Rahil Darbar

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Rahil Darbar is Counsel to Porzio's Wealth Preservation Group where he represents a broad range of clients who object to provisions contained in a decedent's will or who have been damaged by the administration of a trust or estate in which they have an interest.  He has litigated claims concerning:

  • Challenges to the validity of a will due to undue influence over the testator, lack of capacity of the testator, or defective execution of the will;
  • Accounting proceedings to defend or challenge the management of an estate or trust;
  • Contested guardianship proceedings to determine whether a guardian is needed and/or who should serve in that capacity;
  • Fiduciary removal proceedings to remove an executor, trustee, or guardian due to incompetence or misconduct.

In addition to his probate litigation practice, he has a decade of experience representing individuals and business entities in commercial disputes, complex construction defect lawsuits, and personal injury litigation.  Rahil employs a practical and cost-effective approach to every matter and directs the litigation to achieve the specific goals demanded by his clients.  Rahil has also conducted bench and jury trials and obtained favorable results.

He maintains strong ties to the South Asian community and is the immediate Past President of the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey and the Chair of its Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee.  He is also a Barrister of the Justice Morris Pashman Inn of Court in Bergen County, an organization dedicated to the continued development of trial lawyers.

Representative Matters

Mr. Darbar's recent set of professional accomplishments include:

  • Garnered a dismissal of products liability claims for a major retailer of workout equipment arising out of catastrophic injuries sustained by the Plaintiff under the doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens and failure to join an indispensable party under R. 4:6-2(f).  Plaintiff appealed and Mr. Darbar prepared the opposition brief that resulted in a successful affirmation of the trial court's decision.  Nikirk v. ConducTV Brands, No. A-1217-19T3 (App. Div. February 4, 2021).

  • Served as trial counsel in November 2019 for the world’s second largest manufacturer of elevators in in a multi-million-dollar construction defect litigation with over fifteen defendants and obtained a favorable settlement before a jury verdict.
  • Acquired a complete dismissal of Consumer Fraud, Consumer Protection, and Breach of Contract claims for a family-owned and operated pool manufacturer.  Hamrahi v. Carlton Pools, Inc., ESX-L-8628-17 (Law Div. September 20, 2019).
  • Obtained dismissal of anti-trust, RICO, fraud, and privacy claims for the world's largest social media company in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.  Shulman, d/b/a Advances Magazine v. Facebook. et als., 2018 WL 3344236 (D.N.J. 2018).

 

Honors and Awards

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  • Recipient, NJSBA’s 2020 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award on behalf of SABA-NJ
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America"Ones to Watch" - Commercial Litigation, 2021
    A description of the selection process can be found here.
Organizations/Memberships
  • Member, NJSBA's Commission on Racial Equity in the Law
  • Immediate Past President, South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey
  • District Ethics Committee for East Morris and Sussex Counties (District XA)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Justice Morris Pashman Inn of Court
  • Morris County Chamber of Commerce
  • Alumni, Leadership Morris 

 

 

Publications
  • "Practical Considerations for Presenting Deposition Testimony at Trial," New Jersey Lawyer, June 2021. 
  • New Jersey Federal Civil Procedure 2019, Chapter 11 on Motion Practice, New Jersey Law Journal Books, Fall 2019. 
Speaking Engagements
  • “Panelist, Stop AAPI Hate: Bystander and Legal Intervention Webinar,” March 26, 2021.
  • Moderated panel discussion with New Jersey's political leadership, April 17, 2020.

  • "The Impact of COVID-19 on Major Practice Areas," Webcast, April 3, 2020.

Practice

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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2010
  • New York, 2011
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 2012
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2014
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 2014

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ, J.D., 2010

  • Chancellor Scholar
  • Quarterfinalist in Eugene Gressman Moot Court Competition
  • Best Oral Advocate in Appellate Advocacy

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, B.A., Psychology & History, magna cum laude, 2007

  • Phi Eta Sigma Honors Fraternity
  • Dean’s List

Languages

  • Gujarati
  • Hindi

Contact Address

100 Southgate Parkway

Morristown, NJ 07962-1997

Phone: 973.538.4006

Fax: 973.538.5146