Stuart M. Lederman is a Partner of the Firm whose practice encompasses an unusually broad swath of Riker Danzig’s litigation and governmental affairs departments. He represents clients in construction, real estate, eminent domain, and civil litigation matters. He also has a significant professional liability practice, defending architects and engineers and advising lawyers on ethics matters.
Stuart represents owners, architects and engineers in construction disputes; owners and bidders in bid disputes and debarment issues; and clients that are dealing with government agencies. He also represents government agencies involved in disputes with various parties and advises the agencies in day-to-day operations.
In one of his more well-known cases, Stuart represented the New Jersey Turnpike Authority in matters involving allegations of racial profiling by state troopers. In another, T & E Co. v. Safety Light Industries Inc., Stuart was part of a legal team that established the concept in New Jersey of strict liability for an environmental tort.
When parties come to Stuart for legal help, they receive the benefit of his many years of legal experience. But they also get a common-sense approach to problem-solving. His clients have included the Perini Corp., Edwards and Kelcey Inc., Bed Bath and Beyond, the State Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, and EI Associates Inc.
Stuart is a Visiting Associate for the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. He recently spoke on “Ethical Cliffhangers for Trial Attorneys” for NJICLE, “Lost Profits Disputes: Foundation for Reasonable Economic Damages” at the New Jersey Law Journal’s In-House Counsel CLE Seminar, and “Ethical and Regulatory Considerations for Licensed Engineers in New Jersey” for the American Water Works Association: New Jersey Section.
Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, has included Stuart on its Best Lawyers list in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Eminent Domain, Construction Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation since 2007. It also named Stuart “Lawyer of the Year” for 2015 and 2022 for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law in the Newark region; this is an honor given annually to a single attorney in a particular practice area in each region. Thomson Reuters has included him on New Jersey’s “Super Lawyers” list for General Litigation since 2006. See Awards and Honors Methodology.
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Real Estate Litigation
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
United States District Court, Southern District of NY
Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1985
University of Delaware, B.A., with distinction, 1982
Former Chair, Statewide Panel for the NJ Supreme Court Committee on Character, 2014-2021
Past President, NJ State Bar Foundation
Former Trustee, NJ State Bar Association
Secretary, Pingry School Board of Trustees
Former chair, NJ Supreme Court District X Ethics Committee
Speaker on ethics issues to attorneys
Former member, NJ Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on the Uniform Bar Examination
Former Member, Statewide Panel for the NJ Supreme Court Committee on Character, 2012-2021
Former Member, Statewide NJ Supreme Court Committee on Character, 2006-2021