Dan Marchese is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Only approximately 2% of all lawyers in the State of New Jersey hold that distinction. Dan has accumulated extensive civil litigation experience over the past 20 years in federal and state courts across the country. Dan has appeared for trial in all twenty one of New Jersey's County Superior Courts.
Dan is a 1989 graduate of Pingry School in Martinsville, New Jersey and Georgetown University in 1993, with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a minor in Psychology. Notably, as a Georgetown Hoya, Dan was the official mascot, "Jack the Bulldog" from 1990 to 1993.
Dan obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1997, where he served as a Member and Book Review Editor of the Seton Hall Law Review. Additionally, he was the research assistant to Professor E. Judson Jennings, helping him to pen the Jennings and Weissenberger New Jersey Evidence Courtroom Manual; this manual is still widely used by litigators across the state.
Enjoying admission to practice in New Jersey, Dan may also appear before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He is a member of the Sussex County, New Jersey State, and American Bar Associations.
Dan began his legal career "in the trenches" from the start. Sworn in by the Honorable Carol Ferentz, J.S.C. (retired) first thing in the early morning on the day he was licensed, he made his second appearance "on the record" at a deposition later on in the afternoon.
As a young attorney, Dan primarily served as defense counsel to large insurance company’s insureds, handling primarily auto accidents and premises liability matters. At that time, his work also brought him to the municipal court level, as he represented Abercrombie & Fitch privately prosecuting shoplifters in their Menlo Park Mall location.
Dan tried his first jury trial before the anniversary of his first year in practice. Later, Dan would venture into the commercial litigation realm, representing large companies in a variety of litigated and transactional matters. Returning again to the insurance industry, Dan joined the Nationwide Insurance Trial Division and represented Nationwide, Scottsdale, Allied, and National Casualty insureds in varying general liability and transportation defense cases. While the Nationwide Trial Division, he handled wrongful death actions, slip-and-falls, construction defect cases, products liability matters, and standard auto defense. Dan successfully brought a number of those matters to conclusion at trials before juries of up to eight panelists.
Dan has also handled many aspects of complex commercial litigation in the health care field at the State and Federal level. Additionally, Dan participated at Medical Board hearings and in criminal court defending claims brought on behalf of, or against, medical doctors in the course of their practice.
More recently, Dan has focused his practice on plaintiff’s personal injury lawsuits with particular emphasis on medical malpractice actions, commercial and business matters (litigation), employment suits, and Federal and State False Claims Act/Whistleblower cases. He is handling, and has handled, cases “coast-to-coast,” including in: California, Delaware, Florida, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington DC and Vermont.
Dan also represents clients in local municipal courts for DWI, traffic violations, simple assault, drug possession and neighbor disputes. He handles more serious criminal defense matters and domestic violence cases, as well.
Dan fights for clients who need representation to ensure that their rights are protected. Dan is Of Counsel to the firm.