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  • 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

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
    5.0 out of 5

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

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 40 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 2006-2019. 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 2006-2019
  • Listed in the 2007-2020 issues of The Best Lawyers in America

  • Named the Best Lawyers 2016 and 2020 “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)
In Re Duplan Corp., 212 F. 3d 144, (2nd Cir. 2000)
CSR Ltd. V. Federal Ins. Co., 40 F. Supp. 2d 559 (D.N.J. 1998)
Carter-Wallace, Inc. v. Admiral Ins. Co., 154 N.J. 312, 712 A. 2d 1116 (1998)
Mennen Co. v. Atlantic Mut. Ins. Co., 147 F. 3d 287 (3rd Cir. 1998)In re Tutu Wells Contamination Litigation, 994 F. Supp. 638 (D. Virgin Islands, 1998)
Columbia Cas. Co. v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., 215 A.D. 2d 91, 635 N.Y.S. 2d 173 (1st Dept. 1995)
Utica Mut. Ins. Co. v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Inc., 213 A.D. 2d 1046, 624 N.Y.S. 2d 332 (4th Dept. 1995)
Owens-Illinois, Inc. v. United Ins. Co., 138 N.J. 437, 650 A. 2d 974 (1994)
Coffman v. Keene Corp., 133 N.J. 581, 628 A. 2d 710 (1993)
Theer v. Philip Carey Co., 133 N.J. 610, 628 A. 2d 724 (1993)Dafler v. Raymark Industries, Inc., 132 N.J. 96, 622 A.2d 1305 (1993)
Pulte Home Corp., Inc. v. Ply Gem Industries, Inc., 804 F. Supp. 1471 (M.D. Fla., 1992)
Landrigan v. Celotex Corp., 127 N.J. 404, 605 A. 2d 1079 (1992)
Grassis v. Johns-Manville Corp., 248 N.J. Super 446, 591 A. 2d 671 (1991)
Armco, Inc. v. Glenfed Financial Corp., 720 F. Supp 1129 (D.N.J. 1989)
Armco, Inc. v. Glenfed Financial Corp., 746 F. Supp. 1249 (D.N.J. 1990)
Mauro v. Raymark Industries, Inc., 116 N.J. 126, 561 A. 2d 257 (1989)
Murnick v. Board of Educ. of City of Asbury Park, 235 N.J. Super. 225, 561 A. 2d 1193 (App. Div. 1989)
In re Asbestos Litigation, 829 F. 2d 1233 (3rd Cir. 1987)
Menna v. Johns-Manville Corp., 585 F. Supp. 1178 (D. N.J. 1984)

Recognitions

News

08/15/19
05/08/19
03/19/19
10/19/18
08/15/18
05/30/18
10/18/17
08/15/17
06/09/17
04/24/17
08/15/16
05/27/16
05/27/16
03/30/16
08/17/15
05/28/15
05/21/15
08/18/14
06/13/14
04/07/14
04/07/14
03/17/14
08/15/13
07/17/13
05/24/13
03/25/13
10/15/12
04/05/12
03/22/12
09/06/11
06/10/11
08/11/10
05/03/10
03/26/10
03/22/10
07/29/09
03/31/09
03/13/09
07/15/08
06/13/08
09/25/07
07/01/07
08/03/06
Gita Rothschild is quoted in Health Law360 in an article titled "Fifth Vioxx Victory Bodes Well For Merck."
04/17/06
03/28/05

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
1999, 2000
Insurance Law in New Jersey
Lecturer, Lorman Education Services
1998
Litigation Management Best Practices: Inside/Outside Counsel Relationships
Lecturer, Glasser Legalworks
1997, 1988
Civil Practice and Procedure, including Trial Techniques
Lecturer, ALI/ABA Programs
1996
Defense Trial Academy
Faculty Member
1994
Mass Tort Update
Lecturer, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
1991
Trial Techniques
Lecturer, Defense Research Institute
1988
Toxic Torts and Product Liability
Lecturer, ALI/ABA Programs
1988
Asbestos Property Damage Claims
Lecturer, Defense Research Institute

Publications

02/15/18
08/22/17
03/15/17
09/14/16
08/22/16
05/16/16
05/11/16
04/13/16
02/16/16
11/09/15
11/04/15
10/21/15
10/07/15
01/26/15
01/27/14
01/27/14
02/28/13
11/30/12
11/02/12
10/29/12
10/29/12
10/29/12
04/13/12
12/07/10
12/01/10
M&E Insurance Coverage Alert
08/30/10
01/01/10
Insurance Considerations in Settling Commercial Cases
Settlement Agreements in Commercial Disputes: Negotiating, Drafting & Enforcement, Aspen Law & Business (2000, 2010)
06/01/09
05/08/09
05/06/09
M&E Insurance Coverage Alert
03/23/09
12/23/08
The Resolution of Environmental Insurance Claims: Key Issues from the Policyholder's Perspective
ALI-ABA Environmental Insurance (Course Materials 2000); (Revised and Updated 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008) Reprinted in ALI-ABA The Practical Lawyer
12/05/08
12/01/99
How to Have Your Cake and Eat It
International Commercial Litigation
04/01/97
Choosing and Holding a Forum
Litigation Magazine
01/01/97
Dealing with Accountants and Auditors: Avoiding Sanctions in Complex Cases
Defense Counsel Journal, co-author
01/01/94
Damages and the Problem of Enhanced Risk
Practitioners Guide to New Jersey Product Liability Law, co-author Guide to New Jersey Product Liability Law, co-author
08/01/92
Issues Involving Expert Witnesses in Toxic Tort Litigation
The Corporate Analyst
01/01/92
Issues Involving Expert Witnesses in Toxic Tort Litigation
Co-author, The Corporate Analyst