Jeffrey M. Pypcznski

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In representing major corporations and small businesses, Jeff Pypcznski understands that the preparation and defense of any matter where litigation is contemplated or has already commenced must begin with a clear understanding of the client's perspective and objectives.  This includes upfront identification of expectations, goals and potential impact on financial and business considerations through the use of early case assessment and planning.  Once the objectives have been identified, Jeff is known for his assertive, professional and efficient practice that is tailored to obtain the best possible result for his clients.

Over the last 15 years, Jeff has represented Fortune 500 corporations in federal and state courts in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania in a wide range of matters, including product liability, toxic tort, personal injury, professional liability, construction defect, class actions, and business litigation.  He has defended design and manufacturing defect claims for major auto manufacturers, as well as manufacturers of consumer products, industrial equipment and heavy machinery in trial court and on appeal.  He also represents and counsels several insured and self-insured design professionals, consultants, and commercial carriers on business matters, litigation planning, and dispute resolution.  He routinely appears in state and federal courts and manages all aspects of litigation from pre-suit planning, strategy for discovery, depositions, and motion practice, and through trial and appeal if necessary.   

Jeff is also an active member and maintains leadership positions with numerous professional organizations in which he has served, including as Chair of Publications for DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Committee, Vice-Chair with the American Bar Association Toxic Tort Committee, and member of the New Jersey Defense Association.

Relevant Experience and Representative Matters
  • Represents a multi-national automobile manufacturer in state and federal product liability actions alleging design defect, manufacturing defect, and failure-to-warn claims.  In two recent product cases involving significant personal injuries, obtained pre-trial summary dismissal of all claims and subsequently prevailed on appeal on behalf of the manufacturer, and negotiated a voluntary dismissal of defect claims following completion of party depositions.
  • Defense of multi-national chemical manufacturers in personal injury, class action medical monitoring, and groundwater contamination toxic tort matters, involving allegations of environmental exposure to asbestos, benzene, and other chemical products, and claims of strict liability, private and public nuisance, and RCRA.
  • Defense of design professionals, contractors and business owners in professional liability cases involving claims of defective design, construction, and construction oversight.  Successfully obtained pre-trial dismissal of claims alleging professional liability, negligence, and fraud in a $12 million construction defect case against a Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering firm.
  • Counsel for an international consumer electronics company in breach of contract claims and labor and employment disputes.
  • Defense of premises and business owners on personal injury and negligence claims.
  • Defense and counseling of engineering and environmental consulting firms in environmental contamination, groundwater contamination and professional liability matters.
  • Defense of more than 50 cases representing insured and self-insured companies and commercial transportation carriers in cases involving contractual disputes, personal injury, and catastrophic claims.
  • Represented major real estate and investment firm in employment-related matters and appeals before State Insurance Appeal Boards.

 

Organizations/Memberships
  • Chair of Publications, DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee
  • Vice-Chair of American Bar Association Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee
  • New Jersey Defense Association
Publications
  • "Rise or Demise of Take-Home Asbestos Exposure Claims? California Supreme Court Set to Weigh In on Debate," LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy, May 1, 2015.
  • "2014 State of the Union: Notable Judicial Decisions and Litigation Trends in Toxic Torts," DRI 2015 Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Conference, March 26-27, 2015.
  • New Jersey Federal Civil Procedure 2014, Chapter 8 on Motion Practice, New Jersey Law Journal Books, Fall 2014.
  • "2012 Amendments To The Federal Hazcom Standard: To Preempt Or Not To Preempt, That Is The Question," Co-authoried by Roy Alan Cohen and Jeffrey M. Pypcznski, Defense Research Institute, Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee Newsletter, December 28, 2012.
  • A Practitioner's Guide to Class Action, Chapter on New Jersey, 2010-2012 ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Section.
  • “HazCom Pre-Emption - A Potential Weapon For the Defense in Warnings-Related Toxic Tort Cases” – Article co-authored with Roy Alan Cohen and Julius M. Redd, IADC and Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee, October 2012.
  • "Motions," New Jersey Federal Civil Procedure 2013, Chapter 8, by Roy Alan Cohen and Jeffrey M. Pypcznski, New Jersey Law Journal Books, Fall, 2013.
  • “The Management And Defense of Professional Liability Cases Involving Architects, Engineers, and Environmental Consultants” – Article co-authored with Michael Archie, Claims Manager for XL Insurance, May 2011.
  • "Motions," New Jersey Federal Civil Procedure 2010, Chapter 8, New Jersey Law Journal Books, 2009.
  • “Motions," New Jersey Federal Civil Procedure, Chapter 8, New Jersey Law Journal Books, 2008.
  • "Defending Property Owners in Toxic and Hazardous Substances-Related Premises Liability Litigation," Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 74, No. 1, January 2007.
  • “Defending The Owner Against Traditional and Emerging Tort Claims In Toxic and Hazardous Substances—Related Premises Liability Litigation,” IADC Mid-Year Meeting Program, February 2006.
  • “Protecting the Company’s Electronic Information and Communications from Discovery on the Scorched Earth Battlefield,” American Bar Association Press, March 2005.
  • “The Inequities of Joint and Several Liability and the Defensive Use of Contribution Between Parties Under CERCLA and Various State Environmental Statutes,” IADC Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee Newsletter, May 2005.
  • “Conflicts Which Arise In Defending Under A Reservation Of Rights—And The Selection Of Defense Counsel,” Eleventh Annual TIDA Industry Seminar, October 2003.
Speaking Engagements
  • "Ethics and Legal Advertising: Blogging, Social Media and Your Internet Profile - How to Manage It Effectively and Ethically," ABA TIPS 25th Annual Spring Meeting, Trends in Toxic Torts and Environmental Law, April 7, 2016
  • Panel Presentation on Top Developments in Toxic Tort Law for 2014, DRI Spring Meeting, Toxic Tort and Environmental Law, March 2015
  • “Managing the Defense of Design Professionals” – International Association of Defense Counsel, 2011 Professional Liability Roundtable, May 2011
  • “An Overview of New Jersey Federal Practice” – New Jersey CLE Presentation, March 2011

Practice

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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1999
  • Pennsylvania, 1999

Education

Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware, J.D., cum laude, 1999

  • Dean’s Honors List, 1996–1999
  • Certificate of Achievement in Legal Analysis
  • Phi Delta Phi, Harrington Inn, Honor Chapter

Rider University, Lawrenceville,
New Jersey, B.A., cum laude, 1996

  • Dean’s Honors List, 1993–1996

Contact Address

100 Southgate Parkway

Morristown, NJ 07962-1997

Phone: 973.538.4006

Fax: 973.538.5146