Roger Plawker


Roger Plawker


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I was pleased to join Pashman Stein as part of its merger in 2016 with Walder Hayden. Our two firms recognized compatible cultures built on professionalism and collegiality. Two and a half years later, I am proud to work with high-level practitioners who value a balanced life and have energy and colorful personalities. It’s this human side of a mid-sized firm that has always suited me best, and continues to do so. For nearly twenty years, I have litigated all manner of business disputes, criminal defense, and attorney ethics matters. I have also maintained a steady practice in software licensing which is where I started as a sole practitioner. No matter the nature of the case, I never lose sight of this critical point: it is the most important case to that particular client. Our firm treats each case with that in mind, whether it’s a criminal defense matter where one’s liberty may be at stake, or a business dispute where the financial stakes may also be profound.


Roger Plawker serves as Chair of the Attorney Ethics & Professional Misconduct practice group. He practices in the areas of business litigation, construction litigation, attorney ethics, criminal defense, intellectual property litigation and licensing, and employment law. He has represented one of New Jersey’s largest commercial real estate developers and owners in a number of disputes related to their business, including construction, land use, bidding, and partnership matters. Roger has successfully completed major software licensing transactions with a number of organizations, including Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Deloitte & Touche, Nomura, Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank, MBIA, Ocwen Financial, Fannie Mae, Morgan Stanley, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Greenwich NatWest, and Credit Suisse First Boston.

In addition to an undergraduate degree from Vassar College and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Roger holds a degree in Russian language from the Pushkin Institute in Moscow. Roger also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sybil R. Moses, assignment judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County, during the 1992-1993 term.

Reported Decisions

Administrative Law
In re Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc., 2006 WL 2371348 (App. Div. 2006) (challenge against the NJSEA’s development of Xanadu)

Eminent Domain Litigation
ISP Environmental Services, Inc. v. City of Linden, et al. (represented landowner in eminent domain dispute with municipality and competitors)

Insurance Fraud
Selective Ins. Co. of America v. Medical Alliances, LLC,362 N.J. Super. 392 (Law Div. 2003) (represented physicians and related entities against allegations of self-referral)

Attorney Ethics
In re Gallo, 178 N.J. 115 (2003) (established new limitations on the use of hearsay in ethics proceedings)

Trademark and Copyright Litigation
Hitachi Maxell v. DTC Computer Supplies, 2004 WL 2558651 (D.N.J. 2004) (successfully represented alleged trademark infringer)
The Carlisle Group, Inc. v. Confidential (obtained settlement of $275,000 for software developer whose software was used without a license)

Farmland Dairies, Inc. v. Milk Drivers et al.(successfully represented dairy industry competitor-defendant in this collective bargaining labor dispute and alleged antitrust conspiracy)

Bobian v. CSA Czech Airlines, 93 Fed. Appx. 406 (3d Cir. 2004); 232 F.Supp.2d 319 (D.N.J. 2002); 222 F.Supp.2d 598 (D.N.J. 2002) (established new limitations on the definition of “bodily injury” under the Warsaw Convention)

Employment and Federal Jurisdiction
Menoken v. McNamara, 88 Fed. Appx. 550 (3d Cir. 2004); 213 F.R.D. 193 (D.N.J. 2003) (successfully represented corporate defendant and its officers in this wrongful termination litigation and established clarification on aspects of federal question jurisdiction on removal and finality under Fed.R.Civ.P. 60)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Essex County Bar Association, Editor, Essex County Bar Association Chronicle, 2001-2007
  • Trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President Northern New Jersey Squash Racquets Association


  • A Soviet Contradiction: Socialist Federalism and the Freedom of Secession, Wisconsin International Law Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1, Fall 1991

Bar/Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York


  • B.A., Vassar College, 1988
  • J.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992; Note and Comment Editor of the Wisconsin International Law Journal
    Pushkin Institute, Moscow, Russia, Teaching Certificate 1988

Honors and Accolades

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2009-2021
  • Ruth B. Doyle, Award for outstanding service to the law school community

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