Dennis Donnelly has been recognized by the National Law Journal and his peers locally and nationally, as one of the best plaintiff's personal injury attorneys in New Jersey. He is the past president of the New Jersey chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and a past President of the most exclusive group of plaintiff's trial attorneys in the country, the Inner Circle of Advocates. He was also recently named to the Board of Directors of the Attorneys Information Exchange group, the only national association of lawyers who share information and strategy to successfully hold car manufacturers accountable for unsafe designs which kill and injure motorists every year. Dennis is also regularly invited to lecture around the country on trial advocacy topics such as wrongful death claims, medical malpractice, crashworthy vehicle claims, products liability, and using the internet to substantiate medical negligence and screen jurors. He has also published articles on medical malpractice and products liability.
Dennis's practice is 100% plaintiff personal injury cases and he has developed 2 sub-specialties as a result of pursuing multiple cases in his two sub-specialties: failures in prenatal diagnosis and design defects which make cars dangerous and unsafe
In 2001, he was given The Civil Trial Attorney Achievement Award from the Essex County Bar Association, and also received the Pioneers Award from CCJ, The Consumers for Civil Justice (http://www.njccj.org/index.htm), for his work in securing justice for consumers injured by bad products or bad medicine. In 2009 Dennis was honored to be named by Irish America Magazine as one of the top 100 attorneys in America of Irish decent. In 2013-2014 he was included in the National Trail Lawyers Roundtable of America's 100 most influential trial lawyers. He has been included in SuperLawyers in New Jersey every year since its inception, appears in Best Lawyers, has an AVVO rating of 10 and a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
A graduate of Rutgers University Law School (J.D. 1981), he also holds advanced degrees in English literature (New York University M.A. 1973, A.B.D. 1978). Prior to becoming a lawyer, Dennis was a university English professor. Dennis speaks Spanish.