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About Paul Napoli

Paul J. Napoli was a Founding Partner who developed a law firm headquartered in New York City, with offices in nine states across the United States. On 9/11, the Napoli firm had its NYC offices across the street from the World Trade Center, and its employees were eyewitnesses to the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan. Paul 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 and was instrumental in obtaining settlements that are today valued at more than $816 million for his clients. Paul also lobbied New York State and the U.S. Congress for and was instrumental in obtaining two important pieces of legislation to assist WTC- injured workers. These are an amendment to New York’s General Municipal Law §50-I (“JIMMY NOLAN’S LAW”) that provided a one-year savings statute for otherwise time-barred first responder claims and the JAMES ZADROGA 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT OF 2010 (“Zadroga Bill”), which provides for medical monitoring and cash awards for injured first responders and other WTC survivors, local office workers and community members injured by the post-9/11 fallout. Paul 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.

He was profiled in the published book “City of Dust,” a journalistic account of the rescue, recovery and debris removal activities at the site of the World Trade Center following the September 11, 2001 attacks, authored by former New York Times columnist Anthony DePalma.

Mr. Napoli has written on physician liability for diet drug injuries and on “The Cost of Contamination” for the American Water Works Association Journal, November 2012. He has extensively litigated on behalf of municipal clients for contamination to land and water supplies resulting from petroleum and related chemical spills.

He has achieved hundreds of verdicts and settlements valued over $1 million for his clients and has also received many awards from his peers. He served on the Board of Directors of the New York Trial Lawyers Association, is active in several 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 mass tort, professional malpractice and general liability issues.

Bar Admissions

 

New York

Illinois

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 Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Education

 

St. John’s University School of Law, J.D.

Fordham University, BS

Awards and Honors

 

Lawyers of Distinction, 2016

Litigator Award, 2015

Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Senior Fellow

Legal Leaders, Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyers, 2014 & 2015

The Legal 500 United States, Top Tier 2014

America’s Elite Trial Lawyers

New York Super Lawyers® 2007-2016

Top 100 Attorneys in the New York Metro Area, 2007; 2010; 2012; 2013; 2014

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

American Trial Lawyers Association: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2008

Top 100 Trial Lawyers: New York (The American Trial Lawyers Association)

Professional Affiliations

 

American Association for Justice

National September 11 Memorial & Museum (Board Member)

New York State Bar Association (Member)

St. John’s Loughlin Society (Benefactors’ Council)

St. John’s University School of Law Dean’s Advisory Counsel

Speaking Engagements

 

Speaker, “Flint Water Crisis: Get in the Know about Lead Poisoning and How It’s Litigated”, Perrin Conferences

Publications

 

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

Napoli, Paul J., “Physician Liability In Diet Drug Litigation” NYLJ 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

Steering Committees

 

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, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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) pending/ settled in the US 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 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

Other Experience

Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP

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