Michael A. Ferrara, Jr. has been an attorney since 1972. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the New Jersey Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Federal Courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is certified by both the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. He is the founder and former chair of the Association of Trial Attorneys of American – New Jersey Legal PAC, the lawyer’s political action committee. He serves on the board of an orphanage in Honduras called Amigos De Jesus as well as the board of the San Miguel School in Camden, New Jersey.
He is past president of the Association of Trial Attorneys of American – New Jersey, a member of American Board of Trial Advocates, a Master of the Camden Inns of Court, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a past president of the Civil Justice Foundation.
Recently, Mr. Ferrara was invited to become a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Attorneys, one of 500 selected in the world. Mr. Ferrara was awarded the “av” [highest] rating by Martindale-Hubbell, The Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement by Association of Trial Attorneys of American – New Jersey (ATLA-NJ) in 1992 and The 2001 Trial Bar Award to outstanding trial attorneys presented by Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ) in October, 2001. He was selected to serve on Senator Corzine, Lautenberg, Torricelli and Menendez’ Senate Federal Judicial Selection Advisory Committee where he has served since 1997. He also serves on the Judicial Selection Committee of the Burlington County Bar Association.
Mr. Ferrara is frequently asked to lecture for ATLA-NJ, the American Association for Justice, the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), the National College of Trial Advocacy, the Practicing Law Institute (PLI), and many state trial lawyer organizations. He has published many articles dealing with the law. He previously owned and operated a cellular telephone company in Texas, taught business law at Camden County College, and traveled throughout Russia teaching the newly democratic country how to implement a mortgage system to increase home ownership. He is a former U.S. Naval officer and a Vietnam veteran.
He graduated from Villanova University in 1964 with a B.S. in Mathematics and the University of San Diego School of Law in 1972 with a J.D. He is married and resides with Penny, his wife of 36 years, in Marlton, New Jersey. They have five children, Michael, Mary, John, Anne and Jennie.