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I have learned that the key to being a successful litigator is there is no “key.”  I cannot approach each case by rote, or by some formula that may have worked in the past.  It is only when I devote my time and energy to a specific client that I can “win” the case for them, as winning is defined by them.  

Ms. Lucey concentrates her practice on employment litigation, higher education law, professional negligence defense and the productive use of litigation technology to reduce litigation costs and increase efficiency.  She represents mid-market companies, institutions of higher learning, and public entities in federal and state civil litigation matters concerning employment discrimination and retaliation claims, professional negligence defense, Higher Education and Title IX alleged violations, business torts, and commercial contract disputes.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected for inclusion by NJBIZ as a “Leader in Law” in the publication’s Vanguard Series of professional profiles (2018)
  • Selected for inclusion by the New Jersey Law Journal on the 2016 list of "New Leaders of the Bar," the publication's annual listing of outstanding attorneys under the age of 40 and practicing in New Jersey
  • Listed in Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition (a Thompson Reuters business) in the Business Litigation practice area (2011 – present)
  • Recipient of the Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the Middlesex County Bar Association (2012)

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.

Representative Matters

  • Defense trial counsel for large public entity in New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) and Consciences Employee Protection Act (CEPA) case tried to verdict in New Jersey Superior Court.  Obtained favorable rulings at trial to reduce the scope of compensatory damages, eliminate punitive damages, and position the matter for appeal regarding a large body of prejudicial evidence which was ultimately excluded prior to verdict.
  • Significant trial participation in three legal and professional malpractice cases tried to verdict in New Jersey state and federal courts
  • Extensive responsibility for day-to-day management of a $900 million federal multi-party litigation involving the collapse of 7 World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  Specific roles included conducting all aspects of fact and expert discovery, analyzing multiple complex legal issues, engaging in dispositive motion practice and managing client relations
  • Achieved favorable settlement for mid-market industrial company in New Jersey federal action concerning breach of contract and warranty claims
  • Drafted significant portions of successful Opposition to Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of financial advisory firm

Uniquely NJ

  • Vice President, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association: former Co-Chief Financial Officer; former Co-Chief Operating Officer; former Co-Secretary; former Co-Chair, Judicial Outreach and Programming Committees
  • Board of Directors, Historical Society of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Trustee, Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey 
  • Secretary and Executive Board Member, YWCA Bergen County
  • Lead Barrister, The John C. Lifland American Inn of Court
  • Member, Association for Corporate Growth - New Jersey; Co-Chair, Advancing Leadership Influence
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association; Vice Chair, Federal Practice and Procedure Section
  • Member, Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
  • Regularly serves as a judge of the Seton Hall University School of Law’s Annual John J. Gibbons Moot Court Competition
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More Activities & Experience

  • Ms. Lucey currently serves on the Steering Committee for the firm's Women's Leadership Forum
  • Former judicial intern to The Honorable Ronald J. Hedges, United States Magistrate Judge

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

Publications & Alerts

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Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2003

Wake Forest University, B.S., 2000  

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2003
  • New York, 2006
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2005

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.