Carol L. Forte
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Designated as a Super Lawyer 2005 - 2014 (top 10 in 2008, and 10th consecutive year listed in Super Lawyers) in the field of medical malpractice; Top 100 in NJ (2010), and Top 50 women lawyers in NJ (2010). Carol was also designated one of the Top 10 Lawyers in New Jersey in 2010 (including all male and female attorneys).
Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003, and named as Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year for 2011 & 2014.
Listed in LawDragon 2006 - 2010 (LawDragon 500 in 2010).
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According to the National Law Journal, Carol L. Forte is often cited by other attorneys as the leading female trial attorney in the state of New Jersey. In a May 2000 article entitled 'Jersey Giants', the Journal recognized Ms. Forte as one of the top ten (10) litigators in the state. She has been recognized by the National Law Journal on multiple occasions as one of America's top fifty women litigators.
Carol was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, in 2008. The College consists of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Membership is by invitation only, extended after careful investigation to ensure that this honor is offered only to those trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy, and whose careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Membership in the College is limited to one percent of the attorneys in the country.
She joined the firm in 1984 after graduating from Seton Hall University School of Law. Her prior experience as a registered nurse has proved useful in the medical malpractice cases she has handled.
Some of her achievements include a $12,682,500.00 jury verdict for the parents of a severely brain damaged boy whose twin died in utero; an $8,000,000.00 settlement on behalf of a brain damaged child whose delivery was delayed when physicians and nurses caring for his mother in labor did not recognize fetal distress; $5,000,000.00 settlement in a product liability case; numerous multi-million dollar settlements in brain damaged baby cases and $3,000,000.00 settlement for a baby born prematurely who suffered from an infection in the newborn nursery which caused brain damage.
Carol has represented large numbers of women whose breast cancers were not diagnosed in a timely fashion. She has also handled cases involving delays in the diagnosis of cervical cancer. She is one of the leading attorneys in New Jersey handling birth injury cerebral palsy cases and brachial plexus injury cases in which the nerves controlling a child's shoulder and arm were damaged during delivery.
Carol is a member of the Essex, Morris and New Jersey State Bar Associations, the American Board of Trial Advocates and American Trial Lawyers Association. She is on the Supreme Court Board on Attorney Certification and the Seton Hall Law School Board of Visitors. She has lectured for the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in New Jersey.
Carol Forte was recognized by the Woman's Law Forum of Seton Hall with their Woman of Substance Award in 2003, and was the recipient of the 2002 Outstanding Civil Trial Attorney Award given by the Essex County Bar Association. The Trial Attorneys of New Jersey selected Ms. Forte as a recipient of their 2009 award given annually to deserving members of the Bar.