Marie Napoli grew up in Manhasset, in Nassau County, New York, on the North Shore of Long Island. In 2005, the Wall Street Journal ranked Manhasset as thebest town for raising a family in the New York metropolitan area, and that certainly was true during Marie’s childhood as well.
Marie was part of a tight-knit Catholic family, who instilled in her the values of hard work, as well as being generous with one’s talents and financial gifts. As one of eight children, she knew the love of family and the joy that a family can bring to a child’s life.
As a teen, Marie worked in her father’s law practice, learning the responsibilities of doing a job well. She adored working side-by-side with her father, John, whom she greatly admired. Marie also paid attention to the lessons her father taught her as she encountered various aspects of working in the legal field.
A Love for the Helping Others
It was during the time that she spent working in her father’s law firm that Marie developed a keen interest in, and love for, the law. More importantly, it also was during this time that Marie realized that her true passion in life was helping others improve their lives. So it came as no real surprise to anyone when Marie announced that she would be pursuing a career in law after she completed college.
When it came time for Marie to choose which law school she would attend, the obvious choice for her was St. John’s University School of Law in Queens. Marie had grown up hearing about the amazing educational opportunities provided by the school because both of her parents were alumni. She knew that the school offered an excellent academic experiences and would continue to promote the Catholic values which she holds close. She also appreciated the school’s commitment to service—to devoting intellectual and physical resources to effectively and concretely have a positive impact on social issues such as poverty and injustice.
Marie received her juris doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 1993. Her published works while there included “The Lord in the Law, Reflections on a Catholic Law School,” in the St. Mary’s Law Review, and “Sexual Harassment Of Women In The Workplace: He Said, She Said,” in the St. John’s Journal of Legal Commentary. Marie also went on to earn a master of laws (LLM) degree in taxation at the New York University (NYU) School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Marie and Paul
It was during her time at St. John’s University School of Law that Marie met Paul Napoli, the man who would become her future husband. The couple first met at a pizza parlor across the street from the St. John’s campus, however they did not start dating until after graduation, when the pair bumped into each other at the Nassau County courthouse where they were both trying cases as young lawyers.
Marie and Paul hit it off immediately because they both had a love of life, a drive to be successful at law, and a passion for helping others. Before long, the couple formed the law firm of Napoli, Kaiser & Bern, LLP, which has grown tremendously and is now Napoli, Bern, Ripka & Shkolnik, LLP, a nationally recognized personal injury law firm specializing in representing individuals who have been harmed and need strong, compassionate representation.
After Marie became a mother, she stepped away from practicing law to focus her energies on raising her and Paul’s lovely children. However, her passion for helping others continues through her volunteer and philanthropic activities, including past and present service in the following organizations:
- Board of Governors, St. John’s University
- Board Member, Bone Marrow Foundation
- Board Member, Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club
- President, Friends Academy, Middle School Parent Council
- Marie and Paul Napoli Foundation