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I love trying cases. It never gets old. The challenge, the human dynamic, the pressure, the hard work and effort, the novelty of each case. I really can’t imagine doing anything else.

Mr. North focuses his practice in litigation, with an emphasis on trial practice. He has tried jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts, including over 75 jury cases to verdict. He is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.

A significant portion of Mr. North’s practice is devoted to the defense of catastrophic injury and other high exposure cases in the areas of negligence, public entity liability and professional liability, including the defense of attorneys, accountants and insurance brokers.

Mr. North’s practice also concentrates in the representation of commercial and residential real estate developers in connection with design and construction defect litigation, as well as the defense of claims brought under New Jersey's Planned Real Estate Full Disclosure Act and Consumer Fraud Act.

Additionally, he has represented major banks and financial institutions in connection with lender liability claims and matters involving negotiable instruments and financial fraud.

Mr. North is the author of the evidence treatise A Trial Lawyer’s Strategic Guide to the New Jersey Rules of Evidence, and is the only New Jersey lawyer selected as a principal author of Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, contributing the chapter in the treatise devoted to Medical Malpractice. He contributed the chapter on statutory disclosure requirements in Winning Legal Strategies for Construction Law.  He has lectured throughout the state on evidence and trial practice.

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Selected by the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey and the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law to receive a 2016 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award, given annually to lawyers from across the state who set a positive example for others in the profession and are respected by their colleagues for their character, competence and professional demeanor
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (a trademark of Woodward/White, Inc.) in the Bet-the-Company Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation (Plaintiffs) practice areas (2010 – present); Selected by Best Lawyers® (a trademark of Woodward/White, Inc.) as Woodbridge "Lawyer of the Year" in Bet-the-Company Litigation (2013)
  • Listed in Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business (a publication of Chambers and Partners) in the Litigation: General Commercial practice area (2011 – present)
  • Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers (a Thompson Reuters business) in the Civil Litigation Defense practice area (2005 – present); listed as one of Super Lawyers’ Top 100 Attorneys in New Jersey (2010, 2011, 2019)
  • Listed as a Local Litigation Star in New Jersey in Benchmark Litigation (a publication of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC) in the Bankruptcy, Construction, and General Commercial practice areas (2016 – present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent (a trademark of Internet Brands, Inc.) (1990 – present)

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

  • Obtained a $26.2 million plaintiff’s verdict in a products liability “crashworthiness” case
  • Represented a major bank in a construction loan matter involving complex “lender liability” defenses and counterclaims. Obtained a jury verdict rejecting "lender liability" claims and judgment in favor of the bank for all amounts due on the construction loan
  • Defense trial counsel for large public entity in New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) and Conscientious 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

  • Representation of financial services clients in connection with environmental claims arising out of mortgage transactions and Other Real Estate Owned properties
  • Successfully represented a managing general agent in a contractual dispute with an insurance carrier involving both injunctive relief in federal court and 9-figure damage claims in arbitration
  • Successfully defended a major real estate developer in a six month jury trial involving claims by a condominium owners' association for $200 million based on allegations of construction defects, financial misrepresentations and consumer fraud
  • Represented condominium association in matter involving claims against developer for alleged construction and design defects, as well as alleged financial misrepresentations. Obtained an 8-figure settlement at trial
  • In a case involving the defense of multiple claims alleging wrongful distribution of proceeds of IRA accounts, obtained directed verdicts, and a jury verdict, dismissing all claims except one. Obtained a reversal of the single adverse trial outcome, with a direction from the appellate court to the trial court that that claim be dismissed
  • In the first case decided under New Jersey’s elder financial abuse reporting law, obtained a ruling in a non-jury trial that the client financial institution had acted properly, and that the statute did not impose an affirmative regulatory obligation on financial institutions
  • After an adverse summary judgment in a multi-million dollar matter arising out of the termination of commercial land leases, obtained a reversal on appeal, with a direction from the appellate court to the trial court that the adverse judgment be vacated and judgment entered in favor of client financial institution

Uniquely NJ

  • Past President, Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey Bankers Association
  • Past Member, New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Jury Selection in Civil and Criminal Trials (2010 – 2013)
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More Activities & Experience

  • Member, American Bar Association; Litigation Section
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates’ Forum
  • Associate Member, American Association for Justice

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

Publications & Alerts

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University of Maryland School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1977

Lehigh University, B.A. with high honors, 1971 

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1985

“A guy to emulate as a role model … one of the most talented trial lawyers I've seen.” – Chambers USA 2019
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.

John D. North Ranked in Chambers USA 2019
John D. North Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent John D.North Listed in Best Lawyers John D. North Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2013

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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.