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Paul Piantino, III Partner

Newark, NJ | Direct 201.368.7213Fax 201.368.7253
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Paul Piantino has extensive litigation and trial experience, on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, and has earned publicity in numerous print media for the work done on behalf of clients in a broad range of areas, including aviation, insurance coverage and bad faith, construction defect, professional malpractice, commercial and products, marine and personal injury matters. Many of the verdicts he has obtained have been published in the New Jersey Law Journal, Verdict Search, Jury Verdict Review and other publications. He has litigated and tried cases against multiple Fortune 500 companies.

Paul has represented many well known airports in aviation matters up and down the eastern seaboard including, Newark Liberty International Airport, Atlantic City International Airport, Teterboro (NJ) Airport, Westchester County (NY) Airport, Stewart International (NY) Airport, Albany International (NY) Airport, Republic (NY) Airport, Syracuse Hancock International Airport and Tweed New Haven Regional (CT) Airport. He has also handled cases arising out of operations at Essex County (NJ) Airport and Central Jersey Regional Airport. Paul’s aviation practice includes the defense of airports, airport operators and fixed base operators in litigation ranging  from premises liability to aircraft accidents resulting in serious bodily injury or property damage. He has also litigated and tried cases for commercial airlines and a variety of corporations which provide aviation-related services at various airport locations.

Paul provides insurance coverage advice and has litigated and tried numerous cases on behalf of domestic and European insurance companies in policyholder disputes arising out of construction, environmental, asbestos and other health hazard claims. On behalf of those same insurers, he has prosecuted subrogation suits seeking to recover bodily injury and property damage losses from responsible entities. He subrogated losses arising out of the Waldorf Astoria New York explosion in 2000 on behalf of the London insurance market.

Paul has defended roofers, vinyl siders, EIFS installers and other contractors for more than a decade in mass construction defect matters litigated in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Paul has extensive experience representing a variety of professionals including physicians, nurses and allied healthcare providers in the defense of medical malpractice claims. His background as a former state-certified Emergency Medical Technician provides him with unique perspective in the handling of medical related litigation. His successful defense of an accountant malpractice claim is a published opinion in the matter of First Indemnity of America Ins. Co. vs. Letters, Meyler & Co., P.C., 326 N.J.Super. 233 (N.J.Super. A.D. 1999).

Paul has substantial experience handling serious and catastrophic cases on behalf of injured persons in a wide range of areas, including products liability, medical incidents, industrial accidents, premises liability accidents, recreation and vehicular accidents. He obtained a seven-figure verdict in Bergen County relating to a cervical spine injury at a local shopping mall.

He continues to represent manufacturers of industrial machinery, home appliances and consumer products in the defense of product liability claims.

Paul’s practice includes the defense of clients in the transportation industry. Paul has handled numerous marine-related matters including, insurance coverage actions, the defense of suits involving cargo damage, charterer's liability, Jones Act and general maritime personal injury claims and in-land marine litigation. Paul has attended the International Marine Claims Conference in Dublin, Ireland, an invitation-only event, which brings together professionals associated with marine claims, including  claims personnel, surveyors, attorneys, underwriters members of the P&I clubs and the International Underwriting Association. He has continued to represent tracking and transportation clients in the defense of catastrophic accidents, regulatory matters and other transportation clients. 

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New Jersey

Superior Court of New Jersey

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. Supreme Court


Seton Hall University School of Law, LLM, Health Law

Pace University School of Law, JD and certificate in International Law, cum laude, 1995 

University of Pennsylvania, BA, magna cum laude, 1988

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