Erik M. Corlett

Partner

As a trial and appellate litigator, I am involved in the resolution of large, complex estate and business disputes frequently managing multi-jurisdictional matters in state and federal courts. 

Background

Erik M. Corlett handles complex commercial litigation amongst high-asset business owners, often involving family members and shareholders on issues pertaining to shareholder, member and partner disputes, business valuations, trusts and estates disputes, buy-outs, and other sophisticated commercial and corporate law matters. He has extensive experience representing individuals and corporate clients at both the trial and appellate levels, litigating multi-jurisdictional matters, appellate, and post-judgment issues to conclusion. Clients and colleagues appreciate Erik’s comprehensive and collaborative approach to dispute resolution.

Erik also serves as defense counsel for an array of public entities including state transportation entities, municipalities, boards of education, county prosecutor’s offices, and county improvement and utility authorities in contract disputes, regulatory enforcement, and civil rights matters.

Reported Decisions

  • Verge Properties Urban Renewal, LLC v. Union County Improvement Authority, 2015 WL 6739538 (App. Div. Nov. 5, 2015)
  • Estate of Cohen v. Cohen, 2013 WL 5476569 (App. Div. Dec. 12, 2013)
  • Cohen v. Booth Computers, 421 N.J. Super. 134 (App. Div. 2011)
  • Sipko v. Koger, Inc., 2020 WL 4811565 (App. Div. Aug. 19, 2020) , cert. granted, 2021 WL 2931318  (July 9, 2021)

Representative Matters

  • In a land redevelopment dispute between a private redeveloper and a local designated redevelopment entity involving issues of contract interpretation and claims of breach of contract, successfully briefed and argued the appeal of an adverse jury verdict, resulting in the Appellate Division reversing the jury verdict, and remanding for a new trial.
  • In several related complex commercial and estate disputes, collaborated with a team of prominent attorneys to successfully defend an individual client and his family business against multiple lawsuits brought in state and federal courts seeking to recover hundreds of millions of dollars. The disputes resulted in several complex trials involving contract, guardianship, undue influence, accounting, and promissory estoppel claims in various chancery courts, resulting in multiple successful defense decisions for the client.
  • Obtained favorable appellate decision in matter of first impression concerning net book value partnership buy-out valuation and related unconscionable value claims.
  • In two related civil rights matters, successfully defended a police entity and several individual officers in cases surrounding a fatal police-involved shooting that led to two lawsuits asserting various civil rights and wrongful death claims. Obtained summary judgment for the entity and individual supervisory defendants, dismissing all claims against his clients before trial.
  • Successfully tried a fraudulent transfer claim, resulting in an opinion and order requiring the return of $18 million in funds secreted overseas. In post-judgment enforcement proceedings, assisted a private individual client in collecting more than $20 million on a judgment and in fee sanctions through various execution avenues from both individual and corporate judgment debtors.
  • In matter first impression following the 2019 amendment of New Jersey’s statute of limitations for sexual abuse claims, obtained clarification on application of state law amendment to related federal civil rights claims, and dispositive resolution of all federal claims in client’s favor on a motion to dismiss.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association

Bar/Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Education

  • B.A., Macalester College, 2002
  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2006

Honors and Accolades

  • New Jersey Law Journal, Unsung Hero, 2020
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2014-2019
  • Selected to the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating list.

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