William D. Grand - Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

William D. Grand

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009
Phone: 732-476-2520

Mr. Grand concentrates his practice in all phases of complex commercial litigation, including trials.  He has litigated a broad range of commercial disputes.  His experience encompasses legal malpractice defense, suits alleging the theft of trade secrets and violations of non-competition clauses, eminent domain proceedings, and cases involving environmental contamination and the breach of real estate and other contracts.  Mr. Grand has successfully litigated cases in the Chancery and Law Divisions of the state courts, as well as in the federal courts of both New Jersey and New York.

Mr. Grand also has over three decades of experience in the area of attorney ethics, loss prevention and legal malpractice defense. He has defended attorneys in legal malpractice cases and in attorney ethics proceedings. He counsels attorneys on how to avoid legal malpractice claims, and is available to serve as an expert witness in both ethics and commercial litigation.

University of RochesterAB 1969University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D. 1972
American Bar Associationohn J. Gibbons Inn of Court for Federal Trial Practice and Intellectual Property

Case History

The Geon Company v. Cary CompoundsMulti-national corporation brought an action against a New Jersey company for damages for alleged misappropriation of its formulas and trade secrets. Grand obtained a no cause judgment after six weeks of trial.
G & W Laboratories v. Able Laboratories — Pharmaceutical manufacturer sued another pharmaceutical company for alleged theft of formulas and trade secrets. Grand defended the Complaint and plaintiff dropped its case after five weeks of trial.
Middlesex County Utilities Authority v. Edgeboro Landfill — Grand defended landfill owner in eminent domain action.  After approximately 40 days of hearings, a settlement was reached that resulted in a payment of $40 million to Grand’s client.  The Authority’s good faith settlement offer prior to the hearings was $3.5 million.
Harrington, et al v. Director, Division of Taxation, et al. — Mr. Grand defended the plaintiffs in this case, a group of former co-workers who won a $216 million jackpot in New Jersey’s Mega Millions lottery contest. When the plaintiffs purchased the winning ticket and received their winnings, New Jersey law exempted lottery winnings from state income tax, however months later the State changed the rules and attempted to retroactively tax lottery winnings. The Tax Court granted partial summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs, holding that the State had failed to turn “square corners” in dealing with the plaintiffs. 
Sgro v. Getty Petroleum Corp. — In this case, reported at 854 F. Supp. 1164 (D.N.J. 1994), the owner of a gas station property sued Getty alleging that Getty was obligated to remove underground storage tanks from his property.  Grand successfully defended the action, resulting in a judgment for the defendant.

Office Location

Metro Corporate Campus One
99 Wood Avenue South
Iselin, NJ 08830-2712
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Woodbridge Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law of the Woodbridge Metro Area
William D. Grand has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!William D. Grand has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law (Litigation)
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Real Estate