Derrick R. Freijomil is a partner in the Firm’s litigation department. He is an experienced commercial litigation and trial attorney who has practiced in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. While his practice focuses in New Jersey and New York, he has handled matters in various jurisdictions throughout the United States, including national litigations and putative class actions. Derrick is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, the highest ranking available. Thomson Reuters included Derrick on its New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list from 2007 to 2009, which was published in the New Jersey Monthly magazine, New Jersey Super Lawyers–Rising Star Edition.
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Derrick has significant experience handling a variety of commercial disputes, including matters involving tens of millions of dollars and upwards of hundreds of millions of dollars in dispute. He has represented owners, lenders, and financial institutions in disputes involving loan workouts and claims as to title and boundary lines, mortgage fraud, lender liability, fraud and fraudulent transfers, foreclosures, and evictions. He has defended numerous title insurers and title agents against various individual and putative class action claims, including under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act, and title insurance coverage matters, ranging from hundreds of thousands of dollars to close to two hundred million dollars of coverage at issue.
Derrick has litigated shareholder disputes, including those in closely-held and family-owned companies, and has also litigated disputes over large real estate development and land use transactions in New Jersey. He has defended hotels, as well as handled franchise and branding matters involving national hotel chains. He has litigated a wide array of contract and fraud matters, including vendor and franchise disputes, sophisticated accounting fraud and embezzlement, and enforcement of restrictive employment covenants protecting trade secrets and confidential information. His practice has also included years litigating products liability and toxic tort matters, such as pharmaceutical, medical device and supplies, asbestos, and chemical exposure cases. Some of his litigations include:
- Obtaining a multi-million dollar verdict following a 31-day trial over real estate development and management
- Negotiating a multi-million dollar note reduction after multi-year litigations over hotel and lending disputes
- Achieving an almost $85 million settlement for the New Jersey pension funds in securities litigation
- Serving as national counsel for a pharmaceutical manufacturer in over 1,300 product liability cases throughout the country and before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, preventing any judgments, JPML consolidations, or class certifications
Derrick's practice includes advising and defending municipalities. He is counsel to the Warren Township Sewerage Authority. He has represented the City of Plainfield, as well as its departments and individual representatives, on a variety of matters, including as to contract, warranty, tort, Section 1983, New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, and employment discrimination claims and investigations. He also has represented the Township of Montclair and successfully defended the Montclair Board of School Estimate and certain of its members against conflict claims, getting all claims dismissed with prejudice.
Derrick has been involved in municipal government matters since 2005, having served on the Capital Finance Committee for the Township of Montclair for two years and having sat on the Planning Board for the Township of Warren for seven years. He is also a New Jersey Planning Officials member. Starting in 2010, he has been a member of the Warren Township Republican Municipal Committee and was elected President of the Warren Township Republic Club in 2014.
While pursuing his law degree, Derrick was Editor-in-Chief of the Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal and is a former law clerk for the Honorable James J. Petrella, Presiding Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. He was involved in The Arthur T. Vanderbilt Inn of Court both as both a Pupil and a Barrister. He is a contributing author to the Chapter on Trials in American College of Trial Lawyers (Complex Litigation Committee), Mass Tort Manual (2006), and has co-authored “Timely Notice of Removal to Federal Court in Cases with Multiple Defendants,” International Law Office, (USA) Products Liability Section (Aug. 21, 2003), found at www.internationallawoffice.com.
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