Eliyahu S. Scheiman

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For over a decade, Eli Scheiman has demonstrated a keen aptitude for successfully managing complex matters with novel legal issues and challenging adversaries. Eli is adept at devising and implementing a consistent narrative and strategy through to final disposition. He believes that one of the absolute keys to providing excellent, cost-effective client service is maintaining positive and results-oriented relationships with adversaries and the courts. Eli concentrates in the analysis of insurance policies and claims, contract disputes, class actions, consumer fraud actions, counseling and employment defense to employers, and the defense of public and private entities in tort actions.

He joined Porzio in 2007 and is currently a principal in the firm's Litigation Practice Group.

Eli is an active participant in the Jewish community. He is a member of the Adult Education Committee at Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange, NJ.

Representative Matters
  • Defense counsel to a public school district sued in a multi-million dollar civil lawsuit brought under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act involving the execution-style murder of three young adults and attempted murder of a fourth by a notorious criminal gang in a district schoolyard. The allegation against the district was that the schoolyard was in a "dangerous condition" because a gate to the property was open and criminal activity was foreseeable. After many years of litigation and nearly five weeks of trial, the district achieved a favorable resolution of the claims.
  • Defense counsel to a public school district sued in a wrongful death action brought by the family of a contractor electrocuted and killed while performing work on a school building. Successfully obtained a dismissal of all claims against the school district and recovered attorneys’ fees from the contractor’s insurance company.
  • Obtained summary judgment for pollution liability insurer against insured seeking to disregard policy's $1 million sub-limit applicable to underground storage tank claims for policy's $5 million limits applicable to general pollution conditions.
  • Obtained summary judgment for professional liability insurer against $15 million breach of contract claim by insured based on claims-made reporting provisions of policy.
  • Obtained summary judgment for professional liability insurer against $6.5 million breach of contract claim by insured based on claims-made reporting provisions of policy.
  • Obtained dismissal of $9 million verdict against public entities in catastrophic tort case on remand from the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Prior Relevant Experience
  • Carroll, McNulty & Kull, LLC, Basking Ridge, NJ, Litigation Associate, February 2007 - November 2007
  • Niedweske Barber, P.C., Morristown, NJ, Litigation Associate, March 2005 - January 2007
  • Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, Norristown, PA, Certified Legal Intern, Summer 2003
Organizations/Memberships
  • Jewish Law Symposium, Advisory Board Member
  • American Bar Association (ABA) Food & Supplements Subcommittee
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications

 

Speaking Engagements
  • "Alcohol and Marijuana: An Unhealthy Mix For Your Workplace," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, November 15, 2017.
  • "New Regulations, Legislation, And Case Law Impacting Your Business," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, November 15, 2016.
  • "Handling Emotions at Trial," Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Law Institute 2013 Forum, Chicago, IL, September 6, 2013.
  • "Legal Update," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, December 3, 2012.
  • "New Regulations, Legislation, and Case Law Impacting Your Business," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, November 17, 2011.
  • "How to Conduct an Affirmative Action Investigation," Newark Public Schools, Newark, NJ, March 4, 2010.

Practice

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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2004
  • Pennsylvania, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2004

Education

Boston College Law School,
Newton, MA, J.D., cum laude, 2004

  • Environmental Law Society
  • Jewish Law Society Association
  • Lecturer in Environmental Law
  • Research Assistant, Legal Writing, Research and Reasoning Course

Yeshiva University, New York, NY, B.A., magna cum laude, English, 2001

  • Dean's List
  • Award for Excellence in English
  • Best Essay in Religion

International Association of Defense Counsel, Trial Academy, Stanford University, August 2011

Contact Address

100 Southgate Parkway

Morristown, NJ 07962-1997

Phone: 973.538.4006

Fax: 973.538.5146