Livingston, NJ
T: 973.863.7626
F: 973.994.3375
Practice Areas


Personal Injury Defense

Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation Defense

Professional Liability Defense

Employment Litigation Defense

Product Liability and Toxic Tort Defense

Commercial Litigation

Richard E. Snyder, Partner

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.

Work Experience

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

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

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

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