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Peter R. Freed

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Peter R. Freed


  • Litigation


New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


Peter R. Freed is a partner in the Firm. Prior to joining the firm in 1984, he worked for three years as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey. He was certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey from 1990 to 2009.

Peter has significant experience in both jury and non-jury cases. His defense cases have included construction, products liability, toxic tort, and employment law. Peter’s experience in the area of construction litigation includes the defense of both construction defect claims (including toxic mold and EIFS) and personal injury claims arising out of accidents on construction sites. Specifically, he has represented:

  • A boarding school in a student/teacher sexual harassment action under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, Plaintiff student v. Defendant private school, 30 New Jersey Jury Verdict Review and Analysis 22 (May 2010);
  • A New Jersey university in a wrongful death action involving a student who died after allegedly being hazed during fraternity pledge activity, Estate of Gary Devercelly, Jr. v. Rider University, et, al., N.J. Esq., June 22, 2009;
  • A manufacturer of a commercial steamer in a products liability action involving an injured chef suffering from burn injuries and reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), Cardace v. Pennington School, 167 N.J.L.J. 984 (2002);
  • An owner of a casino/hotel in a wrongful death action involving a pipe fitter who was electrocuted during the construction of the project, Florence v. Caesars Atlantic City, 164 N.J.L.J. 1264 (2001);
  • A manufacturer of paint products in a products liability/toxic tort action with severe brain damage injury and in a related action by distributor of paint products for common law indemnification, Central Motor Parts v. DuPont, 251 N.J. Super. 34 (Law Div. 1989), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 251 N.J. Super. 5 (App. Div. 1991);
  • An employer in a trade libel action, Kass v. Great Coastal Express, 291 N.J. Super. 10 (App. Div. 1996), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 152 N.J. 353 (1998);
  • A manufacturer in a products liability action which concerned the “open and obvious” statutory defense under the New Jersey Products Liability Act, Roberts v. Rich Foods, 139 N.J. 365 (1995), and
  • The subsidiary of a railroad in a wrongful death action by railroad against the subsidiary for contractual indemnification, Clement v. Conrail, 130 F.R.D. 530 (D.N.J. 1990); Clement v. Conrail, 734 F. Supp. 151 (D.N.J. 1989); Clement v. Conrail, 745 F. Supp. 266 (D.N.J. 1990), rev’d, 963 F.2d 599 (3rd Cir. 1992).


J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1980
B.A., magna cum laude, Franklin and Marshall College, 1977