Napoli Bern Ripka is a nationally recognized law firm that focuses on all types of catastrophic injury cases. The firm’s dedicated and hard-working lawyers are led by senior partners Marc J. Bern and Paul J. Napoli, who are both accomplished trial attorneys with the expertise to handle the most complex cases evolving in law.
“We are able to handle everything from a small individual case to a mass injury case involving thousands of individuals. We can handle cases with defendants who have millions of pages of documents in hard copy or electronically because the technology that we utilize surpasses virtually every other firm in the United States,” Bern says. “We also work tirelessly for our clients, putting their matters ahead of our own.”
The firm represents people in areas as diverse as personal injury, medical malpractice, auto accidents, securities arbitration, product liability, environmental litigation, asbestos and defective prescription drugs. Since the firm’s founding in 1997, it has settled nearly $3 billion worth of claims for the people it represents.
Bern and Napoli are known for successfully handling cases that no other firm can or will handle. They represented more than 10,000 individuals who had developed illnesses caused by exposure to toxic dust during 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts. The firm recently secured an $817 million settlement for those workers after spending eight years fighting their cases.
The firm has further settled over 16,000 cases regarding the adverse health effects of the prescription diet drug Fen-Phen, and it has filed more gas fracking cases–which concern groundwater and drinking water contamination — than any other firm. Currently, Bern and Napoli are working on a major litigation case involving a nuclear reactor plant in Erwin, Tennessee.
“Over my thirty-five-year career it has been very rewarding to be able to represent individuals who would otherwise not have the means or ability to avail themselves of the legal system,” Bern says. “That is why we at the firm believe the current attack on the tort system constitutes an attack on our basic liberties as a democracy.”
For their work, Bern and Napoli have received a number of accolades from various publications. Both are also very involved in giving back to the community, and recently made a significant donation to the Hall of Heroes at the New York City Police Museum, which will honor any fallen police officers in New York City since the beginning of the police department. They also made a donation to the memorial “9/11 Remembered” in Suffolk County for those rescue workers who have died since the attacks on 9/11.