Dennis M. Baptista

Dennis M. Baptista

Phone: 973-718-5173
Ext. 114


Rutgers, Newark Law School, J.D. 1985
Rutgers, Newark College of Arts & Sciences, 1982

new jersey supreme courtAs a Certified Workers Compensation Law Attorney, with over twenty five years of experience, Dennis Baptista has earned a well-deserved reputation among the workers compensation bar for being a respected practitioner of great integrity and skill. Mr. Baptista has litigated numerous complicated workers compensation cases including claims involving accidental injuries, occupational diseases, repetitive motion injuries, total permanent disabilty and work related death. He obtained an Appellate Division decision in Medical Diagnostic Associates vs. Hawruluk which prevents medical providers from suing injured workers for the payment of medical bills while their workers compensation claims are being litigated. He is a frequent speaker for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education where he instructs other lawyers in the handling of workers compensation claims.

Mr. Baptista began his legal career at the law firm of Javerbaum & Wurgaft in 1985 as an Associate handling primarily workers’ compensation litigation. From 1987 thru 2003, he practiced law in Elizabeth, NJ with Franz & Baptista, PC, where he developed a statewide, high volume workers’ compensation litigation practice. He later returned to the Javerbaum firm from 2003 thru 2011 to serve as Chairman of the Workers Compensation Department with offices in Newark and Springfield, NJ. In April of 2011 he joined the law firm of Livingston DiMarizo Baptista, LLP, a firm with a rich history of workers rights advocacy, workplace unionization and is especially known for its zealous representation of injured workers in the compensation courts.

A leader in the community, Mr. Baptista was recently reappointed to his second three-year term as Judge of the Phillipsburg Municipal Court. Prior to his judicial appointment he served for ten-years as Commissioner of the Phillipsburg Housing Authority with a mission to provide safe, sanitary and affordable housing for the area’s working poor. The Phillipsburg Housing Authority achieved “High Performer” status, HUD’s highest possible rating of a housing authority, for each year that Mr. Baptista served as Commissioner.


Instructor, “Workers Comp College ,” Institute for Continuing Legal Education, March 19, 2013, March 28, 2012, March 2011, March 2010

Instructor, “Section 40 Liens—Decoded—2012” Institute for Continuing Legal Education, September 10, 2012

Instructor, “Section 40 Liens—Decoded—2012” New Jersey State Bar Association, Atlantic City Convention, May 17, 2012

Instructor, “Successfully Handling Section 40 Liens”, Institute for Continuing Education, September 12, 2011

Panelist, “Current Workers Compensation Tips and Tactics”, National Business Institute, December 2010

Panelist, “Workers Comp Practice Tips and Pitfalls,” New Jersey State Bar Association, January 2009

Speaker/Author, “Workers’ Compensation 101,” Institute for Continuing Legal Education, March 2009; February and March 2008; February and March 2007; January 2006, November 2005

Speaker, “Workers’ Compensation Skills and Methods Course,” Seton Hall Law School, February 2007.

Speaker, “Current Workers’ Compensation Issues,” Union County Bar Association, June 8, 2005

Speaker, “Trial of a Workers’ Compensation Case: Second Injury Fund”, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 2003

Speaker, “Understanding Key Issues in Workers’ Compensation,” Institute for Continuing Legal Education, August 2003.


“Total Permanent Disability Benefits”, New Jersey Law Journal, October 24, 2012 & November 3, 2008

“Workers Compensation Dependency Issues”, New Jersey Lawyer, July 21, 2008

“Workers’ Compensation Dependency Benefits,” SIDEBAR, Union County Bar Association: Winter 2005

Reported Decisions:

Medical Diagnostic Associates vs. Hawryluk

In The News: is the website for the workers compensation attorneys firm of Livingston, DiMarzio LLP Our team of attorneys is made up of New Jersey Mesothelioma Lawyers, NJ Workers Comp Lawyers, Employment Lawyers and Certified New Jersey Worker’s Compensation Attorneys.