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  • Observers attest that he is “a very prolific writer and a very good lawyer.”
    - Chambers USA, 2017

    “[S]easoned and balanced counselor” who draws additional praise as a “superior trial lawyer.”
    - Chambers USA, 2016

    “Brilliant strategist.”
    - Chambers USA, 2016

    "[P]rovides a scholarly knowledge of the law and street smart knowledge of the courts, jurisdiction, judges and opposing counsel."
    - Chambers USA, 2015

    "He is a first-rate lawyer and I would refer a client to him in a conflict without any hesitation."
    - Chambers USA, 2015

    Mr. Kott is a "leading light of the New Jersey Bar."  He is "an amazing lawyer and an excellent strategic thinker."
    - Chambers USA, 2013 & 2014

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    David Kott argues in the New Jersey Supreme Court in Debra Dugan, et al. v. TGI Fridays, Inc. on New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act and Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA)
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    David Kott argues in the New Jersey Supreme Court in Ernest Bozzi v. OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC on New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act and Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA)



  • David Kott argues in the New Jersey Supreme Court in McCarrell v. Roche on Choice of Law Principles
  • Partners for Women and Justice honored David Kott with the Partners in Hope Award, given annually to standout supporters of the organization. Partners empowers low-income and abused women to build safe and secure futures for themselves and their children by providing equal access to justice.

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
    5.0 out of 5

Education

  • J.D., Rutgers School of Law - Camden, 1977
  • B.A., American University, 1973

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

Chair, Adjunct Fellowship Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers

Board of Trustees, American College of Trial Lawyers Foundation

Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Product Liability Advisory Council

Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel

Defense Research Institute

American Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

Essex County Bar Association

David R. Kott

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    • Four Gateway Center
      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Mr. Kott is a trial lawyer, having tried more than 50 jury trials to verdict. He is a longtime Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was recently invited to join the Board of Trustees of the ACTL Foundation. Mr. Kott is an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He also is a member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. Mr. Kott has extensive experience in the areas of product liability and commercial litigation. Designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Mr. Kott has tried to verdict jury trials in state and federal courts throughout New Jersey, and in New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Texas and Virginia.  He often acts as lead counsel representing large corporations in class actions, including cases alleging violations of New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act and Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA), as well as the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and environmental torts.

Mr. Kott is ranked in Band 1 of Chambers USALeaders in their Field” for 2008-2017. According to sources quoted in Chambers, Mr. Kott is “a leading light of the New Jersey Bar.” Clients also attest that “he is an excellent lawyer with a strong and deep practice,” and commend his “great substantive legal knowledge and wealth of experience.”

For over 15 years, Mr. Kott has chaired the Legal Affairs Committee of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA), the largest business trade association in New Jersey. Mr. Kott is a past Board Chair of the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute (NJCJI), the largest New Jersey-based civil justice reform organization. On behalf of trade associations including NJBIA, NJCJI, the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey, the New Jersey Defense Association, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the Washington Legal Foundation, Mr. Kott has authored numerous amicus briefs in important appeals in New Jersey. He was appointed by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to serve on the Working Group on Business Litigation, a group of judges, attorneys and business leaders tasked with providing recommendations for streamlining civil litigation in New Jersey state courts.

Mr. Kott has also been affiliated with, and honored by, nonprofits, bar associations and trade associations. Mr. Kott is the former Chairman of the Board of Managers of CancerCare New Jersey and, in 2007, he received its Individual Achievement Award. In 2015, Mr. Kott received the Partner in Hope Award from Partners for Women and Justice, which offers pro bono legal assistance to the victims of domestic violence. Mr. Kott was the recipient of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey 2014 Trial Board Award, a recognition of excellence given by peers to trial attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the cause of justice. Mr. Kott also received the 2012 Leonard C. Johnson Award from NJBIA. This award is given to individuals who have shown outstanding commitment to the association and its activities. NJBIA’s then-president noted, “Without David’s leadership, it is hard to imagine how NJBIA could have successfully defeated such major issues as expansion of legal liability laws. He has provided the NJBIA with first-rate counsel.” 

Among his other accolades, Mr. Kott was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Newark Product Liability Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.” He has also been recognized as one of “New Jersey’s Top 100 Lawyers” by Super Lawyers for 2005-2010, 2012-2013 and 2015-2017, and listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers for 2005-2017 and The Best Lawyers in America for 2008-2017. Mr. Kott is one of only three New Jersey lawyers listed in Who’s Who Legal: Litigation (2016); Who’s Who in the East (2002-2008, 2010-2011, 2013); Who’s Who in America (1994-2014); Who’s Who Legal 100 (2012); The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers (2013-2014); The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2014); Who’s Who in American Law (1987-1988, 1993-1998, 2001-2002, 2005-2008); and Who’s Who in the World (2006-2009). Who's Who Legal is published by Law Business Research Limited. Chambers is published by Chambers and Partners. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Best Lawyers is published by Best Lawyers in partnership with US News and World Report. A description of their selection process can be found in the respective links above. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Speaking

10/13/16
10/11/16
10/10/16
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education - NJ Law Center, New Brunswick
07/11/16
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education