As a Certified Workers Compensation Law Attorney, with over thirty 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 disability and work-related death. He is known for the zealous representation of his clients. 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.



  • -J.D., Rutgers University – Newark Law School
  • -B.A., Rutgers University – Newark College of Arts & Sciences



  • -Certified by the Supreme Court of NJ as a Workers Compensation Law Attorney, 2005- present



  • -Presiding Judge- Alpha Municipal Court, 2014– 2017
  • -Presiding Judge- Phillipsburg Municipal Court, 2007– 2016
  • -Commissioner- Phillipsburg Housing Authority, 1997- 2007



  • -AVVO Rating – 10.0/10.0 Superb, 2011- present
  • -SUPER LAWYER – Workers Compensation – 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011


Teaching Experience

New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education

  • -Workers Comp College, 2006 – present
    • Creator and Senior Instructor of live seminar designed to teach practicing attorneys how to litigate workers compensation claims. All day course held either annually or semi-annually since 2006
  • -Section 40 Liens – Decoded , 2011 – present
    • Creator and Senior Instructor of this webinar designed for negligence and workers compensation lawyers to explain and simplify the intricacies contained in Section 40 of the New Jersey Workers Compensation Act. Held annually live over the Internet since 2011



New Jersey Law Journal

  • -Section 40 Liens Decoded, November 3, 2014
  • -Total Permanent Disability Benefits, October 24, 2012
  • -Workers Compensation Dependency Issues, July 21, 2008
  • -Permanent Disability Benefits – Workers Compensation, November 3, 2008


Published Cases:

  • -Medical Diagnostic Associates vs. Hawryluk, 317 N.J. Super 338 (App. Div. 1998)



  • -Vice President, New Jersey Advisory Council on Safety and Health (NJCOSH)