Mike A. Ferrara, Jr.

Of Counsel

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 malpracticeproducts 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.


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J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California, 1972


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United States Navy, Submarine Officer’s School, New London, Connecticut, 1965


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B.S. in Mathematics, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 1964

Attorney Awards

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


Bar Admissions

New Jersey, 1973

Pennsylvania, 1972

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

Professional Memberships

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

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