Daniel P. O'Toole

Daniel P. O'Toole

New York, New York

Daniel P. O'Toole is one of New York's premier trial lawyers. He graduated from the Fordham University School of Law in 1992 and is admitted to the New York and New Jersey bars. Mr. O’Toole has devoted his professional life to helping people whose lives have been upended by accidents.

At age 52, Mr. O’Toole has been the lead trial lawyer or co-trial counsel on the following record-breaking verdicts:

  • $110,174,972 verdict, the largest individual personal injury verdict ever in the state of New York (with lead attorney, Partner Scott Occhiogrosso)
  • $32,756,055.00 verdict, the largest personal injury verdict ever in Suffolk County (with lead attorney, Partner Stephen J. Murphy)
  • $20,181,000 verdict, the second largest personal injury verdict ever in the Court of Claims (including the largest pain and suffering verdict ever in the Court of Claims) (lead attorney)
  • $14,000,000 verdict, the largest personal injury verdict ever in Nassau County (lead attorney)
  • $22,500,000 settlement, the second largest reported personal injury settlement ever in the State of New York (lead attorney)
  • $13,500,000 settlement, the largest reported personal injury settlement ever in Suffolk County (lead attorney)

In addition to his landmark verdicts, in the last six years alone, personally Mr. O’Toole has settled in excess of $350,000,000.00 in personal injury cases, including more than 125 settlements and verdicts in excess of $1,000,000.00 with 37 additional multi-million dollar resolutions in 2016-2018. Mr. O’Toole reported the #1 mediated settlement in the State of New York in 2017 ($12,000,000 construction accident) and the #2 overall settlement in the State of New York (obtained during trial) for 2017 ($13,500,000 on an automobile accident case), this settlement is the largest reported personal injury settlement ever in Suffolk County. In 2018 Mr. O’Toole recovered in excess of $50,000,000, including a $13,000,000 wrongful death settlement achieved in less than one year from the date of accident. In the first two months of 2019, Mr. O’Toole has settled three multi-million dollar cases, including an $11,500,000 settlement for an injured construction worker.

On five separate occasions O'Toole obtained jury verdicts which were among the top 10 largest personal injury jury verdicts in New York State. Year after year Mr. O’Toole obtains some of the largest settlements of construction accidents, automobile accidents and wrongful death cases in the State of New York. In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, Mr. O’Toole and his colleagues at Block O’Toole & Murphy, LLP posted more top 25 settlements than any other firm in New York by a wide margin. The same is anticipated when 2018 Statewide results are tallied.

Mr. O'Toole has handled construction accident cases, road design and road maintenance cases, medical malpractice cases, negligent security cases, tractor trailer accidents, industrial accidents, bad faith cases against insurance companies and automobile accident cases. Mr. O'Toole's settlements include the following results:

  • $22,500,000.00 settlement following verdict (icy road case)
  • $20,181,000.00 verdict (see above)
  • $15,000,000.00 settlement – pedestrian/automobile case following jury verdict
  • $14,000,000.00 verdict (motorcyclist hit by truck)
  • $13,500,000.00 settlement during jury deliberation on a pedestrian/automobile case
  • $13,000,000.00 settlement of a wrongful death action
  • $12,000,000.00 settlement with lifetime payment in excess of $70,000,000.00 for a child pedestrian struck by a car
  • $12,000,000.00 settlement for a tunnel worker/“sand hog” injured in a workplace fall
  • $11,500,000.00 settlement for a construction worker who suffered a severely injured wrist as a result of a defective circular saw
  • $8,000,000.00 verdict (lumbar spine surgery and knee surgery after rear-end collision)
  • $7,700,000.00 settlement following verdict (motorcyclist with serious leg injury)
  • $6,500,000.00 settlement (for injured union laborer)
  • $6,400,000.00 settlement (union ironworker)
  • $6,250,000.00 settlement (non-union carpenter)
  • $6,000,000.00 settlement during trial against NYCTA for injured bus passenger
  • $6,000,000.00 settlement (for injured union waterproofer)
  • $5,900,000.00 settlement (union bricklayer)
  • $5,000,000.00 settlement (wrongful death of tourist)
  • $4,925,000.00 settlement (all insurance coverage available tendered for brain injured motorist)
  • $4,900,000.00 settlement (union electrician)
  • $4,750,000.00 settlement (union excavator)
  • $4,650,000.00 settlement (injured non-union laborer)
  • $4,500,000.00 settlement (union carpenter with knee injury)
  • $4,475,000.00 settlement (wrongful death with a payout of over $20,000,000 to two surviving children of a deceased non-union laborer)
  • $4,250,000.00 settlement (union excavator)
  • $4,000,000.00 settlement (union carpenter in ladder fall)
  • $4,000,000.00 settlement (auto accident involving hotel porter)
  • $4,000,000.00 settlement (above-the-knee amputation after auto accident)
  • $4,000,000.00 settlement (for injured non-union asbestos removal worker)
  • $4,000,000.00 settlement for a 15 year old pedestrian (lifetime payment in excess of $19,000,000.00)
  • $4,000,000.00 settlement (union carpenter in ladder fall)
  • $3,720,000.00 settlement for glass worker who suffered severe foot and ankle injuries after he fell through an unsecured cover at a construction site
  • $3,500,000.00 settlement (bus operator injured in motor vehicle accident)
  • $3,500,000.00 settlement (union bricklayer)
  • $3,500,000.00 settlement (injured laborer)
  • $3,450,000.00 settlement (man hit by bus while in crosswalk, multiple orif surgeries
  • $3,400,000.00 settlement (union laborer slipped and fell with back injury)
  • $3,175,000.00 settlement in queens case for truck driver who was struck by a fully-loaded forklift while he was making a delivery
  • $3,100,000.00 settlement (non-union laborer)
  • $3,000,000.00 settlement (non-union carpenter)
  • $3,000,000.00 settlement (barber involved in auto accident)
  • $3,000,000.00 settlement (laborer in trip and fall accident)
  • $3,000,000.00 settlement (taxi driver injured in auto accident)
  • $2,900,000.00 settlement (for non-union laborer with back injury)
  • $2,750,000.00 settlement (homemaker, trip and fall, knee injury)
  • $2,750,000.00 settlement (non-union air condition repair worker with leg fracture)
  • $2,600,000.00 settlement (non-union laborer with internal injuries in building collapse)
  • $2,500,000.00 settlement (double-parked Access-A-Ride van causes bicycle accident)
  • $2,500,000.00 settlement (motorist injured in car accident, back surgery)
  • $2,400,000.00 settlement (pre-deposition settlement for 58 year old worker with neck injury)
  • $1,850,000.00 settlement (injured union electrician with aggravation of prior back injury)
  • $1,750,000.00 settlement (injured bus passenger)
  • $1,750,000.00 settlement (school bus rear-end accident)
  • $1,750,000.00 settlement (wrongful death involving bus driver)

Approximately 100 other settlements in excess of $1,000,000


Positions Held

Mr. O'Toole is the Co-Chairman of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association Labor Law Committee, the committee that fights to preserve and enact laws to promote worker safety at construction sites. He is committed to championing laws that protect workers and all New Yorkers.


In June of 2019 Mr. O'Toole received the University of Scranton's Frank O'Hara Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is the University's highest honor and was given to Mr. O'Toole in recognition of his accomplishments as an attorney and for his philanthropy. In October of 2018, Mr. O’Toole received the James F. Gill Spirit of Hope Award from Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice. In 2016, he received the Founder’s Medal (the school’s highest honor) from his alma mater Bergen Catholic High School for his lifetime achievement and contributions to the school. In 2018, Mr. O’Toole was named Runner of the Year by One Mission, a pediatric cancer charity in Boston, Massachusetts for his fundraising efforts running the 2018 Boston Marathon.

In 2008 through 2018, Mr. O'Toole was elected as a "Super Lawyer" in New York State, recognizing him as one of the top 5% of New York personal injury lawyers. In 2009 through 2018, Mr. O'Toole was named by the American Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He has been named from 2010 to 2018 to the Irish Legal 100, recognizing the top Irish American lawyers in the United States. Mr. O’Toole has also been selected by his peers to be included in New York’s Best Lawyers for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

In 2011, Mr. O’Toole was honored by the Brehon Law Society in New York as Lawyer of the Year and in 2012 was honored by the Institute of Jewish Humanities as Lawyer of the Year. In March of 2013, Mr. O’Toole was honored by the Brooklyn to Alaska Project (a group that sends young men from Brooklyn to Alaska every summer to experience the Alaskan wilderness) as Man of the Year. 

Charity Work

Mr. O'Toole is heavily involved in charitable work. He is also a major donor to the St. Jude Children's Hospital. Mr. O'Toole and his wife have endowed a scholarship at the Fordham University School of Law and an endowment at Georgetown University, through the Georgetown Scholarship Program, and have also contributed substantially to the Dr. Michael DeMichele Scholarship at the University of Scranton, as well as Boston College.

In the past ten years, along with his partners, Mr. O’Toole has been instrumental in raising in excess of $5,000,000.00 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Mr. O'Toole is a major donor for the Institute of Educational Achievement, a school for autistic children in New Jersey. Mr. O’Toole has also contributed to scholarship funds at five Catholic grammar schools and high schools in New Jersey, funding high school educations for over 25 children.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Accident Cases
  • Medical Malpractice Cases
  • Negligent Security Cases
  • Tractor Trailer Accidents
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Bad Faith Cases Against Insurance Companies
  • Automobile Accident Cases

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey


  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York - 1992
  • University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, 1989 B.A. and M.A.