Douglas D. Messineo, Esq.

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Phone: 201-580-3411

19 Main St
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601

Overview and Practice Areas

Douglas D. Messineo’s practice focuses on personal injury, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse. He has a reputation as an outstanding litigator who achieves positive results for his clients who have sustained injuries caused by another’s wrongful behavior or negligence.

Personal Injury Attorney
Doug Messineo is a skilled New Jersey personal injury lawyer. He represents plaintiffs who have suffered injuries involving these and other causes: car, truck, or motorcycle accidents; bicycle incidents; defective products; slip-and-fall accidents; and dog bites.

Medical Malpractice Attorney
These are examples of occurrences that may lead to a malpractice lawsuit: a delay in determining the correct diagnosis; a misdiagnosis; a problem due to anesthesia; a surgical error; a mother’s injury during or following childbirth; and an injury to a baby during or following birth.

Nursing Home and Assisted Living Residences Abuse Attorney
Doug Messineo fights for nursing-home and assisted-living residents who have sustained injuries or died due to a staff member’s neglect or abuse. These incidents include falls, choking on food or liquid, dehydration, bed sores, the wrong medication, an improper dosage of medication, wheelchair accidents, and other events.

Educational and Professional Background

Douglas D. Messineo graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware in 1991. In 1994 he earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. That same year he was admitted to the New Jersey Bar Association and was admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

A New Jersey certified civil trial attorney, Mr. Messineo is approved to practice in the New Jersey Supreme Court.


Mr. Messineo has been honored with these and other awards and recognitions:

  • “New York Area’s Top Attorneys” (2007, 2009, 2011, 2014);
  • “Top Attorneys in New Jersey” (2009, 2010);
  • “Bergen’s Top Lawyers” (2013);
  • “Who’s Who Professional Lawyer of the Year” (2015-2016); and
  • “Best Lawyers in New Jersey” (2016).

Douglas D. Messineo is a lifetime “distinguished member” of the Worldwide Registry for Professionals and is on its 2015 list of the “Top 101 Industry Experts.”


Doug lives with his family in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where he coaches football and lacrosse and serves on the Ridgewood High School Lacrosse Board. Doug has served on the Valley Hospital Auxiliary Committee in Ridgewood.

Verdicts and Settlements

Douglas D. Messineo is a highly successful litigator. The following are just a few examples of the favorable verdicts and settlements he achieved for his clients:

A young man who had become a quadriplegic because of emergency-room negligence was awarded a settlement of $5 million.

A client who filed a wrongful birth lawsuit against a hospital for neglecting to provide the necessary prenatal testing was awarded a settlement of $3.5 million.

A pediatrician’s failure to diagnose a child’s brain tumor resulted in a settlement of $1.5 million.

A pedestrian who was run over by a car was awarded a $1.2 million settlement.

Mr. Messineo won an $800,000 verdict for his client who suffered injuries caused by a defective wood chipper.


“Best Lawyers in New Jersey” (2016)

“Who’s Who Professional of the Year” (2015-2016)

Recognized as an expert resource by Worldwide Registry as top 101 Industry Experts (2015)

Lifetime Member as a distinguished member of the Worldwide Registry for Professionals

“Bergen’s Top Lawyers” (2013)

“NY Area’s Top Attorneys” (2007, 2009, 2011, 2014,)

“Top Attorneys in NY, NJ, and CT” (2008, 2010)

“Top Attorneys in NJ” (2009, 2010)

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