Marie Napoli


"The ability to help a client, often at a time when they need it most and have nowhere else to turn, is ultimately rewarding."

  • Lewis and Clark Law School, LLM Candidate 2023
  • New York University School of Law, L.L.M.
  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D.
  • St. John’s University, B.S.
Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • New York Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Supreme Court


Marie Napoli on the back cover of Super Lawyers magazineMarie has been an attorney for over twenty-five years and has experience handling complex cases, including employment discriminationcivil rights, mass tort matterspersonal injurymedical malpractice litigation, and pharmaceutical litigation. Marie earned her J.D. from St. John’s University Law School, her L.L.M. degree from New York University (NYU) School of Law and is currently an Environmental Law LLM candidate 2023 at Lewis and Clark Law School. She has worked for the New York Appellate Division, 2nd Department and has taught CLE courses on Tort and Civil Procedure at St. John’s University School of Law.

As a founding partner, Marie plays an integral role in achieving the multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements in the firm’s many practice areas, including the $1.3+ billion settlement in the New York Opioid Jury Trial,  the jury verdict for plaintiffs in the Ohio Opioid Trial (the federal bellwether trial against national pharmacy chains),the $640 million Flint Water Crisis agreement, and the $1 billion settlement in the World Trade Center litigation. The firm continues to be at the forefront of national and noteworthy legal cases, including those involving anti-trust generic drug litigation, Aqueous Film-Forming Foam water contamination cases, where a $1.185B agreement with Dupont, Chemours, and Corteva was recently announced, and civil rights matters.

For her legal achievements, Marie has been recognized by her peers and the legal industry, consistently being named to New York Super Lawyers®, Best Attorneys of America and to The National Trial Lawyers for Women’s Rights – Top 10 list to name only a few.

She is a Board Member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and is also a founding Board Member and former President of the Trial Lawyers of Puerto Rico (TLPR), a trade association bringing together top trial lawyers to share expertise, build partnerships, and to add value to the local Puerto Rico community.

Philanthropic Endeavors

Marie dedicates her time and generously supports numerous philanthropic organizations and activities. She was a board member at Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club, which is a youth organization in Glen Cove, New York, and a member of the Board of Governors at the St. John’s University, as well as the President of the Middle School Parent Council of Friends Academy.

As a breast cancer survivor, she creates awareness to fund research through such charitable organizations such as The Bone Marrow Foundation, Inc. Marie is an avid runner and has raised money by competing in the Long Island Half Marathon and the New York City Marathon.

Marie in the Media 

Marie Napoli: NY's Women Leaders in LawMarie is also a legal commentator on a variety of legal issues and has appeared on such networks as Fox Business News, CNN, CBS New York, and ABC News.

With appearances on Court TV, Law and Crime Network Live, Dr. Oz, Newsmax, Rolling Stone,  New York City’s WPIX-TV 11 News, TRT World and others, she provides well-reasoned views on topics from “biased male views toward female victims” in the case of the Playboy Model Murder case; “extreme, wanton criminal negligence” in the case of the Breonna Taylor case; the “unwarranted, ingrained notion of race discrimination” in the George Floyd case; and the need for victims of sexual assault to take their power back by filing civil lawsuits, as in the case of Charity Carson.

Additional cases she has assessed include the Jealous Lover Murder Trial — where she provided legal analysis on the multiple problems involved with a juror improperly communicating with her parents; the Teen Charged with Killing Two Kenosha Rioters, where she explained how it is up to a jury to decide whether it was murder or self-defense by Kyle Rittenhouse; The Tammy Daybell Effect on Chad Daybell’s Case, where she assessed the Courtroom vs. the Court of Public Opinion in Tammy Daybell’s death; and the responsibility of attorneys during COVID-19 when courts are physically closed.

Sampling of Marie Napoli’s Published Works 

Other Experience

  • Napoli Kaiser & Associates LLP
  • Kaiser & Hirsch
  • Lawyer, New York, Appellate Division Second Department
  • Law Clerk, New York State Supreme Court, Queens County Justice Freedman

Recent Cases

*Results May Vary Depending On Your Particular Facts and Legal Circumstances*

Ms. Napoli is leading her team to lobby the federal government to update Title IX to reflect the 21st Century. Currently for a school to be liable under Title IX an appropriate school official must have actual notice of the harassment and respond with deliberate indifference, an uncommonly high standard. We are seeking to change Title IX so that it aligns with Title VII, which is the standard used between ordinary employer-employee.

Court of Appeals: Ms. Napoli argued issues of Title IX and Section 1983 before the Fifth Circuit on behalf of our client who had been sexually abused by two separate school district employees.

An age and gender discrimination lawsuit was filed on behalf of Michele Gillen, a 39-time Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter during her tenure at CBS-owned and operated station WFOR-TV in Miami. The suit, filed in federal court, alleged that the newsroom was a toxic work environment for women who were often overlooked for important projects and spoken to in a harmful way. The matter was settled for a confidential amount a week before trial.

$12.5 Billion Settlement with 3M Company

Napoli Shkolnik, along with Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead and Interim Class Counsel, is proud to announce a $12.5 billion settlement with 3M Company in the ongoing multi-district litigation over the contamination of drinking water with toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) resulting from the widespread use of aqueous film-forming foam (“AFFF”). This historic class action settlement agreement resolves the claims of Public Water Systems across the country that have been impacted by actual or threatened contamination of their water systems with PFAS.

This proposed class settlement is the result of many months of negotiations between the parties and is subject to approval by Judge Richard M. Gergel, who was assigned in December 2018 to oversee the ongoing MDL proceedings in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

$1.185 Billion Settlement with Dupont, Chemours, Corteva

Napoli Shkolnik is pleased to announce a major breakthrough in the pursuit of justice for water providers and their communities affected by PFAS contamination in the United States. Working diligently alongside our co-leads, we have successfully settled the material terms with defendants DuPont, Chemours, and Corteva regarding their responsibility for the PFAS contamination of public water systems and the associated costs of treatment.

Under the terms of the agreement, DuPont, Chemours, and Corteva acknowledge their role in the PFAS contamination crisis and must provide financial compensation for the cost of treatment necessary to address the contamination their ‘forever chemicals’ caused.

$600 Million Settlement in the Flint Water Litigation
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, as co-liaison and negotiating counsel in the Flint Water Litigation, along with interim class counsel and representatives of the State of Michigan Attorney General’s office, reached a landmark wide- reaching $600 million settlement with the State of Michigan, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy), City of Flint, former Governor Richard Snyder, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and several other State and City employees in the Flint Water Crisis Litigation on behalf of the citizens of Flint, Michigan.

$320 Million Opioid Settlement
This landmark settlement was reached on behalf of Cuyahoga County (Ohio), one of the bellwether plaintiffs in the National Opioid Litigation, against four of the key players responsible for the opioid epidemic.

$650 Million Ruling in National Pharmacy Chain Opioid Trial
U.S. District Court for Northern Ohio Judge Dan Aaron Polster ruled that CVS, Walgreens and Walmart must pay over $650 million over 15 years and set up an abatement program to Lake and Trumbull counties. The ruling is the first by a federal judge that assigns a monetary amount against pharmacy chains for their role in the opioid epidemic.

The funds will be used in programs to address the fallout from opioid abuse the defendant’s marketing of opioids caused.

Jury Verdict in New York Opioid Jury Trial
The jury held Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Cephalon, Inc., Actavis, LLC, Actavis Pharma, Inc., Watson Laboratories, Inc., and Anda, Inc. responsible for causing a public nuisance.
(Napoli Shkolnik is Counsel to Nassau County.)

$1.1 Billion Settlement: New York Opioid Jury Trial
This settlement was reached with the three largest drug distributors, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson, in the first opioid jury trial.
(Napoli Shkolnik is Counsel to Nassau County.)

$50 Million Settlement: New York Opioid Jury Trial
Endo Pharmaceutical agreed to this settlement to end their involvement in the NY opioid jury trial, where the company was accused of its role in the opioid epidemic.
(Napoli Shkolnik is Counsel to Nassau County.)

$320 Million Opioid Settlement
This landmark settlement was reached on behalf of Cuyahoga County (Ohio), one of the bellwether plaintiffs in the National Opioid Litigation, against four of the key players responsible for the opioid epidemic.

$1M+ Sexual Harassment Mediation

Ron Jeremy Sexual Assault

  • Recently multiple women have come forward to accuse adult industry actor Ron Jeremy of sexual assault in incidences that cover several years. Ms. Napoli represents one of the alleged victims and made it clear to Rolling Stone that “No, means no.”.

$1.2M+ Zadroga Award

$1M+ Zadroga Award

$233,400 Zadroga Award

Judicial Appointments

  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for In Re: Zimmer M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis Or M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis With Kinectiv Technology And Versys Femoral Head Products Liability  Litigation  (18-MD-2859-PAC)
  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Steering Committee on the Multi District Litigation for the [BHRPSC] In Re: Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2775)

Awards & Honors

  • American Academy of Attorneys, Top 100 Attorneys in Personal Injury Law
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA), Top 10 Best Personal Injury Law Attorney
  • Best Attorneys of America
  • Best of the Best Attorneys
  • Best Law Firms in New York, U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • Best Lawyers Business Edition, Women in Law, 2019
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA), Top 10 Attorney Award – New York
  • National Alliance of Attorneys, 2020
  • The National Trial Lawyers for Women’s Rights – Top 10
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 25 Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 10 Nursing Home Trial Lawyers
  • New York Law Journal, New York’s Women Leaders in Law as featured in New York Magazine
  • New York Super Lawyers® , 2018-2023
  • Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Awards, 2015 & 2016, Ranked Top 1% of Lawyers
  • St. John’s University Board of Trustees Service Recognition Award


Media Appearances

Fox News

 Fox News

Crime Stories with Nancy Grace

WABC-7 Eyewitness News

LawNewz Network Strategy Room with Julie Banderas

PrimeTime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield

WCBS TV News with Jennifer McLogan

FoxNews Business

WSHU Public Radio

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, Rainforest Chat: Leadership, Civil Rights and Social Justice, Mass Torts Puerto Rico (May 6, 2022)
  • Featured Speaker, “Evidence in Premises Cases”, New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) Presents Evidence to Win 2022 (Virtual) Panel, April 6, 2022
  • Featured Speaker, “America on Opioids: The Issues, The Claims and The Coverage,” Perrin Conferences Webinars

Professional Affiliations

    • New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
    • National Women’s Law Center: Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund
    • American Association for Justice
    • Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA)
    • Law360’s Personal Injury and Med Mal Editorial Advisory Board
    • Nassau County Bar Association
    • National Women’s Law Center, Legal Network for Gender Equity
    • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • New York State Bar Association (NYBA)
    • New York Women’s Bar Association (NYWBA)
    • Suffolk County Bar Association
    • Trial Lawyers of Puerto Rico, President
    • St. John’s University School of Law, Advisory Board to the Dean
    • Fordham University President Council
    • The Bone Marrow Foundation, Associate Board Member
    • Paul and Marie Napoli Foundation, Founder

Previously Served As

    • John’s University, Former Member of the Board of Governors
    • Notes & Comments Editor, St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary
    • Notes & Comments Editor, St. Mary’s Law Journal
    • President, St. John’s Alumni Association, Nassau Chapter
    • Vice President, Friend’s Academy Parent Council
    • Board Member, Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club