Eric B. Levine
Eric Levine concentrates his practice in commercial, probate and general litigation.
Eric Levine concentrates his practice in commercial, probate and general litigation. His trial and dispute resolution experience encompasses a wide variety of matters, including insurance coverage, contract matters and construction cases. He also has extensive experience in commercial real estate, including related litigation, foreclosures and lease negotiations.
Mr. Levine is an experienced probate litigator and regularly represents clients in New Jersey will contests. He is adept at both bringing and defending challenges to the administration of an estate; the validity of a will or trust and reviewing claims of contested estate accounting.
He has appeared before the Superior Court of New Jersey at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as before the Office of Administrative Law and the Department of Labor. His reported decisions include In the Matter of the Adoption of a Child by E.T. and T.T., which clarified the distinction between a law guardian and a guardian ad litem, while holding that N.J.S.A 9:3-53 does not preclude an award of attorneys’ fee to either, even if the wrong form of counsel is appointed.
As labor counsel, Eric has significant experience in contract negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations before New Jersey Public Employee Relations Commission labor arbitrators. He has also lectured before the NJ State PBA on topics including collective bargaining and interest arbitration.
Eric has on several occasions served as local counsel and represented companies with nation-wide businesses in litigation in both the Superior Court of New Jersey and District Court of New Jersey, including the following:
- Serving as local counsel and second chair/trial counsel for a mid-western-based bank in successfully prosecuting a replevin action, foreclosing on the bank’s security interests and collateral, and also defending various counterclaims asserted by the commercial borrower. The counterclaims were voluntarily withdrawn on the third day of trial after a significant evidentiary ruling in favor of the bank was granted, barring the borrower from offering any evidence of its alleged damages.
- Acting as local counsel in a Superior Court action for a Michigan-based company involved in a dispute over a commercial lease for space located in Newark Liberty International Airport. The matter was successfully settled during discovery.
- Serving as local counsel for a national seatbelt manufacturer defending a products liability claim. The matter was successfully resolved by way of a motion for summary judgment based on spoliation of evidence, resulting in a dismissal of all of the Plaintiff’s claims.
- Serving as local counsel for a Massachusetts-based company in defending a trademark infringement case in the District Court of New Jersey.
- Serving as local counsel in successfully prosecuting a commercial collection matter for a Colorado-based company.
- Serving as local counsel for a company based out of Mexico and defending a breach of contract claim.
Eric is a graduate of the Richard J. Hughes American Inn of Court. Following law school, he served a one-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable Harry A. Margolis, P.J.S.C., in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division - General Equity Part. He is also a former Notes and Comments Editor of The Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal.
Eric currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Homefirst: Interfaith Housing and Family Services and is on the Board of Directors for the Victoria Condominium Association. Eric also sits on the Westfield advisory board for the Alternative Press, an on-line daily periodical servicing various towns throughout New Jersey as well as serving as Trustee to Central Jersey Legal Services.
In 2006, Eric was included in the New Jersey Law Journal '40 Under 40' list, and in 2007 Eric was included in the NJBIZ list of its ‘40 Under 40’. He was also included in the 2008 - 2010 New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list in the area of General Litigation.
- J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 1995
- B.B.A., University of Massachusetts - Amherst, 1992cum laude
- New Jersey, 1995
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2006
- United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1995
- American Bar Association
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- Union County Bar Association
- Hudson County Chamber of Commerce
- Homefirst: Interfaith Housing and Family Services
- Alternative Press
- Central Jersey Legal Services, Inc., Trustee