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James J. Amato

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Pottsville, PA

Fanelli, Evans & Patel, P.C.
1 Mahantongo Street
Pottsville, PA 17901
Phone: 570-622-2455
Fax: 570-622-5336
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2021
Licensed in Pennsylvania Since: 2006
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Jim Amato is a partner at the law firm of Fanelli, Evans & Patel, P.C., in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Jim focuses his practice on Personal Injury law. During his time with the firm, Jim has successfully recovered millions of dollars for clients suffering catastrophic injuries or death, as a result of motor vehicle, construction, dram shop, slip and fall, medical malpractice, defective product and work related accidents. 

Highly regarded by his clients and peers, Jim who practices law throughout Schuylkill County Pennsylvania, was named to the 2019 Risings Stars list by Super Lawyers. This nonpartisan award is based on a patented selection process and is awarded to only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Super Lawyers selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors.

Jim is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Slip and Fall, Construction Accident


1 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2021

About James J. Amato

First Admitted: 2006, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Girardville Area Municipal Authority, Solicitor
  • Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation, Board Member
  • West Mahanoy Township Board of Supervisors, Solicitor

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Arbitrator for the Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia Compulsory Arbitration program

Educational Background

  • Shenandoah Valley Jr./Sr. High School, 1999
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Major: Business Finance, 2003

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Claims by Illegal Immigrants, September 2009
  • General Contractors and Statutory Employer Immunity Under 6L’s Packing, May 2013


  • $393,750 settlement for Schuylkill County man who suffered a closed head injury after being injured at work.  , 2018
  • $2,000,000 settlement for a Schuylkill County man who was dropped from a wheelchair lift and suffered a traumatic brain injury., 2019
  • $335,000 settlement for Schuylkill County woman severally injured while particpating in a Brazlian Jiu Jitsu open mat session at a local facility., 2019
  • $700,000 settlement in a personal injury car accident claim. The claim was initially denid by the insurance company but Attorney Amato successfully proved the validity of the claim. , 2018
  • $270,000 settlement for Schuylkill County woman injured in a rear end motor vehicle accident.  As a result the accident the woman underwent a cervical neck fusion. , 2017
  • $230,000 settlement for woman who was caused to slip and fall on ice injuring her right knee, which requiring surgery. , 2017
  • $300,000.00 settlement on behalf of an injured client involved in a motor vehicle accident in Northumberland County.  The client was injured as a result of the negligence and carelessness of a driver under the influence of drugs. (March, 2016).  , 2016
  • $280,000 settlement for Schuylkill County woman who sustained a cervical neck injury requiring surgery as a result motor vehicle accident. , 2017
  • $512,000.00 verdict for an injured client who tripped and fell into an unmarked and unprotected auto mechanic's repair pit located in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania., 2016
  • $300,000.00 settlement for a 35 year-old woman injured as a result of motor vehicle accident that occurred in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. The settlement was the full amount of insurance coverage available for the claim. , 2016
  • $250,000.00 settlement for a Schuylkill County woman who sustained serious injuries as a result of a slip and fall on an icy and snow covered sidewalk. , 2016
  • $150,000 settlement for a Schuylkill County woman injured as a result of a trip and fall on a defective sidewalk at a property located in Frackville, Pennsylvania.  , 2016

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
  • Schuylkill County Marcellus Shale Task Force
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO), 2017
  • Schuylkill County Bench Bar Committee, 2015
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 2015
  • Schuylkill County Bar Association, 2015
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2007
  • Philadelphia County Bar Association, 2007
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Office Location for James J. Amato

1 Mahantongo Street
Pottsville, PA 17901

Phone: 570-622-2455

Fax: 570-622-5336

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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