Paul J. Napoli
Paul Napoli Law PLLC
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 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 multiple 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 at Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, where he has led the legal team in a number of breakthrough legal cases.
- Bar Admissions
- New York
- 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
- St. John’s University School of Law, J.D.
- Fordham University, BS
- 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:
- America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, 2018
- American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA), Member
- The American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Attorneys in the New York Metro Area, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, which recognizes excellence in legal practice based on peer reviews and client feedback
- The American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2008, 2016, 2017; Top 100 Trial Lawyers: New York, which recognizes a high degree of success in litigating cases
- AV Preeminent ™Martindale-Hubbell® Top Rated Lawyers, a designation considered as the gold standard for peer and client reviews
- Best of the Best Attorney’s Top 10 Personal Injury Law Attorney, 2020
- Best Law Firms in New York, U.S. News & World Report, 2019
- Corporate Counsel Top Ranked Law Firms, 2015
- Lawyers of Distinction, 2016
- The Legal 500 United States, Top Tier 2014, which uses extensive background information and research to determine the top 500 lawyers and law firms each year
- Legal Elite Top Rated Lawyer in New York, New York Magazine, 2015
- Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Senior Fellow
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA), 2020
- The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2016-2019
- National Law Journal Top 50 Elite Trial Lawyer, a prestigious honor awarded to a select number of attorneys for having the highest total recoveries
- New York Super Lawyers® 2007-2019, Top Attorneys in the Metro New Yok area, which uses a multi-phase selection process to determine the best lawyers in the New York area
- Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Awards, 2015 & 2016, Ranked Top 1% of Lawyers
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
- Nassau County Bar Association
- National September 11th Memorial & Museum (Board Member)
- New York State Bar Association
- Suffolk County Bar Association
- Trial Law Institute, Member
- St. John’s Loughlin Society (Benefactors’ Council)
- St. John’s University School of Law Dean’s Advisory Counsel
- Fordham University President Council
- Speaking Engagements
- 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
CCM: Towns Need State, Business Dollars To Clean Up Firefighting Foam, CTNewsJunkie.com (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:
- Yahoo!Finance (February 25, 2020)
- WBOC-CBS-16 (February 25, 2020)
- KWTV-CBS-9 (February 25, 2020)
- KAKE-ABC (February 25, 2020)
- Newson6 (February 25, 2020)
- MarketWatch (February 25, 2020)
- Daily Herald (February 25, 2020)
- The Buffalo News (February 25, 2020)
- PRNewsWire (February 25, 2020)
- SeekingAlpha.com (February 25, 2020)
- Finance Minyanville (February 25, 2020)
- Spoke (February 25, 2020)
- Benzinga (February 25, 2020)
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)
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, Forbes.com (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)
FOX 5 NEWS
Westchester Sues Highly Addictive Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors, White Plains Daily Voice (February 6, 2018)
Westchester Files Lawsuit Against Big Pharma Over Opioids, Patch.com (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, Cleveland.com (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, AJC.com (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)
- Law Firm of the Month: Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, Attorney at Law Magazine (October 31, 2019)
- Litigation Combats Hazards of Aqueous Film-Forming Foam Products, American Water Works Association (AWWA) Opflow Magazine (August 2019)
- PFAS: A New Frontier for Waste Management and Landfill Leachate, New York State Association for Solid Waste Management (NYSASWM) (Volume 24 | Number 2 | Summer 2019)
- PFAS and Their Implications for Landfills
- Statute of Limitations in Toxic Tort Cases: CPLR 214-f and Beyond, Paul Napoli and Michelle Greene, New York Law Journal (January 9, 2019)
- September 11th, the Zadroga Act and World Trade Center Health Program, China Press (September 11, 2018)
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- Opioid Crisis Costs: Is There a Cause of Action?, The New York Law Journal (November 16, 2017)
- The Emerging Crisis of PFAS Exposure, The New York Law Journal (October 6, 2017)
- “The Cost of Contamination,” American Water Works Association Journal, What’s New in Water and Waste Water, November 2012
- Compensation through legislation for 9/11 responders and victims: An analysis of Zadroga (Co-Author Brian Crosby), Westlaw Journal – Toxic Torts, Volume 29, Issue 8 / June 2011
- “Physician Liability In Diet Drug Litigation,” New York Law Journal (April 20, 1998)
- Profiled in:
- Mundy, Alicia, Dispensing with the Truth: The Victims, The Drug Companies, and the Dramatic Story Behind the Battle Over Fen-Phen, St. Martin’s Press, 2001.
- Depalma, Anthony, CITY OF DUST: ILLNESS, ARROGANCE AND 9/11, FT Press, 2010
- 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 for Suffolk County
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Other Experience
- Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP