McCarter & Higgins
48 Drs. James Parker Blvd.
Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
(732) 450-1090

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PROFESSIONAL 1996-present Partner, McCarter & Higgins, Red Bank, New Jersey. General practice of law.

1983-1996 Partner, McCarter & English, Newark, New Jersey. Specialized in business, toxic tort, and product liability litigation.

1975-1983 Associate, McCarter & English.

Reported cases:  (All linked cases are downloaded from , in my opinion the most reasonably priced legal reference service on the web.)


For a somewhat irreverent discussion of my practice representing aggrieved victims of bank trust departments, click here .

I am not on this Committee.  The link above is to a disturbing account of how a local panel of the New Jersey Committee on Character tried to deny a politically incorrect young man admission to the bar by fraudulently distorting his testimony.  The major perpetrator, Mary Maudsley,  incredibly later served two terms as chair of the New Jersey Disciplinary Review Board, 2003-2005.   Her partner in  deception, Richard Fauntleroy, became chair of the New Jersey Committee on Character, 2004-2005.  He presently (2007) serves as Board Chair of the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Fund of New Jersey! No further comment seems necessary.

Center for Individual Rights, Washington, D.C., Lawyers Advisory Board, 1993-1996.

Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, Chairman, Professional Responsiblity Section, Washington, D.C., 1996-2001

General Counsel, Rumson Country Day School, Rumson, N. J., 2000- 

EDUCATION University of Virginia, J.D., 1975.
  Princeton University, A.B., History, magna cum laude, 1971.

PUBLICATIONS Look Before You Leap: New Jersey's Experience with (Covert) Strict Gender Scrutiny , 6 Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal 991 (1996)

Medical Sue-veillance: A History and Critique of the Medical Monitoring Remedy in Toxic Tort Litigation , 45 Rutgers Law Rev. 227 (1993)

co-author with William P. Higgins, Jr., Discovery in Business Litigation in New Jersey State and Federal Courts, appearing in Commercial Litigation in New Jersey, Law Practice Handbooks, Inc., Springfield, Ill. (1996).

Review of Closed Chambers by Edward Lazarus in the Spring 1999 edition of "Professional Responsibility News", a publication of the aforementioned Federalist Society.  The review commends a former Supreme Court clerk for exposing occasional fraud and intellectual dishonesty committed by the nation's highest judges.


Major investor, Discovery Wines, 10 Avenue A, New York, New York 10009.   I believe this is the only wine store in Manhattan with computer terminals where you match your intended meal with detailed information about compatible wines from our stock on hand.  We opened September 27, 2004.  

Discovery Wines has received favorable reviews in New York Magazine, The New York Sun, Time Out New York and, believe it or not, Stereophile .  
If you like wine, it's worth a trip to the Lower East Side (one block from the Second Avenue stop on the F train).

Two recent articles have promoted the many health benefits of wine consumption.  The one from Food & Wine is simple and direct; the one from Nature is quite esoteric.  Take your pick.  One of the most useful articles about wine I have ever read was Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher's final column for 2006 in the Wall Street Journal.  Yes, I added the emphasis on "Find a good merchant".


Chairman, Board of Trustees, Cap and Gown Club of Princeton University , 2003 -  ; previously Secretary, 1990-2003; Trustee 1983-

Trustee, Monmouth Museum , Lincroft, N.J., 1993-

Chairman, Board of Trustees, Navesink House Continuing Care Retirement Community , Red Bank, N.J. 2000-2002;  2004-2006.  Trustee, 1998-2006.   On July 1, 2006 Navesink House (now Navesink Harbor) was merged into Presbyterian Homes of Red Bank, and a new board assumed responsibility for the facility.

Chairman,  Rumson (N.J.) Zoning Board of Adjustment, 1996-2002.
Member, 1991-2002.
Vestry, St. George's by the River Church, Rumson, N.J., 1996-1998; Sunday School teacher, 1993-2001

Member, Finance Committee, United Way of West Hudson and Essex, 1994-96

Graduate Treasurer, Princeton University Class of 1971 , 1996-2001

Trustee, Greater Newark Urban Coaltion, 1980-84.

48 Drs. James Parker Blvd.
Red Bank, New Jersey  07701
Tel: (732) 450-1090
Fax: (732) 450-1093