11

Mr. Napoli became particularly well-known in the aftermath of 9/11, through the work he did both in contributing to recovery efforts, as well as in assisting those demolitions workers and first responders who were injured on the site.

Mr. Napoli was appointed by the United States District Court as Co-Liaison Counsel representing more than 11,000 first responders and other rescue and recovery workers who became ill or were injured during the rescue, recovery, and debris-removal activities at the World Trade Center site in the months following 9/11. Mr. Napoli was instrumental in obtaining settlements that are today valued at more than $900 million for his clients and others.

His efforts on behalf of 9/11 workers and their families left him with a deep, abiding passion to work towards changes in the existing social and legal system. He became heavily involved in 9/11 charitable organizations and advocacy groups, while speaking out on the legal issues facing victims and their rights pertaining to settlements after 9/11.

In addition to his personal efforts and using his skill as an attorney to help those impacted, Mr. Napoli also lobbied New York State and the U.S. Congress for two important pieces of legislation to assist WTC-injured workers, downtown residents, and office workers. These include:

  • An amendment to New York’s General Municipal Law §50-I, (known as “JIMMY NOLAN’S LAW”), that provided a one-year savings statute for otherwise time-barred first responder claims. This effectively extended the amount of time for those injured in 9/11 rescue, clean up, and recovery efforts to seek compensation from public corporations.
  • The JAMES ZADROGA 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT OF 2010 (“Zadroga Bill”), which extended the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Fund indefinitely and allowed individuals and family members of deceased workers to continue to file claims for compensation under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001. This provides for medical monitoring, medical treatment, and cash awards for injured first responders and other WTC survivors, local office workers and community members injured by the post-9/11 fallout of over $2.8 billion dollars.

While passing this legislation played an important role in ensuring victims of the 9/11 attacks received the financial support they and their families deserved while they recovered, Mr. Napoli’s efforts did not stop there. Mr. Napoli has been a generous contributor to the 9/11 Memorial, the 9/11 Memorial Museum, and other organizations working to support first responders and other WTC-injured workers.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Illinois
  • Bar of District of Columbia
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Western District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Awards and Honors

Mr. Napoli’s dedication, success, and service to his clients is recognized throughout the legal community and he has been honored throughout his illustrious career to have received many awards from his peers and commendations from professional organizations. These include:

As a recognized leader in the application and practice of law, Mr. Napoli shares his experience and skill with others in the legal field, and uses his vast knowledge to further the pursuit of justice for victims. He was honored to have served on the Board Of Directors of the New York Trial Lawyers Association, is active in numerous bar associations, has been interviewed on numerous television shows, in newspaper and magazine articles and is frequently consulted by attorneys around the country on a variety of legal issues.

Professional affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice (Former Founder)
  • Diversity Law Institute, Member
  • Law360’s 2020 Editorial Advisory Boards: Environmental
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • National September 11th Memorial & Museum (Board Member)
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Trial Law Institute, Member
  • Trial Lawyers of Puerto Rico, Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • St. John’s Loughlin Society (Benefactors’ Council)
  • St. John’s University School of Law Dean’s Advisory Counsel
  • Fordham University President Council

Speaking Engagements

  • Featured Speaker, “A Cost Recovery Program: PFAS Water Contamination”, American Water Works Association (AWWA) Webinar Series (October 22, 2020)
  • Speaker, “PFAS Class Action Lawsuit”, Rural Water Association of Utah: 2020 Annual Conference (February 27, 2020)
  • Speaker, PFAS & Your Local Landfill: Managing Risk and Preparing for Regulations, New York State of Associations (NYSAC) (November 14, 2019)
  • Speaker, “PFOAS and PFOS Contamination in NYS”, New York State City/County Management Association (NYSCMA), (May 29, 2019)
  • Panelist, “Avoiding Surprise: Unregulated Chemicals and Risk”, Perrin Conferences, (May 14, 2019)
  • Speaker, “PFAS Water Contamination”, National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO), (May 1-4, 2019)
  • Speaker, “PFOA – The Hot Documents”, HarrisMartin’s Water Contamination Litigation Conference, 2018
  • Faculty Member, “Groundwater Contamination Litigation: Proving and Defending Against Liability: Demonstrating Nexus, Causation and Injury to Recover Damages”, Strafford Webinars (June 5, 2018)
  • Speaker, “Opioids – The Latest Information and Strategies”, Masters of Mass Tort Seminar (January 17-19, 2018)
  • Speaker, “Flint Water Crisis: Get in the Know about Lead Poisoning and How It’s Litigated”, Perrin Conferences

Media Appearances

Flint Water Settlement Claims Process Begins, ABC-12 Flint (January 13, 2022)

Claims process began Wednesday for those affected by the Flint water crisis, ABC-12 Flint (January 13, 2022)

NY Opioid Deliberations Delayed After Rancorous Closing Day, Law360 (December 13, 2021)

Drug Companies in Long Island Opioid Trial Move for Mistrial, Citing State’s Error During Closing Argument, (December 13, 2021)

Allergan Opioid Settlement Leaves Teva Alone in N.Y. Trial, (December 9, 2021)

Attorneys in New York Opioid Trial Prepare Jurors to Consider Six Months of Testimony, (December 9, 2021)

Teva, affiliates ignored safety to boost opioid sales, jury told, Reuters (December 9, 2021)

Allergan Finance Reaches $200 Million Settlement in New York Opioid Trial on Eve of Closing Arguments, (December 8, 2021)

Ohio Counties Deride Pharmacies’ Opioid Mistrial Bid, Law360 (November 17, 2021)

Giant Eagle Strikes Deal To Leave Ohio Opioid Bellwether, Law360 (October 27, 2021)

Skadden Strives To Tame Flames In Endo’s Opioid Imbroglio, Law360 (October 26, 2021)

The Doctor Will See the PFAS-Exposed Plaintiff Now (1), Bloomberg News (October 26, 2021)

Walmart, CVS Seek Opioid Mistrial After Juror Does Own Research, Bloomberg Law (October 25, 2021)

Pharmacies’ Mistrial Bid Shot Down In Opioid Bellwether, Law360 (October 25, 2021)

Arnold & Porter Tries To ‘Slip’ One Past The Goalie, Gets Benchslapped For Its Efforts, (October 20, 2021)

Teva Fears ‘Incredibly Damaging’ Parody Videos in Opioid Trial, Law360 (October 19, 2021)

Newsday Report: Law firm in opioids case should be sanctioned, Newsday (October 18, 2021)

Walmart Blasts Ohio Counties’ Sanctions Bid in Opioid Trial, Law360 (October 18, 2021)

Referee recommends sanction for Arnold & Porter in N.Y. opioid case, Reuters (October 16, 2021)

Referee in NY Opioid Litigation Recommends Award of Costs, Monetary Sanctions Against Arnold & Porter for Discovery Failures, (October 15, 2021)

NY Counties Sound Alarm Over Doctor As Opioid Trial Witness, Law360 (October 15, 2021)

CVS, Walmart Opioid Trial Defense Hazy on Pharmacists’ Role, Law360 (October 5, 2021)

Palm Beach County moves toward settlement with major opioid distributors, manufacturer, The Palm Beach Post (October 7, 2021)

Legislator: Prioritize Genesee County departments when it comes to spending opioid settlement funds, The Batavian (October 7, 2021)

Endo’s Attys In ‘Career-Wrecking’ Peril As Opioid Woes Grow, Law360 (September 17, 2021)

Endo Pharmaceuticals Reaches Settlement in New York Opioid Trial, New York Law Journal/ (September 10, 2021)

Pharmaceutical Company Endo Settles Opioid Claims by New York, Lawyer Monthly (September 10, 2021)

Drugmaker Endo settles opioid claims by New York, counties for $50 mln, Reuters (September 9, 2021)

Schuyler County to receive $121,000 through opioid epidemic lawsuit settlement

As covered by WENY (September 8, 2021), (September 8, 2021)

Yates, Schuyler consider opioid settlement, (September 7, 2021)

Genesee County may approve opioid settlement pact, The Daily News (August 31, 2021)

Southern NY County Suit Against 3M, Dupont and Other Defendants for Allegedly Polluting Airport’s Water Moved to Federal Court, New York Law Journal/ (August 30, 2021)

Rite Aid Strikes Deal To Avert Opioid MDL’s 1st Pharmacy Trial, Law360 (August 26, 2021)

Council of Negro Women, Ben Crump file suit against Johnson & Johnson, Our Weekly Los Angeles (August 19, 2021)

Grocery Chain Wants Out Of Ohio Counties’ Opioid Bellwether, Law360 (August 18, 2021)

Endo now faces contempt as well as default in N.Y. opioid trial, Reuters (August 12, 2021)

Bid by Lawyers for NY State to Hold Arnold & Porter, Endo Pharma in Contempt Complicates Long Island Opioid Trial, New York Law Journal/ (August 12, 2021)

National Council of Negro Women, Ben Crump file lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, The Atlanta Voice (August 10, 2021)

Atty Fees Capped At 15% In $26B Opioid MDL Settlement, Law360 (August 9, 2021)

Arnold & Porter Atty Opioid Trial Remarks ‘Crazy,’ Court Told, Law360 (August 9, 2021)

Sault urged to join lawsuit against opioid makers, distributors, (August 6, 2021)

“We cannot go on in this condition” N.Y. AG tells opioid trial judge, Reuters (August 6, 2021)

Endo, Arnold & Porter deny deliberately withholding opioid evidence, Reuters (August 5, 2021)

Endo Calls Out Fiery ‘Rhetoric’ In NY Opioid Trial, Law360 (August 5, 2021)

Talc Lawsuit Accuses J&J of Targeting Black Women, medtruth. (August 3, 2021)

Endo faces default over hiding ‘smoking gun’ opioid evidence (again), Reuters (August 3, 2021)

Johnson & Johnson Denies Allegations It Marketed Cancer-Causing Talcum Powder Products to Black Women Through ‘Its Words and Images;’ Crump Firm Leads Lawsuit, Atlanta Black Star (August 2, 2021)

NY Judge Rips Endo On Lagging Discovery In Opioid Trial, Law360 (August 2, 2021)

An Advocacy Group for Black Women Is Suing Johnson & Johnson Over Its Talcum Powder Products, The Root (August 1, 2021)

Johnson & Johnson Marketed Baby Powder To Black Women Amid Ovarian Cancer Concerns, Our Time Press (August 1, 2021)

Lawsuit Filed Against Johnson & Johnson for Targeting Products Linked to Cancer to Black Women, Group Alleges, Essence (July 29, 2021)

National Council Of Negro Women, Ben Crump File Suit Against Johnson & Johnson, The Seattle Medium (July 29, 2021)

Drug Makers To Pay For Treatment, Prevention, Great Neck Record (July 29, 2021)

National Council of Negro Women, Ben Crump File Suit Against Johnson & Johnson, Atlanta Daily World (July 28, 2021)

Lawsuit: Johnson & Johnson Targeted Black Women in Marketing Baby Powder, Recorder (July 27, 2021)

Ben Crump files lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson on behalf of Black women, ABC News (July 27, 2021)

Johnson & Johnson marketed baby powder to Black women amid cancer concerns, lawsuit says, azcentral., a USA TODAY affiliate (July 27, 2021)

Black women’s organization sues Johnson & Johnson over talcum-based powder, CBS News (July 27, 2021)

Ben Crump files Johnson & Johnson lawsuit on behalf of Black women over powder causing cancer, Yahoo! News (July 27, 2021)

Crump Leads Suit Against Johnson & Johnson for Pushing Talcum Powder to Black Women Despite Cancer Link, The Washington Informer (July 27, 2021)

Ben Crump Sues J&J Over ‘Cancerous’ Talcum Powder…Targeted at Black Women, TMZ (July 27, 2021)

AGs Unveil $26B Global Opioid Deal With J&J, Distributors, Law360 (July 21, 2021)

New York, Drug Distributors Reach $1.18 Billion Opioid Settlement as National Deal Looms, One1News (July 21, 2021)

New York Attorney General Announces Settlement With Three Opioid Distributors Amid Long Island Trial, York Law Journal (July 20, 2021)

New York, drug distributors reach $1.18 billion opioid settlement as national deal looms, Reuters (July 20, 2021)

Nassau, Suffolk Reach Opioid Crisis Settlements With ‘Big Three’ Drug Companies, Long Island Press (July 20, 2021)

Drug distributors to pay up to $1.1 bln to settle New York opioid case, Financial Post (July 20, 2021)

New York, drug distributors reach $1.18 billion opioid settlement as national deal looms, Express Pharma (July 20, 2021)

GCASA director: Multimillion dollar deal with opioid distributors would ‘stabilize’ treatment system, The Batavian (July 20, 2021)

AG: State reaches $1.1 billion settlement with opioid distributors, Newsday (July 20, 2021)

Drug Distributors Strike $1.1B Opioid Deal, Exit NY Trial, Law360 (July 20, 2021)

Landmark Opioid Trial Opens in New York, Courtroom View Network (CVN) (July 2, 2021)

‘Honesty Was In Short Supply’: N.Y. Trial Starts With Arguments Against Opioid Makers, WBFO npr (June 30, 2021)

Opioid Suppliers Rebut Claims in First Jury Trial Over Epidemic, Bloomberg (June 30, 2021)

Heroin Needle and Cereal Box Figure in Plaintiffs’ NY Opioid Trial Opening, New York Law Journal/ (June 30, 2021)

Suffolk’s Lawyer Urges Jurors to Hold Drugmakers Liable for Opioid Crisis, Long Island Press (June 30, 2021)

Facing 1st Jury Opioid Attys Turn to Instagram, ‘Wizard of Oz’, Law360 (June 29, 2021)

Landmark opioid trial opens as lawyers address jurors for first time, Newsday (June 29, 2021)

Drug Cos. Share Blame For Opioid Crisis, NY Jury Told, Law360 (June 29, 2021)

‘Calculated Decision in Boardrooms’ Led to Crisis, Lawyers Say in Opening NY Opioid Suit, New York Law Journal/ (June 29, 2021)

Jury in New York opioids lawsuit gets instructions, Newsday (June 28, 2021)

Nation’s Eyes On New York As Unprecedented Opioid Trial Begins On Long Island, CBS-2 New York (June 28, 2021)

A Look At A Lawsuit Filed By NY Municipalities Over Opioid Crisis, WSKG npr PBS (June 23, 2021)

3 Pharmacies Cut From NY Opioid Trial, CVS Reaches Deal, Law360 (June 25, 2021)

New  York Opioid Trial Delayed Again As Jury Selection Lags, Law360 (June 16, 2021)

Nick Minaj says her father’s death in a hit-and-run accident was ‘the most devasting loss’ of her life, (May 15, 2021)

‘Rest In Paradise’ Nicki Minaj breaks her silence after father Robert was killed in a hit-and-run crash calling it a ‘devastating loss’, (May 15, 2021)

Nicki Minaj breaks silence on father’s death, (May 14, 2021)

Nicki Minaj keeps a low profile with husband Kenneth Petty as they grab dinner in Malibu, (April 9, 2021)

Nicki Minaj: $150 Million For Her Father’s Death – Inspired Traveler, (March 27, 2021)

Nicki Minaj’s mom sues the man who hit and killed her husband for $150 million, (March 27, 2021)

Arlo Hotel incident: Family of Black teen wrongly accused of theft filing racial profiling lawsuit, WABC (March 25, 2021)

Family of Black teen accused of stealing cellphone sues woman, N.Y. hotel, (March 25, 2021)

Family of Black teen accused of stealing cellphone files lawsuit, (March 25, 2021)

‘SoHo Karen’ Sued by Family of Black Teen She Falsely Accused of Stealing Phone, (March 25, 2021)

Family sues Soho’s Arlo Hotel for racial profiling after teen was falsely accused and attacked for theft, (March 24, 2021)

Family sues NYC Hotel, ‘SoHo Karen’ in bogus phone theft charge, (March 24, 2021)

Family of Black teen falsely accused of phone theft to file suit against ‘SoHo Karen,’ hotel claim, 1010 WINS Newsroom (March 24, 2021)

NYC Hotel Where Black Teen Keyon Harrold Jr., Was Falsely Accused of Stealing Phone Sued by Family, (March 24, 2021)

Family of Black teen falsely accused of stealing woman’s phone sues his accuser, CBS News (March 24, 2021)

SoHo Karen faces civil lawsuit from family of teen she falsely accused of taking her hone, (March 24, 2021)

Family of Racially Profiled 14-Year-Old File Lawsuit Against “Soho Karen” Miya Ponsetto And Arlo Hotel, (March 24, 2021)

Lawsuit alleges racial profiling in cellphone confrontation, (March 24, 2021)

Keyon Harrold Jr.’s family to file lawsuit against hotel, woman who falsely accused, TheGrio (March 24, 2021)

Nicki Minaj’s mom sues hit and run driver N51 billion for killing husband, (March 22, 2021)

Nicki Minaj’s mom files $150 million lawsuit against man charged in dad’s death, revolt.v (March 22, 2021)

Nicki Minaj’s mom sues driver charged in husband’s hi-run death, (March 21, 2021)

Lawsuit filed over hit-and-run death of Nicki Minaj’s father, (March 21, 2021)

Nicki Minaj’s mother filed a $150 million lawsuit against the man charged in her father’s fatal hi-and-run accident, (March 21, 2021)

Nicki Minaj’s mother suing man accused of ‘killing rap star’s father Robert Maraj, 64’, (March 20, 2021)

Top civil rights lawyers files $150m lawsuit over death of Nicki Minaj’s father in hit-and-run, (March 20, 2021)

Driver charged with killing Nicki Minaj’s dad in NY hit-and-run sued by mom for $150M, (March 19, 2021)

Unhappy AGs Have Options In Latest Purdue Ch. 11 Plan, Law360 (March 16, 2021)

McKinsey Opioid Deal With NY AG Approved Amid Objections, Law360 (March 16, 2020)

NY AG Opioid Trial Now Set For June Amid Virus Concerns, Law360 (March 8, 2021)

Lawsuit filed against forever chemical manufacturers, (March 6, 2021)

Landmark NY Opioid Trial Delayed Amid Virus Concerns, Law360 (March 5, 2021)

City of La Crosse takes action on PFAS contamination, WI Proud – A Fox Affiliate (March 5, 2021)

City of La Crosse Files Lawsuit Calling Out 23 companies for PFAS Contamination, Wisconsin Public Radio (March 1, 2021)

City of La Crosse files lawsuit against chemical manufacturers connected to PFAS, WKBT-TV (March 4, 2021)

Select Board retains New York law firm in suit against PFAS makers, The Inquirer and Mirror (February 18, 2021)

City takes action against PFAS manufacturers, WEAU-13 News – NBC Affiliate (February 12, 2021)

City council approves lawyers for PFAS suits…, Lacrosse Tribune (February 11, 2021)

Updated: Legal action taken on French Island PFAS contamination issue, ABC-19 Local WXOW (February 11, 2021)

Lawsuit filed for Reese Center area residents is among hundreds for firefighting foam contamination, KCBD-11 NBC Affiliate (January 28, 2021)

Class Action Lawsuit Filed for Lubbock Over Contaminated Wells, FKYO News Talk Radio (January 27, 2021)

Class action lawsuit filed for Lubbock residents because of contaminated water wells, KAMC ABC Affiliate (January 27, 2021)

Forever Chemicals Class Action Lawsuit filed on Behalf of Texas Community, (January 26, 2021)

Evers seeking legal action against companies responsible for ‘forever chemical’ contamination, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (January 22, 2021)

Tyco Fire Products Settles PFAS Chemical Lawsuit, Lexology (January 19, 2021)

Critical Mass: Foam First, Special Report Litigation: Editor’s Picks (January 13, 2021)

Firefighting Foam Maker Pays $17.5M In First MDL Settlement, Law360 (January 7, 2021)

Peshtigo Residents Reach $17.5M Settlement Over PFAS Contamination, Spectrum News 1 (January 7, 2021)

Johnson Controls to pay Peshtigo residents $17.5M to settle PFAS Lawsuit, Wisconsin State Journal (January 7, 2021)

Tyco reaches $17.5M settlement with Town of Peshtigo residents over PFAS, Fox-11 News (January 7, 2021)

Tyco Fire Products settles class action lawsuit with over 270 households in Peshtigo, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (January 7, 2021)

Milestone Class Settlement in Principle Announced of Case in the AFFF MDL Litigation, The Salamanca Press (January 7, 2021)

NY AG’s Opioid Epidemic Jury Trial Set For Early 2021, Law360 (October 28, 2020)

Class action lawsuit accuses Suffolk County school district of negligence, ABC-7 (September 9, 2020)

Lawsuit: Hazardous conditions caused illness in Northport Middle School students, Newsday (September 9, 2020)

Updated: Lawsuit Filed Over Northport Middle School Health Issues, (September 8, 2020)

Greene to join fight against PFAS, hudsonvalley360 (July 16, 2020)

Group to Revise Deal For Future Claims In Monsanto MDL, Law360 (July 8, 2020)

Lawyers Withdraw, Aiming to Revise, $1.1 Billion Class Settlement Over Roundup, | TheRecorder (July 8, 2020)

Bayer to Alter Plan for Handling Future Roundup Cancer Cuits, As Reported By

Judge ‘Skeptical’ Of Settlement For Future Roundup Claims, Law360 (July 7,2020)

Dow Chemical, Others Must Face 24 Contaminated Water Suits, Law360 (June 5, 2020)

City of Grande Prairie files proposed $10B class-action lawsuit against opioid companies

Tampa Bay Water files ‘forever chemicals’ lawsuit against DuPont, 3M, Tampa Bay Times (May 20, 2020)

Waterloo VB to join lawsuit over Seneca Lake contamination, Finger Lakes Times (April 20, 2020)

Justice Delayed: Coronavirus Halts Opioid, Cancer Trials, Law360 (April 1, 2020)

CCM: Towns Need State, Business Dollars To Clean Up Firefighting Foam, (March 4, 2020)

Cairo considers joining PFAS suit, Hudson Valley 360 (March 3, 2020)

NRWA Files Class Action Lawsuit Against PFAS Manufacturers, Water Quality Products (WQP) (February 27, 2020)

Rural Utilities Latest to Sue 3M Over Chemical Cleanup, Law360 (February 26, 2020)

Lawsuit Filed in DC Seeks Money for Testing, Treatment for Controversial Chemicals Contaminating Water, WUSA-9 (February 25, 2020)

NRWA Files Groundbreaking Class Action Lawsuit Against PFAS Manufacturers for Making, Selling Toxic Chemicals, As Covered by:

Rural Utilities Sue 3M, DuPoint Over PFAS Well Contamination, As Covered by:

In proud Bethpage, years of worry take emotional toll, Newsday (February 18, 2020)

Purdue’s Sacklers Shifted $1B Amid Opioid Fight, NY AG Says, Law360 (September 13, 2019)

More than 100 firefighting foam cases combined in complex litigation, ChemicalWatch Global Risk & Regulation News (August 15, 2019)

Purdue’s Sackler Family Must Face Opioid Suits in New York, Bloomberg (June 24, 2019)

NY Judge Allows Opioid Claims to Go Forward Against Sacklers, New York Law Journal (June 24, 2019)

Sacklers Can’t Escape NY Opioid MDL, Law360 (June 24, 2019)

NY Counties Join Battle Over 911 Fees Against Telecoms, Law360 (May 2, 2019)

Maine cities’ lawsuits against opioid makers moved to federal courts in Ohio, Bangor Daily News (December 24, 2018)

Purdue’s Sacklers Shifted $1B Amid Opioid Fight, NY AG Says, Law360 Five more counties file lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies for opioid epidemic, West Virginia Record (December 17, 2018)

Tucson, Marana file suit over contaminated water supply, NBC News 4 Tucson (November 8, 2018)

Ohio city seeks damages from 3M, others over alleged water well contamination, Legal NewsLine (October 12, 2018)

City of Dayton Press Conference: Regional Water Supply Contamination

City of Dayton files lawsuit against companies related to PFAS contamination, ABC-22 NOW (October 3, 2018)

Tyco, 3M, Others Want Out of Foam-Contaminated Water Suit, Law360 (September 11, 2018)

Marie Napoli’s Defamation Claim Proceeds Against Husband’s Ex-Partner, Attorney, New York Law Journal (August 16, 2018)

Portland (ME) opioid lawsuit may end up in Ohio federal court, the Forecaster (July 30, 2018)

Drug companies want to move Portland’s opioid lawsuit to Ohio, CBS Local Affiliate WGME-13 (July 28, 2018)

Suffolk judge rules counties’ suit against opioid makers can go forward, Newsday (July 18, 2018)

NY Opioid Litigation on Fast Track as Judge Rules Counties May Press Claims Against Distributors, New York Law Journal (July 17, 2018)

Counties move forward with opioid lawsuit, Rockland/Westchester Journal News, part of the USA Today Network (June 26, 2018)

Judge Refuses Drugmakers’ Bid to Dismiss New York Opioid Cases, New York Law Journal (June 18, 2018)

2nd Circuit Revives 9/11 Workers’ Suit Against Battery Park City Authority, New York Law Journal (June 6, 2018)

Exclusive: Are Love Canal chemicals still making people sick?, The Buffalo News (June 1, 2018)

MVP: Napoli Shkolnik’ S Paul J. Napoli, Law360 (October 23, 2020)

Priest alleges minor children harmed by lead exposure in Peru, St. Louis Record (May 28, 2018)

Study predicts most new cases of mesothelioma will not be related to occupational exposure after 2040, Madison-St. ClairRecord (May 7, 2018)

Opioid Watch, The Opioid Research Institute (April 17, 2018)

Damages sought from owners of metallurgical complex in Peru over minor childrens’ alleged injuries, St. Louis Record (April 5, 2018)

Nation’s top pain doctors face scores of opioid lawsuits, YAHOO! Finance (April 3, 2018)

New York Opioid Litigation Won’t Be Stayed; Lawyers Seeking 1,000 More County-Plaintiffs, (March 15, 2018)

Palm Beach County picks legal team to pursue opioid litigation, Sun Sentinel (March 13, 2018)

Opioid Judge Allows Some Discovery, Motions to Go Forward in MDL, The National Law Journal (March 7, 2018)

City of Gary files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors, Chicago Crusader February 8, 2018)

Westchester County Sues Drug Makers Over Opioid Crisis, CBS New York Local (February 6, 2018)


Westchester Sues Highly Addictive Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors, White Plains Daily Voice (February 6, 2018)

Westchester Files Lawsuit Against Big Pharma Over Opioids, (February 6, 2018)

BNSF Railway allegedly failed to protect employee from toxic agents, Cook County Record (February 2, 2018)

Prince George’s County is suing opioid manufacturers, The Diamondback (January 25, 2018)

Prince George’s Co. sues opioid makers, WTOP 103.5FM (January 24, 2018)

Makers of Taxotere breast cancer drug hit with lawsuit over hair loss allegedly caused by drug, Cook County Record (January 22, 2018)

NY Counties in State Opioid Litigation Allowed Discovery, New York Law Journal (1/16/18)

With Trump MIA on Opioids, Here Come the Lawyers, BloombergView (1/12/18)

Judge Sees Forum Shopping in Class Bid to Move Pollution Case, New York Law Journal (12/20/17)

Yaphank, New York residents file suit over alleged contamination of water supply, Legal Newsline (12/14/17)

Alabama man files suit against John Crane Inc. over father’s alleged asbestos exposure injuries, Madison-St. Clair Record (12/1/17)

How we got here: A history of the opiate epidemic, Long Island Business News (November 7, 2017)

Cuyahoga County files lawsuit accusing drug companies of racketeering,leading to opioid epidemic, (October 27, 2017)

Fulton County filing lawsuit against companies that make, distribute opioids, Fox 5 (October 23, 2017)

Fulton County to sue drug manufacturers in fight against opioid epidemic, WSB-TV2 Atlanta (October 23, 2017)

Fulton County to file suit against opioid manufacturers, distributors, (October 23, 2017)

NY Counties Sue Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioid Epidemic, WABC-7 Eyewitness News Exclusive (September 27, 2017)

Schuyler county attorney to crack down on manufacturers, distributors of opioids, Press & Sun-Bulletin [Part of The USA Today Network] (August 17, 2017)


Court Appointments

  • Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel in In Re: Aqueous Film-Forming Foams Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2:18-mn-2873-RMG) by United States District Court Judge Richard Mark Gergel for the District of South Carolina, Charleston Division
  • Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel in the West Virginia Opioid Litigation (Civil Action No. 17-C-248) by Honorable David W. Hummel, Jr. of the Second Judicial Circuit Court, Division 2 of Marshall County, West Virginia
  • Liaison Counsel in the Colorado PFOA / PFOS Toxic Tort Litigation (Bell, et al. v. The 3M Company, et al., No. 1:16-cv-02351-RBJ) by Honorable R. Brooke Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
  • Co-Lead Counsel in the New York Opioid Cost Recovery Litigation by Justice Jerry Garguilo of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
  • Appointed by the Supreme Court of the State of New York as a Liaison Counsel for the New York State Consolidated Diet Drug litigations In re: Diet Drug (Phentermine, fenfluramine, dexfenfluramine) Products Liability Litigation
  • Plaintiffs’ Discovery Committee for In re: MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether) Products Liability Litigation (MDL-1358), United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Judge Shira Scheindlin) on Environmental Contamination of Municipal Water Supplies of MTBE by Petroleum Refiners and Retailers
  • New York Court Appointed Member of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for In re Rezulin Products Liability Litigation (removed from the US market 3/21/2000)
  • Plaintiff’s Co-Liaison Counsel for In re: World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation, 21 MC 100 (AKH)  settled in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein

Representative Cases and Settlements of Note

*Results May Vary Depending On Your Particular Facts and Legal Circumstances*

$650 Million Ruling in National Pharmacy Chain Opioid Trial
U.S. District Court for Northern Ohio Judge Dan Aaron Polster ruled that CVS, Walgreens and Walmart must pay over $650 million over 15 years and set up an abatement program to Lake and Trumbull counties. The ruling is the first by a federal judge that assigns a monetary amount against pharmacy chains for their role in the opioid epidemic.

The funds will be used in programs to address the fallout from opioid abuse the defendant’s marketing of opioids caused.

$600 Million Settlement in the Flint Water Litigation
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, as co-liaison and negotiating counsel in the Flint Water Litigation, along with interim class counsel and representatives of the State of Michigan Attorney General’s office, reached a landmark wide- reaching $600 million settlement with the State of Michigan, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy), City of Flint, former Governor Richard Snyder, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and several other State and City employees in the Flint Water Crisis Litigation on behalf of the citizens of Flint, Michigan.

Jury Verdict in National Opioid Trial
This jury verdict was secured on behalf of our clients Lake and Trumbull Counties (OH) against pharmacy giants CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart.

$1.1 Billion Settlement: New York Opioid Jury Trial
This settlement was reached with the three largest drug distributors, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson, in the first opioid jury trial.
(Napoli Shkolnik is Counsel to Nassau County.)

$50 Million Settlement: New York Opioid Jury Trial
Endo Pharmaceutical agreed to this settlement to end their involvement in the NY opioid jury trial, where the company was accused of its role in the opioid epidemic.
(Napoli Shkolnik is Counsel to Nassau County.)

$320 Million Opioid Settlement
This landmark settlement was reached on behalf of Cuyahoga County (Ohio), one of the bellwether plaintiffs in the National Opioid Litigation, against four of the key players responsible for the opioid epidemic.

In re: World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation, 21 MC 100 (AKH), United States District Court, Southern District of New York. Appointed Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel.  Napoli negotiated a historic settlement of more than ten thousand workers’ claims against the City of New York, its contractors and other defendants in the mass tort litigation where first responders, construction workers, and laborers became ill as a result of toxic exposures suffered during the debris removal and clean-up operations at the World Trade Center and related sites following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

$50 Million MTBE Settlement 
In re: MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1358, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Napoli attained more than $50 million in the settlement with ExxonMobil Corporation and other defendants on behalf of numerous municipalities and municipal water districts whose potable drinking water sources were endangered and contaminated by leaks of petroleum additive.

In Re: Nassau County Consolidated MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether) Products Liability Litigation, Master Docket No.: 601516/09

Theodore Garille, Exec. Dir. for the Pascoag Util. Dist. v. Exxon Mobil Corp., et al. Providence Superior Ct., Case No. 02-2437 (Janice St. Ours v. Exxon Mobil Corp., et al. Providence Superior Ct., Case No. PC03-0079);

Gladys Marshall, et al., v. CSX Transportation, Inc., et al.;

In re: Diet Drug (Phentermine, fenfluramine, dexfenfluramine) Products Liability Litigation, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Achieved a half-billion dollar settlement on behalf of thousands of plaintiffs injured as a result of their ingestion of defective diet medications.

$52 Million Dollar Settlement For Environmental Contamination Of Municipal Water Supplies Of MTBE By Petroleum Refiners And Retailers

$875 Million Dollar Settlement On Behalf Of Users Of A Pharmaceutical That Caused Heart Defects

$118 Million Dollar Settlement On Behalf Of Users Of A Pharmaceutical That Caused Heart Defects

$220 Million Dollar Settlement On Behalf Of Users Of A Pharmaceutical That Caused Heart Defects

$712.5 Million Dollar Settlement Of Injuries Sustained By Rescue And Recovery Workers At Ground Zero From Toxic Dust.

$24.5 Million Dollar Settlement Of Injuries Sustained By Rescue And Recovery Workers At Ground Zero From Toxic Dust At Fresh Kills Landfill

$28 Million Dollar Settlement Of Injuries Sustained By Rescue And Recovery Workers At Ground Zero From Toxic Dust While Working On The Barges And Piers

$47.5 Million Dollar Settlement Of Injuries Sustained By Rescue And Recovery Workers At Ground Zero From Toxic Dust Recovered From The Port Authority Of New York And New Jersey

Civic Engagement and Philanthropic Pursuits

Through his numerous civic and philanthropic pursuits, Paul Napoli has shown his dedication in giving back to his community. As an active and well-respected alumnus of St. John’s Law School, Mr. Napoli remains active on campus and in the school’s academic administration, and is on the St. John’s Law Dean’s Advisory Council, St. John’s Loughlin Society (Benefactors’ Council); and the St. John’s University School of Law Alumni Association.

Paul’s experience in personal injury law, medical malpractice litigation, World Trade Center litigation, and numerous other legal proceedings and his acumen in handling legal cases is widely recognized by administrators and lawmakers within the state and federal court systems. In addition to his appointment by the United States District Court for the 9/11 litigations, Mr. Napoli was appointed by the Supreme Court of the State of New York as the Liaison Counsel for the Consolidated Diet Drug litigations and for the New York State Rezulin litigations.

In addition to his academic and professional activities, Mr. Napoli has served as a fierce advocate and enthusiastic supporter in numerous charitable endeavors and civic pursuits. Along with his dedicated work with the National September 11th Memorial and Museum and his participation and support for 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk, he has partnered with philanthropic efforts on behalf of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, lending his heartfelt support to the following:

  • The Bone Marrow Foundation: In 2014, Paul Napoli was diagnosed with leukemia and was told he would need a bone marrow transplant in order to recover. Through the guidance and support provided by the BMF, Paul ended up receiving the lifesaving transplant from his younger brother, and made a full recovery from the disease. As a proud supporter, Mr. Napoli works to ensure other families going through similar ordeals get the help and support they need.
  • Save the Children: Through his work with 9/11, Mr. Napoli is keenly aware of the issues that occur when disaster strikes a community. Through his support of Save the Children, he is proud to help ensure children in disaster-torn areas in the U.S. and throughout the world get the services they need to ensure a healthy start in life.
  • New York City Marathon: As a proud New Yorker, support for the yearly marathon is a given. In 2015, the year after Mr. Napoli’s battle with leukemia, this support became even more personal, when his wife ran in his honor, raising more than $50,000 in pledges.
  • New York City Police Museum: Mr. Napoli and the partners at Napoli Shkolnik PLLC are actively committed to assisting the Police Museum in its mission to preserve history and provide educational programming and exhibits to raise awareness on the services offered and sacrifices made in protecting the local community.
  • The Police Athletic League (PAL) – NYC: As the largest independent youth development non-profit organization, PAL operates a variety of diverse programs to help enrich the lives of inner city children, while encouraging them to reach their maximum potential.
  • Mental Health Association Of Nassau County: Mr. Napoli is proud to support the MHA in its work to improve the mental health of residents of Nassau County through direct services, education, advocacy, and program development.
  • Long Island Go Red For Women: Heart disease is one of the leading health concerns in our country, and through contributions to the Long Island chapter of Go Red, Mr. Napoli supports the mission of the American Heart Association to raise awareness and promote longer, healthier lives.
  • Swing For A Cure: Mr. Napoli and his colleagues at Napoli Shkolnik participate in and sponsor a tee at this yearly golf event, which helps to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
  • PENCIL: Transforming Schools. Together®: Mr. Napoli is passionate in his support of PENCIL, a leading organization in our area that promotes innovative and impactful collaborations between the business and educational communities.
  • Trey Whitfield Foundation, INC.®: Mr. Napoli is a proud supporter of this foundation, which encourages and supports the dreams of children and young adults across the country to continue their education.
  • Nassau County Law Enforcement Exploring Program: Implementing character-building activities that emphasize career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience, Mr. Napoli is proud to contribute time, money, and energy to this program encourages responsible choice to help make young adults more responsible citizens.

Along with the above, Mr. Napoli and the Napoli Shkolnik PLLC firm participate in the Holiday Mail For Heroes Program, which sends letters and card to military members overseas, as well as annual food drives benefiting local shelters, soup kitchens, and the Meal on Wheels program in New York.

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