Adam M. Slater
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New Jersey Certified Civil Trial Attorney
Adam Slater is a highly regarded New Jersey trial lawyer and a partner in Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, LLC, specializing in complex civil litigation cases, including professional malpractice, personal injury, class actions, mass torts, wrongful death, products liability, construction accidents, and commercial litigation. Mr. Slater has established a reputation as a hard nosed, creative courtroom lawyer who welcomes challenges and opportunities to fight for the rights of his clients. Mr. Slater has won numerous substantial verdicts in court, and obtained many substantial settlements for his clients.
Mr. Slater has taken a leadership role in large complex litigations, including his appointment as plaintiffs’ co-lead counsel for the Benicar (Olmesartan) federal MDL in the District of New Jersey, as co-class counsel in a class action against Volkswagen and Audi, and as plaintiffs co-liaison counsel in consolidated litigation involving thousands of pelvic mesh cases filed against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon, Inc. In February, 2013 Mr. Slater was lead trial counsel in the first pelvic mesh trial against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, resulting in a compensatory and punitive damages verdict of $11.1 million. Click here to learn more about the Pelvic Mesh Litigation.
Mr. Slater is routinely consulted by the media regarding complex litigation issues.
Mr. Slater has established an international presence in the battle against pelvic mesh. On February 24, 2015 Mr. Slater testified before the Scottish Parliament in support of a petition to ban pelvic mesh devices in Scotland. He informed the Parliament of the horrible complications caused by the devices, deceptive marketing, manipulation of medical societies and medical journals, and the destruction by Johnson & Johnson of tens of thousands of relevant documents, among other topics during his testimony. Click here to read article. Mr. Slater has also been interviewed by RADAR TV in the Netherlands, and other international news outlets (video one, video two).
Mr. Slater has been designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a status earned by less than 2% of the attorneys in New Jersey.
Mr. Slater is also recognized as a Super Lawyer, and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America. He also lectures on trial practice for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the American Association for Justice.
Mr. Slater’s educational background: Tulane University, B.A., 1989; Boston University, J.D., 1993, Paul J. Liacos Scholar, Edward F. Hennessey Scholar.
Mr. Slater is admitted in the following jurisdictions: New Jersey, District of New Jersey, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, New York, District of Columbia, Colorado and has tried cases in numerous states.
Mr. Slater is a member of the following organizations: New Jersey State Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association, American Association for Justice.
Watch Adam Slater’s Opening Statement in the medical malpractice/wrongful death trial in Estate of David Tobe v. Trinity Hospital, et al., in the New Jersey State Court in October, 2014.
Adam Slater is co-lead trial counsel for $12.5 million pelvic mesh jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, including punitive damages.
Adam Slater Supports Anti-Mesh Campaign in Scotland
Adam Slater is lead trial counsel for first pelvic mesh trial against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, resulting in $11.1 million verdict with punitive damages.
Adam Slater wins landmark decision in the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Adam Slater quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and ABC News with regard to transvaginal mesh and the FDA.
Adam Slater wins appeal, $2.1 million jury verdict upheld for woman with Pelvic Floor Injuries.
April, 2011-2015, Adam Slater speaks at AAJ Mass Torts Seminar with regard to Transvaginal Mesh Litigation and the learned intermediary doctrine.
$80 Million Class Action Settlement Against Volkswagen and Audi
Adam Slater moderates March 22, 2010 ICLE Seminar on “Trying Cases: Proven Tactics & New Strategies for Success.”
Judge Blocks Discovery of Internet Communications by Plaintiff.
New Jersey Clinic Is Closed, a Month After a Woman Who Had an Abortion There Fell Ill.
Examples of Mr. Slater’s Verdicts/Settlements:
$12.5 Million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon.
This case was tried in December, 2015 in Philadelphia and the jury found the Prolift pelvic mesh device was defectively designed, contained inadequate warnings, and awarded compensatory damages of $5.5 Million, and punitive damages of $7 Million.
$11.1 Million jury verdict in first pelvic mesh trial against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon. The jury found failure to warn and fraudulent misrepresentation, and awarded compensatory and punitive damages.
$80 Million class action settlement against auto manufacturers Volkswagen and Audi. Volkswagen and Audi agreed to pay out more than $80 million to settle a pair of class action lawsuits over leaky sunroofs and faulty drainage systems involving 3 million automobiles built between 1997 and 2009. The settlement was approved by U.S. Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz. Click here for article
Confidential Lasik surgery malpractice settlement. This was a case in which a patient suffered complications after Lasik surgery, which were not properly treated. The patient suffered permanent corneal damage as a result.
Confidential lasik surgery award. This was a case in which a man suffered corneal damage due to the performance of refractive surgery known as PRK on his corneas. The case was decided at a confidential arbitration hearing.
Confidential Lasik surgery malpractice settlement. This was a case in which a Lasik surgeon operated on a patient whose corneas were irregularly shaped and thin, thus contraindicating the procedure. The surgeon operated on the patient, and also failed to obtain the patient’s informed consent by failing to advise the patient that he was at higher than average risk due to the shape and thickness of his cornea. The case settled for a confidential amount prior to trial.
Confidential burn injury settlement. This was a case in which a woman suffered second degree burns as a result of a malfunction with a swimming pool heater. This product liability case was settled for an undisclosed amount.
Confidential Police Excessive Force Settlement. This was a case in which police officers shot and killed a man who was wielding a sword, with a reported history of erratic behavior.
Confidential Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Settlement. This was a case in which a man suffered the development of this disabling condition as a result of a car accident. The details of this case are confidential.
Confidential Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Malpractice Settlement. This was a case in which an orthopedic surgeon misdiagnosed a child’s fracture, and performed the wrong procedure to treat the injury. As a result, the child was left with bony deformity and permanent loss of motion.
Confidential Cardiothoracic Surgery Jury Verdict. This was a case in which a cardiothoracic surgeon negligently inserted a chest tube to treat pneumothorax subsequent to the performance of heart surgery. As a result, the patient suffered a lacerated lung and massive bleeding, and died six weeks later. The details of this case are confidential.
Confidential Pharmaceutical Product Settlement. This was a case in which a woman suffered injuries due to the side effects of a prescription drug. The details are confidential.
$15.3 million verdict against insurance company. This was a case in which an insurance carrier declined to pay multiple settlements against a single eye surgeon. Following a two week trial, the trial judge ruled that the insurance carrier, Princeton Insurance Company, had to pay the settlements. The verdict was later reversed on appeal and remanded for further proceedings.
$14.7 million personal injury settlement. In this case the plaintiff suffered Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, as well as peroneal nerve dysfunction, as a result of a car running over his foot.
Click here to read the press release.
$9.7 million verdict for medical malpractice.This was a case on behalf of a man who suffered a severe pelvic injury while donating bone marrow. The jury awarded this amount after a one-week trial against the two hematologist-oncologists who performed the operation. The verdict was later reduced by the trial judge to $1.4 million, based on the judge’s finding that the jury award was so high that it shocked the judicial conscience. The case then settled for an undisclosed amount.
$7 million settlement for construction accident. This was a case in which a 56 year old carpenter was injured when a scaffold plank broke, and he fell 8 feet, suffering a fractured back and paralysis as a result. Click here to read article.
$3.9 million settlement for ENT sinus surgery malpractice. This was a case in in which a woman underwent routine sinus surgery and the ENT surgeon negligently penetrated the orbit of the eye and cut the medial rectus muscle. The woman suffers from double vision and pain due to associated damage to the trigeminal nerve. The insurance carriers for the doctor and medical practice paid their entire insurance policies of $2 million, and the medical practice paid $1.9 million of its own funds in order to settle the case and avoid a trial.
Click here to read the press release.
$3.85 million settlement for medical malpractice. This was a case where a 9 year old girl was given the wrong medication while a patient at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. The medication caused the child to go into cardiac arrest, kidney failure and to develop sepsis. The hospital admitted during the case that it had committed medical/hospital malpractice, and the case settled before trial for the sum of $3.85 million.
$3.5 million verdict for medical malpractice. This was a case on behalf of a nurse who was not advised by the hospital that employed her that she had been infected with the Hepatitis C virus while treating a patient, resulting in delayed treatment. The jury awarded this amount against the hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital. The verdict was later reduced by the trial judge, based on the judge’s finding that the jury award was so high that it shocked the judicial conscience. The verdict was then vacated on appeal.
$3.45 million settlement for medical malpractice/wrongful death. This was a case in which a 60 year old man was admitted to the hospital with chest pain and was treated with an anticoagulant to prevent blood clots/pulmonary embolus but this led to undiagnosed internal bleeding and cardiac arrest.
$3.25 million settlement in commercial lease dispute. This is a confidential settlement, therefore the details cannot be disclosed.
$3.18 million settlement for Passaic River car drowning. This was a case in in which a car veered off a dangerous curve on Raymond Boulevard in Newark, New Jersey, and plunged into the Passaic River. The occupants drowned when the car sunk in the river. The settlement was paid by the City of Newark on behalf of the estate of one of the women who drowned in the car.
$3.1 million settlement with City of Newark for dangerous condition of roadway. This was a case in which a woman’s car veered off a Newark roadway due to its dangerous condition, resulting in the woman’s tragic drowning death; this occurred four months after another fatal accident at the same location. This case was brought under New Jersey’s restrictive Tort Claims Act.
$3 million settlement for unsafe parking lot. This was a case in which a pharmaceutical sales representative was struck by a car driven by a doctor in a hospital parking lot that did not have crosswalks, suffering severe fractures to her leg, and chronic pain.
$2.75 million settlement of medical malpractice action. This was a case against a radiologist, emergency room physicians, nurses, and hospital for failure to properly diagnose nerve compression due to a shoulder fracture. The delay resulted in permanent nerve damage.
$2.1 Million Verdict in Auto/Pedestrian Case Against Hudson County, New Jersey. This was a case in which a woman was struck while walking across a Hudson County street, by a transportation van owned by Hudson County, New Jersey. The woman suffered multiple serious injuries, including her neck, back, and pudendal nerve. During negotiations prior to trial the insurance company for Hudson County offered $850,000 to settle the case, and that offer was rejected. The case then went to trial and resulted in a $2.1 million jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff.
Click here to read the press release.
$1.9 Million Settlement for Obstetrical Malpractice. This case arose from the performance of a pregnancy termination. During the procedure the woman’s uterus was ruptured and she suffered internal bleeding, shock, and other serious complications.
$1.7 million verdict in truck/car accident. This was a case in which a truck struck a car while making an unsafe lane change. When the car came to a stop, the occupants got out and were struck by another car, killing one and severely injuring the other.
$1.7 million verdict in car/pedestrian accident. This was a case in which a man was struck by a car while crossing the street, not at the crosswalk.
$1.6 million settlement of refractive surgery/lasek malpractice case. In this case an eye surgeon operated on an attorney who should have been contraindicated for the operation. He suffered corneal ectasia and visual distortion as a result.
$1.6 million verdict for train derailment. This was a case in which a man was a passenger on a New Jersey Transit train that derailed. The man suffered the aggravation of a preexisting neck condition, and psychiatric injuries.
$1.5 million settlement for construction site accident. This was a case in which an iron worker suffered a closed head injury and balance problems due to a fall from heavy machinery. The further details of the case are confidential.
$1.5 million arbitration award for Lasik surgery malpractice. This was a case in which a woman underwent Lasik surgery to correct her vision. The case settled, with the amount determined at a contested arbitration proceeding. The award was later vacated on appeal based on insurance law issues, and remanded for further proceedings.
$1.5 million settlement for lasik malpractice and product liability. This was a case in which a woman underwent a form of Lasik surgery to correct her vision, known as Intralase. The surgeon, who used a defective instrument to operate, settled for $750,000. The manufacturer of the laser machine settled the product liability claims for $750,000.
$1.45 million Lasik surgery malpractice settlement. This was a case in which negligent Lasik surgery, performed with a defective Lasik machine, severely damaged a woman’s cornea.
$1.4 million settlement of a truck accident case. This case involved an accident in which a waste hauling truck struck the plaintiff’s vehicle as they approached a tollbooth on the New Jersey Turnpike. The plaintiff suffered an aggravation of pre-existing cervical herniated discs and required surgery.
$1.375 million settlement for negligent security and supervision. In this case a man smuggled heroin into a penal treatment center, and overdosed. He was not discovered promptly and as a result of the delay in treatment, suffered non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema, hypoxia, and severe neurologic injuries.
$1.3 million settlement of premises liability case. In this case a woman suffered a condition known as complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy due to a negligent display of granite that fell on her leg.
$1.3 million settlement for legal malpractice. This is a confidential settlement, and therefore the details cannot be disclosed.
$1.2 Million Settlement for Cataract Surgery Malpractice. This was a case in which a woman suffered severe damage to her eye due to negligently performed cataract surgery. As a result, the patient underwent surgical attempts to repair the damage, but ultimately lost the sight in the damaged eye. The settlement included the eye surgeon’s entire insurance policy, and contribution by the anesthesia team.
Click here to read the press release.
$1.1 million verdict for medical malpractice. This was a case on behalf of a woman who underwent extensive surgery for ovarian cancer that had spread throughout her pelvis and abdomen, and had a laparotomy pad left in her abdomen at the end of the operation. The woman suffered infection, developed an enterocutaneous fistula, and died four months later, as a result.
$1.05 million arbitration award for Ophthalmological malpractice. This was a case in which a woman was not properly instructed regarding the signs of impending retinal detachment, following Lasik surgery. The case settled, with the amount determined at a contested arbitration proceeding. The award was later vacated on appeal based on insurance law issues. On remand, the case was settled for a confidential amount at the time of trial.
$1 million arbitration award for Lasik surgery malpractice. This was a case in which a woman suffered complications following Lasik surgery, and the complications were improperly treated. The case settled, with the amount determined at a contested arbitration proceeding. The award was later vacated on appeal based on insurance law issues. On remand, the case settled prior to trial for $821,000.
$1 million arbitration award for Lasik surgery malpractice. This case involved Lasik surgery performed on a patient who had a condition known as forme fruste keratoconus, which should have excluded him as a candidate for the surgery. As a result of the surgery, he suffered a condition in one eye known as ectasia, causing visual problems. The award was vacated on appeal based on insurance coverage issues, and was settled on remand for $850,000. Click here to read the full article.
$910,000 verdict for woman injured on waterslide. This was a case in which a woman injured her coccyx on a waterslide. The trial judge threw out the entire verdict, finding that the amount was so high it shocked the judicial conscience. On appeal, the Appellate Division reinstated $400,000 of the verdict.
$900,000 arbitration award for Lasik surgery malpractice. This was a case in which a man suffered complications following Lasik surgery, and the complications were not properly treated. The award was later vacated on appeal based on insurance law issues. On remand, the case settled prior to trial for $800,000.
$800,000 settlement for medical malpractice. This was a case in which a woman developed an infection (MRSA) following extensive intestinal surgery. The surgeon negligently delayed the diagnosis of the infection and the woman died as a result.
$775,000 arbitration award for Lasik surgery malpractice. This was a case in which a woman suffered complications following Lasik surgery, and the complications were not properly treated. The award was later vacated on appeal based on insurance law issues, and remanded for further proceedings.
$750,000 settlement for medical malpractice. This was a case in which a physician delayed the diagnosis of a woman’s rare form of an aggressive breast cancer.
$700,000 settlement for premises case. This case involved an 81 year old man who was buying supplies for his contracting business at a building supplies warehouse, when a cart used by the defendant’s employees tipped and fell on his leg. He suffered a severe leg fracture, and underwent open reduction and internal fixation of the fractures.
$700,000 settlement for Lasik surgery malpractice. This was a case in which a man underwent Lasik surgery to correct his vision, but he was not a proper candidate for the surgery, and suffered damage to his eyes and vision.
$625,000 settlement for car accident/medical malpractice. This was a case in which a man was severely injured in a car accident, then died several hours after arriving at the hospital. The settlement amount was paid by the car insurance and on behalf of the trauma surgeon and hospital.
$660,000 verdict for apartment fire. This was a case in which a woman and two of her children were trapped in a second floor apartment in a burning building for nearly 20 minutes.
$600,000 settlement for toxic exposure. This was a case in which a man was exposed to solvent products at work and suffered damage to his brain.
$597,000 settlement for fall down accident/medical malpractice. This was a case in which a woman tripped over a machine part left in a supermarket aisle by an employee performing maintenance, resulting in a severely broken foot. The supermarket and the woman’s treating orthopedist both contributed to the settlement.
$550,000 settlement for product defect. This was a case in which a defective electrical component malfunctioned and caused a machine to malfunction, cause a man to be blinded in one eye.
$550,000 settlement for medical malpractice. This was a case on behalf of the estate of a man who fell due to negligent supervision by a radiology technician and suffered a broken pelvis and shoulder. This lead to the need for pain medication which caused an adverse reaction and led to deterioration of the man’s overall medical condition. He ultimately died a year and a half later.
$525,000 settlement for medical malpractice. This was a case in which a surgeon and nurses failed to remove a surgical sponge from a patient’s abdomen following surgery for bladder cancer. The woman died of cancer one year later.
$500,000 settlement for medical malpractice. 500,000 settlement, during trial, for removal of cervix during subtotal hysterectomy intended to preserve cervix.
$500,000 settlement for medical malpractice. This was a case in which a woman was undergoing a cardiac catheterization, when the catheter ruptured the iliac artery, causing massive bleeding. The patient was in a coma for several weeks and was left with slight numbness in her leg.
$500,000 verdict for medical malpractice. This was a case in which a woman with severe diabetes injured her foot, and was not properly treated by infectious disease doctors and a podiatrist, resulting in the amputation of her leg below the knee. The woman died of unrelated causes one year later.
$500,000 settlement for premises liability. This was a case in which a woman was assaulted in the lobby of her apartment building, suffering head injuries and psychiatric injuries. The settlement was paid by the owner of the apartment building for having deficient security.
$500,000 settlement for toxic exposure. This was a case in which a nurse suffered a severe pulmonary reaction when she breathed the fumes of a floor stripping product in use at the hospital where she was employed.
$500,000 settlement for fatal car accident. This was a case in which a young couple was involved in a severe car accident, resulting in the death of one of the occupants of the car. The case settled for the full amount of the available insurance coverage.
$500,000 settlement for car accident. This was a case in which a girl suffered injuries and scarring in a car accident.
$425,000 settlement for product liability. This is a confidential settlement therefore the details cannot be disclosed.
$400,000 settlement for medical malpractice. This was a case in which a woman with chest pains was discharged from an emergency room and died due to a heart attack sustained the next day.
$370,000 verdict in federal bankruptcy case. This was a case in which the general partner of a defunct real estate partnership could not account for funds that belonged to the partnership. The federal Judge found that the general partner was liable for defalcation, entered a nondischargeable judgment, and awarded $370,000 in damages, plus $160,000 in prejudgment interest.
$350,000 settlement for school assault. This was a case in which a student was sexually assaulted by another student. The Board of Education also agreed to institute administrative reforms to prevent future assaults.
$300,000 settlement for Cataract surgery malpractice. This was a case in which an eye surgeon failed to act promptly to address a complication resulting from the removal of a cataract, resulting in blindness in one eye for the 84 year old patient.
Mr. Slater has obtained numerous other verdicts and settlements for his clients.
Nostrame v. Santiago, 213 N.J. 109, 61 (2013)
Walker v. Giuffre, 209 N.J. 124 (2012)
Liguori v. Elmann, et al., 191 N.J. 527 (2007)
Howard v. UMDNJ, 172 N.J. 537 (2002)
In Re Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litig., 426 N.J. Super. 167 (App. Div. 2012)
Lintao v. Livingston, et al., 2011 WL 2935052 (App. Div. 2011)
Nostrame v. Santiago, et al., 420 N.J.Super. 42 (App. Div. 2011)
Baldassano vs. High Point Ins. Co., 396 N.J.Super. 448 (App. Div. 2007)
New Jersey Eye Center v. Princeton Ins. Co., 394 N.J. Super. 557 (App. Div. 2007)
Didio v. Monasterio, 2007 WL 2126650 (App. Div. 2007)
Gorcey v. Jersey Shore Medical Center, A-3539-03 (App. Div. 2006)
DeLuca v. Demwood Flooring, 2006 WL 552428 (App. Div. 2006)
Liguori v. Hunter, M.D. et al., 2006 WL 2041435 (App. Div. 2006)
Brodsky v. Grinnell Haulers, 362 N.J.Super. 256 (App. Div. 2003)
Macedo v. Dello Russo, 359 N.J.Super. 78 (App. Div. 2003)
Riquelme v. Sun Tan Lake and Water Park, A-375-97 (App. Div. 1997), cert denied, 157 N.J. 578 (1998)
Feinman v. Life Investors Insurance Company, A-5281-96 (App. Div. 1998)
Thies v. Philip Morris, et al., MID-L-10563-98 (Law Div. 2000)
Delguercio v. Volkswagen of America, Inc., 681 F.3d 170 (3d Cir. 2012)
Delguercio v. Volkswagen of America, Inc., 728 F.Supp.2d 546 (D.N.J. 2010)
Delguercio v. Volkswagen of America, Inc., 558 F.Supp. 2d 505 (D.N.J. 2008)
Delguercio v. Volkswagen of America, Inc., AG, 728 F. Supp. 2d 546 (D.N.J. July 29, 2010)
La v. Hayducka, 122 Fed.Appx. 557, 2004 WL 2797298 (D.N.J. 2004)
La v. Hayducka, 269 F.Supp.2d. 566, 2003 WL 21489723 (D.N.J. 2003)
In re Glatstian, 215 B.R. 495 (Bankr. D.N.J. 1997)
Meth v. Gorfine, M.D., 824 N.Y.S.2d 240 (N.Y.A.D., 1st Dept. 2006)
Superior Court of Massachusetts
In re Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, 2014 WL 4264934 (Mass.Super.)
In re Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, 2014 WL 4287872 (Mass.Super.)
Adam Slater Author’s Article on Pharmaceutical Drug Litigation in Trial Magazine
Changing Standards: Why Landlords May Not Have to Mitigate Damages In Commercial Lease Litigation.