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Daniel R. Lapinski

Daniel Lapinski has nearly 20 years of litigation experience, with a focus on mass tort litigation and complex consumer actions in state, federal and appellate courts.

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Dan represents victims of childhood sexual abuse who seek to hold abusers and abuse enablers accountable in civil court under “window” laws. Newly enacted in many states and pending in others, these laws extend the number of years available for victims to file a childhood sexual abuse claim by opening a statute of limitations window for a finite period of time. 

As a mass tort attorney, Dan represents victims harmed by dangerous pharmaceutical products and defective medical devices. His perspective and approach to litigation is shaped by his previous experience as a surgical representative for a major medical device manufacturer.  

Dan plays an active role in numerous mass tort cases, including as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees for the following multidistrict litigations, among others:

  • In re Proton-Pump Inhibitor Prods. Liability Litigation (No. II), D.N.J.
  • In re Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Liability Litigation, D.N.J. 
  • In re Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant Products Liability Litigation, N.D. Ill. 

Additionally, Dan has successfully argued preemption issues before federal appellate courts, and has represented clients in class actions regarding shareholder derivatives, alleged deceptive marketing of vehicles and pharmaceutical products, and alleged negligence contributing to a massive apartment fire, in cases including:

  • DeMarco v. AvalonBay Communities, Inc., D.N.J.
  • D.C.G. & T., et al., v. Knight, et al., E.D. Va.
  • In re Ford Explorer Cases, (Cal. Sacramento Cnty. Super. Ct.) 
  • Alexander v. Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (Cal. Los Angeles Cnty. Super. Ct. 
  • Slaughter v. Unilever United States, Inc., D.N.J.

Prior to joining Motley Rice, Dan served among the leadership of the mass tort and class action team of a New Jersey law firm.

Dan is a frequent speaker on the local and national levels regarding mass tort and class action litigations, including presenting at the New Jersey State Bar annual conference, and serving as a panelist for both Harris Martin Publishing and the American Association of Justice. He has also been a regular speaker at New Jersey Association for Justice’s Annual Boardwalk Seminar. 

Outside of the courtroom, Dan has served as a board member for the MYAA Baseball program, in addition to coaching various youth baseball and soccer teams.


Motley Rice LLC, a South Carolina Limited Liability Company, is engaged in the New Jersey practice of law through Motley Rice New Jersey LLC. Esther Berezofsky attorney responsible for New Jersey practice.

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Education

J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 1999

B.A., Rutgers University, 1990

Associations

American Association for Justice

New Jersey Association for Justice

New Jersey State Bar Association

Licensed In

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

Admitted to Practice Before

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Third, Fourth, Sixth and Tenth Circuits

Supreme Court of New Jersey

Supreme Court of New York, First Judicial Department

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Western District

U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, District of New Jersey, and Eastern and Southern Districts of New York