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 Supreme Court's Bergen County Ethics Committee and now serves on the Morris 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.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Ritter serves as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers Law School where he teaches a course on legal malpractice.  

Listed In:

  • Best Lawyers® - Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance Litigation, Construction Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Trusts & Estates Litigation, Appellate Practice - 2007-2024
  • Best Lawyers in America® - Lawyer of the Year for Banking and Finance Litigation - 2017; Lawyer of the Year Trusts and Estate Litigation - 2014
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers® - Business Litigation - 2005-2024
  • "AV" Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™
Robert L. Ritter
Rated by Super Lawyers

loading ...


Selection methodology for awards and honors can be found here.

No aspect of these advertisements have been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Adjunct Professor, Rutgers Law School, 2023

New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee for Morris and Sussex Counties, 2021 - Present

New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee for Bergen County, 1994 - 1998; New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee for Morris County, 2021-present

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

  • Defended trustee of multi-million dollar trust against breach of fiduciary duty claims

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

  • Represented government contractor on construction and surety claims

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

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

  • Represented manufacturer in restrictive covenant and trade secret dispute

  • Represented owners of a surgical center 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 in connection with investments of commercial real estate loans

  • Represented real estate owner in family dispute involving numerous commercial and industrial properties

  • Represented gaming software company in breach of contract claim brought by international casino company