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4 SSDMD Partners Included on Thomson Reuters' NJ Super Lawyers Top 100

By Snyder Sarno D'Aniello Maceri & da Costa LLC on March 31, 2021


Four SSDMD Partners on NJ Super Lawyers Top 100

Snyder Sarno D’Aniello Maceri & da Costa, LLC is very pleased and proud to announce that for the second year in a row, four of our named partners have been selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters’ New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100 list.*

The four Partners selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers New Jersey Top 100 list are Angelo Sarno, Jerry S. D’Aniello, Joseph V. Maceri, and Paul M. da Costa.* 2021 marks the 5th consecutive year that Jerry S. D’Aniello has been included on the Top 100 list, and it is the second year in a row that Angelo Sarno, Joseph V. Maceri and Paul M. da Costa have been included.

The Firm is especially proud of this accomplishment considering that no other firm had four of its attorneys selected for inclusion in the Thomson Reuter’s New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100 list.

The Super Lawyers Top 100 list is generated using a patented selection process involving three basic steps: the 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.


Angelo Sarno, Esq.

Angelo Sarno, Esq. is the founding partner of SSDMD. He started the firm over a decade ago and has strategically expanded it to include three locations throughout the state of New Jersey. He is a distinguished family law attorney and is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a matrimonial attorney. 

In 2014, Mr. Sarno received national recognition for his involvement in representing the parents in the matter Rachel Canning vs. Sean and Elizabeth Canning, a case that involved a lawsuit between a daughter and her parents.  In addition, on September 25, 2014, Mr. Sarno’s successful arguments before the State Supreme Court in Maeker v. Ross established a legal precedent for the matrimonial law community. The unanimous Supreme Court, agreeing with Mr. Sarno’s arguments, ruled that oral palimony agreements entered into before the New Jersey Legislature’s amendment to the Statute of Frauds remains enforceable. Mr. Sarno has been included on Thomson Reuters’ New Jersey Super Lawyers list since its inception in 2005. In 2009 & 2020 he was selected by his peers to be featured on Thomson Reuters’ New Jersey Super Lawyers 100 Top list of matrimonial lawyers.*

Jerry S. D’Aniello, Esq.
Jerry S. D’Aniello, Esq. is the managing partner of the Somerset County office in Bridgewater. He devotes his practice exclusively to all aspects of divorce and family law. Mr. D’Aniello is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney and is an experienced mediator and arbitrator for all divorce and family law-related matters. He is one of the few trained mediators in New Jersey authorized to mediate cases that include domestic violence FRO, in counties participating in the pilot program. Jerry is a trained arbitrator and has completed the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Arbitration Training Institute. He is also a court-appointed custody mediator and is admitted to the rosters of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases for thirteen New Jersey counties. In addition to traditional client representation in divorce litigation, Jerry is a trained Collaborative Law Attorney. 

Jerry is the immediate past President of the American Academy of Matrimonial lawyers – NJ chapter as well as a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Jerry was included on Thomson Reuters’ New Jersey Rising Stars list from 2006 - 2007 and has been named among New Jersey Super Lawyers list consecutively since 2010.** Since 2017 Jerry has been selected for inclusion on Thomson Reuters’ New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100 list.*

Joseph V. Maceri, Esq. 
Joseph V. Maceri, Esq.
 
Joseph V. Maceri, Esq. is the managing partner of the firm’s Hackensack office. He is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a matrimonial attorney. Joe devotes his practice to all aspects of family law. He volunteers as an expert panelist for the Passaic County and Bergen County Superior Courts for the Early Settlement Programs. Mr. Maceri is also a member of the New Jersey Association for Justice.

He has been selected for inclusion on Thomson Reuters’ New Jersey Super Lawyers list since 2017.* In 2020, Joe was selected for inclusion on Thomson Reuters’ New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100 list.* Before that he was included on Thomson Reuters’ New Jersey Rising Stars list from 2012 through 2016.*

Paul M. da Costa, Esq.
Paul M. da Costa, Esq.

Paul M. da Costa, Esq. is the head of the firm’s medical malpractice and personal injury department. He is a certified civil trial attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.** 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. Paul and his team have secured millions of dollars in jury verdicts and settlements for victims of medical malpractice and personal injury. In 2020, Mr. da Costa has devoted much of his time to representing the victims and their families of the COVID-19 pandemic in nursing home facilities throughout the state, including the New Veterans Memorial Homes at Menlo Park and Paramus. His efforts have been widely recognized by major news outlets including CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, Star-Ledger, Bergen Record, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, VICE News, NJTV News, and New Jersey 12.  Paul has been interviewed and quoted by various media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Vice News, Bergen Record, and Star-Ledger.  In addition, Paul has testified several times before different committees of the New Jersey Legislature.

Paul is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)*** and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America is by invitation only and is composed of less than one-half of one percent of all American lawyers. Paul has also been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in the fields of medical malpractice (plaintiff) and personal injury (plaintiff). Paul is also a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.**** He has been included on Thomson Reuters’ New Jersey Super Lawyer list since 2017.* This year and in 2020, Paul was selected for inclusion on Thomson Reuters’ New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100 list.* In 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, Mr. da Costa was included on Thomson Reuters’ New Jersey Rising Stars list.*  Paul is a member of the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) Board of Governors, and he frequently lectures at CLE seminars on the topics of medical malpractice and trial practice. 

Once again, we extend the deepest congratulations to all four Partners for being included on Thomson Reuter’s New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100 list. We are proud of all of the attorneys who were recognized this year by the organization. The knowledgeable, compassionate attorneys at Snyder Sarno D’Aniello Maceri & da Costa, LLC take a hands-on approach to every case and offer each client personalized representation suited to his or her unique needs. 

If you have a family law, medical malpractice, or personal injury issue, contact the skilled attorneys at Snyder Sarno D’Aniello Maceri & da Costa, LLC.  Call us today at (973) 274-5200. Our offices have fully adapted to handle all types of family law matters respecting social distancing, office sanitizing, and capable of addressing many matters remotely by virtual connectivity including mediations and arbitrations.

 

* The Super Lawyers Top 100 list is generated using a patented selection process involving three basic steps: the 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.

** The list is generated using a patented selection process involving three basic steps: the creation of the candidate pool using peer nominations; evaluations of candidates by the research department; and peer evaluation by practice area. The list is generated using a patented selection process involving three basic steps: the 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.

***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.

****Candidates are identified either by nomination or an in-house research team. Nominations are accepted from members of NADC, fellow attorneys, and current or former clients. Once prospective candidates are identified, a lengthy vetting process is employed by NADC researchers. The information considered in this review process is sourced from publicly available information, including attorneys’ websites, public profiles, client reviews, and case results. Specifically, the research team evaluates factors which include, but are not limited to the following: firm profile and reputation, years of practice, education, training, trial experience, case outcomes, peer endorsements, client reviews, professional awards, professional memberships, leadership in legal organizations, community involvement, disciplinary status, and other noteworthy achievements. Multiple factors are considered by the NADC research team in evaluating its potential members. A blue-ribbon panel of attorneys studies the results provided by the NADC research team. These attorneys, having achieved podium status in their own right by multiple independent organizations, separate and apart from the NADC, are specially positioned with the perspective and knowledge in selecting “Nation’s Top Attorneys.” While considering the information presented to them, they make careful determinations as to who among their peers possesses the background, accomplishments, and prowess to serve as an example to other attorneys. The result is a list of attorneys who are considered truly elite. A judicial review board, led by a group of former judges, weighs in on the final candidates. The purpose of this phase is to ensure that those who are named “Nation’s Top Attorneys” have epitomized the ideals of the legal profession. They finalize the process of selecting the attorneys whose stellar reputation and exceptional performance exemplify only the highest standards. Those invited as members of the NADC must exhibit qualities becoming of an Officer of the Court, and have also demonstrated admirable character and virtue in the course of their practice of law.

 

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