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Dennis Michael Baptista

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Workers Compensation

About Me

As a Certified Workers Compensation Law Attorney, with over twenty five years of experience, Dennis Baptista has earned a well-deserved reputation among the workers compensation bar for being a respected practitioner of great integrity and skill. Mr. Baptista has litigated numerous complicated workers compensation cases including claims involving accidental injuries, occupational diseases, repetitive motion injuries, total permanent disabilty and work related death. He obtained an Appellate Division decision in Medical Diagnostic Associates vs. Hawruluk which prevents medical providers from suing injured workers for the payment of medical bills while their workers compensation claims are being litigated. He is a frequent speaker for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education where he instructs other lawyers in the handling of workers compensation claims.


 


Mr. Baptista began his legal career at the law firm of Javerbaum & Wurgaft in 1985 as an Associate handling primarily workers' compensation litigation. From 1987 thru 2003, he practiced law in Elizabeth, NJ with Franz & Baptista, PC, where he developed  a statewide, high volume workers' compensation litigation practice. He later returned to the Javerbaum firm from 2003 thru 2011 to serve as Chairman of the Workers Compensation Department with offices in Newark and Springfield, NJ. In April of 2011 he joined the law firm of Livingston DiMarizo Baptista, LLP, a firm rich with a history of advocating workers rights, unionization of the workplace and is especially known for its zealous representation of injured workers in the compensation courts.


 


A leader in the community, Mr. Baptista was recently reappointed to his third three-year term as Judge of the Phillipsburg Municipal Court. Prior to his judicial appointment he served for ten-years as Commissioner of the Phillipsburg Housing Authority with a mission to provide safe, sanitary and affordable housing for the area's working poor. The Phillipsburg Housing Authority achieved "High Performer" status, HUD's highest possible rating of a housing authority, for each year that Mr. Baptista served as Commissioner.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1985

  1. Workers Compensation: 100%

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Michael Alvarez

    Mr. Baptista's contributions to the New Jersey Workers Compensation Bar are without equal. He is well-versed in all aspects of the WC statute, strives to provide the very best representation for his clients, and I could not endorse a fellow NJ Workers Compensation attorney any higher than Mr. Baptista.

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    Michael Alvarez Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Judd S Nemiro

    I highly endorse this lawyer, they are a well respected member of the legal community and always give their clients the best representation, If you are looking for someone willing to fight hard for your case, then look no further

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    Judd Nemiro Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Livingston DiMarzio Baptista, LLP

661 Franklin Avenue
Nutley, NJ, 07110

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NJActive198505/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super Lawyer - Workers CompensationSuperLawyers2011
Super Lawyer - Workers CompensationSuperLawyers2010
Super Lawyer - Workers CompensationSuperLawyers2009
Super Lawyer - Workers CompensationSuperLawyers2008
Super Lawyer - Workers CompensationSuperLawyers2006
Super Lawyer - Workers CompensationSuperLawyers2005

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
New Jersey Advisory Council on Safety and HealthVice President2003 - Present
New Jersey State Bar Association, Workers' Compensation SectionMember1985 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
American Trial Lawyers Association (New Jersey chapter)Member1985 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Cordeiro vs. Danny's Construction$1.31 Million Dollar Comp Award Affirmed by Appellate Division
Caramazano vs. General ElecticTotal Disability Benefits - Foot Injury
Coelho vs. S&S Roofing$550,000 for Unborn Child of Deceased Worker

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
New Jersey Law JournalSection 40 Liens - Decoded2014
New Jersey Law JournalTotal Permanent Disability Benefits2012
New Jersey LawyerWorkers Compensation Dependency Issues2008
Sidebar, Union County Bar AssociationWorkers' Compensation Dependency Benefits2005

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationWorkers Comp College 20152015
Division of Workers Compensation5th Annual Workers Comp Seminar2015
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationSection 40 Liens - Decoded2014
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationWorkers Comp College 20142014
Division of Workers Compensation4th Annual Workers Comp Seminar2014
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationWorkers Comp College 20132013
Division of Workers CompensationAnnual Bench/Bar Conference2013
Division of Workers CompensationAnnual Judges Conference2013
New Jersey State Bar FoundationSection 40 Liens - Decoded2012
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationWorkers Comp College 20122012
NJ Institute of Continuing Legal EducationWorkers Comp College 20112011
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationSection 40 Liens - Decoded2011
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationWorkers Comp College 20102010
National Business InstituteCurrent Workers Compensation Tips and Tactics2010
New Jersey State Bar AssociationWorkers Comp Practice Tips and Pitfalls2009
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationWorkers Comp 1012009
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationWorkers Comp 1012008
Seton Hall Law SchoolWorkers Compensation Skills & Methods2007
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationWorkers Comp 1012007
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationWorkers Comp 1012006
Union County Bar AssociationCurrent Workers Compensation Issues2005
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationWorkers Comp 1012005
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationUnderstanding Key Issues In Workers Compensation2003
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationTrial of a Workers' Compensation Case: Second Injury Fund2003