Mike A. Ferrara, Jr.
Michael A. Ferrara, Jr. is Of Counsel to Cohen, Placitella, Roth and has been an attorney since 1972. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the New Jersey Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Federal Courts. He is certified by both the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney.
He is Past President of the New Jersey Trial Lawyer’s (ATLA-NJ, now NJAJ), the South Jersey Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) a Master of the Camden Inns of Court, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a Past President of the Civil Justice Foundation. He was Co-Counsel in the lawsuit against the tobacco industry (representing the Governor of New Jersey) that settled for $8 Billion and Co-Counsel in the VIOXX litigation that settled for $4.85 Billion.
Mr. Ferrara was invited to become a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Attorneys, one of 500 selected in the world. He was awarded the “AV” [highest] rating by Martindale-Hubbell, The Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement by Association of Trial Attorneys of America – New Jersey (ATLA-NJ), and The Trial Bar Award to outstanding trial attorneys presented by Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ). He served on Federal Judicial Selection Advisory Committee and the Burlington County Judicial and Prosecutorial Selection Committee. He is listed in the book The Best Lawyers in America and New Jersey Magazine’s Super Lawyers.
Mr. Ferrara is frequently asked to lecture for the Association of Trial Attorneys (ATLA), now known as the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), the National College of Trial Advocacy, the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), and many state trial lawyer organizations. He has published many articles dealing with medical malpractice, products liability, auto crashes and personal injury cases. He has handled several significant cases before the Supreme Court of New Jersey and the New Jersey Appellate Courts which resulted in favorable law for plaintiffs in New Jersey. He is a former U.S. Naval officer and a Vietnam veteran.
He graduated from Villanova University in 1964 with a B.S. in Math and the University of San Diego School of Law in 1972 with a J.D.
J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California, 1972
United States Navy, Submarine Officer’s School, New London, Connecticut, 1965
B.S. in Mathematics, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 1964
Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2003
2001 Trial Bar Award, Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, 1991
Martindale-Hubbell A-V Rating (Highest Rating for Law Firm Competence)
Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement, New Jersey Association for Justice, 1992
Sons of Italy, Outstanding American Citizen Award, Cherry Hill Lodge, Cherry Hill, NJ, 1999
Trial Attorneys of NJ, Trial Bar Award, for Distinguished Service and Achievement, 2001
Hall of Fame, West Catholic High School, 2001
Combat Action Ribbon
2 Navy Unit Commendation
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Certified Legal Specialities
Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey
Board Certified Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocates
Civil Trial Attorney, The National Board of Trial Advocacy
New Jersey, 1973
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1973
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1973
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1973
U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
American Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 1988 – 2000
American Association for Justice – New Jersey, President, 1985 – 1986
American Association for Justice – New Jersey, Founder and Chair NJ LEGAL PAC, 1988 – 1990
New Jersey Trial Academy, Faculty
Boardwalk Products Liability Seminar, Chair, 1984
Camden County Bar Association Personal Injury Chair, Founder, 1984 – 1989
Camden County Bar Association Personal Injury Chair, Member, 1989 – Present
Camden County Bar Association, Trustee, 1988 – 1991
Burlington County Bar Association, Past Chair, Civil Practice Bench-Bar Committee
Burlington County Bar Association, CLE Committee, 1998 – 1999
Camden Inns of Court, Master
Civil Justice Foundation, President, 1998
Civil Justice Foundation, Trustee
National College of Trial Advocacy, Hastings College of Law, Faculty
National Board of Trial Advocacy, State Coordinator
American Board of Trial Advocates, Immediate Past President South Jersey Chapter
Federal Judicial Selection Advisory Committee, Former Member
The Injury Board, Member
New Jersey Association for Justice, Member
The American Association for Justice, Member