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H. George Avery - Partner

H. GEORGE AVERY was graduated from Boston University School of Law. Upon receiving his Juris Doctorate in 1973, he served in a judicial clerkship with Justice Morris Pashman of the Supreme Court of New Jersey as well as assisting Chief Justice Pierre P. Garvin and Chief Justice Richard J. Hughes.  Following his clerkship, Mr. Avery practiced in the private sector.

Mr. Avery has practiced in both the private and public legal sectors for more than forty years. His public service has included New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and the Bergen County Counsel’s Office. His career has included various assignments with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office where he was in charge of litigation in State and Federal Court specialized in areas of defense of catastrophic personal injury, FELA, implementation of ADR programs, complex litigation, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, defense of transportation and railroad systems, personal defense of high government officials, insurance coverage, products liability, employment law, tort claims, defense of public entities, construction litigation, issues of indemnification and contribution, election law, environmental, contracts, Section 1983 litigation, drafting Legislation, Workers Compensation, coordination of Risk Management for the State of New Jersey and appellate matters in State and Federal Court.  Mr. Avery further represented all branches of government including the chief executive, cabinet officers, the Judiciary and the New Jersey State Police.  Before joining the Attorney General of New Jersey Mr. Avery served as Bergen County Counsel where he represented the Board of County Freeholders, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department and all Agencies and Departments of County government.

While serving as the Senior Deputy Attorney General, he devised new litigation defenses with physicians and liability experts, including the first known computer-generated to-scale accident re-creation with Princeton University. During this period of time, Mr. Avery tried the largest personal injury and tort claims matter ever tried to that point in the State of New Jersey before a jury in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County.  Mr. Avery further tried a non-jury nine month catastrophic railroad incident in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Mercer County.

Currently, Mr. Avery practices in the areas of defense, personal injury, contracts, commercial, construction, insurance defense, product liability, professional malpractice, public interest, election law and complex litigation in both Federal and State Courts.  Due to his breadth of experience, Mr. Avery has continued to practice in the numerous areas enumerated above while in the public sector.  He has further participated extensively in public interest and public affairs in numerous and wide ranging matters involving many governmental and legislative bodies. 

During his career, Mr. Avery has tried hundreds of jury trials to conclusion. In 2003 and 2004, Mr. Avery tried the largest construction defect case ever tried in the State of New Jersey involving a pier built by the Ford Motor Company in 1929 and upon which Hartz Mountain, the developer, constructed numerous condominiums 1500 feet into the Hudson River. Plaintiffs demanded hundreds of millions of dollars to resolve this matter. After a seven month trial, Mr. Avery “no caused” on behalf of his client.

Mr. Avery was admitted to the Bars in New Jersey in 1974,  the United States Supreme Court and United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals in 1982.  He was also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the United States Tax Court.  Mr. Avery is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association and numerous County Bar Associations.  In addition, Mr. Avery has served as a lecturer with the Institute for Continued Legal Education.