Litigation Departments of the Year

You Can't Argue With Success

Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, despite its size, keeps on winning big

New Jersey Law Journal

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Mazie Slater's litigation department
Left to right, Mazie Slater's Karen Kelsen, Cheryll Calderon, Beth Baldinger, Matthew Mendelsohn, Adam Slater, Andrew Riso, David Mazie, David Freeman and Eric Katz

For a firm of just 10 lawyers, Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman's prominence among plaintiffs' trial lawyers in New Jersey is remarkable not only for the firm's cache of victories but also because it does not limit itself to personal injury cases.

The Roseland firm also has track record of successes in product-liability mass torts, in class actions against insurance companies, as well as in civil and constitutional rights cases and in diverse other kinds of litigation.

In 2012 alone, Mazie Slater was responsible for the recovery and/or saving of over $200 million for clients. Also that year, it was involved in nine reported court decisions.

Mazie Slater by the Numbers
  Firm-wide N.J. Office
Department Size 10 10
Department as percentage of firm (head-count) 100% 100%
Department as percentage of firm (revenue) 100% 100%

 

Major Litigators:

• David Mazie, partner — concentrates in medical malpractice, car accidents, truck accidents, products liability, personal injury, professional liability, complex commercial litigation, class actions, birth injury, brain damage, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries and wrongful death.

• Adam Slater, partner — specializes in complex civil litigation cases, including professional malpractice, personal injury, class actions, mass torts, wrongful death, products liability, construction accidents and commercial litigation. Slater has taken a leadership role in large complex litigations, including serving as a co-class counsel in a class action against Volkswagen and Audi, and as co-liaison counsel in a consolidated proceeding involving hundreds of cases filed against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon, Inc.

• Eric Katz, partner — advocates for New Jersey physicians, dentists and other health-care providers. He represents health-care providers and their patients in all types of managed-care disputes, including usual, customary and reasonable disagreements, prompt payment disputes, unlawful bundling and downcoding of claims, improper coverage denials, class actions and managed- care audits. Katz has been appointed lead class counsel in several managed-care class actions

• David Freeman, partner — concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, professional malpractice, products liability, personal injury and insurance insolvency.

• Beth Baldinger, counsel — represents victims suffering catastrophic injuries and substantial losses. She has championed the rights of children injured in state foster care and daycare settings; survivors of sexual assaults and domestic violence; estates of those lost to homicides; citizens whose civil rights were violated by police misconduct; and those injured due to inadequate security.

• Matthew Mendelsohn, associate — concentrates his practice in personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice, commercial litigation and class-action litigation.

Cases of Note:

Fermin v. Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. Inc., U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey — A federal magistrate judge last August 20 approved a $33.9 million settlement over a forklift accident that left the operator a quadriplegic — reputed to be the largest product liability settlement in New Jersey history. David Mazie and David Freeman argued that Toyota failed to address a known design defect that allegedly caused 17 similar accidents from 1984 to 2009, some of them fatal, and had failed to implement safety features or to provide warnings.

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