Scott A. Parsons

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Scott A. Parsons is a highly skilled senior partner with O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, LLC. He has been in practice since 1984 and has been recognized as one of the preeminent attorneys in the law profession.

Mr. Parsons is a specialist whose practice focuses on high level plaintiffs' personal injury matters including significant automobile negligence cases, construction cases, as well as medical malpractice cases. In June of 2021 Mr. Parsons settled a personal injury case for $17.165 million. The case was a very difficult matter involving a client who was hit by a dump truck which did not carry insurance. As a result of the accident the client suffered bilateral above the knee amputations. Mr. Parsons put together a case against the subcontractor that had hired this independent trucker, along with the Project Manager and General Contractor, who all failed to ensure that the trucker had insurance. He was also co-counsel and settled a case for $15 million, where a medical center failed to perform necessary heart surgery on an infant with catastrophic consequences. He was co-counsel on a $14.9 million case where a baby did not receive a much-needed blood transfusion, causing cerebral palsy. (This was the No. 1 case for 2015 in settlements of its kind as reported in The Law Journal). Mr. Parsons also represented a plaintiff in a railroad accident that resulted in a $6 million settlement. He also won a pivotal $6 million verdict on a medical malpractice case involving an improper pain injection, which created new case law in New Jersey that has substantially helped plaintiffs' attorneys secure larger verdicts on behalf of their clients. Mr. Parsons also represented his client in a suit against a rehab facility that settled for $6 million and obtained a verdict in a case involving a nosebleed that led to a stroke for $5.15 million. He successfully represented a two-year old who was injured due to an ill-designed maze-like school fence that prevented the mother from retrieving her toddler before he was hit by a car ($3 million settlement). Please note that results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances. Most recently, (August 2023) attorney Scott A. Parsons settled a case for $14 million. The case involved a woman who received an epidural for a delivery, and she developed an epidural hematoma. It is a rare condition, but it was our position that there were signs that should have alerted the doctors to the possible development of the hematoma. Unfortunately, the client became partially paralyzed as a result of this delay.

Mr. Parsons received the Highly Prestigious 2016 Trial Bar Award from TANJ (Trial Attorneys of NJ). In 2012 Mr. Parsons also received the Professionalism Award from TANJ. He is a frequent faculty member and lecturer for both TANJ and the Continuing Legal Education Programs.

Adding to his list of numerous achievements, in 2013 Mr. Parsons became a Fellow and Chair of the esteemed American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), one of the most prominent legal associations in the country. By invitation only, the membership is extended to the finest attorneys in the United States and Canada after a minimum of 15 years' trial experience, and only to trial lawyers who have both "mastered the art of advocacy" and demonstrated professional careers with the "highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality," Of note, Fellowship in the College cannot exceed one percent of the lawyer population in any state or province. Mr. Parsons ran a two-day seminar (Trial Institute) in July 2016 and in July 2018 for trial attorneys on behalf of ACTL. This seminar was devoted to helping trial attorneys learn how to try a better case.

He is a member of, and has served as president-elect for, the prestigious American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA), New Jersey chapter. He was selected as a faculty member in the ABOTA Trial College at both Princeton and Harvard University. He has also participated in the ABOTA Masters in Trial program.

Mr. Parsons is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney and has been so for many decades.

He graduated Cum Laude from Grove City College (1980) and received his Juris Doctorate degree from Seton Hall Law School in 1984.

Awards and Accolades

Mr. Parsons has the highest AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, being AV Peer Review Rated with the highest recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.

He has been named in the Best Lawyers in America (list from 2007 to the present) and was named in 2013 as Lawyer of the Year in plaintiffs' medical malpractice for the Newark area. He was also named by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year for 2019 in Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation for Greater Newark. Most recently, Attorney Parsons was recognized as "2023 Lawyer of the Year" for his work in Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs.

Mr. Parsons has also been named as a Super Lawyer by New Jersey Monthly Magazine (Super Lawyer section, 2006 to the present) and has consistently been designated as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in New Jersey. Information on the selection methodology for these awards can be found on our Awards page.

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