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Joseph A. Spinella Receives Amicus Curiae Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Joseph A. Spinella, a Clifton attorney, was honored with the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Amicus Curiae Award during the Association’s Board of Trustees Meeting and Holiday Luncheon on December 7, 2007.

Mr. Spinella received the award in recognition of his efforts in drafting the NJSBA amicus curiae brief in the case Johnson v. Scaccetti. The NJSBA argued that the plaintiff in the case was entitled to damages for all of her injuries, even those that did not meet the verbal threshold, because that is what a plain reading of the Automobile Insurance Cost Reduction Act (AICRA) requires. The Court agreed. To read the brief, visit the NJSBA’s website at

An NJSBA member since 1991, Mr. Spinella is a former Trustee of the Association. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Dispute Resolution Section and is a member of several sections and committees, including the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee representing Passaic County, the Amicus Committee, and the Professional Responsibility and Unlawful Practice Committee. In addition, Mr. Spinella is a former president of the Passaic County Bar Association and currently serves on several of the Association’s committees.

Mr. Spinella is very active in civic organizations in Clifton and was honored with the Clifton Distinguished Service Award for his efforts. He was also the 1999 recipient of the NJSBA Professional Attorney of the Year Award.

Mr. Spinella received his law degree from Seton Hall Law School. He was granted status as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the NJ Supreme Court and has maintained that status since 1985.

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