Michael J. Epstein

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Rochelle Park, NJ

The Epstein Law Firm, P.A.
 | 340 West Passaic Street, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
Phone: 201-845-5962
Fax: 201-845-5973
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2006 - 2008
Licensed Since: 1996
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)


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    Attorney Profile

    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 20 years. At the Epstein Law Firm in Rochelle Park, Mr. Epstein represents clients in cases of medical malpractice, product liability, workers' compensation, premises liability, wrongful death, nursing home negligence, dog bites, and car accidents, and he also is a capable litigator, taking on 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 before attending law school at Harvard University Law School, obtaining his Juris Doctor 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 ranked among the Ten Leaders for civil trial and personal injury law in the state, Mr. Epstein has served as a speaker and moderator at numerous seminars and other events conducted by the Bergen County Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and others. He has spoken on topics such as handling the cross-examination of doctors and Medicare liens in liability cases on multiple occasions.

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

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


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2006 - 2008

    Certificates and Credentials

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    About Michael Epstein

    Admitted: 1996, New Jersey

    Professional Webpage: http://www.theepsteinlawfirm.com/Bio/MichaelEpstein.asp


    • 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

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Co-Chair, Civil Practice Committee, Bergen County Bar Association, 2003 - Present
    • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges, 2014
    • Member, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ)
    • Board of Governors, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ), 2012 - present
    • 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

    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, 2019
    • 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

    Representative Clients:

    • Murphy v. Implicito, 392, N.J. Super. 245 App. Div. 2007

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Bergen Magazine, Top Lawyers, Civil Trial

    Educational Background:

    • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, J.D., Cum Laude, 1996
    • Hamilton College, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1993
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    Office Location for Michael J. Epstein

    340 West Passaic Street
    Rochelle Park, NJ 07662

    Phone: 201-845-5962

    Fax: 201-845-5973

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    Last Updated: 5/5/2020

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