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Matthew S. Schultz

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Overview

Matthew Schultz has extensive experience in consumer class actions, catastrophic loss, products and general liability, professional liability, wrongful death, vertical transportation litigation, and complex commercial litigation. He regularly represents businesses and individuals at the trial and appellate levels throughout New Jersey and New York, in both state and federal court.

Matthew is a graduate of the prestigious International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy at Stanford University.  Matthew presently serves as President Elect of the Essex County Bar Association, the largest county bar association in New Jersey.

Matthew received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers College, Rutgers University and his juris doctorate rom Seton Hall University School of Law where he was a member of the Appellate Advocacy and Interscholastic Moot Court Boards.  Upon graduation from law school, Matthew served as Law Clerk to The Honorable Clarkson S. Fisher, Jr., Presiding Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Monmouth County (now Judge Appellate Division, Superior Court of New Jersey).

Experience

Notable Representations:

  • Dugan v. TGI Friday’s, Inc., 231 N.J. 24 (2017)
  • Dugan v. TGI Friday’s, Inc., et. als., 445 N.J.Super. 59 (App. Div. 2016)
  • Grace v. T.G.I. Fridays, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. Lexis 32550 (D.N.J. 2016)
  • Grace v. T.G.I Fridays, Inc., et. als., 2015 U.S. Dist. Lexis 97408 (D.N.J. 2015)
  • Perkel v. Apex Furniture Mfg. Co., 2011 N.J.Super. Lexis 1612 (App. Div. 2011)
  • Marino v. Target Stores, 2009 N.J.Super. Lexis 2206 (App. Div. 2009)
  • Kempf v. Target Corp., et. als., 2008 U.S. Dist. Lexis 7326 (D.N.J. 2008)
  • DiFilippi v. Target Corp., A-6050-05T2 (App. Div. 2008)
  • Shipley v. Target Corp., 2007 N.J.Super. Lexis 652 (App. Div. 2007)

Activities

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association: Member, Equity Jurisprudence Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • USLAW Network

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

  • Emergency Response Team Coordination
    DRI Retail and Hospitality Conference, 05.2011

Publications

  • Author, "Come Out Swinging or Keep Your Powder Dry?: Considerations When Responding to the Consumer Fraud Class Action Complaint"
    USLAW Magazine, Fall/Winter 2011
  • Lexis Legal News, 10.09.2017
  • Author, "Emergency Response Teams: Practical Tips for Responding to a Catastrophic Incident" 
    DRI, In-House Defense Quarterly, Summer 2013
  • Author, "The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Corporate Client: What Communications are Protected?"
    DRI, For the Defense, 04.2010
  • Co-author, "Emergency Response Team Coordination”
    DRI, For the Defense, 07.2006

Honors

Distinctions 

  • Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, Stanford University, July 2012

Clerkships

  • Honorable Clarkson S. Fisher, Jr., Presiding Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Monmouth County (now Judge Appellate Division, Superior Court of New Jersey)(2002 - 2003)

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., Appellate Advocacy and Interscholastic Moot Court Boards, 2002)

Rutgers University (B.S., Administration of Justice, Minors in History and Criminology, 1999)

Admissions

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