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Jason D. Attwood

Partner

Background

Mr. Attwood’s practice focuses on civil litigation, representing both private and public entity clients. Mr. Attwood has a broad range of insurance defense experience, including dram shop, premises liability and automotive liability matters.  His experience representing public entity clients includes the defense of employment and civil rights actions, as well as public bidding disputes, at both the trial and appellate level.

Prior to joining Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, Jason was a partner at DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick & Cole, LLP.  Mr. Attwood is a graduate of the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where he received his B.S. cum laude in 1999. He received his J.D. from Seton Hall Law School, also cum laude, in 2002, where he was an editor at the Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal. He is the author of Article III Standing is Available to Citizen Group Seeking to Enforce Provision of the Clean Water Act Through Citizen Suit Provision, 11 Seton Hall Const. L.J. 795 (2001), an analysis of the US Supreme Court decision in Friends of the Earth v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc., 120 S. Ct. 693, 528 U.S. 167 (2000).

Reported Decisions

  • Jones v. Morey's Pier, Inc. 230 N.J. 142 (2017)
  • Dunbar Homes, Inc. v. Zoning Board of Adjustment of the Township of Franklin, 448 N.J. Super. 583 (App. Div. 2017)
  • Hawkins v. Feder, 2014 WL 6977836 (App. Div. 2014)
  • Mandal v. Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, 430 N.J. Super. 287 (App. Div.), petition for certif. denied (2013)
  • Estate of John Oliva, Jr. v. State of New Jersey, Department of Law, Division of State Police, 604 F.3d 788 (3d Cir. 2010)
  • Peterson v. Bernardi, 719 F. Supp.2d 419 (D.N.J. 2010)

Representative Matters

  • Successfully appealed and obtained reversal in Supreme Court of trial court’s denial of summary judgment, based on Tort Claims Act’s notice provisions.
  • Successfully defended a lawsuit challenging a county improvement authority’s award of a waste disposal contract valued at approximately $150 million. The plaintiff, an unsuccessful bidder, challenged the improvement authority’s application of the financial responsibility requirements of the bid specifications. Following a bench trial, the plaintiff’s challenge to the contract award was rejected.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the New Jersey State Police and several of its employees in a lawsuit brought on behalf of the estate of a former trooper. The plaintiff had asserted claims of retaliation, wrongful death and civil rights violations, under various provisions of federal and state law. The Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims on appeal.
  • Favorable resolution of products liability action, wherein the client’s product was alleged to have caused a house fire, resulting in significant property damage.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association

Bar/Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey

Education

  • B.S., College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York , cum laude, 1999
  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, cum laude, 2002