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Joseph Cammarata

Joseph Cammarata

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Health Care, Medical Malpractice, Police Brutality

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About Me

Personal injury lawyer Joseph Cammarata is a board-certified civil trial attorney, nationally known for his tenacity and perseverance in zealously representing clients in all stages of litigation.  Mr. Cammarata’s practice is concentrated in the areas of serious personal injury, brain injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice.  He also successfully champions the rights of victims of discrimination and civil rights abuses.  He has litigated against insurance companies, governmental entities and even the President of the United States, winning several high profile cases and securing tens of millions of dollars in settlements for his clients. 


Mr. Cammarata has distinguished himself by winning a unanimous decision from the United States Supreme Court guaranteeing all individuals the right to equal access to justice, even against formidable, powerful opponents such as the President of the United States.


Among his many accolades, Joseph Cammarata was recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1989 with its Outstanding Attorney Award.  He was named a “Super Lawyer” of the Washington, D.C. area by Law & Politics magazine every year since 2007.  Also, Washingtonian magazine has consistently named him one of the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area’s top attorneys in every survey year since 1997:  in 2009, 2007, and 2004, as one of Washington’s Top Lawyers; in 2002, as one of Washington’s Top Seventy-Five Lawyers; in 1998, as one of the Top Forty Lawyers Under Forty; and in 1997, as one of Washington’s Top Fifty Lawyers.  Mr. Cammarata has also been named in Who’s Who in America Law, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.


An articulate and accomplished public speaker, Mr. Cammarata has made numerous appearances on national and international network and cable television programs and national radio shows, and has been quoted extensively in national and international newspapers and magazines.  He is a contributing author to the recently published Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, a book edited by CNN’s Larry King. Read Mr. Cammarata’s “Access to Justice” essay.  He is the host of an internet radioshow at which can be heard every Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. 


Personal injury lawyer Joseph Cammarata serves as Secretary of the Trial Lawyers’ Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.  Mr. Cammarata is a founder of the Brain Injury Association of D.C., Inc., a not-for-profit organization devoted to assist persons suffering from a brain injury through prevention, research, education and advocacy.  He is the author of legislation entitled the “Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011” designed to protect youth athletes from the known risks of a concussion. Mr. Cammarata is also a certified public accountant.  He was Chairman of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board and the Community Initiative to Reduce Youth Violence, each based in Fairfax County, Virginia.  Mr. Cammarata is Chairman of the Public Safety Committee of the Visioning Task Force of Mount Vernon, Virginia. He is also a past Chairman of the Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival, the largest outdoor fundraising event of the American Red Cross. Mr. Cammarata is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law and also holds a Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University Law School.   He is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and New York.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1984

  1. Police Brutality: 20%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 20%
  3. Health Care: 20%
  4. Car Accidents: 20%
  5. Personal Injury: 20%

Attorney Endorsements

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Contact Info

Chaikin & Sherman, P.C.

The Law Building
1232 Seventeenth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC, 20036-3003


VAAuthorized to practice law199303/11/2014
DCActive 198505/24/2015
NYCurrently registered 198403/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
One of Washington's Top LawyersN/A2004
One of Washington's Top Seventy-Five LawyersN/A2002
One of The Top Forty Lawyers Under FortyN/A1998
One of Washington's Top Fifty LawyersN/A1997
Outstanding Attorney AwardN/A1989

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Trial Lawyers’ Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.Board of GovernorsN/A
Brain Injury Association of D.C.Founding MemberN/A

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
St John's University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of LawsN/A
Georgetown University Law School.N/AN/AN/A