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David M. Paris

  • Principal


Nutley, NJ





David M. Paris, a partner at Piro, Zinna, Cifelli, Paris & Genitempo, supervises the firm's litigation section and is a certified Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court. Since joining the firm in 1979, following a judicial clerkship, he has specialized in the trial of medical malpractice cases for patients and complex products liability, professional negligence and general liability cases with substantial damages. Paris has also handled complex commercial and estate litigation cases.  David is listed on the Superior Court of New Jersey's Roster of Mediators, Statewide Mediation Program for Civil, General Equity and Probate cases. He has spoken at the national conventions of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners about Plaintiff's medical malpractice litigation.

In the public sector, Paris served for 13 years as Municipal Attorney for the Township of Fairfield and 15 years for the Borough of North Caldwell. He performs employment practice investigations and has served as a hearing officer for public entity employee disciplinary matters.

Paris was also elected Councilman in North Caldwell in 2001, re-elected in 2004 and served as Council President for four years. He is a member of the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys and the New Jersey State and Essex County Bar Associations. Paris was named a Diplomat in Local Government Law by Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys in 2004. A graduate of Boston University and Boston University School of Law, Paris is admitted to the Bars of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court's District Ethics and Fee Arbitration Committees.  He has been named a New Jersey Super Lawyer for ten years.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice 40%
  • Products Liability 15%
  • Commercial Litigation 10%
  • State Local and Municipal Law 10%
  • Court Approved Mediator 5%
  • Estate Litigation 20%

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1978
  • Pennsylvania, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2007
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1978


  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1978
  • Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
    • B.S. - 1975
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • Diplomate in New Jersey Local Government Law
  • New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys
  • New Jersey Monthly Magazine Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys, Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
  • Essex County Bar Association, Member

Verdicts & Settlements

$2 million present value policy limit structured settlement of serious motorcycle/truck accident with brain injury (pay-out anticipated of over $10 million)

Approx. $2 million settlement to clients who were victims of the Labor Day Passaic industrial fire

$1.9 million settlement for construction site accident causing neurological injuries

$750,000 settlement for construction site accident causing ankle injury and emotional distress

Over $25 million dollar anticipated lifetime structured settlement for infant vaccine injury claim

Multimillion-dollar lifetime structured settlement of cerebral palsy claim

$3 million jury verdict for delayed diagnosis of breast cancer

$2.6 million settlement for birth injury caused by medical malpractice

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Rated By Super Lawyers | David M. Paris | 15 years