Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer
|Headquarters||Woodbridge, New Jersey|
|No. of offices||4|
|No. of attorneys||105|
|Major practice areas||General Practice (Business and Personal Services)|
|Date founded||1919 (New Jersey)|
|Company type||Professional Association (P.A.)|
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. is a law firm in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States with headquarters in Woodbridge, New Jersey, and other offices in Eatontown, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The Wilentz firm has approximately 100 attorneys in various business law and personal law practice areas.
The firm traces its origins to the law office founded in 1919 in Perth Amboy by David T. Wilentz, G. George Goldman and Henry Spitzer. Founder David Wilentz is best remembered as the Attorney General of New Jersey who in 1935 prosecuted Bruno Hauptmann for the kidnap and murder of the son of aviator Charles Lindbergh. His youngest son, Robert Wilentz, who also was a partner in the firm, was Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1979 to 1996. His eldest son Warren W. Wilentz was also a lawyer at the Wilentz firm and was the democratic nominee for the United States Senate in 1966, losing to incumbent Clifford P. Case.
The Wilentz firm has gained a reputation for its representation of plaintiffs in mass tort and product liability cases, including a lawsuit against a large tobacco company that led in 1988 to a jury awarding $400,000 in damages to the heirs of Rose Cipollone, a heavy smoker who had died of lung cancer. This was first time a U.S. court granted a monetary award in a case involving death from smoking. The ruling was reversed on appeal by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992 (see Cipollone v. Liggett Group, Inc.), and in 1993 the firm stopped representing consumers in tobacco cases.
The firm's public finance practice is also well-regarded in New Jersey. Based upon statistics compiled by Thomson Reuters, the public finance practice group was ranked as #1 Bond Counsel in New Jersey for 2017.
As of 2003, the firm ranked 236th in size among United States law firms. In 2009, the firm yield $210,345 in profit per partner.
- "The nomination no one wanted", PolitickerNJ.com, June 12, 2007.
- Henry Gottlieb, Trailblazing Anti-Tobacco Litigator Agrees to Disbarment; Wilentz Goldman mass tort lawyer admits improperly charging personal expenses to firm, New Jersey Law Journal, October 6, 2005
- Frontline: Inside the tobacco deal: Rose Cipollone and Judge Lee Sarokin, PBS website
- Firm Name: Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, Incisive Legal Intelligence website
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