Daniel P. O'Toole

Daniel P. O'Toole

Block O'Toole & Murphy

Recognized since 2014

New York, New York

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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Daniel P. O’Toole is an award-winning trial attorney known for his record-breaking results in some of the toughest personal injury cases in New York, including verdicts of $110 million, $32 million, $30 million, and $20 million among others. In 2017, Mr. O’Toole obtained the highest mediated settlement that year ($12 million for a construction worker) and the second highest overall settlement in all of New York State ($13.5 million for car accident victim). Most recently, he obtained a $110,174,972.38 jury verdict for a cyclist paralyzed by a falling railroad tie during subway maintenance. The result is believed to be the largest non-medical malpractice verdict in New York State.

As Partner at the Manhattan-based personal injury law firm Block O’Toole & Murphy, Mr. O’Toole focuses his legal practice on representing the rights of accident victims in cases of:

Named as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in the country from 2009 through 2018 by the American Trial Lawyers Association, Mr. O’Toole is the lead attorney in some of the most significant accident cases in New York, securing more than $350,000,000 in verdicts and settlements for his clients in the last six years alone. He is honored by numerous organizations including Best Lawyers, US News, Super Lawyers, and the Brehon Law Society in New York.

Mr. O’Toole is a fierce advocate for the legal rights of injury victims and has written thought leadership articles for the legal publications such as the New York Law Journal. He is active in the New York State Trial Lawyers Association where he served as the Co-Chairman of the association’s Labor Law Committee for over a decade.

Additionally, Mr. O’Toole is committed to charitable organizations within his community as an active supporter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the Connecticut Center for Child Development and the Institute of Education Achievement. He demonstrates the highest commitment to continuing education, providing scholarships to students throughout New Jersey. A graduate of Fordham Law School, he and his wife have also endowed a need-based scholarship at Fordham Law in thanksgiving for all that Fordham helped him achieve.

He is admitted to both New York and New Jersey bars.

  • 1 Penn Plaza, Suite 5315
    New York, NY 10119
  • Fordham University, JD - Juris Doctor, graduated 1992
  • University of Scranton, MA - Masters, graduated 1989
  • University of Scranton, BA - Bachelor of Arts , graduated 1989
Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey, since 1992
  • New York, since 1993

Block O'Toole & Murphy
Headquarters: New York, New York

5 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

1 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America award

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Best Lawyers – since 2014
  • Super Lawyers – since 2008
  • Irish Legal 100 – since 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers from American Trial Lawyers – since 2009
  • James F. Gill Spirit of Hope Award from Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice – October 2018
  • Lawyer of the Year from Institute of Jewish Humanities – 2012
  • Lawyer of the Year from Brehon Law Society in New York – 2011
  • Man of the Year from Brooklyn to Alaska Project – 2013
  • Founder’s Medal from Bergen Catholic High School – 2016
  • Runner of the Year from One Mission – 2018

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Raising the Bar

by John Fields

New York City-based powerhouse Block O’Toole & Murphy continues to set new benchmarks for personal injury cases, with the firm achieving landmark victories.

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Shine with Wine: One Firm’s Heroic Efforts to Combat Pediatric Cancer

by Best Lawyers

Block O’Toole & Murphy’s annual event has raised millions—and counting—for the world’s premier pediatric cancer treatment facility. Their commitment to the cure is unmatched, and each year boasts more success than ever before.

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The Tragic Limitations of New York’s Outdated Wrongful Death Law

by David Scher

New York might be a progressive state in many respects, but its wrongful death law is itself a regressive tragedy—essentially the same statute first passed in the mid-1800s—that prolongs and deepens grieving families’ suffering. This must change.

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Structurally Unsound

by Daniel P. O'Toole

Too often, developers and contractors put profits above the people who work for them. Construction site safety is nonnegotiable. Here’s how to make that aspiration a reality.

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2022: Another Banner Year

by John Fields

Block O’Toole & Murphy continues to secure some of New York’s highest results for personal injury matters.

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Talent Meets Teamwork

by John Fields

A combination of skill and collaboration has led to enduring success at personal injury firm Block O’Toole & Murphy.


Results Matter

by Sean Stonefield

With a history of record recoveries, Block O’Toole & Murphy continues to achieve some of New York’s largest personal injury verdicts and settlements.

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Giving 100% for Injury Victims

by Margaret Pierce

Block O’Toole & Murphy, LLP is passionate, well-prepared, and committed to helping their clients.

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