Rich has litigated many types of tort and contract cases, including bodily injury, property damage, insurance coverage, construction defect and discrimination matters. He has handled legally and technically complex cases involving serious injuries and substantial damages, at trial and on appeal. He has particular experience in defending construction defect claims.
In his appellate work, Rich has been involved in a number of significant and precedential matters and is a zealous appellate advocate. In Mautz v. J. P. Patti Co., he obtained a decision interpreting the AIA standard indemnity clause. Also, in Liberty Village Assocs. V. West Am. Ins. Co., he obtained a decision interpreting the standard premises additional insured endorsement.
Rich is also well-versed in preparing coverage opinions. He also acts as an arbitrator for the Superior Court of New Jersey arbitration program.
Partner, Morgan Melhuish Abrutyn LLP, 1988-Present
Associate, Morgan Melhuish Abrutyn, 1981-1988
Associate, Goodman & Stoldt, 1975-1981
Law Clerk, Honorable Thomas S. O’Brien, Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, 1974-1975
US District Court for the District of New Jersey
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
JD, New York University School of Law, 1974
BA, cum laude, Fordham University, 1970
Rated AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 by Martindale-Hubbell
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Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2006
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Member, Defense Research Institute
Arbitration of architectural malpractice claims involving construction of a multi-story condominium.
Obtained affirmation of a grant of summary judgment dismissing claims of legal malpractice and conflict of interest against an attorney.
Speaker, “Damages for Personal
Injury and Emotional Distress” – Presentation to firm clients
Speaker, “The Comparative Negligence Act and Joint and Several Liability” – Presentation to firm clients
Speaker, “Professional Malpractice Actions in New York and New Jersey” – Presentation to firm clients
Speaker, “Indemnity and Additional Insurance” – Presentation to firm clients
Port Liberte II Condo. Ass'n v. New Liberty Residential Urban Renewal Co., LLC, 435 N.J. Super. 51 (App. Div. 2014).
Liberty Vill. Assocs. v. West Am. Ins. Co., 308 N.J. Super. 393, 706 A. 2d 206 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 154 N.J. 609, 713 A. 2d 500 (1998).
Mautz v. J.P. Patti Co., 298 N.J. Super. 13, 688 A. 2d 1088 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 151 N.J. 472 (1997).
Kane v. Hartz Mt. Indus., Inc., 143 N.J. 141 (1996).
Hull v. Getty Refining & Mktg. Co., 202 N.J. Super. 461, 495 A. 2d 445 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 102 N.J. 384, 508 A. 2d 246 (1985).
Whitehead v. St. Joe Lead Co., Inc., 729 F.2d 238 (3rd Cir. 1984)
Miller v. Apartments and Homes of N.J., Inc., 646 F. 2d 101 (3rd Cir. 1981).
State v. C.I.B. Int’l, 83 N.J. 262, 416 A. 2d 362 (1980).