Mr. North focuses his practice in litigation, with an emphasis on trial practice. He has tried high exposure jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts, including over 75 jury cases to verdict. Mr. North is the author of the evidence treatise, A Trial Lawyer’s Strategic Guide to the New Jersey Rules of Evidence and has lectured throughout the state on evidence and trial practice. He is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.
A significant portion of Mr. North’s practice is devoted to banking litigation, particularly in matters involving negotiable instruments and financial fraud. This includes the defense of financial institutions in cases involving check forgeries, employee embezzlement schemes, check-kiting and money laundering. Mr. North has also represented banks in class actions alleging claims under New Jersey and federal consumer legislation.
Mr. North’s practice also concentrates in commercial litigation, construction matters, and professional liability and negligence defense, including the representation of attorneys, accountants and insurance brokers. In addition, Mr. North maintains a personal injury practice limited to the representation of plaintiffs in cases involving significant injuries and complex liability issues.
Personal Injury — Obtained the largest personal injury verdict in New Jersey in 2006, a $26.2 million verdict in a products liability “crashworthiness” case
Construction Loan Litigation — Successfully represented a major bank in a significant jury trial, in a construction loan matter involving complex “lender liability” defenses and counterclaims
Contractual Dispute — Successfully represented a managing general agent in a contractual dispute with an insurance carrier involving both injunctive relief in federal court and multi-million dollar damage claims in arbitration
Construction Defect Litigation — Successfully defended a major real estate developer in a six month jury trial involving claims by a condominium owners' association of alleged construction defects, financial misrepresentations and consumer fraud