Experience

Michael A. D'Anton brings an impressive range of expertise to Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC, combining his extensive psychological training with a strong legal presence. Concentrating on civil litigation and governmental, labor and employment law, with subspecialties in psychiatric/psychological malpractice, health, mental health, and personal injury, his clients benefit from his unique perspective as a licensed psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, and retired state consulting medical examiner.  He is the Chair of the Firm's Elder and Disability Law practice.

Currently, he serves as General Counsel to the North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue.  Recently, he was appointed as Special Counsel for the County of Morris.  He also serves as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Mental Health Initiatives Interbranch Implementation Committee.

He has prosecuted a number of criminal appeals and post-conviction relief petitions, many involving claims of ineffective assistance of counsel by defendants with psychiatric histories, and his expertise in these cases led to court appointment as counsel for alleged mentally incapacitated litigants.  Michael’s admission to the bar was a natural progression, following his private practice in forensic, rehabilitation and counseling psychology, where he gained extensive experience conducting expert psychological examinations in personal injury, capital offense homicide and workers’ compensation cases.  As a consulting medical examiner with the state of New Jersey, Department of Labor, Division of Disability Determinations, Michael gained invaluable experience rating claims for Social Security Disability benefits.  An expert witness in multiple psychology disciplines, he has testified in federal, state and workers’ compensation courts throughout New Jersey. He has held adjunct teaching positions at the undergraduate and graduate levels at several universities in New Jersey, focusing his teaching endeavors on forensic psychology.

Michael is a recognized expert on the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, and has served as a psychologist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and as a commissioned officer with the United States Army Medical Service Corps.  He was cited for humanitarian work on behalf of disabled veterans by the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion, and testified before the New Jersey Agent Orange Commission on his findings in a nationwide study on the readjustment problems of Vietnam veterans.  Those findings were later presented to the House of Representatives’ Veterans Affairs Committee.

Legal Publications

D’Anton, M.  (2009). Avoiding Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claims by Psychiatric Defendants.  New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, 258, 71-79.
 
Psych 101 for attorneys.  In Re:  The Magazine from New Jersey Lawyer, 15 (48), 14-19.

Legal Presentations

“Workplace Investigations.” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. August 11, 2017 and November 20, 2017.

“Attorney Stress Management,” Professionalism Day Seminar.  Hudson County Bar Association & Foundation, November 2, 2017.

“Psych 101 for Attorneys.” Hudson County Bar Association & Foundation. November 29, 2017.

“New Jersey Mental Health and the Law,” HealthEd.  2009-2013.

 “Evaluating the Credentials of the Brain Injury Expert,” Medicine for Lawyers:  Presenting Traumatic Brain Injury Cases. New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.  January 20, 2007 and March 1, 2007.

 “Walking Wounded:  Coming to Terms with PTSD.”  New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, 3rd Annual Training Conference:  “The Strategy of Advocacy.”  2006.