Pashman Stein Walder Hayden announced today that Andrew M. Kuntz has joined the firm as an associate in the Commercial Litigation practice group at the firm’s Hackensack office. Kuntz was previously with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General in Newark, NJ as a Deputy Attorney General, Division of Law, Public Utilities Section.
Sean Mack, co-chair of the Firm’s Litigation practice said, “Andrew’s experience, paired with his strong writing and advocacy skills, make him a great addition to our Litigation practice. We welcome him to Pashman Stein, where he will continue to work collaboratively with many attorneys to produce a successful work product.”
In his role as a Deputy Attorney General, Kuntz served as Counsel for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ (BPU) Division of Water, representing BPU staff in all phases of administrative litigation, and served as appellate counsel for BPU’s Division of Energy on several high-profile natural gas and electric transmission approvals. In addition, he served as Counsel for BPU’s Office of Clean Energy (OCE) advising on all aspects of OCE’s suite of clean energy grants and procurements. Prior to representing BPU, as a Deputy Attorney General, Kuntz represented the NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT) in all phases of eminent domain and tort litigation.
Michael Stein, Managing Partner of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, said, “Andrew’s experience with case strategy and successful management of all aspects of litigation, including depositions, discovery, motions, and trial preparation, are qualities that will benefit our litigation team and our clients.”
“Pashman Stein Walder Hayden’s excellent reputation as a firm that routinely represents clients in high-stakes matters makes it an ideal environment for me to continue my legal career,” said Kuntz. “My prior positions have allowed me to work simultaneously on the big picture, day-to-day minutia, and everything in between so that I have a comprehensive understanding of the nuts and bolts of litigation.”
Pashman Stein’s Commercial Litigation practice group counsels individuals, businesses, and public entities, and its clients include, among others, Fortune 500 companies, members of the New Jersey judiciary, professional athletes, and the largest housing authority in the state.
Kuntz received his J.D., cum laude, from Rutgers School of Law-Newark in 2012, where he was vice president of the Asian/Pacific American Law Student Association, and his B.S., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 2008. Following law school, Kuntz served as the Law Clerk to the Honorable Ariel A. Rodriguez in the Supreme Court of New Jersey in Newark. He has also been a Law Clerk at the Hackensack office of Kates, Nussman, Rapone, Ellis & Rahi, LLP. During law school he represented clients through the Rutgers Urban Legal Clinic, and served as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Jaynee LaVecchia in the Supreme Court of New Jersey in Morristown and to the Honorable Morris Stern in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey in Newark.
Kuntz is admitted to the Bar in New York and New Jersey, and is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and its Public Utility Law Section.