Jeffrey Lorell has devoted his professional career to the litigation and resolution of sophisticated, complex, civil cases and alternate dispute resolution proceedings.
He has nearly 40 years of experience in complex, multi-party, civil litigation, arbitration, and mediation, with an emphasis on all aspects of business litigation, directors and officers defense, fraud, securities, lender liability, antitrust, trademark and unfair competition and subrogation. He has extensive experience in handling litigation and ADR proceedings involving the dissolution of professional partnerships and corporations, and employment related matters such as restrictive covenants, client solicitation, improper use and disclosure of proprietary and confidential information.
Jeff frequently litigates trademark, copyright, and unfair competition matters and supervises the firm’s construction litigation and counseling department. In that role, he represents owners (both public and private, including condominium associations and cooperatives), architects, engineers, construction managers, general contractors, subcontractor, suppliers and insurance companies.
Represented Port Authority of New Jersey in successful defense of a multi-million dollar contract dispute.
Represented national company in defense of high profile racial discrimination suit by EEOC and numerous interveners, as well as whistleblower and other employment matters.
Represented industrial conglomerate owned by Saudi government in defense of half-billion dollar contract and fraud claims by American petroleum company.
Defended national real estate developer against multi-million dollar claims of contract breach and breach of fiduciary duty.
Represented well-known architectural firm and engineering firm in defense of various malpractice claims.
Represented major insurance company to recover multi-million dollar property loss.
Defended seller of chemical manufacturing plant to chemical conglomerate against multi-million dollar contract and tort claims arising out of alleged latent defects in plant causing an employee fatality.
Represented law firms, departing partners and partner groups in law firm dissolution disputes.
Honors and Awards
New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2005-2013
New Jersey Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition: Business Litigation, 2008-2013
"Protecting Trade Secrets Without A Restrictive Covenant," N.J. Law Journal, March 28, 2005
"Global Warming: Congress, The SEC And Shareholder-Plaintiffs Turn Up The Heat On Corporate Directors," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, July 2004
"Price Discrimination And The Robinson-Patman Act," New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, June 2004
"Price Discrimination and the Robinson-Patman Act," New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, February 2004
"Lawyer Mobility And The Rule Of Reason," 158 N.J.L.J. 300, October 25, 1999
"Dispute Avoidance And Resolution From The Private Owner's Perspective," Lorman Education Services, November 1995
"Is There New Liability For Architects And Engineers?" 140 N.J.L.J. 570, May 15, 1995
"Architects' Liability Based On Plans And Specifications: The Architect's Warranty; Copyright Infringement," Lorman Education Services, January, 1995
"Considerations About Mediation Of A Business Dispute: An Advocate's View," Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1994
"A New Slant On Liens," 10 Tri-State Real Estate Journal 48, March 18, 1994
"New Jersey Offers A New Shortcut To Bypass Litigation," 9 Tri-State Real Estate Journal 5, February 19, 1993
"What Do You Do When You Need To Resolve A Dispute?" National Business Institute, 1991 and 1994
"What Do You Do If You Are Purchasing A Newly Constructed Building?" National Business Institute, 1991 and 1994
"The Inevitability Doctrine," 117 N.J.L.J. 171, 1986
"Municipal Liability Under The Federal Antitrust Laws," 61 New Jersey Municipalities"Landlord And Tenant," Annual Survey of American Law 509, 1971-1972
Presenter: "Motions in Limine: A Valuable Weapon in Every Trial Lawyer's Arsenal." Handling Commercial/Business Litigation Issues 2013 Seminar, June 5, 2013
Moderator: Construction Law Update: Chinese Drywall and MDL Litigations/Additional Insureds Coverage Issues, January 28, 2011
Mediation: Tips & Best Practices, January 2010
"Antitrust Update on Distribution of Goods and Services," N.J. State Bar Association, May 13, 2009
“Reinsurance and Bankruptcy Issues in Subrogation Cases,” Travelers Insurance Subrogation Claims Program, June 19, 2008
“Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in the Employment Arena,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, February 2008, July 2007
“New Developments in Antitrust Law: Update 2006,” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 2006
“Minimizing Directors' Liability In An Increasingly Litigious Environment,” Directors Roundtable Presentation, May 2004
“Practical Points for Propounding and Responding to Electronic Discovery,” 28th Annual USDC Judicial Conference For The District of New Jersey, 2004
“Price Discrimination and The Robinson-Patman Act,” Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2004
N.J. Construction Defect Claims Seminar, Lorman Education Services, July 11, 2000
“Construction Law—Dispute Avoidance And Resolution,” Lorman Education Services, November 1995
“Architect-Engineer Malpractice,” Lorman Education Services, January 1995
“The Nuts And Bolts of ADR: How To Effectively Represent Your Clients,” Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1994
Memberships and Activities
District XA Ethics Committee
Chair, Construction Law Section of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, 2010-2011
Founding Master and Former Co-Chair, The John C. Lifland American Inn of Court
Member, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
Essex County Bar Association
Morris County Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association: Antitrust Committee (Chair - 2003 to present), Construction Law, Intellectual Property and Environmental Law Sections
American Intellectual Property Law Association
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association
International Trademark Association National
Panel of Arbitrators and National Panel of Mediators, American Arbitration Association
Beyond the Law
“I love adventure, the outdoors and the ocean. I learned to hang glide, and several years ago, I sailed a small boat across the South Pacific. I am an avid sailor and skier.”