Marc S. Gaffrey is an AV-rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell and is the Supervising Partner of the Environmental & Toxic Tort Litigation Department. Marc tries asbestos cases and oversees the trial teams of several of his clients both locally in NY and NJ and throughout the country. He has extensive experience in the litigation of toxic tort matters and mass tort litigation involving lead, asbestos, silica, talc, benzene, "sick building syndrome," latex allergy, PCB, diazanon, welding fumes, orthodichlorobenzene, trichloroethylene, and numerous other chemicals and pesticides. He has handled thousands of toxic tort cases in New Jersey and New York.
What makes Marc unique, is his background in biochemistry. Marc’s Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry has allowed him to view the highly complicated world of toxic tort litigation from a scientific perspective and understanding. Over his 31-year career, he has applied this knowledge to cases in asbestos litigation, toxic tort, mass tort and environmental matters. He is one of few attorneys in the nation who is an active member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), an organization dedicated to anticipating health and safety concerns and keeping its members current in the field of industrial hygiene.
Marc has also litigated numerous environmental matters involving fuel oil discharge, hazardous waste, Superfund site construction and remediation, and landfill clean-up. In particular, he assisted in the litigation of the landmark case of Ayers v. Township of Jackson and tried NJDEP v. Dimant which is currently the most cited environmental case in New Jersey.
Marc has been named National Coordinating Counsel to multiple companies encompassing an array of business disciplines. He coordinates the defense of all asbestos-related matters throughout the country, including hiring local counsel and managing the files as well as retaining experts and maintaining relationships with them. He also has authored numerous articles in the toxic tort field. In addition, Marc routinely gives in-house seminars to clients and trade associations discussing the most recent trends and trial techniques in asbestos and toxic tort litigation.
Beyond presenting to his clients, Marc has been a frequent lecturer at both national and regional conferences including: Defense Research Institute (DRI), Perrin Conferences, New Jersey Defense Association, HB Litigation Conferences, Harris Martin, Worley, and NJ Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE). He has appeared as a lecturer at Middlesex County Bar Association’s Primer on Environmental Insurance, sat on the Defense Panel for New Jersey’s Asbestos Litigation Conference, and served as a moderator for the Middlesex County Bar Association’s NJ Spill Compensation and Control Act Seminar, among numerous other speaking engagements and events.
Marc has been asked to speak at Perrin Asbestos Litigation Conference for the past 7 years and is set to serve as a moderator for the presentation on Mesothelioma, covering recent developments in literature, the latest diagnostic techniques, genetic testing and causation, as well as new treatments and the impact on life expectancy.
Marc not only exhibits his extensive knowledge in the legal world, he is also a dedicated teacher in the local community. Marc serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Political Science Department at Rutgers University and uses this opportunity to share his extensive knowledge with future Environmental Law professionals.
Environmental and Toxic Tort
- Ayers v. Township of Jackson
- Rhodes v. Universal Supply
- PAPP v. Boeing
- NJDEP v. Dimant
Litigation & Compliance/Enforcement
- Whelan v. Johnson Controls
- "Residential Environmental Contamination From Underground Storage Tanks: What Every Lawyer Should Know"', The Middlesex Advocate (Middlesex County Bar Association Monthly Newsletter), December 2012, Vol. 27, No. 3, Page 3
- "Stretching the Measure of Forseeability: The Rastelli and Berkowitz Controversey", The Voice of the Defense Bar - Toxic Torts (DRI); October 22, 2012, Vol. 15, Iss. 2, Page 2
- "Residential Environmental Contamination From Underground Storage Tanks: What Every Lawyer Should Know"', New Jersey Defense Association; Spring 2012
- "Impact of the NJDEP's New Guidelines For No. 2 Fuel Oil and Diesel Oil Releases", New Jersey Law Journal - Environmental Law; February 23, 2009
- Representative, Peripheral Defendants by the New Jersey Superior Court to the select Asbestos Steering Committee which oversees the management, administration and resolution of asbestos matters throughout the State.
- Second Vice President, Middlesex County Bar Association (2021-2022)
- Board of Trustees, Middlesex County Bar Association (2016-Present)
- Co-Chair, Environmental Law Committee, Middlesex County Bar Association
- Member, Ad Hoc Committee to review the ABA’s proposed Resolution on the Adoption of Guidelines for the Use of a Special Master, Middlesex County Bar Association
- Associate Member, American Industrial Hygiene Association
- Vice-Chair, Environmental Section, New Jersey Defense Association
- Member, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (“CLM”)
- Chairman, Monroe Township Planning Board
- New Jersey Super Lawyers list, 2005-2007 and 2009-Present
- The Best Lawyers in America list, 2012-Present; "Lawyer of the Year" in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs, 2017
- Rated AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
A description of the selection process methodologies on which these accolades are based can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.