Super Lawyers magazine selected Weitz & Luxenberg attorney Ellen Relkin, Esq., as one of 2014’s top legal professionals in New Jersey for plaintiff class-action and tort litigations.
The magazine also named Weitz & Luxenberg attorney Mary Grabish Gaffney, Esq., as a 2014 New Jersey “Super Lawyer Rising Star” for personal-injury litigations involving plaintiffs harmed by products.
Both attorneys earned these honors by demonstrating extraordinary knowledge of the law and an ability to wield it in ways that far exceed the skills and talents of most other Garden State lawyers.
Indeed, the trial-related triumphs of Ms. Relkin and Ms. Gaffney are impressive and numerous — and often secured by overcoming the finest opposing lawyers a giant corporate defendant’s money can buy.
Ellen Relkin, Esq.
Since entering practice in 1984, Ms. Relkin — a Rutgers University Law School graduate repeatedly named both a New Jersey and New York “Super Lawyer”— has built an impressive legacy in the fields of pharmaceutical/medical-device product liability and environmental toxic torts.
Most recently, Ms. Relkin’s strong leadership roles have proven key to the success of ongoing consolidated cases involving failed artificial hips — specifically, DePuy ASR, Stryker Rejuvenate and AGB II, and Biomet Magnum M2a.
Committed to the notion of “giving back,” Ms. Relkin regularly takes to the podium or panel table at major speaking events to share with colleagues her encyclopedic treasury of insights. For example, this past January, the New Jersey State Bar Association’s New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education welcomed her to present an update on New Jersey mass-tort litigation. She will do the same later this month at the New Jersey Association for Justice annual convention in Atlantic City.
Ms. Relkin is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. New Jersey’s Supreme Court has certified Ms. Relkin as a Civil Trial Attorney.
Ms. Relkin serves on the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Association for Justice and is a member of eight other prestigious organizations for attorneys. In several of those, she serves as an elected member. In others, she holds — or has held — leadership positions.
Mary Grabish Gaffney, Esq.
Ms. Gaffney is no stranger to “New Jersey Super Lawyer Rising Star” acclaim — it has come her way annually since 2010, a reflection of the fact that she has obtained many millions of dollars in settlements and gone to court as lead attorney in more than 300 cases since entering practice in 2002.
Success on that level also helps explain why the National Trial Lawyers Association selected Ms. Gaffney as a New Jersey “Top 40 Under 40” attorney for three years in a row beginning in 2011.
Most of the cases today handled by Ms. Gaffney arise from asbestos-exposure incidents leading to later development of cancerous mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis. However, she also works on other types of personal-injury claims, such as those involving dangerous medicines and medical devices.
A graduate of Temple University School of Law, Ms. Gaffney is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as in U.S. District Court (New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania). She belongs to six esteemed bar associations and professional organizations.
Few Attorneys Qualify
“Super Lawyer” status is conferred based in part on what an attorney’s peers think of his or her prowess as a clients’ rights advocate, and in part on an in-depth evaluation conducted by Super Lawyers magazine into the candidate’s performance record. Very few attorneys in any given market make the grade — the magazine estimates the number at around 5 percent.
Serving clients since 1986, Weitz & Luxenberg has over the years won or settled cases worth $8.8 billion. These triumphs have come about thanks to the firm’s adroit leadership from co-founders Perry Weitz, Esq. and Arthur Luxenberg, Esq., plus nearly 100 mass-tort and personal-injury attorneys specialized in the areas of asbestos and mesothelioma, dangerous medicines and devices, environmental pollutants, accidents, medical malpractice and more. Weitz & Luxenberg currently is at the forefront of class-action lawsuits brought against carmaker GM over faulty ignition switches alleged to have caused highway deaths and other injuries.