Experience

Nicole R. Cassata brings valuable experience as a Hudson County assistant prosecutor to her litigation practice.  Her practice focuses on representing clients in appeals and insurance defense, with an emphasis on Forthright Arbitration Forum personal injury protection (PIP) arbitrations.  Since joining Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC, in 2004, she has also successfully tried auto negligence cases in Hudson and Essex counties.

Before joining the firm, Nicole was an assistant prosecutor with the Hudson County Prosecutors Office.  As an assistant prosecutor, Nicole successfully argued matters before the New Jersey Appellate Division involving excess sentences and retroactivity.  Prior to her work as a prosecutor, she served as a law clerk to Hon. Carmen Messano, Superior Court, Civil Division, Hudson County Vicinage.

Presently, Nicole serves as the Chair to the PIP Committee for the New Jersey Defense Association (NJDA).  Nicole also served as a member of the Forthright Advisory Council.  As a member of the Council, Nicole helped to assist Forthright in connection with selection of Dispute Resolution Professionals (“DRP”) and advises Forthright on development or revision of rules governing the dispute resolution process.  Additionally, Nicole has also lectured for NJICLE and the Hudson County Bar Association on all areas of the PIP Defense Practice.  

From 2010 to 2012, New Jersey Monthly Magazine named Nicole to its list of Rising Stars in the category of Insurance Coverage. Rising Stars are nominated by the magazine’s Super Lawyers, the top five percent of attorneys in the state.

Nicole was named a “New Leader of the Bar” by the New Jersey Law Journal.  Formerly known as “40 Under 40”, the list identifies a select group of distinguished young attorneys selected for their outstanding career achievements, and for their contribution to the legal community through their leadership in bar and other activities, lectures and publication.