Paul M. da Costa

Paul M. da Costa: Attorney with Snyder Sarno D'Aniello Maceri & da Costa LLC
Attorney Awards

Biography

Paul M. da Costa is a civil trial attorney 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.

In 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Mr. da Costa has been 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. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in New Jersey are named to the list of Rising Stars. Mr. da Costa is also 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 John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, Rutgers College (B.A.).

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 has also dedicated time as a speaker for the NJICLE "Civil Trial Advocacy Do's and Dont's: Tips for the Novice" seminar. He will also serve as a panelist and speaker for the upcoming NJICLE seminar, "Working With Mental Health Experts."

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 School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, Rutgers College (B.A.).

Honors and Awards

• Listed as a Rising Star by New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2008, 2010-2014

• Selected as 2003 Presidential Management Intern (PMI)

Selected Publications

• Co-author, "The Circuit Split On 'Fraud On The FDA' Continues," Guest Column in Products Liability Law360, March 13, 2012

• Co-author, "Fifth Circuit Concludes That U.S. Supreme Court's "Fraud-on-the-FDA" Federal Preemption Precedent Has Broad Application," Duane Morris Alert, March 2, 2012

• Co-Author, "Presumption-of-Adequacy Defense Is Clarified and Reinforced," New Jersey Law Journal, December 7, 2011

• Co-author, "Mensing and Its Impact on State-Law-Based Claims Against Generic Drug Manufacturers," Update Magazine, The Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI), September 2011

• Co-author, "U.S. Supreme Court Overturns N.J. Supreme Court's Extension of Long-Arm Jurisdiction," LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy newsletter, September 2011

• Co-author, "Limiting Personal Jurisdiction Over Foreign Entities," Guest Column in Products Liability Law360, July 12, 2011; also published in Appellate Law360, International Trade Law360 and Legalink

• Co-author, "U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms Stringent Test for General Jurisdiction over Foreign Manufacturers," Duane Morris Alert, June 30, 2011

• Co-author, "U.S. Supreme Court Overturns N.J. Supreme Court's Extension of Long-arm Jurisdiction," Duane Morris Alert, June 28, 2011

• Co-author, "U.S. Supreme Court Holds That State-Law-Based Failure-to-Warn Claims Are Federally Preempted Against Generic Drug Manufacturers," Duane Morris Alert, June 23, 2011

• Author, "Has Expert Adequately Accounted for Obvious Alternative Explanations?," Chapter 7 of The Daubert Compendium, DRI Defense Library Series, 2011

• Co-author, "Federal Government Provides Its Position Regarding Generic Preemption to the Supreme Court," New Jersey State Bar Association's Products Liability and Toxic Tort Law Section Newsletter, Volume 12, Number 2, January 2011

• Co-author, Expert Analysis: "The Government Stance On Generic Preemption," published online in Appellate Law360 and Health Law360 by Portfolio Media, Inc., November 5, 2010

• Co-author, "Acting Solicitor General Gives Government's Position on Generic-Pharma Preemption to U.S. Supreme Court," Duane Morris Alert, November 4, 2010

• Co-author, "New Jersey Appeals Court Allows Counsel During Jury Selection to Research Potential Jurors on the Internet," Duane Morris Alert, October 1, 2010

• Co-author, "Is U.S. Supreme Court Review Inevitable? New Jersey High Court Extends Long-Arm Jurisdiction," DRI's For the Defense, September 2010

• Co-author, "Federal Government to Provide Its Position on Generic Preemption to the U.S. Supreme Court," Duane Morris Alert, August 3, 2010

• Co-author, "NJ Supreme Court Extends Long-Arm Jurisdiction to Foreign Manufacturers," LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy newsletter, July 2010

• Co-author, "U.S. Court Extends Long-Arm Jurisdiction to Foreign Manufacturers," Genericsweb.com INNSIGHT Industry Newsletter, May 21, 2010

• Co-author, "Generic Drug Manufacturers Post-ANDA Approval Duties With Reference To Labeling Changes: Viability of Federal Preemption Defense Post-Levine," Bloomberg Law Reports - Health Law, May 2010

• Co-author, "The Paradigm Shift in Civil Action Pleading Standards," DRI's For the Defense, April 2010

• Co-author, "Case Study: Nicastro v. McIntyre Machinery ," Guest Column in Product Liability Law 360 and International Trade Law 360, February 25, 2010

• Co-author, "New Jersey Supreme Court Extends Long-Arm Jurisdiction to Foreign Manufacturers Under the Stream-of-Commerce Theory ," Duane Morris Alert, February 12, 2010

• "New Jersey Supreme Court Adopts Board Regulations for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education," Duane Morris Alert, February 5, 2010

• Co-author, "Contacting Corporate Employees," Chapter 37 of Product Liability Litigation: Current Law, Strategies and Best Practices, Practising Law Institute, 2009

• Co-author, "New Jersey Supreme Court Proposes Rule of Court Requiring Mandatory Continuing Legal Education," Duane Morris Alert, October 13, 2009

• Co-author, "Viability of the Federal Preemption Defense Post-Levine," DRI's For The Defense, July 2009

• Co-author, "Can Failure-to-Warn Claims Against Generic Drug Manufacturers Be Preempted?," LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy newsletter, June 2009

• Co-author, "Wyeth v. Levine: An Attorney's Perspective," PharmExec.com, March 11, 2009

• Co-author, "Wyeth v. Levine: U.S. Supreme Court Finds That State-Law Failure-to-Warn Claims Are Not Federally Preempted," Duane Morris Alert, March 6, 2009

• Co-author, "Courts Are Divided on Whether Failure-to-Warn Claims Against Generic Drug Manufacturers Can Be Preempted," Genericsweb.com INNSIGHT Industry Newsletter, March 4, 2009

• Co-author, "Courts Are Divided on Whether Failure-to-Warn Claims Against Generic Drug Manufacturers Can Be Preempted," Strictly Speaking, newsletter of the DRI Product Liability Committee, Volume 3, Issue 2, February 25, 2009

• "New FDA Final Rule Amends the Changes Being Effected (CBE) Regulations: Amendments Bolster Preemption Defenses for Drug and Medical Device Manufacturers," New Jersey State Bar Association's Products Liability and Toxic Tort Law Section Newsletter, Volume 11, Number 1, February 2009

• "New FDA Final Rule Amends the Changes Being Effected (CBE) Regulations: Amendments Bolster Preemption Defenses for Drug and Medical Device Manufacturers," Strictly Speaking, the newsletter of the DRI Product Liability Committee, Volume 3, Issue 2, February 25, 2009

• Co-author, "Third Circuit Weighs In on Limits of Punitive Damages Awards," Duane Morris Alert, January 5, 2009

• Co-author, "Federal Preemption of Failure to Warn Claims Against Generic Drug Companies," LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy newsletter, Volume 28, Number 6, December 2008

• "Expansion of Strict Liability in New Jersey to Packagers and Labelers," Strictly Speaking, the newsletter of the DRI Product Liability Committee, Fall 2008

• Co-author, "Generic-Drug Companies And Federal Preemption," Guest Column in Products Liability Law 360 and Health Law 360, October 10, 2008

• Co-author, Federal Preemption of Failure to Warn Claims Against Generic Drug Companies," Duane Morris Alert, October 7, 2008

• Co-author, "New Final Rule Clarifies FDA's View On Preemption," Guest Column in Product Liability Law 360 and Health Law 360, August 29, 2008

• "New FDA Final Rule Amends the Changes Being Effected (CBE) Regulations," Duane Morris Alert, August 27, 2008

• Co-author, "N.J. Packagers Are Link in Acutrim Liability Chain," Guest Column in Product Liability Law 360 and Health Law 360, July 16, 2008

• "Expansion of Strict Liability in New Jersey to Packagers and Labelers," Duane Morris Alert, July 14, 2008

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
973-274-5200  Phone
www.medmalattorneynj.com
University Attended:
Rutgers College, B.A., 2000
Law School Attended:
Seton Hall University, J.D. - MADIR, 2003
Year of First Admission:
2003
Admission:
2008, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; 2004, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; 2009, District of Columbia; 2003, New Jersey
Memberships:
New Jersey State Bar Association (Appointee, Medical Malpractice & Legal Education Special Committees; Member, Products Liability Section); American Bar Association; American Association for Justice; New Jersey Association for Justice (Board of Governors)
Languages:
Portuguese
Birth Information:
February 25, 1978
Certifications:
( Certified Civil Trial Attorney by Supreme Court of New Jersey )
ISLN:
919688375
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover

Peer Reviews

4.7/5.0 (7 reviews)
Peer Reviewed
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.6/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.9/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.6/5.0
  • Communication

    4.9/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.6/5.0

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Roseland, New Jersey

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