Richard A. Gantner

Top rated employment & labor attorney in Somerville, New Jersey

Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs LLC
Richard A. Gantner
Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs LLC

Practice Areas: Employment & labor, Personal injury, Medical malpractice; view more

Licensed in New Jersey since: 1993

Education: Seton Hall University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2007, 2010 - 2023

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Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs LLC

50 Division St
Suite 501
Somerville, NJ 08876 Visit website


Richard A. Gantner is a partner at the Oakland, New Jersey, law firm of Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs, LLC. He is a highly respected trial attorney whose work allows him to represent clients who face a variety of legal challenges. His success in helping his clients overcome their legal hurdles is due to his dedication to finding innovative solutions to complex legal problems. Mr. Gantner focuses his practice on assisting clients who have legal issues in the following areas:

• Employment and labor law, including providing representation to both management and claimants
• Personal injury law
• Workers' compensation
• Medical malpractice
• Insurance disputes

Mr. Gantner earned his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993 and sat for the bar examinations in three states.  Both Pennsylvania and New Jersey approved him to practice law later the same year. New York followed suit in 1994, and The District of Columbia Bar admitted him in 1995. In addition to his 24-plus years as a trial lawyer, he also gained valuable experience by serving as a judge for the Township of Marlboro, serving as a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Court Practice, and the District XIII Ethics Committee.

Attorney Gantner has earned much recognition for his legal abilities. He holds a "Superb" Avvo rating and is listed as AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell. He has contributed to several published articles crossing a wide range of legal topics, including trial excellence and contractual issues. In addition to his writing, he has also taught a continuing legal education course on trial advocacy.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Employment & labor: employer, Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Workers' compensation: claimant

Focus areas

Employment law - employee, Sexual harassment, Animal bites, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff, Dental malpractice, Medical malpractice, Delayed or incorrect diagnosis, Informed consent

  • 40% Employment & labor: employer
  • 20% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 20% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff
  • 20% Workers' compensation: claimant

First Admitted: 1993, New Jersey

Professional Webpage:

  • Editor, Seton Hall University Law Review, 1992 - 1993
  • Appointed to the District XIII Ethics Committee (2013 - current)
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Diploma, Trial Advocacy, National Institute for Trial Advocacy Robert F. Hanley Advanced Advocates Program, June 2005
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey, Board on Trial Attorney Certification (
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "Recognizing and Preparing Closed Head Injury Cases in the Absence of Initial Diagnosis", (Co-Author), Trial Excellence, Volume 13, Number 9, September, 2001
  • "Absent Bad Faith, Fraud, or Overreaching, A Reasonable Forum Selection Clause in a Commercial Cruise Form Contract is Enforceable", 22 Seton Hall L. Rev. 505, 1992
Educational Background:
  • Rutgers University, B.A., Music, With High Honors, 1989
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1994
  • District XIII Ethics Committee (2015 - 2021)
  • Washington, D.C., 1993
  • New Jersey, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • Member, Somerset County Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, New Jersey Bar Association
  • New York, 1994
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1993
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar, 1995
  • Township of Marlboro, Former municipal court judge
  • Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Court Practice, Former member, (2008-2009)
  • Pennsylvania, 1993

Office location for Richard A. Gantner

50 Division St
Suite 501
Somerville, NJ 08876

Phone: 732-583-7474


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2007, 2010 - 2023

Certificates and credentials

New Jersey Board on Attorney Certification
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney

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