Over the past 50 years, Mr. Shabel became one of the premier regional class action and catastrophic personal injury lawyers in New Jersey. With his former firm, Shabel & DeNittis, Mr. Shabel recovered over $70 million for his clients in cases handled in the last 10 years alone. The firm successfully litigated over 100 class actions in the areas of consumer fraud, mass construction defects, overtime and wage and hour violations, environmental mass torts and Real Estate Settlement Procedure Act (RESPA) violations.
Mr. Shabel has also played a lead role in many notable and news worthy cases in this Country. For example, he recovered a $7 million verdict for an injured worker who sustained severe brain injuries in a slip and fall in a Ryder Truck parking lot in the case Ingling v. Rider Truck, which still stands as the largest recovery for a victim of a slip and fall ever recorded in the State of New Jersey. His firm was also lead plaintiff’s counsel in the class action DeMarco v. National Collector’s Mint which stands as a landmark case and a matter of first impression in Federal Court in the Southern District of New York obtaining a $9 million valued recovery for over 100,000 consumers allegedly defrauded when purchasing bogus coins minted to commemorate the 9/11 tragedy. He, and his firm, were also one of the principal plaintiffs’ counsel (part of a four attorney executive committee) in the matter France v. Merrill Lynch obtaining a $43 million recovery for over 22,000 Merrill Lynch financial advisors nationwide for alleged wage and hour violations and alleged illegal deductions from pay.