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  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
    5.0 out of 5
  • A great writer and a top-notch insurance coverage counsel, one of the best in the New Jersey Bar.”
    – Chambers USA 2018

    She has impressive market standing and is regarded by clients as “a phenomenal lawyer -- there is no one better at the settlement table.”
    Chambers USA 2017

Education

  • J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law, cum laude, 1977
  • M.S., Boston University, 1972
  • B.A., George Washington University, 1971

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Third Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

Essex County Bar Association

American Law Institute, Life Member

International Association of Defense Counsel

Defense Research Institute

Gita F. Rothschild

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Partner
  • T: 973.639.7969
    F: 973.297.3833
    • Four Gateway Center
      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Gita F. Rothschild practices in the areas of complex litigation, including insurance coverage, class actions, defense of employers, product liability and toxic torts, commercial contracts and business torts. She has litigated cases in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Connecticut, Florida, Virginia and the Virgin Islands. She has more than 50 reported opinions, involving significant and novel insurance and product liability issues.

Gita has defended companies against a wide variety of claims involving product liability and commercial issues. She currently defends research-based pharmaceutical companies in litigation involving employment matters and prescription and over-the-counter medicines. She was lead counsel in the first trials involving phenylpropanolamine (PPA), a widely used decongestant and appetite suppressant, both of which resulted in defense verdicts. The two major victories in PPA litigation were recognized among The National Law Journal's Top 10 Defense Verdicts for the Year, both in 2004 and 2005.

She has been representing corporate policyholders for 30 years, litigating and resolving coverage disputes involving product liability; environmental impairment; directors' and officers' liability; errors and omissions; and fidelity claims, principally for Fortune 500 companies. She has litigated and is currently litigating (and settling) coverage disputes involving billions of dollars including, among other things, personal injury and property damage asbestos-related claims, breast implant claims and environmental liabilities.

She is a life member of the American Law Institute and was a Consultant on the ALI Enterprise Liability Project and Restatement of Torts (3rd), Product Liability. Gita is a frequent lecturer on insurance, civil practice and procedure, trial techniques, toxic torts and product liability.

She served on the Editorial Board of The New Jersey Lawyer from 1996-1999 and is the author of numerous articles. She was a faculty member of the Defense Trial Academy (1996) and served as Chairman of the District V Fee Arbitration Committee of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1984-1988.

Gita has also appeared pro hac vice in courts in other states, including federal courts in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Virgin Islands.

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognized in Tier 1 of Chambers USA from 2006-2018. According to sources in Chambers, the "very experienced" Gita Rothschild draws on impressive expertise across a range of disputes, regularly handling insurance coverage and product liability cases, often on a nationwide scale.
  • Listed in The International Who's Who for Insurance & Reinsurance and Product Liability Defence
  • Recognized in New Jersey Super Lawyers from 2006-2017
  • Listed in the 2007-2019 issues of The Best Lawyers in America

  • Named the Best Lawyers 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Insurance Law in Newark and Best Lawyers 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” for Product Liability Litigation

  • Recognized among the Top 100 Lawyers and Top 50 Women-New Jersey Super Lawyers for 2008-2013
  • Listed in the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark for 2013 and 2014

No aspect of these advertisements have been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Awards Methodology.

Representative Matters

Danaher Corp. v. Travelers Insurance Co., 10-CV-0121 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 6, 2012) (Oetken, J.)
Fulton Boiler Works, Inc. v. American Motorists Insurance Co., No. 5:06-CV-1117 (GTS/DEP), 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28756 (N.D.N.Y. March 25, 2010)
Appalachian Ins. Co. v. General Electric Company, 8 A.D. 3d 109, 778 N.Y.S. 2d 494 (1st Dept., 2004)
Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, Inc. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 98 N.Y. 2d 208, 774 N.E. 2d 687, 746 N.Y.S. 2d 622 (2002)
CSR Ltd. V. Federal Ins. Co., 146 F. Supp. 2d 556 (D.N.J. 2001)

Speaking

2008
Environmental Insurance Past, Present and Future
Lecturer, ALI/ABA Programs (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008)
2008
Mass Litigation
Lecturer, ALI/ABA Programs
2004
Opinion and Expert Testimony in Federal and State Courts
Lecturer, ALI/ABA Programs
2002
Insurance Considerations in Settling Commercial Cases
Lecturer, The Federal Bar Council