Gerald H. Clark has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction held by less than 3% of New Jersey attorneys. He is a Member of the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Association for Justice. He has been appointed by the New Jersey Superior Court as a civil arbitrator. His practice concentrates on personal injury, commercial and insurance coverage litigation, civil rights, consumer fraud and class actions.
Gerald has served as counsel on a number of state and national class action matters. He played a key role in bringing about the settlement of an unprecedented consumer fraud class action lawsuit against Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, a settlement valued at 1-3 billion dollars to consumers. He also played a pivotal role in the certification of a class of property owners damaged by massive groundwater contamination from the Ciba-Geigy plant in Toms River, New Jersey. He serves on the Plaintiff MDL Steering Committee for In re: Dollar General Corp. Motor Oil Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation pending in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
Gerald has successfully handled numerous catastrophic loss and wrongful death cases on behalf of trauma victims and their families. Gerald and his firm represent deserving clients on a contingency basis. This way many people who otherwise could not afford an attorney can get legal services and justice. When safety rules are broken, the public is endangered. Clark believes that by standing up for people whose lives are turned upside down because of safety rule violations, and holding wrongdoers accountable (who are usually covered by insurance), the community as a whole is made safer.
Gerald has been instrumental in shaping New Jersey construction injury law. He succeeded in prosecuting the strategic appeal in Costa v. Gaccione, 408 N.J.Super. 362 (App. Div. 2009) for the purpose of lessening the harmful impact of prior caselaw harmful to workers. Gerald H. Clark, “Loosening the Slack on Slack”, 198 N.J. Law Journal 274 (2009)(discussing the import of the Costa decision on Slack). In Fernandes v. DAR Development Corp., 222 N.J. 390 (2015) Clark successfully convinced the Supreme Court to make it harder for contractors to blame workers for their own construction project injuries.
In 2006, Mr. Clark was listed in the New Jersey Law Journal’s “40 Under 40” feature which acknowledges 40 New Jersey lawyers under 40 years of age who have distinguished themselves in the practice of law. From 2006-2012 he was named a “Rising Stars Super Lawyer” in New Jersey Monthly magazine in the personal injury insurance recovery field. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thompson Reuters every year since 2013. He has also been named a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers Association and in 2015 a “Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in the State of New Jersey” by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Every year he receives numerous similar accolades from various professional organizations.