Joseph Cammarata

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Washington, Washington DC

Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.
Joseph Cammarata
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability

Licensed in Washington DC since: 1985

Education: St. John's University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024
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Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.

1232 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036 Phone: 202-659-8600 Email: Joseph Cammarata Visit website


Mr. Cammarata is a prominent, dual Board Certified civil trial attorney whose practice is concentrated in the areas of serious personal injury, brain injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. He has successfully litigated against insurance companies, governmental entities and even the President of the United States, winning millions of dollars in verdicts for his clients. He has appeared many times on every major network and cable television station and in national and international newspapers, magazines, and radio shows. Washingtonian magazine has named him one of the area’s top attorneys in every survey year since 1997. He is President of the Brain Injury Association of Washington, D.C. Licensed in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and New York.

First Admitted: 1984, New York

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Executive Committee Member, Traumatic Brain Injury Lirtigation Group of the American Association of Justice, 2014
  • President,  The Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., 2015
  • Member, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Maryland Association for Justice
  • Member, Council for Court Excellence, Jury Project: Jury Service in the 21st Century, 2014
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Masters of Law in Taxation
  • Board Cerified in Civil Trial Advocacy By the National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2003
  • Board Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice, 2012
  • Outstanding Attorney Award, U.S. Department of Justice, 1989
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Obtained unanimous decision from the United States Supreme Court in the matter of Clinton v. Jones  , 1997
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Chairman, Mt. Vernon, Virginia Public Safety Visioning Committee, 2011
  • President, and co-founder of the Brain Injury Association of Washington, DC, 2007
  • Member, Mt. Vernon, Virginia Area Plans Review Task Force, 2010
  • Member, Ad Hoc committee on continued use of Meadowood Facility, Lorton, Virginia, 2011
  • Commissioner, Ad Hoc Commission on Police Practices (Fairfax County, VA), 2015
  • Member, Mt. Vernon, Viriginia Visioning Task Force, 2011
  • Member, Board of Directors, Fairfax Water, 2012
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Appointed to the Board of Directors of Fairfax Water, which is Virginia's largest water utility serving one out of every five Virginians who obtain water from public utilities, which is approximately 1.7 million people., 2012
  • Drafted legislation which became the law known as the Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011. The law protects persons age 18 or under who are participating in any orgnaized athletic activity in the District of Columbia by requiring their removal from practice or play if suspected of having a concussion. They can only be permitted to return to participation in the athletic activity after obtaining written clearance from a licensed healthcare provder. The Act also has an educational requirement. This is the most expansive in scope of any similar legislation in the nation. , 2011
  • Appointed a Commissioner of the Ad Hoc Police Pracitces Review Commision of Fairfax County, Virginia, and also served on its Use of Force sub-committee.  The purpose of the Commission was to engage the community in a process to recommend changes that the Commission felt would help Farifax County to achieve its goal of maintaining a safe community, ensuring a culture of public trust and making sure the County policies provided for the fair and timely resoluton of police-involved incidents. The Commission issued its Final Report on October 8, 2015. , 2015
  • Successfully lobbied for enactment of the Frank Harris, Jr. Offset Justice Amendment Act of  2007, to prevent the District of Columbia from offsetting the cost of support of a person whenever the District has been found negligent in the care fo that person. The law was named after a cleint of the law firm., 2007
  • In every survey year since 1997, named one of the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area's top attorneys., 1997
Representative Clients:
  • Co-counsel on lawsuit, seeking class action status, on behalf of women who were secretly videotaped while participating in a spiritual cleansing ritual, which required them to be naked.  The ritual was performed at various times, including before a woman could convert to Judaism.  The lawsuit is pending in the local court in the District of Columbia against the synagogue which employed the raabbi who did the videotaping, the mikvah where the ritual was performed, and the Rabbinical Counsel which oversaw the conversion process., 2014
  • Filed lawsuit, pending in federal court in Massachusetts, against Bill Cosby for defamation on behalf of three women who claim they were sexually abused and/or assaulted by Mr. Cosby. The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Cosby branded each one of the women a "liar" when they made public their allegations against him., 2014

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1232 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

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