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 Leon B. Piechta
Partner


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Telephone: 973.623.7845
Facsimile: 973.623.7780

Leon B. Piechta is one of the firm's most experienced trial attorneys. He has defended a wide variety of professionals - including lawyers, health care professionals, accountants, brokers and agents - from allegations of malpractice. He also represents attorneys and judges in disciplinary matters.

His primary and excess insurer clients often involve Mr. Piechta in coverage disputes, and have him defend direct and third-party lawsuits. He defends corporate directors and officers, and prosecutes and defends personal injury and Law Against Discrimination lawsuits. He has defended and prosecuted a number of significant products liability actions.

Mr. Piechta has tried cases to verdict in New Jersey's state and federal courts, and the courts of Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, South Carolina and Montana.

Education

  • Seton Hall Law School, J.D. cum laude, 1977
    • Presidential Scholarship Award, 1974-77
  • Seton Hall University, B.A. magna cum laude, 1974
    • Student Government President, 1973 & 1974
    • Captain, Seton Hall Golf Team, 1970-74
    • Presidential Scholarship Award, 1970-74

Professional Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Chairman Malpractice Insurance Committee of New Jersey State Bar Association 2013

Professional Appointments

  • Member, State of New Jersey Model Jury Charge Committee

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • NJDA (President & Chairman of the Board, 1987-89)
  • DRI (Recipient, Exceptional Performance as Trial Attorney, 1988)
  • Lecturer, Ethics and Professional Malpractice for ICLE and NJSBA
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • Fellow of American Bar Foundation
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • New Jersey's Top Legal Minds
  • Rated AV Preeminent for 25 years Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Published Opinions (from over 100 published opinions)

  • Juzwin v. Asbestos Corp., Ltd., 900 F.2d 686 (3d Cir. 1990)
  • Cherry Hill Manor Assocs. v. Faugno, 182 N.J. 64 (2004)
  • Gennari v. Weichert Co. Realtors, 148 N.J. 582 (1997)
  • Promaulayko v. Johns Mansville Sales Corp., 116 N.J. 505 (1989)
  • Price v. Strategic Capital Partners, LLC, 404 N.J. Super. 295 (App. Div. 2008)
  • Klesh v. Coddington, 295 N.J. Super. 1 (App. Div. 1996)
  • Ellison v. Schenck, Price, Smith & King, 280 N.J. Super. 169 (App. Div. 1995)
  • American Home Assur. Co. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 233 N.J. Super. 137 (App. Div. 1989)
  • Johnson v. Cyclop Strapping Corp., 220 N.J. Super. 250 (App. Div. 1987)
  • Prudential Ins. Co. of Am. v. U.S. Gypsum, 711 F. Supp. 1244 (D.N.J. 1989)