Paul M. da Costa, Partner
Paul M. da Costa is a certified civil trial attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey and the District of Columbia. Mr. da Costa is dedicated to providing a voice to individuals that have been the victim of medical malpractice, car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, defective products, construction accidents, sexual abuse, birth injury, brain damage, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries and wrongful death. He focuses his practice in the areas of medical malpractice, products liability, mass torts and catastrophic personal injury cases.
Specifically, Mr. da Costa has handled medical malpractice cases involving claims of, among others, failure to diagnose cancer, obstetrical injuries, wrongful birth and wrongful death. Mr. da Costa has also handled products liability cases involving pharmaceutical and medical device products, sports and recreational products, construction equipment, ladders and tires. In addition, he has experience in handling cases involving sexual tort claims against religious institutions and mental health professionals.
Mr. da Costa is dedicated to protecting the rights of all individuals that have been wronged through no fault of their own. Through his tenacious and diligent advocacy, Mr. da Costa makes it his priority to “right the wrongs” that have been forced upon his clients. Mr. da Costa is not afraid to take cases to trial because he is a firm believer that pursuing the truth through litigation will prevent potential future wrongs. Mr. da Costa has obtained seven-figure trial verdicts and settlements for his client, including a $1.5 million trial verdict in an ob/gyn case. His most recent seven-figure settlement was a $2.5 million settlement in a case against New Jersey Transit ("NJT") where his client was a pedestrian struck by a bus making a left-hand turn. In 2016, Mr. da Costa secured a $2.6 million settlement from the State of New Jersey on behalf of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (“DCPP”), formerly known as DYFS, for the estate of a seven-year old boy, which the New Jersey Law Journal identified in its “2016 Personal Injury Special Section.” In 2016, two of Mr. da Costa’s settlements, $3 million and $1 million, were included in VerdictSearch’s “Top New Jersey Settlements 2016” publication. The $3 million settlement was ranked third in the professional negligence category, and the $1 million settlement was ranked fourteenth in the medical malpractice category.
Mr. da Costa has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in 2017 by Thomson Reuters. In 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, Mr. da Costa was included in the New Jersey “Rising Stars” list published by Thomson Reuters. The list is generated using a process involving three basic steps: creation of the candidate pool using peer nominations of who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less; evaluation of candidates by a research department assigning points; ranking and selecting candidates with the highest points. Mr. da Costa was also selected by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the New Leaders of the Bar 2016. He is on the Board of Governors for the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ), and has been selected for membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40.
Mr. da Costa is a 2003 graduate of Seton Hall University’s J.D.-M.A.D.I.R. joint-degree program, a collaboration of the School of Law and theSchool of Diplomacy and International Relations. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, Rutgers College.
Mr. da Costa has successfully completed the trial advocacy institute administered by the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Mr. da Costa is a frequent lecturer and presenter at continuing legal education (“CLE”) programs. Specifically, he has been a presenter at the following CLE programs.
Civil Trial Advocacy Do's & Dont's: Tips for the Novice (Jan. 2014). Read more.
How is ADR used in family law vs. civil law matters and what is the difference? Read more.
Civil Trial Advocacy Do’s and Dont’s: Tips for the Novice (Apr. 2015). Read more.
20th Annual Medical Malpractice Update: What Effect, if any, Does the Affordable Care Act have on Life Care Plans? Read more.
Medical Malpractice - Meadowlands Seminar 2016 Topic: Mock Trial of an Anesthesia Malpractice Case - Cross of Defense Liability Expert. Read more.
Medical Malpractice - Boardwalk Seminar 2017 Topic: Using Medical Learned Treatise. Read more.
Paul speaking on Direct and Cross Examination. Read more.
Civil Trial Advocacy Do’s and Dont’s: Tips for the Novice (May 2017). Read more.
- Angelo Sarno
- Edward S. Snyder
- Jerry S. D'Aniello
- Joseph V. Maceri
- Paul M. da Costa
- Stacey A. Cozewith
- Scott D. Danaher
- Rawan Hmoud
- Adelaide Riggi
"I was involved in a VERY complicated and tumultuous child custody, divorce, domestic violence case for two full years. I was fortunate enough to be represented by one of the top matrimonial teams in the state of NJ, and the outcome in my case exceeded my every expectation." - Former Client"Paul personally stood by my side and represented me throughout my injury case. Whether it was business at hand, advice, or a late night phone call to help me understand what was going on; he never took a step back towards helping me. I knew that I could call on him at any time . My case was very successful and I attribute that to Paul's dedication . He even came to me during a snow storm when I could not make it to his office. I certainly would recommend him to anyone." - Former Client