Our Attorneys in the News
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel Law Firm Partners with Charities to Celebrate COVID Heroes
#MyCovidHeroDC video campaign will donate $25, per submitted video, up to $20,000
For every video submitted from May 25 through June 8, the firm will donate $25 to a participating charity, up to a total of $20,000. Charities include Capital Area Food Bank, Food & Friends, House of Ruth, Martha’s Table, Miriam’s Kitchen and United Way of the National Capital Area.
Partner Joseph Cammarata Quoted by TIME on Hillary Clinton Defamation Suit
CSCS Partner Joseph Cammarata was recently quoted by TIME on a defamation lawsuit filed against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by Tulsi Gabbard, the Hawaii Representative and Democratic Presidential Candidate who claims Clinton lied about Gabbard harmed her campaign during a podcast interview. Having filed a high-profile suits against former President Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby, Cammarata was featured as a legal expert to discuss the merits of the claim.
CSCS Ranked in 2 Practice Areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. appears in the 10th Edition of “Best Law Firms” with a Tier 1 ranking in plaintiff personal injury litigation in Washington, D.C. and a Tier 2 ranking in plaintiff medical malpractice law in Washington, DC. Our firm became eligible for this award by having 3 of our attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers® and maintaining “consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.”
In 2020, “Best Law Firms” ranked less than 1% of the firms they reviewed. At CSCS, we are all immensely proud to accept this honor on behalf of our firm. You can read more about our 2020 award here.
CSCS Partners Named “Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian Magazine
All three active partners at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. – Ira Sherman, Joseph Cammarata, and Allan M. Siegel – have been named “Top Lawyers” in Washington, DC in the 2018 edition of Washingtonian magazine’s “Top Lawyers” list. This is a significant accomplishment that speaks to our Partners’ professional abilities in the area of personal injury law, as well as their continued inclusion in the peer-reviewed rating list each year the magazine has published its “Top Lawyers” list over the past 10+ years.
CSCS congratulates Partners Sherman, Cammarata and Siegel on their latest recognition, and believe it is a reflection of our firm’s award-winning leadership. Read more about the honor and our Partners’ record of success here.
Partner Cammarata Reacts to Cosby Conviction on Fox News, Discusses Pending Defamation Lawsuit
CSCS Partner Joseph Cammarata was recently featured as a guest on Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream to share his reaction to the criminal conviction of Bill Cosby. On Thursday, April 26, a Montgomery County, Pennsylvania jury found Bill Cosby guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. He now faces up to 10 years in prison on each count.
Partner Cammarata and our legal team are representing seven women in a civil defamation lawsuit against the comedian, which is currently pending in Federal Court in Massachusetts. You can learn more about the case and Mr. Cammarata’s appearance on this blog, and view a clip from the nationally broadcasted interview below:Volume 90%
Partner Cammarata Discusses Legal Issues Regarding Stormy Daniels and President Donald Trump on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin
CSCS Partner Joseph Cammarata recently appeared as a featured guest on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin to discuss the legal ramifications of the alleged sexual relationship between President Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels, as well as a defamation suit against the President’s personal lawyer. Partner Cammarata’s experience as one of Paula Jones’ attorneys in a case against former President Bill Clinton makes him a trusted resource in discussions regarding legal issues associated with sexual misconduct, defamation, and Presidential immunity. Partner Cammarata was also quoted on the subject in articles published in The Washington Post and USA Today.
You can view a clip of Partner Cammarata’s appearance below:Volume 90%
Partner Cammarata Appears on Fox News to Discuss Featured Role in Clinton Historical Documentary Series
Partner Joseph Cammarata recently appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer to discuss his role in the network’s eight-part historical documentary series “Scandalous.” The docu-series focuses, in part, on the sexual misconduct scandal surrounding former President Bill Clinton. Mr. Cammarata was one of the attorneys representing Paula Jones in a sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton, and successfully obtained a ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States which permitted the lawsuit to proceed. The suit and deposition of President Clinton were also precipitous to his impeachment for lying under oath about Monica Lewinsky. “Scandalous” debuted January 21, and airs Sundays evening on Fox News at 8:00 pm EST.
Partner Joseph Cammarata Appears on HLN’s Michaela & HLN Special Report to Discuss President Clinton Sexual Harassment Scandal
Partner Joseph Cammarata, who played a role in the sexual harassment scandal surrounding President Bill Clinton as an attorney for Paula Jones, appeared on HLN’s Michaela to look back on the incident and investigation. Mr. Cammarata also appeared on the HLN Special ReportHow it Really Happened with Hill Harper discussing the historic events.
Mr. Cammarata’s role as co-counsel in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton led to a national discussion of sexual harassment and misconduct issues surrounding people of prominent stature, a conversation that continues in today’s social climate, as well as a debate over presidential immunity in civil lawsuits. After successfully arguing before The Supreme Court of the United States, Mr. Cammarata and co-counsel secured a unanimous decision allowing the case to proceed. Subsequent deposition of President Clinton in that case ultimately precipitated his 1998 impeachment.
Watch Mr. Cammarata’s appearance on HLN’s Michaela below:
Joseph Cammarata Shares Insight on President Trump Defamation Suit on CNN
CSCS Partner Joseph Cammarata appeared on an edition of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon to discuss a the current defamation lawsuit filed against President Donald Trump by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice who alleged she was groped by Trump before his presidency. After publicly refuting her claims and saying she fabricated them for political reasons, Zervos filed a defamation lawsuit in New York state court to protect her name and reputation.
On the segment, Mr. Cammarata draws from his experience handling a similar case involving President Bill Clinton, which precipitated his impeachment in 1998. That case involved Mr. Cammarata serving as co-counsel for Paula Jones in a federal sexual harassment lawsuit that reached The Supreme Court of the United States, where he won a unanimous decision to allow the suit to proceed.
CSCS Legal Team Recognized in 2017 DC Super Lawyers® Magazine
All three active Partners and Associate Matthew Tievsky have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 list of Washington, DC Super Lawyers. This is considered one of the most prestigious distinctions in the legal field, and is an honor earned by fewer than 5% of all lawyers in the District of Columbia, and less than 2.5% of all attorneys for the Super Lawyers list of Rising Stars℠.
Read on to learn more about our firm’s successful cases and numerous accolades.
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This year’s recognition includes:
- Ira Sherman – 2017 DC Super Lawyers (7th consecutive year)
- Joseph Cammarata – 2017 DC Super Lawyers (11th consecutive year), Top 100 Super Lawyers list (5th year)
- Allan M. Siegel – 2017 DC Super Lawyers (7th consecutive year)
- Matthew Tievsky – 2017 DC Super Lawyers Rising Stars (4th consecutive year)
Intended to help local consumers in need of legal representation find a qualified lawyer, Super Lawyers thoroughly evaluates all candidates using a multi-phase selection process. As attorneys who make the final list have demonstrated the highest standards of professional excellence and client satisfaction, consumers can feel confident when choosing to work with an attorney who has been recognized by Super Lawyers. CSCS offers the added benefit of having four lawyers who are all continually named to the publication year after year.
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:Volume 90%
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:
- Press Release
- The Times of Israel
- Towson Patch
- Washington Jewish Newsweek
- Jewish Telegraphic Agency
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 NBC 4.
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 Washington, DC 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 here.
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 deposition.
View Partner Cammarata discussing the deposition on NBC News with Partner Ira Sherman at his side:Volume 90%
More coverage on the deposition can be found on:
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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 here.
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 this blog.
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.
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:
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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.Volume 90%
Partner Cammarata Discusses Cosby Case with the Associated Press
Partner Cammarata Featured on Multiple News Outlets Discussing New Cosby Case Developments
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:Volume 90%
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 voyeurism cases.Volume 90%
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.
Visit this page 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:Volume 90%
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.Volume 90%
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. View the article here.
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. View the news piece here.
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.
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IRA SHERMAN, JOSEPH CAMMARATA, ALLAN SIEGEL, AND MATTHEW TIEVSKY INCLUDED IN WASHINGTON, DCSUPER 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 ofWashington DC 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.
WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE NAMES PARTNERS JOSEPH CAMMARATA AND ALLAN M. SIEGEL AS TWO OF WASHINGTON’S “TOP LAWYERS”
In 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 effective–lawyers.”
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:
“[The 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 and complex.”
Mr. Cammarata is a board-certified civil trial attorney. He has also been named as one of Washington, DC´s “Top/Best Lawyers” byWashingtonian 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.
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 www.baynetradio.com
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 here.
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 trucking practices.
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 a collision.
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.
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.
Partner Joseph Cammarata, President of the Brain Injury Association of the District of Columbia, and Partner 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: www.biadc.org.
JOSEPH CAMMARATA AND IRA SHERMAN TO SPEAK AT BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF MARYLAND SEMINAR
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 SCHOLARSHIP FUND
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 professional achievement.
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 by 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 Ira Sherman.
PARTNER ALLAN M. SIEGEL ACHIEVES A JURY VERDICT GREATER THAN THE INSURANCE POLICY
Congratulations to 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
Other notable headlines:
- 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