Robert L. Ritter


Florham Park

T 973-232-0615

Robert Ritter represents business clients engaged in trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts. Mr. Ritter has handled a wide variety of cases concerning shareholder and partnership disputes; specific performance; declaratory judgments; probate litigation; real estate litigation; construction litigation; commercial landlord/tenant disputes; real estate broker claims; employment litigation; franchise disputes; claims between lenders, borrowers and guarantors; Uniform Commercial Code claims; eminent domain; planning and zoning appeals; and professional malpractice claims.

Mr. Ritter has been involved with twelve officially reported decisions on a wide variety of legal issues including shareholder standing; CERCLA; RICO; bankruptcy law; civil procedure; Sunday closing laws; defamation; enforceability of settlements; First Amendment rights and liquor law liability.

Mr. Ritter is often retained as an expert witness in legal malpractice actions. He also has represented clients before legal ethics committees and licensing boards for attorneys, accountants and physicians.

Mr. Ritter also handles corporate and transactional matters for his clients. He counsels business clients on a broad range of issues including shareholder and partnership agreements; the purchase and sale of businesses; the purchase and sale of commercial real estate; commercial leasing; commercial financing; employment-related issues and preparation of contracts.

Mr. Ritter served for six years as the Municipal Judge of the Borough of Alpine, New Jersey.

Mr. Ritter has been actively involved in bar association activities. He is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association. He was the President of the Young Lawyers Division and he served as a member of the General Council to the State Bar Association. Mr. Ritter was a member of the Bergen County Ethics Committee. He also served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character for eleven years, serving as the Chairman of Bergen, Passaic and Hudson Counties and as a member of the Statewide Panel. Mr. Ritter was a member of the BCBA Judicial Appointments Committee for sixteen years.

"AV" Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™

Named Newark Area Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America® for Banking and Finance Litigation - 2017

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  • Best Lawyers® - Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance Litigation, Construction Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Trusts & Estates Litigation 2007-2021
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers® - Business Litigation - 2005-2020
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New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee for Bergen County, 1994 - 1998

New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character, 1997 - 2008; Chair of Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties and Member of Statewide Panel, 2002 - 2008

New Jersey Supreme Court Approved as a Qualified Mediator

Bergen County Judicial Appointments Committee, 2001-2017, Member

Justice Morris Pashman Inns of Court, Barrister, 1998 - 2004

Bergen County Bar Association Member, 1979-present; President, Young Lawyers Division, 1986

  • Represented New Jersey Insurance Commissioner in suit against directors and officers of Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company

  • Defended national bank association against breach of fiduciary duty claims

  • Represented supermarket before the New Jersey Supreme Court in Sunday Bluelaw case

  • Represented government contractor on construction and surety claims

  • Represented estate of real estate developer in multi-million dollar partnership dissolution before AAA

  • Defended real estate developer in specific performance action involving discharge of a lis pendens

  • Represented manufacturer in restrictive covenant and trade secret dispute

  • Represented physicians in shareholder dissolution action

  • Represented real estate developer in action alleging fraudulent environmental representations

  • Represented private lender in action alleging fraud and breach of contract