Michael J. Epstein

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Rochelle Park, New Jersey

The Epstein Law Firm, P.A.
Michael J. Epstein
The Epstein Law Firm, P.A.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Medical Malpractice; view more

Licensed in New Jersey since: 1996

Education: Harvard Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2006 - 2008

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The Epstein Law Firm, P.A.

340 West Passaic Street
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662 Visit website


Michael J. Epstein, New Jersey personal injury attorney, has represented individuals in Bergen County, New Jersey, and the surrounding areas in a broad range of personal injury and employment law cases for approximately 25 years. At the Epstein Law Firm in Rochelle Park, Mr. Epstein represents clients in cases of medical and legal malpractice, product liability, premises liability, wrongful death, nursing home negligence, dog bites, and car accidents.  He also has extensive experience in complex employment law and commercial litigation cases. He has obtained certification as a civil trial attorney from the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Mr. Epstein received a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College summa cum laude before attending law school at Harvard University Law School, obtaining his Juris Doctor cum laude with honors in 1996. He was subsequently admitted to the New Jersey Bar, followed by the New York State Bar and the U.S. District Court for New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in 1997. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. Mr. Epstein served as a law clerk for two judges, one with the New Jersey Supreme Court and the other with the U.S. District Court, before securing a position as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in 1998.

Well-regarded for his legal knowledge and the recipient of numerous nominations to prestigious legal groups, Mr. Epstein has served as a speaker and moderator at many seminars and other events conducted by the Bergen County Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and NJICLE. He has spoken on topics such as handling the cross-examination of doctors, evidentiary issues, trial issues, Medicare liens in liability cases, and is the moderator of and speaker at the annual Tort Law Conference.

Among his more notable cases, Mr. Epstein represented a patient who suffered complications from a failed spine fusion in a landmark medical malpractice case, Murphy v. Implicito, which reinforced the need for doctors to provide an informed consent session to their patients in order to potentially reduce harmful complications. He has additionally distinguished himself as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, reserved for lawyers who have obtained a judgment in excess of $1 million for their clients.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Professional Liability: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Dram Shop Laws, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employer, Informed Consent, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Professional Malpractice - Other, Retaliation, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Termination

  • 40% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Professional Liability: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1996, New Jersey

Professional Webpage: https://goo.gl/maps/AYff3NG7qcnqYpaV8

Representative Clients:
  • J.H. v. R&M Tagliareni, LLC, Supreme Court, appeared as amicus for NJAJ
  • O’Donnell v. NJ Turnpike Authority, 236 NJ 335 (2019) appeared as amicus for NJAJ
  • Murphy v. Implicito, 392, N.J. Super. 245 (App. Div. 2007)
  • Krzykalski v. Tindall, 229 N.J. 622 (2018), appeared as amicus for NJAJ
  • Pollack v. Quick Quality Rests., Inc., 452 N.J. Super. 174 (App. Div. 2017)
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Bergen Magazine, Top Lawyers, Civil Trial
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.
Educational Background:
  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, J.D., Cum Laude, 1996, 1996
  • Hamilton College, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1993
  • Organization selects or nominates the Top 100 lawyers in specific categories., Member, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiffs Trial Lawyers in New Jersey, 2019
  • This Association is limited to only the top one percent of lawyers., Member, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation's Top One Percent, 2019
  • ABOTA dedicates itself to the preservation and promotion of the 7th Amendment, and membership is by invitation only., Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, Northern New Jersey Chapter, 2019
  • To be in this forum, a lawyer must resolve a case for in excess of $1 million., Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Ten Leaders of Personal Injury Lawyers Under the Age of 45 in New Jersey, 2009
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Deposition Seminar, Speaker, Prepping the Client for Deposition, Plaintiff's Perspective, NJICLE, NJICLE, 2019
  • Tort Law Conference, Speaker, Five Significant Tort Cases of 2019, NJICLE, NJICLE, 2019
  • Oversaw Tort Law Conference, Moderator, Tort Law Conference, NJICLE, NJICLE
  • BoardwalK Seminar, Moderator, Achieving Great Results In A Twitter World: Shorter Is Better, NJAJ, NJAJ, 2019
  • Deposition Seminar, Speaker, The de bene esse Deposition, Plaintiff Perspective, NJICLE, NJICLE, 2019
  • Moderator, Erisa, Medicare, and Medicaid Liens, Bergen County Bar Association, October 2011
  • Speaker, An Update On Civil Practice Issues, NJAJ Civil Trial Practice, December 1, 2012
  • Speaker, Closing Arguments, Hot Tips for Civil Litigators, September 2012
  • Speaker, Litigation Holds, NJCAA Annual Conference 2015
  • Speaker, Hospital Immunity: Kuchera v. Jersey Shore Family Health Center, NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, May 2015
  • Speaker, Liens at Trial: Boarded, Molded, or Stipulated, NJAJ Auto Program, November 2014
  • Speaker, Rules, Uses, and Limits of Documentary Evidence on Cross-Examination, NJAJ College of Trial Advocacy, November 2014
  • Speaker, Motions for Mistrials, NJAJ Trial Academy, November 2013
  • Presenter, End Distracted Driving, Paramus High School, October 2013
  • Program Co-Chair and Moderator, Evidence Issues Before and During Trial, NJAJ College of Trial Advocacy, November 2014
  • Program Co-Chair and Moderator, NJAJ Trial Academy: All About Motions, November 2013
  • Program Co-moderator, The Philosophy of Tort Law Liability, NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, April 2017
  • Speaker, Changes to “But For” Proximate Cause Charge, Medical Malpractice Seminar, NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, May 2018
  • Speaker, Common Evidentiary Issues in Medical Malpractice Cases, Medical Malpractice Seminar, NJAJ Meadowlands, November 2017
  • Program Co-Chair, Finding the Goods on Bad Experts, NJAJ Meadowlands, November 2015
  • Speaker, Effective Use of the Offer of Judgment – Bad Faith, Medical Malpractice Seminar, NJAJ Boardwalk Convention, April 2017
  • Author, Monthly Civil Practice Update, Bergen County Bar Association
  • Speaker, Bounds of Bias Cross-examination, ATLA Boardwalk, 2008
  • Moderator, Direct and Cross-examination of Defense and Plaintiff Doctors, Bergen County Bar Association, February 2007
  • Moderator, Minding Medicare's Interests, Liens and Set-asides in Liability Cases, Bergen County Bar Association, January 2011
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Co-Chair, Bergen County Judical and Prosecutor's Appointment Committee, 2023
  • Co-Chair, Civil Practice Committee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2003 - 2022
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges, 2014-present, 2014
  • Member, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ)
  • Board of Governors, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ), 2012 - 2020
  • Co-Chair, Amicus Committee, NJAJ, 2013-present
  • New Jersey, 1996
  • Member, Bergen County Bar Association, 2000 - Present
  • Bergen County Bar Association: Trustee, 2005-2011, Secretary, 2011 - 2012, Treasurer, 2012 - 2013, Second Vice President, 2013 - 2014, First Vice President, 2014 - 2015, President-elect, 2015 - 2016, President, 2016-2017, Past-President, 2017-2018
  • Member, Civil Practice Committee, NJAJ, 2011 - Present
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • Trustee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2005 - 2011
  • Member, Bench-Bar Committee, 2004 - Present
  • President, Association of County Bar Presidents, 2016-2018
  • New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1997

Office location for Michael J. Epstein

340 West Passaic Street
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662

Phone: 201-845-5962

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