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Lila Wynne

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Co-Chair, Environmental & Toxic Tort Practice Group, NJ
15000 Midlantic Drive, Suite 200
P.O. Box 5429
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
(856) 414-6026
(856) 414-6077 - Fax
ltwynne@mdwcg.com

Lila devotes all of her practice to environmental and toxic tort litigation. A trial attorney for nearly 26 years, Lila has litigated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts in New Jersey.

In the environmental arena, Lila has served as counsel in matters involving over 25 CERCLA Superfund sites and over 100 state enforcement sites. She has particular experience in handling Superfund claims, cost recovery and contribution actions, and private-party litigation involving multi-plaintiff property and personal injury claims. She has also served as counsel to Fortune 500 companies in litigation involving natural resource damages claims, leaking underground storage tanks, and groundwater contamination from chemicals such as hexavalent chromium, mercury, trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), perchlorate, pesticides, gasoline and home heating oil, as well as others.

Lila is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a bachelor of arts degree in the Classics (Latin and Ancient Greek). While at the University of Southern California, in the fall of 1982, Lila attended the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Italy, a program sponsored by Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. 

Significant Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of client in toxic tort class action involving 3,000 plaintiffs, residing in the state of Alabama, who sued for medical monitoring. The trial court dismissed the action based upon choice of law. Appellate Division affirmed. 

  • Represented client in toxic tort action wherein the plaintiffs alleged exposure to sulfur dioxide at the DuPont facility in Delaware. 

  • Obtained defense verdict in toxic tort action filed by two children and their guardians wherein they alleged exposure to benzene in their well water. Plaintiffs suffered from osteogenic sarcoma and non-Hodgkins lymphoma. 

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of manufacturer where the plaintiff alleged exposure to benzene in client's product caused acute myelogenous leukemia. 

  • Obtained dismissal in favor of landlord in case involving lead paint exposure. 

  • Obtained dismissal in favor of ink manufacturer in toxic tort action filed by individual alleging exposure to benzene resulting in acute myeloid leukemia. 

  • Represented client in connection with a toxic tort action filed by firefighters who were exposed to contaminants as a result of the fire at Superfund site in Elizabeth, New Jersey. 

  • Represented Top PRP in Superfund cost recovery action in Delaware federal court.

  • Represented dry cleaning distributor in toxic tort action where plaintiff alleged that exposure to perc and 1-BP caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Issues in Environmental and Toxic Tort Liability, which covered the following presentations: Toxicology of Benzene and Flavorings; Asbestos and Silica Litigation Update; Introduction to Chemical Oxidation Technologies; and, How to Handle a Leaking Underground Storage Tank, AIG

Published Works

  • "Continuous Trigger of Coverage for Progressive Construction Defect Losses," Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018
  • Legal Updates for Environmental LawEditor-in-Chief, 2016-present

  • "SRRA: Are We Better Off Four Years Later?" The New Jersey Law Journal, July 18, 2016

  • "New Jersey Appellate Court Approves Insurance Policy Assignments to Fund Pollution Claims," Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 1, March 2016

  • "Being Proactive About Passive Migration," New Jersey Law Journal, Environmental Law Supplement, July 20, 2015

  • Recent New Jersey Case Law on Environmental Claims,” Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015

  • New Jersey Environmental Coverage Handbook, 2017 Edition 

  • Toxic Tort Handbook, 2017 Edition 

  • "Third Circuit Expands Availability of Damages in Environmental Contamination Cases," Defense Digest, Vol. 12, No. 3, September, 2006 

Education

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law-Camden, Camden, NJ (J.D., 1988)

  • University of Southern California, Los Angles, CA (B.A., 1983)

    Major: Classics 

  • Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome, Italy, 1982 

Pages

Law Alerts November 15, 2018
Liability Under the Spill Act Does Not Require ‘Smoking Gun’ Evidence of a Discharge by Kevin T. Bright, Esq. In the unpublished decision in Morris Plains Holding VF, LLC v. Milano French Cleaners, Inc., N.J. Super. App. Div., Docket..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts August 9, 2018
New Jersey Supreme Court Adopts “Daubert” Standard For Expert Testimony by Lila Wynne, Esq. On August 1, 2018, the New Jersey Supreme Court held in In re: Accutane Litigation that the trial court properly excluded the plaintiffs..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018 , By Lila T. Wynne, Esq.*                                                               ..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018 By Lila T. Wynne, Esq.* Key Points: New Jersey Appellate Division addresses appropriate trigger for coverage for progressive construction defect lawsuits. Court applies continuous trigger..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended...
Law Alerts August 16, 2017
Insurer Owes $2.55 Million For Metal Pollution Coverage By Lila Wynne, Esq.    On April 1, 2017, the New Jersey Appellate Division affirmed the trial court’s ruling that Greater New York Mutual Insurance Group must cover Mid-...,   The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a...
Law Alerts April 11, 2017
Restoration Versus Remediation By Lila Wynne, Esq. Recently, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), its commissioner and the administrator of the New Jersey Spill Compensation Fund sought both damages in the form of..., Private Parties Left Holding the Bag When It Comes to Pre-1977 Contamination By Kevin T. Bright, Esq. The New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11, et seq., provides a comprehensive mechanism for allocating financial..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a...
Law Alerts July 14, 2016
Party Not Entitled to Counsel Fees for Either Negotiations or Litigation Involving Access Agreement for Remediation on Residential Property   In State Farm Fire and Casualty Insurance Company v. Florkiewicz, 2008 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 572 (..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2016
By Lila T. Wynne, Esq.* Key Points: Assignment of insurance policies was allowed despite the fact that there were “no assignment” clauses in the policies and the insurers did not consent. Once a loss occurs, a policy may be..., Defense Digest, Vol 22, No. 1, March 2016 Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...

Pages

Aug 24, 2018
The defense prevailed on a motion for summary judgment as to liability in an environmental case involving claims related to a leaking underground storage tank (UST). Our client sued a fuel delivery company under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and...
Aug 25, 2016
Marshall Dennehey attorneys prevailed on a motion for summary judgment as to liability in an environmental case involving claims related to a leaking underground storage tank (UST). In this environmental subrogation case, we represented a major...
Feb 16, 2015
Obtained summary judgment in a toxic tort case involving claims of mold exposure. The defense represented an environmental testing company hired by the company that performed a remediation in the plaintiffs' home following a sewage backup in...

Education

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law-Camden (J.D., 1988)
  • University of Southern California (B.A., 1983)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1988

Associations & Memberships

  • New Jersey Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 1995

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