Joseph A. Maniscalco Jr., Esq.
Founder and Injury Attorney of Maniscalco, Law, P.C. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved with his family to Lancaster, South Carolina in 1974. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, wherein he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science with a minor in Philosophy in 1985. In 1983, the University of South Carolina Political Science College awarded him the Ambassador Scholarship for his academic achievement in Political Science. As a recipient of the Ambassador Scholarship, he was selected to represent the University of South Carolina at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England during the academic year of 1983 through 1984 where he obtained an equivalent of magna cum laude ranking amongst his British counterparts. At the University of Kent, he received praise for his work ethic that resulted in the discovery of political ideas and arguments that brought out his "best combative mode," making him an "excellent value in seminars — a lesson to his British contemporaries whom he and ebulliently dominated." In 1984, he also received special recognition for his outstanding scholastic achievement at the University of South Carolina from Phi Alpha Theta, the International History Honor Society, and also from the Golden Key International Honor Society.
He earned his Juris Doctorate at St. John's University School of Law in 1988. He began his legal career in Atlanta, Georgia in 1989 as an associate attorney representing personal injury plaintiffs, workers' compensation claimants, and plaintiffs against insurance companies for insurance policy breach of contract claims. In 1991, after the trial of an insurance policy breach of contract claim in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, he was offered a position as an associate attorney by the counsel for the opposing party at that trial. He eventually accepted that offer and became an associate attorney for that insurance defense law firm where he represented insurance companies in first-party insurance contract litigation and subrogation litigation for recovery of property and casualty losses. He became a member of the subrogation department at that law firm, where he represented the interest of insurance companies against product manufacturers, product distributors, contractors and subcontractors for property damage losses, which included national civil litigation in United States Federal Courts where he was admitted pro hac vitae in those jurisdictions. His subrogation litigation included claims against product manufacturers and distributors of defective and dangerous products and claims against general contractors and subcontractors for defective and dangerous construction.
In 1993, he opened his law practice devoting his practice primarily to the representation of injured workers and personal injury victims. His experience in representing the interests of insurance companies has proven to be invaluable with respect to the representation of workers' compensation claimants and personal injury plaintiffs and has allowed him to broaden his practice to claims against building contractors for negligent construction and insurance companies for breach of insurance policy contracts. He witnessed firsthand the institutionalized policy of many insurance companies to delay, deny and underpay claims made by their own insureds. His experience in working for the "other side" has reaffirmed what he had believed since he made the decision to become a lawyer: that the interest of the rich and powerful must be met with tenacious and committed representation on behalf of the average American. His commitment to his clients is his primary focus.
He has been trying cases for over twenty-one years. He has obtained civil judgments on behalf of plaintiffs as high as $2,600,000.00 and has obtained millions for plaintiffs and claimants since opening his practice in 1994. He has represented over 4,500 clients since opening his practice in 1993
Areas of Practice
- Workers' Compensation Catastrophic and Non-Catastrophic Injuries
- Personal Injury including:
- Injuries Caused by Tractor-Trailers
- Injuries Caused by Motor Vehicle Accidents, Including Pedestrians, Motorcycle, and Accident to Cyclists
- Injuries Caused by Dangerous Conditions at Retail Stores, Apartment Complexes, Residences or Other Locations
- Brain Injury Litigation
- Negligent Construction
- Breach of Insurance Contracts
- State Bar of Georgia
- Georgia Court of Appeals
- Georgia Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court of Northern District of Georgia
- United States Court of Appeals for the 11th circuit
- St. John's University, School of Law, Jamaica, New York 1988 – Juris Doctorate
- University of South Carolina, 1985 – Bachelor of Arts
- University of Kent at Canterbury, England, 1983-1984 ‑ Ambassador Scholarship
Professional Associations and Membership
- Member, State Bar of Georgia
- Member, Georgia Trial Lawyer's Association