Michael A. Ferrara Jr.

Michael A. Ferrara Jr.

Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Mr. Michael A. Ferrara joined the University of San Diego School of Law Board of Visitors in fall of 2004. Mr. Ferrara is the owner of The Ferrara Law Firm L.L.C. and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the New Jersey Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Federal Courts. Mr. Ferrara previously owned and operated a cellular telephone company in Texas, taught business law at Camden County College, and traveled throughout Russia teaching the newly democratic country how to implement a mortgage system to increase home ownership. He is a former U.S. Naval officer and a Vietnam veteran. Mr. Ferrara graduated from Villanova University in 1964 with a B.S. in Mathematics and received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1972.

Mr. Ferrara is the founder and former chair of ATLA New Jersey Legal PAC, the lawyer’s Political Action Committee. He is a past president of ATLA-NJ, the New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association (now NJAJ), a diplomat of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and past president of South Jersey ABOTA Chapter, Master of the Camden Inns of Court, and a past president of the Civil Justice Foundation.   He is a past chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Medical Malpractice Committee.  

Mr. Ferrara is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Attorneys, one of 500 selected in the world. Mr. Ferrara was awarded the “AV” [highest] rating by Martindale-Hubbell, The Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement by ATLA-NJ in 1992 and The 2001 Trial Bar Award to outstanding trial attorneys presented by the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ). He served on Senator Corzine, Lautenberg, and Torricelli’s Senate Federal Judicial Selection Advisory Committee, the Board of the Amigos de Jesús orphanage in Honduras, and the Board of the San Miguel School in Camden, N.J.

Mr. Ferrara is frequently asked to lecture for ATLA, now AAJ, the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) (recipient of their Distinguished Service Award in 2015),  the National College of Trial Advocacy, the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), and many state trial lawyer organizations. He has published many articles dealing with the law.

He is married and resides with Penny, his wife of 46 years, in Marlton, New Jersey. They have five children, Michael, Mary, John, Anne and Jennie, and four grandchildren.   

Areas of Practice

  • Representing those Harmed by Defective Products
  • Defective Drugs
  • Bad Doctors
  • Products Liability Cases
  • Auto, Bus and Tractor Trailer Cases
  • Construction-Site Injuries
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution Arbitrator

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Board Certified Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocates
  • Civil Trial Attorney, The National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1973
  • Pennsylvania, 1972
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1973
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993


  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 1972
    • Honors: Board of Visitors, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • B.S. - 1964
    • Major: Mathematics

Published Works

  • "Employment Torts: an Overview of Damages"
  • "The Use of Jury Questionnaires"
  • "The Role of Litigation: Paralegal in Discovery and Depositions"
  • "Botched Operation? Wrong Medication? When to Sue the Doctor"

Representative Cases

  • Greenberg v. Pryszlak, 426 N.J. Super. 591 (App. Div. 2012)
  • Catando v. Sheraton Poste Inn, 249 N.J.Super. 253 (App. Div. 1981)
  • Davidson v. Slater, 189 N.J. 166 (2007)
  • Hallacker v. National Bank & Trust Co., 806 F.2d 488 (3d Cir. 1986)
  • Kauffman v. Borough of Glassboro, 181 N.J.Super. 273 (App. Div. 1981)
  • Kerr S.S. Co., Inc. v. Westhoff, 204 N.J.Super. 300 (Law Div. 1985)
  • Massi v. Rutgers Cas. Ins. Co., 2005 WL 3478176 (App. Div. 1985)
  • McRory v. Zappolo, 2007 WL 3227177 (DNJ 2007)
  • Princeton Ins. Co. v. Chunmuang, 151 N.J. 80 (1997)
  • Spaulding v. Hussain, 229 N.J.Super. 430 (App. Div. 1988)
  • State in Interest of J. F., 141 N.J.Super. 328 (App. Div. 1976)
  • State v. Reddy, 130 N.J.Super. 14 (Law Div. 1974)
  • State v. Reddy, 137 N.J.Super. 32 (App. Div. 1975)
  • Thermographic Diagnostics, Inc. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 241 N.J.Super. 88 (App. Div. 1990)
  • Thompson v. Toyota Motor Corp., 157 F.R.D. 10 (D.N.J. 1994)
  • Wilson v. Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment Fund Bd., 213 N.J.Super. 520 (App. Div. 1986)


  • How to Try a Personal Injury Case, Rutgers Institute for Professional Education
  • Moderator, Medicine for Lawyers: Point Counter Point on Traumatic Brain Injury Cases, ICLE Seminar, December 13, 2003
  • American Association for Justice - New Jersey Affiliate
  • Speaker, A Review of New Jersey's No Fault, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Laws, New Jersey Annual Convention, Grossingers, New York, 1983
  • Speaker, Effective Closing Arguments, New Jersey Plaintiff's Trial Academy, 1984
  • Speaker, Closing Arguments and Trial Conduct, New Jersey's Plaintiff's Trial Academy, 1985
  • Speaker, Updated Ethical Dilemmas, New Jersey Boardwalk Seminar, 1989
  • Speaker, New Case Law and Landmark Cases, New Jersey Annual Convention, 1989
  • Speaker, Slip, Trip & Fall and the Construction Accident Cases, Themes/Diffusing the Defense in The Opening, NJ, Masters in Advocacy Seminar, Cherry Hill, 1991
  • Speaker, Directing the Plaintiff, The Masters in Trial Advocacy, Edison, 1992
  • Speaker, Personal Injury Program Proving the Injury, Boardwalk Seminar Bally's Park Place, 1996
  • Speaker, Art of Cross Examination, Trial Academy, 1996
  • Guest Speaker, The Year in Torts, Seaview Resort, 1996
  • Guest Speaker, Maximizing Damages in Soft Tissue Cases, Pines Manor, Edison, 1994
  • Guest Speaker, The Art of Cross Examination, Trial Academy, 1994
  • Guest Speaker, Jury Selection and Courtroom Presentation, 1995
  • Guest Speaker, Personal Injury Program - Proving the Injury, Boardwalk Seminar, 1996
  • Guest Speaker, The Art of Cross Examination, Trial Academy, 1996
  • Panelist, How to Nail Down Your Liability Case, Top Ten Torts, Boardwalk Seminar, 1995
  • Panelist, Top Ten Torts, Boardwalk Seminar, American Association for Justice, 1993
  • Speaker, Punitive Damages in Bad Faith Cases, NJ Annual Convention Host Farm, Lancaster, PA,, 1981
  • Speaker, Pre-Trial Discovery, Tucson, AZ, 1989
  • Speaker, Preparing the Slip & Fall Case, Annual Convention, Toronto, 1991
  • Speaker, Using Psychologists and Consultants, National College of Advocacy, San Francisco, 1991
  • Guest Speaker, Personal Empowerment, National Convention, Boston, 1996
  • Speaker, The New Jersey No Fault Law, NJ Legal Secretaries Association, 1986
  • Speaker, Winning the Battle But Losing the War: the Cap on Damages, National Dram Shop Seminar, Atlantic City, NJ, 1986
  • Speaker, A Legislative Review, Garden State Bar Association, Newark, NJ, 1986
  • Speaker, Recent Changes in the New Jersey No Fault Law, Independent Agents Luncheon Forum, 1989
  • Speaker, The New Auto Insurance Law, The Gloucester County Medical Society, 1986
  • Speaker, Opening Statements - Wrongful Death Trial, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Woodbridge, NJ, 1989
  • Speaker, New Auto Insurance Law, Independent Insurance Agents, Burlington County, 1989
  • Speaker, How To Try a Medical Malpractice Case, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Cherry Hill, NJ, 1990
  • Speaker, Hot Tips in Tort Law I, Suing Patient's Physician for Ignoring that Patient's Trial, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1990
  • Speaker, Evaluating Personal Injury Cases - Reviewing Medical Records, Camden County Bar Association, 1990
  • Speaker, Insurance Litigation, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1990
  • Speaker, Maximizing Damages and Trial Techniques, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • Speaker, Hot Tips in Tort Law II, Diffusing Time Bomb Jurors, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1991
  • Speaker, Expert Witness Testimony, The Camden County Bar Foundations' Continuing Legal Education Committee, Cherry Hill, NJ, 1992
  • Speaker, Oswin v. Shaw & Brown v. Fuentes, From the Plaintiff's Perspective, Presented to Personal Injury Law Committee, Camden County Bar Association, Camden NJ, 1992
  • Speaker, South Jersey Paralegal Association, 1996
  • Speaker, Recent Caselaw, Institute Continuing Legal Education, Cherry Hill, NJ, 1996
  • Speaker, Demonstration Of the Art Of Examination Of An Expert In A Traumatic Brain Injury Case Direct, New Jersey Head Injury Association, Inc., Woodbridge, NJ, 1996
  • Speaker, Lawyering in the 90's, Villanova University Law School, 1996
  • Speaker, Personal Empowerment, American Association for Justice, National Convention, Boston, 1996
  • Guest Speaker, Stress/Heart Attack and the Trial Lawyer, Camden County Bar Association, 1995
  • Guest Speaker, Demonstration of the Examination of an Expert in a TBI Case Direct, New Jersey Head Injury Association, 1996
  • Panelist, Auto Negligence, Camden County Bar Association, Legal Line Cable Television, 1995
  • Panelist, Prevention of Head Injury, American Association for Justice, Educational Foundation Cable Television, 1993
  • Panelist, Hot Tips in Tort Law, Ex-Parte Interviews, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1993
  • Panelist, Direct and Cross Examination of a Neurologist, Camden County Bar Association, Young Lawyers, 1993
  • Speaker, "Legal Negotiation & Settlement: Winning Strategies", Camden County Bar Association, 2002
  • Panelist, Point-Counter Point on Traumatic Brian Brain Injury Cases, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2003
  • Panelist, How to Try a Personal Injury case: from Conferencing to Closing, Camden County Bar Association, 2003

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2003
  • 2001 Trial Bar Award, Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, 1991
  • Martindale-Hubbell A-V Rating (Highest Rating for Law Firm Competence)
  • Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement, American Association for Justice, 1992
  • Sons of Italy, Outstanding American Citizen Award, Cherry Hill Lodge, Cherry Hill, NJ, 1999
  • Trial Attorneys of NJ, Trial Bar Award, for Distinguished Service and Achievement, 2001
  • Hall of Fame, West Catholic High School, 2001
  • Combat Action Ribbon
  • 2 Navy Unit Commendation
  • Vietnam Campaign Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal with Three Bronze Stars

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 1988 - 2000
  • American Association for Justice - New Jersey, President, 1985 - 1986
  • American Association for Justice - New Jersey, Chair and Founder Legal Pac, 1988 - 1990
  • New Jersey Trial Academy, Faculty
  • Boardwalk Products Liability Seminar, Chair, 1984
  • Camden County Bar Association Personal Injury Chair, Founder, 1984 - 1989
  • Camden County Bar Association Personal Injury Chair, Member, 1989 - Present
  • Camden County Bar Association Personal Injury Chair, Trustee, 1988 - 1991
  • Burlington County Bar Association, Chair, Civil Practice Bench-Bar Committee
  • Burlington County Bar Association, CLE Committee, 1998 - 1999
  • Camden Inns of Court, Master
  • Civil Justice Foundation, President, 1998
  • Civil Justice Foundation, Trustee
  • National College of Trial Advocacy, Hastings College of Law, CA, Faculty
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, State Coordinator
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Diplomate
  • New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Federal Judicial Selection Advisory Committee, Member, 1997 - Present
  • The Injury Board, Member
  • New Jersey Association for Justice, Member
  • The American Association for Justice, Member
  • Taos Injury Lawyer

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Navy, Lieutenant, 1964 - 1969
  • Naval Officers Submarine School, New London, Connecticut
  • Marlton Track Club, New Jersey, Founder and Commissioner
  • Cellular One Telephone Company, Wichita Falls, Texas, President and C.E.O.

Pro Bono Activities

  • Founder and Commissioner, Marlton Track Club, New Jersey
  • Father's Club Member, St. Joseph's Preparatory School
  • Member, Board of Trustees, West Philadelphia Catholic High School
  • Past President, Little Mill Woods Civic Association
  • Member, Former Board of Directors, Little Mill Woods Civic Association
  • Former Basketball Coach, Marlton Recreation Council
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Law, Camden County College
  • Co-Chair of Capital Campaign, Merion Mercy Academy Parents Club
  • Amigos de Jesus, helped Build an Orphanage in Honduras, 2000 - 2001
  • Sponsor, March of Dimes Foundation, 1995 - 2002
  • Sponsor, New Jersey State Aquarium, 1995 - 1999
  • Founder and Sponsor, Academic Allstars, Courier-Post, Cherry Hill, NJ, 1997 - 2001
  • Sponsor, Bancroft Foundation For Brain Injuries Philadelphia, PA, 1998 - 2002
  • Co-Counsel in the lawsuit against the tobacco industry (Represent the Governor of New Jersey)
  • Part of Congressional Delegation to Russia and Moldova, November, 1999
  • Merion Mercy Academy Parents Club (Co-Chair of Capital Campaign)
  • 7th Grade CCD Instructor, St. Joan of Arc, Marlton, NJ
  • Board of Trustees, West Catholic High School
  • Board of Visitors, University of San Diego School of Law