Paul M. da Costa, Partner
Paul M. da Costa, Esq., is a partner at Snyder Sarno D’Aniello Maceri & da Costa LLC, and he is a certified civil trial attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Mr. da Costa is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)1 and a Fellow of the prestigious Litigation Counsel of America and is admitted to practice law in both the State of New Jersey and the District of Columbia. Mr. da Costa has also been selected for inclusion in Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in America. Specifically, he was selected in 2020 for the field of Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, and he was selected in 2021 in the fields of Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs.2 In 2020 and 2021, Mr. da Costa was further selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters’ New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100 list.4 He dedicates his practice to protecting the rights of all individuals that have been wronged through no fault of their own.
Mr. da Costa has substantial experience handling high profile cases that garner media attention on a national, state and local level. His cases have been covered by numerous media outlets, including Time, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, Star Ledger, Bergen Record, The Huffington Post, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, New Jersey Law Journal, VICE News, NJTV News, AP news, New Jersey 12, CBS radio and others. He has a unique ability to offer his clients the care and compassion needed during their difficult times while simultaneously providing aggressive legal representation in the courtroom, in the media and the legislature.
Trusted to Take on High-Profile Cases
When our firm takes on high-profile cases, we realize the opportunity and responsibility of not only giving victims a voice but making the best of an otherwise horrible situation. These cases allow our team and our clients to make a difference. They allow us to bring about a change for the better so someone in the future may not have to suffer the same fate.
Currently, Mr. da Costa is representing numerous families and staff members that have fallen victim to COVID-19 inside of nursing homes, such as the Veterans Memorial Homes at Menlo Park and Paramus and the Andover Subacute and Rehab facility where seventeen bodies were found piled up in a makeshift morgue. In addition, Mr. da Costa also represents many of the families and children that were victims of the Adenovirus outbreak at The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in late 2018. As part of his representation of the victims of the Adenovirus outbreak that claimed the lives of eleven children, he testified on behalf of his clients before the New Jersey Senate Health & Human Services Committee. His testimony on behalf of his clients and their children was described by a columnist for the North Jersey Record/USA Today Network as having spoken “eloquently on their behalf.”
Mr. da Costa is dedicated to providing a voice to individuals that have been the victim of medical malpractice, nursing home 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.
Mr. da Costa has handled a vast array of 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 motor vehicle accidents, bus crashes, pedestrian accidents, work site toxic exposure, and 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.
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 clients, including an $8.5 million and $4.5 million jury verdicts in surgical error cases, as well as a $1.5 million trial verdict in an ob/gyn case. His most recent seven-figure settlements include a $1 million cancer recurrence case, a $3.2 million anesthesia medical malpractice case, a $1.6 million settlement at trial in failure to timely diagnose case, $1.275 million settlement in failure to timely diagnose case and $1 million settlement at trial in emergency medicine malpractice case. He also recently settled a $2.5 million case against New Jersey Transit ("NJT") where his client was a pedestrian struck by an NJT bus.
In 2018, Mr. da Costa continued to get recognized for his work when the New Jersey Law Journal listed Mr. da Costa three times on their list of Top 20 Settlements and Verdicts. In 2017, Mr. da Costa again received recognition for his accomplishments while securing two spots in New Jersey Law Journal’s Top 20 Personal Injury Awards of the Year. His cases landed him in the 6th and 17thspot for the year. Earning him 6th place was a case of unnecessary surgery that a Monmouth County court awarded $8.5M. The 17th spot was awarded in the case of spinal surgery complications leading to a $4.5M verdict in Union County. In 2019, TopVericts.com listed one of Mr. da Costa and Mr. Devinney's cases amongst their list of top 50 Verdicts and Settlements in the United States for a $3.25 million anesthesia malpractice case. The list is comprised of cases filed either in a state or federal court, as well as those settled prior to commencing a lawsuit. More information regarding the list can be found here.
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. The settlement was 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 Verdict Search’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 included on Thomson Reuters’ New Jersey Super Lawyer list from 2017 - 20203, Thomson Reuters' New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100 list in 20204, and Thomson Reuters’ New Jersey Rising Stars list in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.3 He is on the Board of Governors for the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ).
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 the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, Rutgers College. Mr. da Costa has also 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.
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1. ABOTA is an invitation-only organization. Members must have at least five years of active experience as trial lawyers, have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to conclusion and possess additional litigation experience. ABOTA was founded in 1958, and its members are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ABOTA membership consists of more than 7,600 lawyers—equally balanced between plaintiff and defense—and judges spread among 96 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The general purposes of this Association shall be to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation and the general public be benefited by more efficient administration of justice consistent with time-tested and traditional principles of litigation.
2. Mr. da Costa was also selected by his peers for inclusion in Woodward White's The Best Lawyers in America; in the field of Personal Injury Litigation for 2020 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). The list is generated entirely on peer review. A further description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
3. Mr. da Costa has been included in the New Jersey Super Lawyers list published by Thomson Reuters in 2017-2019. The list is generated using a patented selection process involving three basic steps: creation of the candidate pool using peer nominations; evaluations of candidates by the research department; and peer evaluation by practice area. Prior to that she was included on the Rising Stars List published by Thomson Reuters in 2008, 2010-2016. The list is generated using a patented selection process involving three basic steps: creation of the candidate pool using peer nominations; evaluations of candidates by the research department; and peer evaluation by practice area. A further description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
4. Mr. da Costa has been included on Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers "Top 100" list for the New Jersey area. The Super Lawyers list is generated using a patented selection process involving three basic steps: creation of the candidate pool using peer nominations; evaluations of candidates by the research department; and peer evaluation by practice area. A further description of the selection methodology can be found here. Some states are broken into several regions, thus inclusion on the list does not mean that there are only 100 recipients in the state. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
5. Mr. da Costa has been included in The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. The mission of the NADC is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. By virtue of the incredible selectivity of our research process, only the elite few are invited to join the ranks of the NADC. Specifically, less than 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States are members of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys”. The recipients of this prestigious award have demonstrated the highest ideals of the legal profession. The National Association of Distinguished Counsel employs an objective, rigorous, multi-stage selection process. The result is the identification of the finest lawyers in the country, named "Nation's Top Attorneys." A further description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
6. Paul M. da Costa has been listed in Martindale Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers of 2018. The Register is generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. A further description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
As Seen On
NJ Spotlight News - Grand jury probes COVID-19 deaths at NJ veterans homes
First Aired 1/05/2021
NJ Spotlight News - It’s a race: COVID-19 vaccine vs. a second surge at nursing homes
First Aired 12/10/2020
NBC News - New Questions Over Outbreak at Veterans Nursing Home in NJ
First Aired 10/19/2020
Attorney Paul da Costa represents dozens of family members of residents, employees, and current residents at New Jersey’s veterans homes. They’re suing the state for the vet homes’ responses to the COVID pandemic.— VICE News (@VICENews) October 15, 2020
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Vice News - How NJ Failed its' Veterans at a Nursing Home During COVID
First Aired 10/15/2020
NJ Spotlight News - NJ veterans home staff & families demand answers on COVID-19 deaths
First Aired 09/16/2020
NJTV News - COVID Death Count Higher than Reported
First Aired 08/17/2020
NJTV News - NJ Veterans Home COVID-19 Cases
First Aired 08/11/2020
NBC News - NJ Veterans Home COVID-19 Cases
First Aired 07/03/2020
NBC News - NJ Veterans Home COVID-19 Cases
First Aired 06/29/2020
NorthJersey.com - Wanaque Adenovirus Outbreak Cases
First Aired 10/19/2019
ABC7 Eyewitness News - Wanaque Rehab Center Cases
First Aired 12/03/2018
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