Practice Areas
 
 
 
Insurance
Commercial Litigation
Professional Liability
Appellate Practice
Employment Law
Environmental Law
Class Actions
Real Estate Litigation
Workers Compensation
Arbitration and Mediation
Personal Injury
Trusts and Estates

Insurance
A significant part of our practice involves representation of insurance companies, both in defense assignments and in coverage matters. National and international insurers have called on Tompkins, McGuire to defend them or their policyholders against a variety of claims. We successfully litigate all aspects of general, professional, directors and officers, financial institutions and employment practices liability, property, business and title insurance cases and are often called upon to handle the most complex, sophisticated matters. We serve as lead counsel in major coverage actions and represent nationally-known insurance companies in a variety of tort liability suits. This and other litigation related services are led by William B. McGuire, a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Attorneys. Back to top >>

Commercial Litigation
From complex contractual and franchise disputes to Uniform Commercial Code applications and commercial fraud, we successfully represent clients in state and federal courts and before alternate dispute resolution panels. We counsel commercial, financial and industrial clients — from Fortune 500 companies to small, closely-held business entities and individual entrepreneurs — in matters of complex commercial litigation as well as securities and consumer class actions. Back to top >>

Professional Liability
Historically, Tompkins, McGuire is best known for our representation of professionals — lawyers, accountants, engineers, architects, psychologists, and others — who have been accused of negligence. We have been at the forefront of changes in the law, from the entire controversy doctrine to the Affidavit of Merit statute. We fight hard to protect the reputations and vindicate the decisions and actions made by our clients. Back to top >>

Appellate Practice
Our attorneys appear regularly before the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and U.S. Courts of Appeals on behalf of clients seeking or opposing the reversal of trial court determinations. Our appellate practitioners are skilled in the preparation and presentation of written and oral arguments. A number of our attorneys have had appellate clerkships, including New Jersey Supreme Court clerkships. At Tompkins, McGuire we consider our appellate practice to be an important extension of our litigation practice. Back to top >>

Employment Law
We regularly defend companies and their personnel against claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment and unfair labor practices. Back to top >>

Environmental Law
Over the years, and as an extension of our practice in insurance related matters, we have been at the forefront of, and developed expertise in, complex, multi-party environmental litigation. Back to top >>

Class Actions
We represent plaintiffs and defendants in class actions in state and federal courts. Our attorneys are knowledgeable in all aspects of class action matters, including how to obtain or defeat class certification.
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Real Estate Litigation
Tompkins, McGuire acts as claims and coverage counsel for almost every major title insurance carrier that provides title insurance services in New Jersey. We also represent institutional and private lenders in protecting their mortgage liens, in workouts and in foreclosure actions. Our attorneys have expertise in all areas of real estate related litigation, including real estate and mortgage fraud, contested commercial and residential foreclosures, boundary line disputes, adverse possession, quiet title actions, lien priority actions, partition actions and real estate related contract disputes. Back to top >>

Workers Compensation
For over 27 years, Tompkins, McGuire has defended self-insured corporations and insurance carriers, directly and through third-party administrators. Using an aggressive approach and the experience that only a high-volume practice can offer, we competently and economically defend business owners against both the legitimate and the sometimes baseless claims brought by employees. Because we handle so many workers compensation cases, we are assigned one day every third week in every regional court, thereby reducing in-court expenses — an important advantage to our business clients with an eye on the bottom line. Back to top >>

Arbitration and Mediation
With the costs and risks associated with litigating a matter through the court system, often we suggest that our clients turn to alternate dispute resolution ("ADR"), which can provide new ways to resolve differences among parties. We are proponents of ADR when we believe it can provide our clients with prompt and cost-efficient resolution of their claims. At Tompkins, McGuire, we offer the services of two former Superior Court judges, one of whom devotes the majority of his practice to ADR. The skills that these professionals bring from their years on the trial bench ensure the highest quality of service. Back to top >>

Personal Injury  
Tompkins, McGuire counts among its clients several general liability, premises liability and automobile liability insurance carriers and third party administrators. Our attorneys regularly represent these clients’ insureds in defense of personal injury matters filed in all counties in New Jersey and in the Untied Stated District Court for the District of New Jersey. As with all litigated matters, we take a proactive approach to the defense of claims of personal injury and, as a result, our clients enjoy a very high rate of success in settlement and at trial. 
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Trusts and Estates  
Howard G. Wachenfeld, a fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, heads up a trust and estate practice, concentrating in estate taxes, estate planning and contested will interpretations. Back to top >>