Jay J. Rice

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Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Roseland, NJ

Nagel Rice, LLP
 | 103 Eisenhower Parkway, Roseland, NJ 07068
Phone: 973-618-0400
Fax: 973-618-9194
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (80%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%)


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Attorney Profile

Jay J. Rice holds a certification as a civil trial attorney from the Supreme Court of New Jersey's Board on Trial Attorney Certification. He represents businesses, individuals, public agencies and estates in his role as managing partner at Nagel Rice LLP. His firm is located in Roseland, New Jersey, and provides representation for clients in the surrounding towns and counties.

Licensed as an attorney since 1977, he has developed a career in the areas of business, corporate, personal injury, estate and real estate law. Clients in need of a trial attorney pursue his services for commercial, construction and estate litigation. His most noteworthy cases have included class actions, international entities and estates valued in the millions of dollars. Mr. Rice has a long track record of defending his clients' positions in matters such as will disputes, securities, professional malpractice, mass transit accidents and consumer fraud.

Mr. Rice has presented cases in state and federal courts that resulted in substantial settlements. A case that arose from a deadly train fire that killed 155 people produced a $16.5 million settlement. An estate litigation case resulted in an $11 million settlement for his client. Drawing upon the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, he obtained $7.1 million for a homeowner. His considerable experience has made him a sought-after lecturer. He has made numerous presentations for The Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the New Jersey State Bar Association.

His peers recognize his accomplishments with ratings of AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell and Excellent through Avvo. He belongs to the Essex County Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He earned his Juris Doctor at Rutgers School of Law-Newark.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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About Jay Rice

Admitted: 1977, New Jersey

Professional Webpage: https://nagelrice.com/attorneys/jay-j-rice/


  • New Jersey’s Top 10 Attorneys in 2012
  • New Jersey’s Top 100 attorneys in 2007-2011, 2013-2017
  • Recipient of the 1995 Essex County Bar Association Pro Bono Chancery Achievement Award

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey, Board on Trial Attorney Certification

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • New Jersey Lawyer Editorial Board, Member, 1996 through 2008
  • New Jersey District Ethics Committee For District V, Member, 1994-1999
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2013 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Certified Trial Attorneys Section, Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association – Committee on Equity Jurisprudence, Chairman, 1989 – 1991
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member, 1982 – Present
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2003
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1977
  • New Jersey, 1977

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Program Administrator for the Essex County Chancery Division Settlement Program
  • President, Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, 2011 – 2014
  • Vice President and Member of Board, United Jewish Communities of Metrowest, 2000 – 2011
  • Vice President, Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel, 2008 – 2010
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Jewish Community Foundation of Metrowest, 2005 – 2010
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Daughters of Israel Geriatric Center, 2007 – 2008
  • President, Gates of Israel Foundation of Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel, 2002 – 2007
  • President, Jewish Community Housing Corp., 1995 – 1999

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Secrets of Success in Equity Jurisprudence, 2012
  • Lecturer, “Law Firm Break Ups – Ten Years after Norris” for the New Jersey State Bark Association, 2003
  • Lecturer, “Marketability Discounts in Sales of Closely Held Stocks”, New Jersey State Bark Association, 1999
  • Lecturer, “Litigating Fraud and Mismanagement Disputes in Closely Held Corporations”, ICLE, 1995
  • Author, “Equity Procedures” for New Jersey Practice, Vol. 19, Chapter 4, 1993
  • Lecturer, “Successfully Litigating the Closely-Held Corporate Dispute when Those in Control Have Engaged in Fraudulent Mismanagement”, Essex County Bar Association, 1993
  • Lecturer, “The Corporate Deadlock Statute”, ICLE, 1991
  • Lecturer, “Law Firm Dissolution”, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1991
  • Lecturer, “Corporate Deadlock Statute”, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1990
  • Lecturer, “Restrictive Covenants”, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1989
  • Author, “Responsibility of Insolvent Corporation for Environmental Cleanup”, New Jersey Law Journal, September 25, 1986
  • Trust and Matrimonial Alimony Issues, 2011


  • Grossberg v. Township of Livingston
  • American Urgy Center v. Lipsky & Zeltzer
  • Dairy Stores, Inc. v. Sentinel Publishing, 104 N.J. 125, 1986
  • Tannen v. Tannen

Educational Background:

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, B.A., Honors: With Honors, 1974
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Office Location for Jay J. Rice

103 Eisenhower Parkway
Roseland, NJ 07068

Phone: 973-618-0400

Fax: 973-618-9194

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Last Updated: 3/6/2019

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