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Mitchell H. Kizner

Mitchell H. Kizner, a member of the Litigation and Environmental Law Practice Groups, represents clients in insurance, environmental, construction and other commercial matters as part of his active litigation and commercial law practice. He is also General Counsel to the firm.

A frequent author of environmental law articles published in periodicals such as the New Jersey Law Journal, his past articles have included “No Further Action Letter May Be Unreliable” and “New Site Remediation Reform Act and Public Notice Requirements to Enhance the Role of Municipalities in Environmental Remediation Process.”

Mr. Kizner also is a frequent guest lecturer for bar associations and business organizations where he has presented seminars such as:

"Insurance Coverage Litigation"
“Recent Amendments to New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act”
“Natural Resource Damages”

He has also served as Solicitor to the Cumberland County Vocational Board of Education since 1995 and has been special environmental counsel to the Borough of Woodbine since 1991.

Representative Matters

  • Prevailed after seven-day trial on behalf of a petroleum distributor, successfully defending client against claims of environmental contamination spanning 35 years.
  • Recovered tens of millions of dollars in various environmental insurance coverage actions for owners and operators of contaminated sites.
  • Obtained an award of over $6.5 million after a nine day trial  against a senior executive for failure to adequately assess liabilities during the sale of the company.
  • Obtained millions of dollars in insurance coverage under the “Rova Farms” doctrine for a physician whose malpractice carrier refused to settle a suit against a doctor within the policy limits.
  • Obtained no cause of action in a suit alleging environmental discharge by an environmental contractor and then recovered expert expenses and all counsel fees under the “New Jersey Frivolous Lawsuit Statute" Weed v. Casie Enterprise A-2554-93, 279 N.J. Super. 517 (App. Div. 1995).
  • Assisted a client in the purchase of contaminated property in Winslow Township from a bank for a fraction of its value, and then assisted the client in arrangements for a low-cost clean up of the property.
  • Has on various occasions successfully defended and pursued legal actions against environmental consultants where negligence and other wrongdoing were alleged.
  • As long-time Solicitor for the Cumberland County Board of Vocational Education, he is thoroughly familiar with the New Jersey public bidding statutes and has counseled various clients as to their requirements.
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named a New Jersey "Super Lawyer," 2005 – 2018, by Thomson Reuters, publishers of New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine
  • Top Attorney List - Environmental Law, SJ Magazine, 2011, 2014, 2016 & 2017
  • Named an Awesome Attorney, Environmental Law, South Jersey Magazine, 2013 - 2014, 2016 & 2017

A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. 

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
      • Former Chair, Environmental Law Section
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
      • Former Member, District Ethics Committee
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
      • Former Chair, Judicial Screening Committee
      • Member
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters Association of Cumberland County Foundation 
    • Board Member

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Admissions

  • New Jersey (Certified Civil Trial Attorney)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, J.D., with honors
  • Queens College of the City University of New York, B.A., magna cum laude