Lisa Z. Slotkin is the managing shareholder of Zarwin Baum’s Northern New Jersey office located in Jersey City. Her primary area of practice is professional liability, including defending lawyers in malpractice claims and defending negligence claims against insurance agents and brokers, as well as defending a whole host of other professionals. She is board certified in Privacy and US Data Protection (CIPP/US).
Lisa has extensive experience defending various businesses in everything from fall down incidents to complex construction site accidents. She has defended countless bars and restaurants in liquor liability actions. In addition to being retained by insurance companies to defend their insureds, Lisa also is often retained by insurance companies to represent insurers with respect to disputes over the existence of insurance coverage. Her experience includes litigating in state and federal courts throughout New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania. She is also licensed to practice law in New York.
In 1994, Lisa graduated from Temple Law School and joined Zarwin Baum just after taking the bar examination. She has been with the firm for her entire career, starting in our firm’s Philadelphia office then opening the firm’s Jersey City location in 1999. Originally the sole attorney in the office, Lisa’s presence has helped the firm to grow its New Jersey practice to include five lawyers in that satellite office.
Lisa Slotkin was selected for inclusion in “New Jersey Super Lawyers” as published in New Jersey Monthly from 2006 through 2009, and in 2006 and 2007 she was recognized as one of the top 50 female lawyers in New Jersey. She was also featured in the New Jersey Monthly “Ask Super Lawyers” section of the publication in April 2008.
Obtained dismissal of New Jersey professional malpractice claim upon the filing of a motion to dismiss for failure to file an affidavit of merit. The motion was granted, dismissing a complaint based on allegations that an insurance producer was negligent for allegedly failing to procure proper insurance coverage. The decision was appealed to the Appellate Division, which upheld the dismissal.
Obtained summary judgment in a legal malpractice case in which a client sued his lawyer for alleged negligent representation in the purchase of a small business. Plaintiff claimed that his lawyer did not perform the appropriate due diligence before allowing the Plaintiff to close on the purchase. Throughout discovery in the case, maintained the defense position that the lawyer had not breached the standard of care a lawyer owes to the purchaser of a small business. Plaintiff submitted and filed a very detailed Affidavit of Merit in order to comply with the Affidavit of Merit statute, but Plaintiff never served an expert report as to the standard of care. Argued that the case was not one which could go to a jury without an expert opining as to the appropriate standard of care and whether the attorney client had breached that standard, and that a mere Affidavit of Merit was insufficient. The court agreed and granted summary judgment dismissing the case against the lawyer.
Settled a case against an insurance broker whose alleged negligence in procuring insurance coverage for a janitorial company resulted in the janitorial company going years without the proper insurance coverage and ultimately being forced to defend and indemnify itself in a slip and fall accident at one of the commercial properties it cleaned. By bringing claims against a managing general agent who allegedly had the ultimate responsibility for binding the improper coverage, a very favorable settlement was secured.
Defended a national insurance company in a dispute in New Jersey over insurance coverage in which the insured restaurant believed it should be entitled to defense and indemnity for a shooting that occurred on the premises. Ultimately succeeded in obtaining a summary judgment ruling that the insurer did not owe the restaurant defense and indemnity.
Obtained a defense verdict after a jury trial in which a driver of a van taking residents to activities off-site sued an assisted living facility when he slipped and fell on snow and ice in the driveway of the assisted living facility. Convinced the jury that although the assisted living facility acted negligently in the removal of snow and ice, the van driver’s negligence outweighed the negligence of the facility. The jury found the Plaintiff 51% negligent and the facility 49% negligent.
Defended a New Jersey day camp owner on an Order to Show Cause by an operator of one of the day camp locations filed in Chancery Court in New Jersey. The camp operator accused the day camp owner of wrongful termination attempting to argue that the day camp business was a franchise and that the termination was not in accordance with New Jersey franchise laws. Successfully argued on summary judgment that the business relationship did not qualify as that of a franchisor and franchisee and the termination was appropriate under the law.
Obtained a voluntary dismissal in a liquor liability case against an adult entertainment establishment in which a Plaintiff sustained severe injuries in a motor vehicle accident after leaving the establishment. The Plaintiff was highly intoxicated when she crashed. Convinced Plaintiff’s counsel that the proofs needed to establish service while visibly intoxicated would never be sufficient for the Plaintiff to win the case.
Negotiated a settlement in a claim by a nursing home against its insurer in which the insurer refused to provide a complete defense and indemnity of a claim filed against the nursing home. Despite very firm positions taken by both insurer and insured at the onset of litigation and extensive legal fees for which the nursing home was seeking reimbursement, was able to effectuate a compromised settlement with which both parties were satisfied and while incurring very low legal fees for the insurer.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of a snow removal company in a slip and fall case filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. An individual who slipped and fell in the parking lot of a national hotel chain alleged that the snow removal company was negligent in its removal of ice and snow from the parking lot. The court granted summary judgment persuaded by the snow removal company’s argument that no evidence of negligence was ever produced.
Successfully represented a trucking company in an appeal filed by an individual injured in a warehouse yard accident. The Plaintiff argued that the trucking company should be held vicariously liable for the alleged negligence of a forklift operator who was an employee of the warehouse. After a defense verdict for the trucking company at trial, the Plaintiff appealed and was defeated after oral argument before an Appellate panel.
Obtained dismissal of New Jersey legal malpractice claim upon the filing of a pre-answer motion to dismiss the third party complaint for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. The motion was granted, dismissing a third party complaint based on allegations that a law firm was negligent for allegedly failing to advise its client to report a lawsuit to the client’s insurance broker.
News & Events:
2016 THEMIS Annual Conference, Moderator, Professional Liability Panel
2015 THEMIS Annual Conference, Panel Member, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (aka: The Firm, the Auditor and the Industry) - Understanding, Navigating and Living with Clients' Use of Billing Vendors"
2015 - Present, International Association of Privacy Professionals Certified Individual Privacy Professionals/United States (CIPP/US)