Joseph Cammarata

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Personal injury lawyer Joseph Cammarata is a dual board-certified civil trial attorney, nationally known for his tenacity and perseverance in zealously representing clients in all stages of litigation. Mr. Cammarata's practice is concentrated in the areas of serious personal injury, brain injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice. He also successfully champions the rights of victims of discrimination and civil rights abuses. He has litigated against insurance companies, governmental entities and even the President of the United States, winning several high profile cases and securing tens of millions of dollars in settlements for his clients. Mr. Cammarata has distinguished himself by winning a unanimous decision from the United States Supreme Court guaranteeing all individuals the right to equal access to justice, even against formidable, powerful opponents such as the President of the United States.

Among his many accolades, Joseph Cammarata was recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1989 with its Outstanding Attorney Award. He was named a "Super Lawyer" of the Washington, DC area by publisher Thomson Reuters every year since 2007. Mr. Cammarata has been named one of the top 100 Super Lawyers in Washington, D.C. in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Also, Washingtonian magazine has consistently named him one of the metropolitan Washington, DC area's top attorneys in every survey year since 1997. Mr. Cammarata has also been named in Who's Who in America Law, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.

An articulate and accomplished public speaker, Mr. Cammarata has made numerous appearances on national and international network and cable television programs and national radio shows, and has been quoted extensively in national and international newspapers and magazines. He is a contributing author to the recently published Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, a book edited by CNN's Larry King. Read Mr. Cammarata's " Access to Justice" essay.

Personal injury lawyer Joseph Cammarata serves as President of the Trial Lawyers' Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC Mr. Cammarata is a founder of the Brain Injury Association of DC, Inc., a not-for-profit organization devoted to assist persons suffering from a brain injury through prevention, research, education and advocacy. He drafted legislation which became the law known as the "Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011" enacted to protect youth athletes from the known risks of a concussion.

Mr. Cammarata is a member of the Board of Directors of Fairfax Water, which is Virginia's largest water utility. Mr. Cammarata was Chairman of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board and the Community Initiative to Reduce Youth Violence, each based in Fairfax County, Virginia. Mr. Cammarata was Chairman of the Public Safety Committee of the Visioning Task Force of Mount Vernon, Virginia and a member of the Mount Vernon Area Plan Review Task Force and the Ad Hoc Committee on Continued Use of the Meadowood Facility in Lorton, VA. He is also a past Chairman of the Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival, the largest outdoor fundraising event of the American Red Cross. Mr. Cammarata is a graduate of St. John's University School of Law and also holds a Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University Law School. Mr. Cammarata is also a certified public accountant. He is licensed to practice in Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, and New York.

(Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy)

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Litigation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Brain Injury
  • Personal Injury
  • Bus Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries
  • Pedestrian Injuries
  • Spinal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Qui Tam Litigation
  • Tractor-Trailer Collisions
  • Train Collisions
  • Mass Transit Collisions

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202-524-8841  Phone
(202) 659-8600  Phone
(202) 659-8680  Fax
University Attended:
Georgetown University, B.S.
Law School Attended:
St. John's University - Jamaica, NY, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
1984, New York; 1996 U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; 1986, U.S. Court of Federal Claims; 1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1998, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois; 1993, Virginia; 1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits and U.S. Supreme Court; 1992, Maryland; U.S. Tax Court; 1984, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York; 1985, District of Columbia; 1993, U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia; 1992, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
New York State, Maryland State and Virginia Bar Associations; American Association for Justice (formerly The Association of Trial Lawyers of America); Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. (Member, Board of Governors); Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.
Birth Information:
Brooklyn, New York, June 23, 1958
( Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy )
Payment Information:
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