Joseph A. Ginarte launched his legal career in 1982, and in the ensuing years he has seen his practice expand into a full service trial law firm with a steadily growing staff of lawyers and support personnel.To Ginarte, the success of his firm is directly attributable to a philosophy of hard work and commitment that was instilled in him by his parents when he was a boy growing up in Newark. Both parents worked in factories, and when Ginarte was a college student at Kean University in Union , he too worked in a factory—as a full-time forklift operator—while completing his studies and earning summa cum laude honors.It was that working-class background that drove him to seek a law degree, which he went on to earn at Rutgers School of Law, so that he could represent workers. “I grew up seeing workers getting hurt and not getting the benefits they deserved,” he says. “My father was a factory worker and I remember seeing him get injured and how it affected our family, especially since he was unable to return to work due to his injuries. I was drawn to the field.”
Indeed, workplace-injury cases, especially construction accidents, have always been a big part of Ginarte’s—and the firm’s—practice.
In 1995, he handled a case that settled for $9.5 million involving a young worker who fell at a construction site broke his back, and was rendered quadriplegic. Contending that the defendant owner and general contractor failed to provide proper safety restraints, Ginarte was ready to go to trial when the settlement offer was made.
The firm has also achieved numerous other seven-figure outcomes for injured plaintiffs and in a variety of areas, including products liability, civil rights, and medical malpractice.
“I think what makes our firm distinct is the years of experience that we have, and the personal attention we give our clients,” he says. “We’re committed to doing this work.”
“While a lot of firms have downsized or laid-off employees, our firm continues to grow and hire people. I think it’s because people know we’ll fight for them and that we’ll spend whatever it takes to take a case to court.”
It’s a reputation that oftentimes draws big cases that make the news. One such case that came to Ginarte involved the tragic death in early 2012 of a 3-1/2-year-old boy who died during a routine procedure at a dental office in Irvington. The case, which drew national media attention, involved a dentist who was still on probation for a similar incident in 2004, when a six-year-old girl died while being treated by him.
Ginarte paid for the boy’s funeral and is investigating a medical-malpractice case against the dental clinic.
Ginarte’s work record and his commitment to his clients have also gained him recognition from within the legal profession. He has been an appointee to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Civil Practices Committee and is also a former president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey. Ginarte is admitted to New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. bar.
His outside interests involve charitable work and donations to nonprofit organizations, particularly in New York/New Jersey. He also enjoys golfing and rooting for the New York Yankees and the New York Knicks.