Rick Ranieri handles complex environmental litigation claims. Rick defends cases in multiple state and federal courts alleging occupational exposure to asbestos and mass tort/toxic tort substances such as benzene, silica and lead.
Rick is nationally certified as a civil trial advocate. He is also certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney.
Rick's environmental practice includes handling matters involving genetically modified organisms, landfill contamination and hazardous spills.
Rick also represents self-insured entities, insurance companies and third-party administrators in general liability, construction and product liability matters. He routinely works with regulatory agencies on behalf of clients and has experience in alternative dispute resolution.
He has an “AV” peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. In 2013, Rick was listed as one of Philadelphia’s Top Rated Lawyers by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™. In 2016, he was listed in the New Jersey edition of Super Lawyers in the area of defense civil litigation. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at www.superlawyers.com/about/selectionprocessdetail.html.
Richard S. Ranieri
Partner, Chair, Tort/Environmental Practice
Successfully argued through all appellate levels including NJ Supreme Court case involving massive injuries and disabilities in mixed dram shop and motor vehicle case, where issue of statutory construction for lawsuit immunity statutes (bar to claims) in nature of statute of repose, was decided.
Successfully argued through all levels of appellate court including successfully at the New Jersey Supreme Court, occupational toxic exposure case where worker sued employer, despite worker receiving workers compensation benefits, under dual recovery theory allowed for “reckless indifference” theories, for rectal cancer allegedly due to exposure to solvents and heavy metals.
On behalf of sole “deep pocket” private defendant, successfully argued before NJ Superior Court causing change in law for municipal liability for related conditions of public property, causing multiple public entities let out initially on Summary Judgment to be brought back in, case involving multiple fatalities and multiple disabling and disfiguring injuries to minor and additional plaintiffs.
- 04.06.16Panelist, "Handling Millennials and Baby Boomers (and Everything in between) in Claims and Trials," National Convention of the CLM Alliance
- 02.23.16Presenter, "GMOs and the Emerging Use, Risks, Bodily Injury, Property Damage, Economic Litigation and Insurance Issues," EECMA
- 10.08.15Presenter, “GMOs and Their Related Emerging Use, Risks, BI/PD/Economic Litigation and Insurance Issues,” National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues Conference
- Voss v. Tranquillo, A-110-09 (N.J. 2011)
- Duckett v. Wawa, Inc., 3405 EDA 2009 (PA App. Ct. 2011)
- Krzyzanski v. Swepco Tube, A006309-06T5 (N.J. App. Div. 2008)
- Civalier v. Estate of Trancucci, 648 A.2d 705 (N.J. 1994)
- Thomson v. Victor’s Liquore Store, Inc., 523 A.2d 269 (N.J. App. Div. 1987)
Professional & Community Involvement
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
Council on Litigation Management
Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
Indoor Air Quality Subcommittee
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