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Robert J. McGuirl

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Phone: (201) 391-8200
Fax: (201) 391-8660

295 Spring Valley Rd
Park Ridge, New Jersey 07656

Robert J. McGuirl graduated from the College of the Holy Cross ('74) and received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center ('77). He then served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County (Manhattan) in successively, the Criminal Court Division, the Juvenile Offense Bureau, the Felony Trial Division and ultimately on Homicide Call.

Bob has been Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, a designation based upon knowledge and experience and earned by less than 1% of New Jersey attorneys. He serves as an Arbitrator for personal injury matters in the New Jersey Court system as well as a Court-appointed Mediator. He has over 35 years of experience prosecuting and defending litigated matters, and is recognized throughout New Jersey for his expertise in products liability litigation. His office also prosecutes and defends claims and lawsuits on behalf of physicians, group practices and ambulatory surgical centers in a wide variety of areas, including restrictive covenants, practice and contract disputes, ASC matters, hospital privilege and BME issues, and coverage disputes.

He has chaired various Committees and Sections for both the New Jersey State and Bergen County Bar Associations. Mr. McGuirl enjoys an "AV" rating, the highest rating given to attorneys by the Martindale-Hubbell Attorney Rating and Information Service. In addition to products liability and healthcare work, Mr. McGuirl litigates matters involving medical devices, the life sciences, personal injury, toxic torts and insurance in state and federal courts. His current small-firm practice has been built and focused from inception on the efficient and effective handling of claims, civil litigation and related matters.

Bob is a lecturer and author for various national, state, county and specialty bar associations, industry associations and groups, and selected segments of the population at large. His seminars have provided ongoing education and training for practicing attorneys, clients and the general public. His writings have appeared in various legal, trade and industry periodicals, journals and other publications.


J.D., Georgetown University, 1977

B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1974
cum laude

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice New York, 1978
U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1979
New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

New Jersey State Bar Association
Chairman, Products Liability and Toxic Torts Section
Board of Directors Health and Hospital Law Section
Board of Directors and General Council Delegate, 1994-2000

Bergen County Bar Association
General Equity Committee
Chairman, Products Liability Committee, 1994-2007
Co-Chair, Health and Hospital Law Committee

Defense Research Institute
Member, Products Liability Committee, 1988-Present

Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney

Certified Tissue Bank Specialist, American Assn. of Tissue Banks

Published Articles
  • "Is ASC Litigation on the Rise?" EndoEconomics, August 2013;

  • "Product Liability Cases of Interest from 2007 and 2008," Bergen Barrister, Spring 2009;

  • "Laidlow and the Intentional Tort Theory Against the Employer," Bergen Barrister, Winter 2005;

  • "Developing and Using Demonstrative Evidence at Trial," Bergen Barrister, Summer 2001;

  • "Best Practice Rules: Case Management Key for Products Litigation,” New Jersey Lawyer, October 2000;

  • "Successor Entity Product Liability," Spray Technology and Marketing, February 1995;

  • "Following the Trail: Successor Entity Product Liability," New Jersey Lawyer, January 1993.

  • "The FDA: Preemption, Off-Label and the Learned Intermediary" 2017 NJICLE Tort Law Conference, October 9, 2017;
  • "Unique Issues Involving Medical Devices," 2015 NJICLE Tort Law Conference, October 12, 2015;
  • Product Liability Cases of Interest from 2013 & 2014," 2014 NJICLE Tort Law Conference October 13, 2014;
  • "Ethical Issues in Litigation," NJSBA & ICLE 2013 Health Law Symposium, November 2013;
  • "Key Issues in Health Care Litigation," NJICLE Seminar, April 2013;
  • “Litigating Health Care Matters,” NJSBA & ICLE 2012 Health Law Symposium October 2012;
  • “Product Liability Cases of Interest from 2011 & 2012,” 2012 NJICLE Tort Law Conference October 2012;
  • “Products Liability Cases of Interest 2010,” 2010 NJICLE Tort Law Conference October 2010;
  • “Products / Pharmaceutical Liability,” 2009 NJICLE Tort Law Conference, October 2009;
  • “Issues Regarding Reproductive Tissue,” 33rd Annual AATB Meeting, September, 2009;
  • “Human Cells, Tissues and Cellular and Tissue Based Products,” NJICLE & Products Liability Committee of New Jersey State Bar Association, April 2009;
  • “UAGA Impact and Controversies,” 13th Annual AATB Spring Meeting, March 2009;
  • “Putting a Value on Personal Injuries,” Bergen County Bar Association, March 2009;
  • “First Person Consent: Law and Practice,” American Association of Tissue Banks Annual Meeting, September 2008;
  • “Products Liability: Review of Recent Cases,” NJICLE Tort Law Conference, July 2008;
  • “Top 10 Practical Tips for Products Liability Litigators” NJ State Bar Association, May 2008;
  • “Lessons Learned from BTS: A Defense Lawyer’s Perspective,” AATB Annual Meeting, September 2007;
  • “Obtaining Insurance Coverage: Beyond the Obvious,” National Crime Victims Bar Association, 2007;
  • "Product Liability: From Intake Through Trial," N.J.I.C.L.E. March 2007;
  • “Improve Your Performance in Products Liability Cases,” Bergen County Bar Association, March 2006;
  • “Product Liability: A Road Map to Mediation or Trial,” New Jersey State Bar Association, March 2006;
  • "Products Liability from A-Z," N.J.I.C.L.E. March 2005;
  • "Civil Justice for Victims of Crime," National Crime Victims Bar Association, September 2004;
  • "Bogus Drugs and Medical Devices," N.J.I.C.L.E., May 2004;
  • "A Dialogue on Product Liability Practice," N.J.I.C.L.E., February 2001;
  • "Handling a Products Liability Case: Nuts & Bolts", New Jersey Defense Association, January 2001;
  • "Identifying and Evaluating Third Party Claims in a Workplace Setting," BCBA, June 1999;
  • "Handling a Medical Device Case," BCBA, April 1995;
  • "Products Liability: The Duty to Warn," N.J.I.C.L.E. April 1995;
  • "Products Liability Post Sale Duty to Warn," Bergen County Bar Association, November 1994;
  • "Products Liability: Reason or Ruin," New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (N.J.I.C.L.E.), 1993.
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