Jay J. Rice

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Roseland, New Jersey

Nagel Rice, LLP
Jay J. Rice
Nagel Rice, LLP

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Class Action & Mass Torts, Estate & Trust Litigation

Licensed in New Jersey since: 1977

Education: Rutgers School of Law - Newark

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2024

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Nagel Rice, LLP

103 Eisenhower Parkway
Roseland, NJ 07068 Visit website


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.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 80% Business Litigation
  • 10% Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 10% Estate & Trust Litigation

First Admitted: 1977, New Jersey

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

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Lecturer - 2019 Legal Malpractice Update, ICLE
  • Lecturer before the word "Trust and Matrimonial Alimony Issues, 2011
  • President, Jewish Community Housing Corp., 1995 – 1999
  • President, Jewish Community Housing Corp., 1995-1999
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Jewish Community Foundation of Metrowest, 2005 – 2010
  • President, Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, 2011 – 2014
  • Program Administrator for the Essex County Chancery Division Settlement Program
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Daughters of Israel Geriatric Center, 2007 – 2008
  • Vice President and Member of Board, United Jewish Communities of Metrowest, 2000 – 2011
  • President, Gates of Israel Foundation of Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel, 2002 – 2007
  • Vice President, Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel, 2008 – 2010
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Balducci v. Cige - Docket No. A-003068-16-T2
  • Lucas v.  1 on 1 Title Agency, et al., Docket No.:  OCN-L-3144-13
  • Dairy Stores, Inc. v. Sentinel Publishing, 104 N.J. 125, 1986
  • All the Way Towing vs. Bucks County - Docket No.:  A-485-15T2
  • Tannen v. Tannen
  • Grossberg v. Township of Livingston
  • American Urgy Center v. Lipsky & Zeltzer
  • New Jersey’s Top 100 attorneys in 2007-2011, 2013-2017
  • New Jersey’s Top 10 Attorneys in 2012
  • Recipient of the 1995 Essex County Bar Association Pro Bono Chancery Achievement Award
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Trust and Matrimonial Alimony Issues, 2011
  • Secrets of Success in Equity Jurisprudence, 2012
  • Author, “Equity Procedures” for New Jersey Practice, Vol. 19, Chapter 4, 1993
  • Author, “Responsibility of Insolvent Corporation for Environmental Cleanup”, New Jersey Law Journal, September 25, 1986
  • Lecturer, “Restrictive Covenants”, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1989
  • Lecturer, “Corporate Deadlock Statute”, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1990
  • Lecturer, “Law Firm Dissolution”, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1991
  • Lecturer, “The Corporate Deadlock Statute”, ICLE, 1991
  • Lecturer, “Successfully Litigating the Closely-Held Corporate Dispute when Those in Control Have Engaged in Fraudulent Mismanagement”, Essex County Bar Association, 1993
  • Lecturer, “Litigating Fraud and Mismanagement Disputes in Closely Held Corporations”, ICLE, 1995
  • Lecturer, “Marketability Discounts in Sales of Closely Held Stocks”, New Jersey State Bark Association, 1999
  • Lecturer, “Law Firm Break Ups – Ten Years after Norris” for the New Jersey State Bark Association, 2003
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New Jersey Lawyer Editorial Board, Member, 1996 through 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1977
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Certified Trial Attorneys Section, Member
  • New Jersey District Ethics Committee For District V, Member, 1994-1999
  • New Jersey, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2009
  • New Jersey State Bar Association – Committee on Equity Jurisprudence, Chairman, 1989 – 1991
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2013 – Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2003
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member, 1982 – Present
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey, Board on Trial Attorney Certification
Educational Background:
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, B.A., Honors: With Honors, 1974

Office location for Jay J. Rice

103 Eisenhower Parkway
Roseland, NJ 07068

Phone: 973-618-0400

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