Paul J. Cornoni dedicates his practice to helping families put their lives back together after tragic events. His dedication produces substantial settlements and verdicts in complex claims involving car accidents, product liability, medical malpractice, and bus accidents.
Over the course of his career, Paul has obtained some of the largest settlements and verdicts in the Washington, DC Metro area. These include a $15.2 million verdict against a property owner for violating safety codes, a $6.4 million jury verdict for an ex-CIA employee injured by a car driving into a Sam’s Club, and a $4.2 million verdict for a patron of a nightclub attacked while leaving the establishment. His $15.2 million verdict was listed in the top 50 premise liability verdicts in the United States for 2018.
Paul represented clients in many successful trials in the local and federal courts of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. He routinely argues cases before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, and the DC Federal Circuit. Several of his cases resulted in new legislation and decisions that continue to influence future cases.
As a result of this work, Paul has been consistently named a Best Lawyer by Best Lawyers in America. Paul has been named a Washington, DC Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine every year since 2014 and was selected to be a Washington, DC Rising Star in 2013. Just recently, he was named to the 2023 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers list.
He served as President of the District of Columbia Trial Lawyers Association and in 2019, he was recognized as the Association’s Trial Lawyer of the Year. Paul is also member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, and the Boston College Alumni Association.
Paul graduated cum laude from Boston College with a B.A. in Sociology in 2000. He received his J.D. with honors from the George Washington University Law School in 2003. Paul was a four-time winner of the Big East Conference Academic All-Star Award.
While at Boston College, Paul was a scholarship member of the Men’s Division I Soccer Team, serving as team captain for several seasons. In 1999, he received the Tom McElroy Award. This award recognizes the student-athlete at Boston College who best represents the ideals of character, leadership, and achievement.
He is licensed to practice in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Outside of work, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and three children as well as participating in charities for local schools in Montgomery County.