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Gerald H. Clark

Gerald H. Clark - Civil Trial AttorneyGerald H. Clark has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction held by less than 2% of New Jersey attorneys. He is a Member of the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Association for Justice.  His practice concentrates on personal injury, commercial litigation, class actions and civil rights.  Gerald has also served as a lead attorney on the largest groundwater contamination case in the State of New Jersey. He played a key role in bringing about the settlement of an unprecedented consumer fraud tire safety class action lawsuit against Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, a settlement which is valued at between $1 billion and $3 billion to consumers.

Gerald serves as lead counsel on numerous catastrophic loss and wrongful death cases on behalf of trauma victims and their families.  Gerald and his firm represent deserving clients on a contingency basis. This way many people who otherwise could not afford legal services are able to access the court system. When safety rules are broken, the public is endangered. Clark believes that by standing up for people whose lives are turned upside down because of safety rule violations, and holding wrongdoers accountable (who are usually covered by insurance anyway), the community as a whole is made safer.

Gerald Clark is known as an authority and has been instrumental in shaping New Jersey construction injury law. He succeeded in prosecuting the strategic appeal in Costa v. Gaccione, 408 N.J.Super. 362 (App. Div. 2009) for the purpose of lessening the harmful impact Slack v. Whalen, 327 N.J. Super. 186 (App. Div. 2000) was having on workers. Gerald H. Clark, “Loosening the Slack on Slack”, 198 N.J. Law Journal 274 (2009)(discussing the import of the Costa decision on Slack). Most recently Mr. Clark successfully convinced the Supreme Court to adopt a heightened standard to prove comparative negligence in worker injury cases in Fernandes v. DAR Development Corp., 222 N.J. 390 (2015).

In July, 2006, Mr. Clark was listed in the New Jersey Law Journal’s “40 Under 40” feature which acknowledges 40 New Jersey lawyers under 40 years of age who have distinguished themselves in the practice of law.  For his work representing personal injury, products liability and accident victims, Mr. Clark was named a “Rising Stars Super Lawyer”  in the New Jersey Monthly magazine from 2006-2012 and a Thompson Reuters “Super Lawyer” every year since 2013.  He has also been named a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers Association and in 2015 a “Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in the State of New Jersey” by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Mr. Clark is Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney.

Among other notable New Jersey jury verdicts and settlements of Attorney Clark include:

  • $805,000 jury verdict for burn injuries caused by the fraudulent sale and installation of kitchen appliances;
  • $525,000 jury verdict for severe fracture injuries sustained by carpenter on construction site that violated OSHA worker safety regulations;
  • $120,000 jury verdict for neck and back injuries in New Jersey auto accident caused by a driver who ran a red light;
  • $1.2 million insurance settlement for New Jersey auto accident death caused by a cell phone driver;
  • $337,500 insurance settlement for worker laceration injuries caused by defective tempered glass which spontaneously shattered;
  • $300,000 insurance settlement for injuries sustained as the result of the negligent storage of the pesticides in a wine bottle which violated safety regulations;
  • $150,000 insurance settlement for New Jersey construction site accident;
  • $500,000 court award against underage drunk driver and tavern that served him alcohol and caused serious car collision;
  • $625,000 insurance settlement for union laborer who sustained a fractured ankle as a result of a fall from scaffolding on construction site;
  • $350,000 insurance settlement for a union mason who sustained herniated disc injuries on dangerous construction site;
  • $825,000 insurance settlement during trial for multiple trauma injuries as a result of 25 foot fall on construction site that failed to comply with OSHA labor safety laws;
  • $750,000 insurance settlement for back injuries as the result of an airplane crash;
  • $2.725 million insurance settlement for pelvic fracture injuries sustained in car accident;
  • $500,000 insurance settlement for severe finger laceration injuries sustained by carpenter who was directed to use an unguarded table saw that violated OSHA worker safety regulations;
  • $575,000 negligent security insurance settlement for customer attacked at fast food restaurant;
  • $1.1 million insurance settlement for a severely developmentally disabled girl who suffered severe abuse and neglect personal injuries and death at the hands of her care givers;
  • $375,000 trial settlement for laborer who suffered fractured foot on construction work site due to contractor OSHA safety violations;
  • $400,000 settlement for 80 year old woman who fractured hip when she tripped and fell at restaurant;
  • $2.520 million settlement for carpenter who fell from step ladder;
  • $150,000 jury verdict for construction worker who injured his knee in a trench;
  • $890,000 settlement of lawsuit involving pedestrian struck by auto in street;
  • $525,000 settlement for neck and back injuries in auto accident;
  • $550,000 products liability settlement.
  • $760,000 trial recovery for cervical disc injuries from auto crash.
  • $1.1 million jury trial award for a plumber who suffered a fracture pelvis when an OSHA non-compliant trench collapsed.
  • $3,000,000 jury verdict for construction worker who stumbled in a hidden hole.
  • $6.250 construction injury settlement involving fall from transmission tower.

Areas of Practice:

  • Personal Injury
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Animal Bites — Plaintiff
  • Assault & Battery — Plaintiff
  • Aviation Accidents — Plaintiff
  • Bad Faith
  • Chemicals & Cosmetics
  • Consumer Protection
  • Defamation & Privacy — Plaintiff
  • Food & Agricultural Products
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Machinery & Tools
  • Medical Products & Devices
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents — Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Defects
  • Pesticides
  • Pharmaceutical Products
  • Premises Liability — Plaintiff
  • Property Damage — Plaintiff
  • Recreational Products
  • Slip and Fall — Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death — Plaintiff

Litigation Percentage:

  • 98% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certification/Specialties:

  • New Jersey Superior Court Appointed Civil Arbitrator
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney

Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey, 1997
  • New York, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003

Education:

  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York, 1997 J.D.
  • Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 1994 B.A.Honors: Dean’s List Major: Political Science

Published Works:

  • Why Towns Shouldn’t Fear Ocean Injury Suits, 146 New Jersey Law Journal 142, October, 1996
  • Return to the Future: The Effect of Zicherman v. Korean Air Lines on Recoverable Damages in a Warsaw Convention Case. The Defense Perspective, American Bar Association Aviation Litigation Committee Seminar, Washington, D.C., September, 1996
  • Municipal Tort Immunity, New Jersey Law Journal
  • New Jersey Law Journal   Why NJ Workplaces Are Safer After ‘Fernandes’   2015
  • New Jersey Law Journal   Loosening the Slack on Slack   2009

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Seminar Panelist, Case Management of Mass Tort Cases, ALI/ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, St. Louis, Missouri, 2001
  • The Defense Perspective, American Bar Association Aviation Litigation Committee Seminar, Washington, D.C., September 6, 1996

Honors and Awards:

  • New Jersey Law Journal’s “40 Under 40″, 2006
  • “Rising Stars Super Lawyer” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, 2006 – 2008
  • Thompson Reuters “Super Lawyer” 2013-present.
  • Named by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Board of Governors, New Jersey Association for Justice
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Monmouth County Bar Association
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court Foundation
  • Jersey Shore Council, Boy Scouts of America Executive Board Member
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    Member
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
  • AAJ Construction Site Accident Litigation Group

Past Employment Positions:

  • United States Senate Minority Leader, Robert Dole, Congressional Intern, 1992
  • Hon. Alfred J. Lechner, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, Judicial Extern, 1994
  • Manhattan Firm of Biedermann, Hoenig, Massamillo & Ruff, P.C., Law Clerk
  • Hon. John D’Amico, New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division, Law Clerk, 1997 – 1998
  • Morgan, Melhuish, Monaghan, Arvidson, Abrutyn and Lisowski, Associate Attorney, 1998 – 2000
  • Lynch Martin Trial Lawyers, Associate Attorney, 2000-2005
  • Keefe, Bartels & Clark, LLC, Partner, 2005-2010

Languages:

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Gerald H. Clark, Esq.

  • Clark Law Firm, PC
    Personal Injury Attorney
    New Jersey

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