Our Attorneys In The News
CSCS Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Silver Spring, MD Apartment Explosion Victims
On Thursday, March 30th, CSCS filed a lawsuit on behalf of several clients
who suffered injuries and losses in a fatal explosion and fire at an apartment
complex in Silver Spring, Maryland. According to investigators, a gas
leak led to the explosion. Despite being warned on multiple occasions
about the leak, and despite residents reporting the smell of gas to 911,
building management failed to address the hazard. The explosion killed
seven victims and injured dozens more.
CSCS Partner Joseph Cammarata and our clients were recently featured on
WJLA news discussing the lawsuit:
Freundel Class Action Expanded to Include New Defendant
On August 16th, CSCS and interim class counsel Sanford Heisler, LLP filed an
amended complaint in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in the pending
Freundel class action lawsuit. The amended complaint added the Beth Din of America, a religious
court, as a defendant in the case. Find more information about the updated lawsuit:
CSCS Represents Victims of Deadly Silver Spring Apartment Explosion
CSCS is currently representing victims who have been affected by the fatal August 10th
explosion and fire at the Flower Branch Apartment complex in Silver Spring, Maryland. During
a press conference, it was revealed that the explosion was caused by a
natural gas leak in the meter room of the complex’s meter room.
Partner Joseph Cammarata was recently interviewed on the matter, where
he discussed the management company’s failure to respond to residents’
complaints about the smell of gas. He was featured in an article by
WUSA 9 and a segment on
CSCS Attorneys Named to
Super Lawyers® Magazine
We are proud to announce that Partners Ira Sherman, Joseph Cammarata, and
Allan M. Siegel have been named yet again to the prestigious Washington, DC
Super Lawyers Magazine for 2016. All three Partners have been named to the list each
year since 2011. Associate Matthew Tievsky was also named to the 2016
Super Lawyers list of Rising Stars℠.
New York Times Discusses Second Scheduled Deposition of Mrs. Cosby
Joseph Cammarata was recently featured in a New York Times article on spousal
privilege in the ongoing Cosby defamation case. The article discusses
the deposition of Camille Cosby – conducted by Partner Cammarata
in February – and her attempt to block a second session of testimony
set for later this month.
You can read the full article
Camille Cosby Deposed in Defamation Case
On Monday, February 22, Camille Cosby was deposed in Massachusetts as part
of a defamation lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby by seven women currently
being represented by Partner Joseph Cammarata and CSCS. All seven women
have claimed they were sexually assaulted by Mr. Cosby, and subsequently
had their good names and reputations defamed after coming forward with
their stories. After testifying under oath for 2.5 hours on Monday, Mrs.
Cosby will need to return on March 14 to complete the second part of the
View Partner Cammarata discussing the deposition on NBC News with Partner
Ira Sherman at his side:
More coverage on the deposition can be found on:
CSCS Defeats Camille Cosby’s Motion to Quash Deposition
Shortly after news of Bill Cosby facing criminal charges for sexual assault
in a decade-old Pennsylvania case made headlines, Partner Joseph Cammarata
was successful in defeating Camille Cosby’s motion to quash her
deposition in our clients’ pending defamation case against the comedian.
The victory brings our team and the women we represent one step closer
to obtaining justice.
Read more about the motion and Partner Cammarata’s comments:
You can also hear Partner Cammarata's interview with NPR discussing
Mr. Cosby's criminal charges
Bill Cosby Sues 7 of His Accusers
On Monday, December 14th,
Bill Cosby filed a lawsuit against the seven women our firm is currently representing
in a defamation lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, Mr. Cosby is suing
the women for causing “emotional distresses” by bringing forth
their claims. Partner Joseph Cammarata, who is representing the women,
has appeared on multiple news outlets to comment on Mr. Cosby’s
latest lawsuit and what many are calling retaliation.
Partners Joseph Cammarata & Allan M. Siegel Named Top Lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine
Partners Joseph Cammarata and Allan M. Siegel have been named to Washington’s
‘Top Lawyers’ by
Washingtonian magazine! Both Partners have been included in the list of Top Lawyers
multiple times. Partner Cammarata has been included each year the survey
was done since 1997, and Partner Siegel since 2004. Read more about this
distinction and what it says about their achievement on
Partner Cammarata & Attorney Tievsky File Third Amended Complaint in
Cosby Defamation Case
On November 13, 2015 Partner Joseph Cammarata and Associate Attorney Matthew
Tievsky filed an amended complaint adding more women to the Bill Cosby
Defamation lawsuit and more. The four women now brings the total of women
publicly accusing Cosby of defamation following their claims of his alleged
assault to seven. You can read more about the amended complaint on
our blog or view the press coverage below:
Joseph Cammarata & Matthew Tievsky Defeat Bill Cosby’s Motion
to Dismiss Defamation Lawsuit
On Friday, October 9, 2015, Partner Joseph Cammarata and Associate Attorney
Matthew Tievsky achieved a major victory in the Bill Cosby case by defeating
the comedian’s motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit filed in
December of 2014 on behalf of our clients.
With this important victory, the case will continue to proceed and Partner
Cammarata and Attorney Tievsky will continue to fight for our clients,
each of whom allege that they were sexually assaulted by Mr. Cosby in
the 1970s, and that their names and reputations were defamed by Cosby
and his legal team after they came forward to publicly state their claims.
You can read more on this
press release or from selected news coverage below:
News Media Covers Partner Cammarata’s Recent Multi-Million Dollar Verdict
ABC 7 (WJLA) recently featured a story and televised news piece on a case
handled by Partner Joseph Cammarata. The case - which you can read more about on
our blog - resulted in a $4.5 million verdict for a woman who was struck in a crosswalk
and seriously injured by a DASH bus operated by the Alexandria Transit
Company. Read the full WJLA article
here and an article on the case from
The Washington Post.
Partner Cammarata Discusses Cosby Case with the Associated Press
Partner Cammarata Featured on Multiple News Outlets Discussing New Cosby
On Monday, July 7th, the controversy surrounding Bill Cosby was reignited
when newly released court records revealed Bill Cosby admitted to getting
prescription medications to give to women he wanted to have sex with.
As the lawyer for three women in a pending defamation case against Mr.
Cosby, CSCS Partner Joseph Cammarata has been featured on several media
outlets discussing the new developments.
Watch Partner Cammarata discussing the case on ABC’s Nightline below, or visit
this page to see the latest Cosby case coverage:
Partner Cammarata Interviewed by ABC 7
Partner Cammarata appears on ABC 7 to comment on the Rabbi Freundel voyeurism
case - in which our firm is currently representing several victims. He
also discusses the importance of accountability in other high profile
Partner Ira Sherman Interviewed by Fox 5 DC
Partner Ira Sherman was interviewed by Fox 5 News regarding DC Rabbi Bernard
Freundel's recent admission to having secretly videotaped women while
they used a ritual bath at the Kesher Israel synagogue. Freundel plead
guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism on February 19
th. Watch the video below or read more about the case on our invasion of
Partner Joseph Cammarata Interviewed by Australian News Network
Partner Joseph Cammarata recently made an appearance on Australian Broadcasting
Corporation's premier current events television program , 7.30, to
discuss the ongoing
defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby. The in-depth interview features a discussion on the most recently amended
complaint involving three women who alleged they were each sexually assaulted
by Mr. Cosby and subsequently had their respective good names and reputations
tarnished by Mr. Cosby.
Click here for a transcript of the interview. Please note the transcript and video
has misspelled the name of Partner Cammarata.
You can view Partner Cammarata's interview below:
Partner Allan M. Siegel Discusses Class Action Lawsuit in DC Rabbi Voyeurism Case
On Thursday December 18,2014, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel,
P.C. filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of women who were victimized
by Rabbi Bernard Freundel of Kesher Israel, a Georgetown synagogue. Freundel
was arrested in October for allegedly secretly recording women while they
used the synagogue's mikvah, a ritual bath. Partner Allan M. Siegel
recently appeared on NBC 4 News to discuss the case.
Partner Joseph Cammarata Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Bill Cosby
Visit this page for the latest updates on Partner Cammarata's Bill Cosby case.
Partner Joseph Cammarata held a press conference on December 10
th regarding a defamation lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby. The press conference
featured a discussion with both Partner Cammarata and his client, a woman
who alleges that she was sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby in the 1970s.
Read more here.
Partners Ira Sherman and Joseph Cammarata Discuss Rabbi Freundel Voyeurism
Case on WUSA9, Fox5
Partners Ira Sherman and Joseph Cammarata recently appeared on WUSA9 to
discuss the pending criminal case of Rabbi Barry Freundel, a prominent
DC religious leader accused of spying on women during private moments
at his synagogue and possibly the University at which he taught. Watch
their interviews below:
Partner Joseph Cammarata Quoted in the Portland Tribune
CSCS Partner Joseph Cammarata was recently quoted in the
Portland Tribune sharing his insight on concussion injuries in football and youth sports.
Partner Cammarata – who helped draft the Athletic Concussion Act
of 2011 to protect youth and high school athletes in the District of Columbia
– commented on current concussion protocol in schools and why they
need to be improved.
Click here to view the article.
CSCS' Client Featured on NBC Today Show
Our firm's client, former professional soccer player Bryan Namoff,
was profiled on NBC News' Today Show in a piece discussing concussions
in soccer. Namoff, who played with D.C. United, suffered permanent impairments
after being returned prematurely to play after experiencing a concussion
during a game in 2009. Our firm has filed a lawsuit against D.C. United
and the team doctor on behalf of Namoff.
Click here to view the news piece.
Partner Joseph Cammarata Appears on Multiple Media Outlets to Discuss President
Obama's Summit on Concussions in Youth Sports
Partner Joseph Cammarata recently appeared on several media outlets to
share his insight on President Obama's Healthy Kids & Safe Sports
Concussion Summit, where the President call for improved efforts to detect
concussions and improve treatment for young athletes. As a trusted authority
in the field of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), Attorney Cammarata was
featured on Fox News, WJLA ABC News, News Channel 8, and WNEW radio to
share his insights on the issue.
News Channel 8 / WJLA:
Ira Sherman, Joseph Cammarata, Allan Siegel, and Matthew Tievsky Included
in Washington, DC
Super Lawyers® Magazine
Partners Ira Sherman, Joseph Cammarata, and Allan Siegel were named to
the 2014 list of Washington, DC
Super Lawyers®. This is a significant honor held by no more than 5% of lawyers in the
District of Columbia. Partners Sherman, Cammarata, and Siegel have also
been named in the publication each year since 2011. As Partner Joseph
Cammarata received among the highest point totals during the
Super Lawyers® selection process, he was recognized in the Top 100 D.C.
Super Lawyers® list
. In addition, Associate Matthew Tievsky was named to the 2014
Super Lawyers® list of
Rising Stars℠, which is an achievement held by less than 2.5% of attorneys in the region.
Partner Joseph Cammarata Drafts Legislation to Protect Youth Athletes
Partner Joseph Cammarata drafted legislation designed to protect youth
athletes participating in any athletic activity in the District of Columbia
from the risk of concussion. That legislation became law and is known
as the Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011. It applies to any individual,
age 18 or younger, whether participating in any athletic activity of any
public, private, or charter school, or youth league in the District of
Columbia. It is believed to be the most expansive and protective of any
similar legislation in the United States. It requires that an athlete
who is suspected of sustaining a concussion be removed from practice or
play, and not returned to participation unless and until cleared to do
so by a licensed healthcare provider. It also requires an education program
to provide information about concussions. On February 14, the Mayor of
the District of Columbia, through the Department of Health, will issue
proposed rules to implement the provisions of the Act. This will move
us one step closer to helping to protect our youth athletes from concussion.
Ira Sherman, Joseph Cammarata and Allan M. Siegel all included in the 2011,
2012, and 2013 publications of
Washington DC Super Lawyers®
The law firm is proud to announce that all three of its partners were selected
for inclusion in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 publications of
Super Lawyers®. Only 5 percent of attorneys in the Washington, DC area are named to this
elite list. The firm was also featured in the The Washington Post Magazine
for this achievement. The portion of the magazine featuring partners Sherman,
Cammarata and Siegel can be seen by clicking here.
Super Lawyers® selects attorneys using a rigorous, multi-phase rating process. Candidates
are selected based upon peer nominations and evaluations, and then the
magazine conducts third-party research. The magazine evaluates each candidate
on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The
magazine is published in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and
reaches more than 13 million readers.
names Partners Joseph Cammarata and Allan M. Siegel as Two of Washington's
Washingtonian Magazine named Partners Joseph Cammarata and Allan M. Siegel as two of "Washington's
Top Lawyers" in its most recent survey which was done in 2011. The
magazine identified Mr. Cammarata and Mr. Siegel as two of "Washington's
best legal minds." The article breaks down its selections into 30
categories. Mr. Cammarata and Mr. Siegel were identified as 2 of the 43
top personal injury lawyers. The article is designed to help people find
lawyers in a number of different specialties. The
Washingtonian has historically devised this list by asking local attorneys who they
would choose to represent them if they were to need help in different
areas of the law. Mr. Cammarata has been recognized by the
Washingtonian as a "Best or Top Lawyer" in every survey year since 1997. This
is the third consecutive survey in which the magazine has named Mr. Siegel
as a "Top Lawyer." In 2007, the magazine called Mr. Cammarata
and Mr. Siegel two of "Washington's best–most honest and
Partner Joseph Cammarata has a weekly radio show every Wednesday from 9:30
to 10 a.m. Here are some of his past shows discussing laws and current
court cases which have been in the news recently.
Listed below are examples of press coverage involving Chaikin, Sherman,
Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.
Partner Joseph Cammarata speaks on legal issues involved in the University
of Virginia lacrosse murder trial.
Mr. Cammarata has recently appeared three times on Fox News affiliate for
Washington, DC providing his views, as a prominent trial attorney, on
the course of the murder trial involving George Huguely. Mr. Huguely was
charged with the murder of his former girlfriend, Yeardley Love.
Deadly Metro Crash Two Years Later
On Wednesday June 23, the victims' families from the deadly Red Line
crash two years ago were invited to lay a wreath at a memorial honoring
those on the train. In the last two years, some things have changed while
others are still the same. Some things not progressing as quickly as it
should are the suits against Metro and the equipment manufacturers. They
are still fighting over who is to blame. Partner Joseph Cammarata is representing
the family of Dennis Hawkins claims this is not a complicated case: a
train rear-ended a stopped train at a station and it's clear "that's
not supposed to happen."
Joseph Cammarata named as a Washington, DC Super Lawyer – Again
Partner, Joseph Cammarata, has been named to Washington DC Super Lawyers 2009 by
Law & Politics magazine. This is the third consecutive year that Mr. Cammarata has been
named as a "Super Lawyer." In selecting attorneys for Super Lawyers,
Law & Politics employs a rigorous, multiphase process. Peer nominations and evaluations
are combined with third party research and each candidate is evaluated
on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Bar
associations and courts across the country have recognized the legitimacy
of the selection process. Most recently, the New Jersey Supreme Court
upheld the findings of a Special Master assigned by the court to, among
other things, examine the details of our process. In his July 2008 report,
the Special Master lauded our process, stating:
Super Lawyers selection process] is a comprehensive, good-faith and detailed attempt
to produce a list of lawyers that have attained high peer recognition,
meet ethical standards, and have demonstrated some degree of achievement
in their field . . . Suffice to say, the selection procedures employed
by Key Professional Media, Inc., are very sophisticated, comprehensive
Mr. Cammarata is a board certified civil trial attorney. He has also been
named as one of Washington, DC´s "Top/Best Lawyers" by
Washingtonian Magazine in every survey year since 1997.
Partner Ira Sherman discusses the importance of helping provide education to all.
Read more about the
Ethiopian Heritage Scholarship and the firm's dedication to continuing education.
Ready to Rumble
Joseph Cammarata talks about his perspective on big insurance lawsuits
with another renowned attorney from the opposite side.
Partner Joseph Cammarata appearing on the television show "Viewpoint"
Partner Joseph Cammarata Hosts Internet Radio Show Every Wednesday from
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Partner Joseph Cammarata will be hosting a weekly internet radio show covering
a variety of legal and topical issues. The show can be heard live each
Wednesday from 9:30 AM to 10 AM. Tune into the show at
Partner Joseph Cammarata Has Been Asked to Represent Three High School
Football Players Who Were Severely Injured
Partner Joseph Cammarata and the law firm of Chaikin Sherman Cammarata
and Siegel, P.C. have been asked to represent three high school football
players who were severely injured while participating in a training camp
in Sterling, Virginia. Each of the three players suffered a concussion
when coaches chose to run a passing drill, which set the players on a
collision course and caused each of the players to run into each other.
One set of players, at one end of the field, ran a pass play toward the
center of the field. At the same time, at the other end of the field,
another set of players also ran a pass play toward the center of the field.
The players collided with each other as they got to the center of the
field. One of the players was hospitalized with a skull fracture and a
brain bleed. His condition remains guarded as he continues to suffer with
light sensitivity, headaches, hearing loss, memory loss and slurred speech.
The other players also continue to suffer the effects of the brain injury.
This incident, and the law firm's representation of these three players,
has been the subject of media attention. See NBC 4, Washington's coverage
Partner Joseph Cammarata appointed Chairman of the Public Safety Committee
of the Mount Vernon Visioning Task Force
In recognition of his ongoing work within the Northern Virginia community,
Partner Joseph Cammarata was appointed to this position by Gerry Hyland,
Mount Vernon District Supervisor of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
The Mount Vernon Visioning Task Force was created to provide an opportunity
to examine the community today and more importantly, what we want the
community to be tomorrow, both short term and long term. The Task Force
will examine issues involving land use, public safety, human services,
education, parks and recreation, environmental issues, economic and business
issues and challenges facing seniors. This effort will focus on goals
to better the quality of life in the community.
The Public Safety Committee is one of eight committees of the entire Task
Force. The Public Safety Committee is devoted to issues such as fire and
rescue, police and crime prevention, access to judicial services, additional
capital facilities, access to medical care and services, pedestrian safety,
and any other community safety need. In addition to holding regular meetings
of the Public Safety Committee, Mr. Cammarata has organized two community
meetings to obtain citizen input on long term goals for the community.
As a personal injury attorney working in the DC metropolitan area for many
years, Mr. Cammarata has had many cases where injury could have been prevented
had there been more emphasis on public safety. This committee continues
Mr. Cammarata's work, outside of the courtroom, in advocating public
safety and promoting the community's consciousness of issues related
to public safety.
CSCS wins multi-million dollar settlement
The law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. won a settlement
of almost $6 million on behalf of our client who was struck in the rear
by a drunk driver in Atlanta, Georgia. Our client was referred to us and
hired us despite having the opportunity to interview and select lawyers
in Georgia. This is because of the client's confidence that Chaikin,
Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. could represent him fully and completely
and assure that he received the highest level of care and competence.
We are proud to have represented this family and have achieved full and
complete justice on their behalf.
APITLA: Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is proud to be a part of
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America and is active in its declared mission of ending this national safety crisis.
Attorney Ira Sherman is on the APITLA national advisory board. Attorneys
Joseph Cammarata and Allan Siegel are chairs of the APITLA Maryland and
Virginia state boards.
The main focus of the APITLA is the elimination of unsafe and illegal trucking
practices. As a national organization of lawyers committed to making the
highways safer for all, APITLA combines education, legislation, and litigation
to reduce the number of accidents, injuries, and deaths due to unsafe
Partners Achieve Prestigious Honors
The law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is proud
to announce the recent, impressive accomplishments of its partners, Joseph
Cammarata and Allan Siegel.
Joseph Cammarata has been named to Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2010 by
Law & Politics magazine and was also named to Super Lawyers in 2007,
2008 and 2009. This prestigious honor involves a selection process that
evaluates peer recognition and professional achievement.
Partners Joseph Cammarata and Allan Siegel were both named Top Lawyers
by Washingtonian Magazine the December 2009 issue. Mr. Cammarata has been
named a Top Lawyer every year of the survey since 1997 and Mr. Siegel
has been named a Top Lawyer every year of the survey since 2004.
Suit Filed in June 22, 2009 METRO Train Collision
On June 22, 2009, two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority ("WMATA"
or "METRO") trains collided near the Fort Totten Metro Station.
The collision occurred when Metro Train 112 violently collided into the
rear of Train 214, which had stopped on the tracks. The force of the impact
pushed Train 214 forward several feet, and caused two-thirds of the lead
car of Train 112 to telescope.
The Metro collision resulted in the deaths of 9 people, and physical injuries
to at least 70 to 80 other people. The law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata,
Siegel, P.C. is representing the estate of one of the persons killed in
the collision, and is also representing an individual who suffered physical
and psychological injuries from the collision.
The law firm recently filed a lawsuit against WMATA and Alstrom Signaling,
Inc., an entity involved in providing train traffic control systems to
WMATA, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The Complaint
filed on behalf of the Estate of the deceased individual seeks compensation
for wrongful death, and pain and suffering before death, based on negligence.
As part of the negligence claim, the Complaint charges WMATA/METRO with
a failure to warn its passengers, such as our client, that the train involved
in the crash was not safe and had a tendency to telescope, eliminating
passenger survival space within the train. At least three years before
the June 2009 crash, WMATA/METRO was warned by the National Transportation
Safety Board that the type of train car involved in the collision needed
to be replaced because it was not safe for passengers in the event of
Owner of Campground Killed When Run Over by a Tractor-Trailer Driver
The law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has been
retained by the wife of a man who was run over by a truck at the Picture
Lake Campground in Petersburg, Virginia. Our client’s husband owned
and managed the campground and was working at the time. The truck driver
was trespassing on the premises, and our client’s husband stopped
him to determine the why he was on the campground. Our client’s
husband stepped up to the tractor-trailer driver’s window, when
the truck driver recklessly pulled away, causing our client’s husband
to fall backwards to the ground. The truck driver did not stop, or make
any attempt to determine where our client’s husband was located,
but instead continued to drive off, causing the truck to strike and run
over our client’s husband. Our client’s husband suffered severe
traumatic injuries and ultimately died. He was 57 years old at the time
of his death, and has been described by relatives as a quiet family man,
who managed and owned the campground. The law firm has recently filed
suit in the Circuit Court for Dinwiddie County, Virginia.
Suit Filed in June Fireworks Tragedy
On June 5, 2009, The Washington Post reported on a tragedy which occurred
at a town-sponsored fireworks show in Vienna, Virginia on July 4, 2007
in Vienna, Virginia on July 4, 2007. Partner Joseph Cammarata was featured
in the article which recounted the horror of our clients (a father and
son) being injured when the fireworks exploded in the crowd. Our clients
were seated within the town's designated "safe zone". The
law firm has filed a lawsuit against the Town of Vienna, the fireworks
company and others to seek compensation for our clients' injuries.
The suit is pending in the Circuit court of Fairfax County, Virginia.
Following publication of The Washington Post article, there was intense
media interest in the tragedy. Partner Joseph Cammarata and the family
of the injured clients held a press conference which was featured on the
local affiliate news stations of all major networks, NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox.
As reported on NBC
The City Council of the District of Columbia issued a resolution acknowledging
the establishment of the Brain Injury Association of the District of Columbia
and its affiliation with the Brain Injury Association of America.
Joseph Cammarata, President of the Brain Injury Association of the District of Columbia,
Ira Sherman, Vice President of the Brain Injury Association of the District of Columbia,
are pleased to announce that the City Council of the District of Columbia
passed a resolution on February 3, 2009 acknowledging a need for the establishment
of a Brain Injury Association for the District of Columbia based on the
frequency and severity of
traumatic brain injuries across the United States and in the District of Columbia. The resolution
lauded the establishment of the Brain Injury Association of the District
of Columbia, an organization whose goals are to provide information, assistance,
and resources to individuals and families that have suffered from traumatic
brain injury. The Brain Injury Association of the District of Columbia
became an official affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America
when the other affiliate states of the Brain Injury Association of America
voted on the application of the Brain Injury Association of the District
of Columbia to become an affiliate on December 5, 2008. The District of
Columbia City Council recognized the accomplishment and the need to have
an established affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America situated
within the District of Columbia itself. The website for the Brain Injury
Association of the District of Columbia is:
Joseph Cammarata and Ira Sherman to speak at Brain Injury Association of
Joseph Cammarata and Ira Sherman, President and Vice President of the Brain
Injury Association of the District of Columbia, respectively have been
selected to speak at the convention of the Brain Injury Association of
Maryland on April 16, 2009. The topic will be "The Protection and
Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury". Messrs. Cammarata
and Sherman are proud to have been selected to give this presentation.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Ethiopian Heritage College
In 2008, the
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Ethiopian Heritage College
Scholarship Fund was created in order to help members of the Ethiopian community pay for
their college education. The purpose of the fund is to find and then help
youngsters with few financial resources obtain a much-desired college
degree so that they may then go serve the public. CSCS, P.C. strives to
encourage the development of intellect, wisdom, and integrity in those
they help, and the firm strongly believes this can be accomplished as
can any other goal you long to achieve.
Partners Achieve Prestigious Honors
The law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is proud
to announce the recent, impressive accomplishments of two of its partners.
Joseph Cammarata has been named to Washington, DC Super Lawyers 2008 by
Law & Politics magazine and was also named to Super Lawyers in 2007. This prestigious
honor involves a selection process that evaluates peer recognition and
Washingtonian Magazine Features Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.
The October issue of
Washingtonian Magazine featured Partners Ira Sherman and Joseph Cammarata. Many of your are aware
of the involvement of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. in
the Ethiopian community. The law firm is associated with esteemed counsel
of Ethiopian heritage, Aseged Yimer, whose offices are located in Silver
Spring, Maryland. The law firm has also established the "CSCS Ethiopian
Heritage Scholarship Fund", which will be awarded to the successful
applicant in the summer of 2008, providing a subsidy for a successful
college applicant entering into their freshman year in the Fall of 2008.
We also have real life experiences helping members of this community. One
day, Mr. Cammarata was speaking with the owner/operator of the frankfurter
stand at the corner of Connecticut and N Street, N.W. She was complaining
that because the high rise building was being resurfaced her stand had
been moved down Connecticut Avenue approximately 25 feet. The effect of
being 25 feet from the corner was the difference of having shade from
the tree at the corner and not having the shade. This was of particular
significance to the lady owner of the frankfurter stand. Mr. Cammarata
quickly swung into action utilizing his most effective lawyering skills
and he convinced the management to return the lady to the shaded spot
on the corner of Connecticut and N Street. CSCS prides itself on representing
individuals who have valid claims that are significant to them although,
they may not have monetary value. All people and every claim that we serve
as advocates for, are treated with equal fervor. When a
Washingtonian Magazine reporter heard about this, he found it newsworthy and put the story on
page 15 of the October edition.
Partner Allan M. Siegel Completes his term as President of the Trial Lawyers
Association of Washington, DC
On May 9, 2009 Partner
Allan M. Siegel's term as President of the
Trial Lawyers Association of Washington, DC "DC-TLA") will officially end at the organization's Annual
Awards Dinner. When Mr. Siegel's tenure as President started this
country was in the twilight of the Bush years, and we did not know what
the future would bring for the civil justice system in America. Hillary
Clinton and Barack Obama were still battling for the democratic nomination,
and it was unclear as to who would occupy the White House, or which party
would dominate the Congress.
During his year as President, we witnessed the democrats take back the
White House and the Congress, which is a very positive development for
individual rights and the preservation of the civil justice system. In
fact, there is a clear shift taking place in Washington, DC, on both the
federal and local level, in favor of the protection of individual rights.
For example, there are currently four bills pending on Capitol Hill which
would significantly protect consumers. The
Sunshine in Litigation Act would restrict protective orders and secrecy agreements in Federal cases.
A bill like this could have potentially prevented hundreds of deaths caused
by the shredding of Firestone tires, the dangerousness of which were shrouded
by court secrecy agreements before 2001. The Nursing Home Arbitration
Act would prohibit binding mandatory arbitration agreements in nursing
home contracts, safeguarding the legal rights of a vulnerable population.
The Medical Device Safety Act will restore the rights of patients injured
by faulty medical devices - a right patients lost last year as a result
of the Supreme Court's decision in Riegel v. Medtronic. Lastly, the
Arbitration Fairness Act of 2009 bill will eliminate unfair binding mandatory
arbitration contracts in consumer agreements.
During Mr. Siegel's presidency there were also great strides made in
the District of Columbia. DC-TLA worked hard to successfully achieve the
goal of electing thirteen DC council members who are empathetic and sympathetic
to the rights of District of Columbia citizens to access the courts and
obtain justice. The city published regulations designed to implement a
law that members of DC-TLA were instrumental in drafting, which requires
the city insurance office to hold hearings to monitor requests for malpractice
insurance rate increases. Most recently, a bill called "The Insurance
Claims Consumer Protection Amendment Act of 2009" was introduced.
This bill is designed to provide consumers more equitable treatment from
their insurance companies.
In addition, during his presidency the organization continued to provide
quality educational programs to lawyers throughout the DC metropolitan
area, creating innovative programs, many of which sold-out. Mr. Siegel
intends to stay involved in the organization, having recently been elected
to serve as the organization's delegate to the national organization
- The American Association for Justice.
Partner Allan M. Siegel is elected AAJ Delegate
On April 2, 2009 Partner Allan M. Siegel was elected by the members of
the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC ("DC-TLA")
to serve as DC-TLA's delegate to the American Association for Justice
("AAJ"). DC-TLA is the local affiliate of AAJ, which is a national
association of trial lawyers, whose goal is to preserve and protect the
civil justice system in America. Mr. Siegel will be completing his term
as President of DC-TLA on May 9, 2009. He will be passing the reigns of
that organization over to his predecessor at the Annual Awards Dinner
on May 9, 2009. Mr. Siegel has served as the Secretary, Treasurer, Vice
President, and President-Elect, before serving as the 2008-2009 President
of DC-TLA. He also served on the Board of Governors from 1998-2004. He
is looking forward to his new position with the national association.
The law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is a member
of the Leaders Forum of AAJ, and partner Ira Sherman, serves as a chairman
of one of AAJ's litigation groups.
Joseph Cammarata named to list Washington DC Super Lawyers 2008
We are happy to report that partner, Joseph Cammarata, has been named to
Washington DC Super Lawyers 2008
Law & Politics magazine. Mr. Cammarata was also named to Super Lawyers 2007. Inclusion
in Super Lawyers follows a selection process involving and evaluating
peer recognition and professional achievement.
Allan M. Siegel will take over as President of the Trial Lawyers Association
of Washington, DC on May 10, 2008
On May 10, 2008 Partner Allan M. Siegel will be inducted as the President
of the Trial Lawyers Association of Washington, DC ("DC-TLA")
at is Annual Awards Dinner which is being held at the National Press Club
in Washington, DC The organization will also be honoring the American
Association of Justice President, Kathleen Flynn Peterson, Retired Maryland
Court of Appeals Judge Howard Chasanow, and Robert Peck of the Center
for Constitutional Litigation.
DC-TLA is an organization which is dedicated to preserving the rights of,
and advocating on behalf, of those who are injured by the negligence of
others. Its members share an abiding commitment to maintaining a civil-justice
system that enables citizens to have their claims for full and fair compensation
adjudicated by a trial by jury. The organization supports the legal community
by championing legislation that promotes and protects our clients'
rights and by providing high-quality educational programs for its members.
Allan will have served as the Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and
President-Elect of the organization prior to his taking over as President
on May 10, 2008. Allan will be the third member of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata
& Siegel, P.C. to have been President of this prestigious organization,
following in the footsteps of Donald Chaikin, Partner Emeritus, and Partner
Partner Allan M. Siegel achieves a jury verdict greater than the insurance policy.
Allan Siegel who received a jury verdict in excess of $104,000 in a case that was tried
in the Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Maryland. The offer
in the case was $20,000 and total amount of available insurance was $100,000.
Mr. Siegel and the law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel,
P.C. refused to accept the low ball offer made by State Farm Insurance
Company and challenged them before a jury in the Circuit Court for Prince
George's County. The jury understood the damages sustained by our
client and issued their verdict, exposing State Farm Insurance Company
to a bad faith claim. Congratulations to Allan and our client. This case
is another example of how to show that Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata &
Siegel, P.C. is fighting for you and the courtroom is our battleground,
we fight for you!
The Mayor Finally Relents and Signs the Frank Harris, Jr. Justice Act of
2008 Into Law
On January 23, 2008 the Honorable Mayor Adrian Fenty concluded the long,
arduous battle to prohibit the District of Columbia from seeking reimbursement
of Medicaid payments made to individuals such as our client, Mr. Frank
Harris, Jr. Mr. Harris was injured as a result of the alleged negligence
of the District of Columbia while a psychiatric inpatient of St. Elizabeth's
Hospital. Many of you have been following this case and the story of the
remedial legislation introduced by Councilmember-at-large Phil Mendelson
and City Council Chair Vincent Gray as a result of the lobbying efforts
of partners Ira Sherman and Joseph Cammarata to eliminate the District
of Columbia's unfair negotiating tactic of asserting a lien against
the proceeds of any settlement or verdict in situations similar to that
in which Mr. Harris found himself. Mayor Fenty had abandoned his previous
support of this measure and took the side of the lawyers arguing against
Mr. Harris and the law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel,
P.C. Ultimately, confronted with a veto-proof bill, passed 11-2 by the
District of Columbia City Council, the Mayor had virtually no choice but
to acknowledge the correctness of the position of the law firm and the
vast majority of the members of the City Council by signing the legislation
into law. We congratulate the Mayor on exercising the correct and wise
approach by signing this bill into law. Needless to say, we at Chaikin,
Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. are gratified by the result.
Allan M. Siegel Nominated to be President of the District of Columbia Trial
Lawyers Association (DC-TLA)
On January 24, 2008 the District of Columbia Trial Lawyers Association
Nominating Committee selected Allan M. Siegel as the nominee to be presented
to the Board of Directors, and ultimately to the membership, as the official
Presidential nominee for DC-TLA (beginning May, 2008). We congratulate
Allan on this outstanding achievement. Allan is following in the footsteps
of Donald Chaikin, Esq.,
Partner Emeritus, and Ira Sherman, Esq., both of whom were former Presidents of the DC
Trial Lawyers Association. We are proud to have had three of our partners
selected to lead the trial lawyer legal community of the District of Columbia
and the public at large in the pursuit of justice for all.
Legislation Supported by Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.
on Behalf of its Client was Approved by DC Council 11-2 and Sent to the
Mayor for his Signature on January 14, 2008
The Frank Harris, Jr. Justice Amendment Act of 2008 was voted on, in its
second reading, by the City Council of the District of Columbia and approved
by a vote of 11-2. This Act and the case of
Harris v. District of Columbia, has been the subject of the Legal Blog on this website. The City Council
of the District of Columbia has now acted to approve the legislation,
which carries the name of a client of this law firm, and will serve to
benefit all similarly situated individuals forevermore. We are proud to
have not only represented Mr. Harris and successfully concluded his case,
but to have successfully lobbied the legislature to introduce and ultimately
pass to the Mayor for signature this significant piece of legislation.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Accident Attorneys are Recognized
as the Metropolitan Area's Best
Allan M. Siegel named one of Washington's Top Lawyers (Washingtonian Magazine, December, 2004)
Joseph Cammarata named one of Washington's Top Lawyers (Washingtonian Magazine, December, 2004)
- Joseph Cammarata named one of Washington's Top Seventy-Five Lawyers
(Washingtonian Magazine, April, 2002)
- Joseph Cammarata named one of the Top Forty Lawyers under Forty in the
Washington Legal Establishment (Washingtonian Magazine, September, 1998)
- Joseph Cammarata named one of the Top Fifty Lawyers in the DC Metropolitan
Area (Washingtonian Magazine, February, 1997)
CNN's Larry King Asks Joseph Cammarata to Write an Essay For King's New Book
Read Mr. Cammarata's "Access to Justice" essay
Ira Sherman to Speak to the American Association for Justice at their Mid-Winter
Convention in Miami, Florida
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Represent Patient Who Gouged
Out Own Eyes While In The Care of D.C
Click here for photos of plaque and dedication ceremony.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Represents Man Beaten by
Prince George's County Police Officers
Accident attorney Joseph Cammarata Charges GOP with Abandoning Principles,
in Health Care Reform Proposals, on Op-Ed page of The Washington Times
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Represents Man Permanently
Disabled as a Result of Being Attacked by Security Guard
Plaque and Dedication Ceremony
Accident attorney Ira Sherman at plaque dedication ceremony.
Plaque dedicated in memory of those who died.
The Washington Post, Plea Made for Patient who Gouged Out His Eyes, Keith
L. Alexander, August 30, 2007
- The Washington Post, Fenty Rebuffed in Obtaining Facts In Probe of DC Group
Home Deaths, Karilyn Barker, March 12, 2006
- The Washington Post , Fenty Urges Investigation of DC Care of Disabled,
Karilyn Barker, March 7, 2006
- The Washington Post , DC Plaque to Honor Group Home Deaths - Agreement
on Memorial Part of Settlement of Lawsuit, Karilyn Barker, March 10, 2004
- The Washington Post , Showing 'Their Lives Mattered' - Plaque Memorialized
people Who Died in DC Group Homes, Karilyn Barker, September 10, 2004
The Washington Post ,
Lawsuit Alleges Police Brutality - Man Accuses Two Prince George's Officers, Rubin Cataneda, March 8, 2002
- Prince George's Journal , Man's suit says officers beat him, Eric
Hartley, March 8, 2002
- The Washington Times, "Forget Patient's Rights," Joseph Cammarata,
October 7, 1999
- The Washington Post, Man Settles Suit with Hotel, Security Firm, March 9, 1999
- USAE, Lawsuit Over Injury at EconoLodge Settled in Va., Christopher Cole,
March 16, 1999