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.

Over the course of his career, he has obtained verdicts of $32,756,055.00, $30,300,000.00, $20,181,000.00, $14,000,000.00 and $8,000,000.00 among others. In addition to his landmark verdicts, in the last six years alone, personally Mr. O’Toole has settled nearly $325,000,000.00 in personal injury cases, including more than 100 settlements and verdicts in excess of $1,000,000.00 with 14 additional multimillion dollar resolutions in 2016 alone, including the 4th largest reported settlement in the State of New York.

In April of 2017, Mr. O’Toole settled a personal injury case for $13,500,000 after four weeks of trial in Suffolk County. This is the largest reported personal injury settlement ever in Suffolk County.  In October of 2017, Mr. O’Toole resolved a construction injury case for $12,000,000, bringing his year to date 2017 resolutions to the $50,000,000 mark.

On four separate occasions O'Toole obtained jury verdicts which were among the top 10 largest personal injury jury verdicts in New York State. In April of 2013, Mr. O’Toole settled a record breaking case against the State of New York for $22,500,000.00 (this is the largest published personal injury settlement ever in New York).  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, and 2016, 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 2017 Statewide results are tallied.

Mr. O'Toole obtained a verdict in the NY Court of Claims in the amount of $20,181,000. This was the second largest personal injury verdict in the State of New York in 2012. This verdict included a pain and suffering award of $11,000,000 which is believed to be the largest pain and suffering award ever in the 102 year history of the Court of Claims.

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
• $13,500,000.00 settlement during jury deliberation on a pedestrian/automobile case
• $12,000,000.00 settlement with lifetime payment in excess of $70,000,000.00 for a child pedestrian stuck by a car
• $12,000,000.00 settlement for a tunnel worker/“sand hog” injured in a workplace fall
• $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 (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)
• $3,720,000 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)
• $3,175,000 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)
• $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 (motorist injured in car accident, back surgery)
• $2,400,000.00 settlement (pre-deposition settlement for 58 year old worker with neck injury)


Positions Held

In 2014, Mr. O'Toole began serving his third 3-year term on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. In June of 2015, Mr. O'Toole was named First Vice President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. O'Toole is also 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 2008 through 2017, 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 2017, Mr. O'Toole was named by the American Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. In 2010, Mr. O'Toole was appointed to the New York County Democratic Judicial Screening Panel. He has been named from 2010 to 2016 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 and 2017.

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.

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.

Charity Work

Mr. O'Toole is heavily involved in charitable work. Mr. O'Toole is a major donor to the St. Jude Children's Hospital, The Frances Pope Memorial Foundation and Candlelighters of New York City. All of these charities focus on aiding the families of children with cancer, a cause close to Mr. O'Toole's heart. 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.

In the past ten years, along with his partners, Mr. O’Toole has been instrumental in raising in excess of $4,000,000.00 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 created scholarship funds at five Catholic grammar schools and high schools in New Jersey.

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.