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Edward G. Sponzilli
New Jersey
(908) 722-0700

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Edward G. Sponzilli

Edward G. Sponzilli, a Member of the firm, is a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney with 41 years experience in complex corporate and commercial litigation and education matters.

He has litigated cases in many different jurisdictions, including Florida, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, in addition to the states where he is admitted.  He primarily handles complex corporate and commercial matters, as well as employment litigation relating to restrictive covenant, wrongful termination, CEPA, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment.  He has defended public entities, primarily educational institutions, and has represented parties in products liability, toxic tort, and professional malpractice claims.  Additionally, Ed has handled matters involving franchise practices, intellectual property, health care, estate, real estate, construction, antitrust, commodities, civil RICO, Fair Credit Reporting Act, consumer fraud, shareholder disputes, civil rights, constitutional law, sports law, personal injury, insurance and reinsurance coverage matters, dram shop, alcohol, defamation, business tort, criminal, and education law matters.

Ed has litigated construction matters in arbitrations before federal and state courts.  For over 30 years, he has represented a major mechanical contracting company with offices in New Jersey and New York.  He represents building contractors, developers, general contractors, contract managers, and owners.

Ed is a 2008 recipient of the Professionalism Award.  In 1999 he was awarded the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Fund for Client Protection’s “Client Protection” Award for his outstanding service on behalf of the public and the Bar of New Jersey in his role as Chancery Court-appointed Receiver in the case of Montano v. Cohen & Cohen.

Ed is a past president of the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court and the Rutgers—Newark Law School Alumni Association.  He has been a Trustee of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey for 30 years.  He has been on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for over fifteen years and for the past ten years, has been one of only two non-government faculty members in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Trial Advocacy Institute. Ed is currently a master of the New York City American Inn of Court and the Lifland (federal practice) American Inn of Court.  He has served as a federal arbitrator and state court certified mediator.

Ed was a Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable James A. Coolahan, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (D.N.J.) from 1975-77.  During the two-year clerkship, Judge Coolahan held a temporary assignment to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Ed has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America and New Jersey Super Lawyers, as well as Marquis’ Who’s Who In American Law and Who’s Who in America.  He is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee, Bench, Bar, and Media.  He has also recently been appointed as Chair of New Jersey State Bar Association’s Higher Education Committee.




  • “The Title IX Tidal Wave: College Disciplinary Hearings for Sexual Harassment and Assault – What Every Lawyer, Student and Parent Should Know,” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education in cooperation with the NJSBA Higher Education Committee, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, September 20, 2016
  • Meritas Capability Webinar – White Collar Crimes in Indo-U.S. context: Do’s and Don’ts,” Meritas, February 3, 2016
  • Speaker, “15th Annual Stephen D. Doyle Criminal Justice Symposium,” Saint Peter’s University, April 16, 2015
  • Moderator, “Taking and Defending Effective Depositions,” Lorman Seminars, October 13, 2011
  • Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Attorneys to Speak at the NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention, May 19-21, 2010
  • Charitable Immunity in New Jersey: A Look at the Doctrine’s Impact on Recent Litigation
  • “Hot Topics for Hot Litigators,” Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 21, 2008
  • “Trial Advocacy,” New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Division of Criminal Justice, Hughes Justice Complex, Trenton, December 17, 2007
  • “How to Avoid Sexual Harassment Claims in the Workplace: What Every Employer Needs to Know,” Jersey Dental Association, Annual Convention, June 9, 2006
  • “Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2006,” Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Seminar, June 1, 2006, Bridgewater, NJ
  • “Hot Tips for Hot Litigators,” New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, May 18, 2006
  • “Legal Issues Involved in Student Discipline,” Rutgers Office of Judicial Affairs, March 8, 2006
Edward G. Sponzilli was selected to the 2017 Super Lawyers list. The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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Edward G. Sponzilli was selected to the 2018 Best Lawyers® list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

2008 Professionalism Award, 1999 Client Protection Award



  • Rutgers School of Law – Newark
    • J.D., 1975
  • Columbia University
    • M.A., 1972
  • Institut Catholique de Paris
    • Diploma, 1971
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    • B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa,1971

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court
    • District of New Jersey
    • Southern District of New York
    • Eastern District of New York
    • Western District of New York
    • Northern District of New York
    • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • Second Circuit
    • Third Circuit
    • District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, New Jersey Section
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Chair, Higher Education Committee
  • New Jersey Defense Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Inn of Court
  • Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Bergen County Bar Association
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Middlesex Bar Association
  • New Jersey Defense Association
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
    • Board of Trustees
  • National Association of College & University Attorneys
  • New Jersey Municipal Prosecutors Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys