Robert E. Bartkus    
     
 

Bob, of counsel to the firm, has more than 35 years of experience in multiparty business and international arbitration and litigation. He handles matters at all levels of the state and federal judiciary, and has numerous reported cases.

His clients have included major U.S. financial institutions; foreign governments and trading companies; and Fortune 100 consumer goods, industrial, insurance/reinsurance, insurance brokerage, medical/dental device, pharmaceutical and chemical companies. He also has represented partnerships and closely held businesses. His leading roles in billion-dollar, front-page litigation have included trial counsel in the Southern District of New York Iranian Assets Litigation, up through the U.S. Supreme Court, and one of only two known nullifications of a long-term supply contract on the basis of “frustration of purpose.”

In his alternative dispute resolution practice, Bob has served as sole arbitrator and panel member/chair in a wide range of American Arbitration Association and International Centre for Dispute Resolution matters, most recently including computer/IT, closely held businesses, and insurance/reinsurance disputes. He also has been a sole arbitrator in construction, consumer and securities matters, including at the NASD. He serves as a U.S. District Court arbitrator and mediator, including in Superstorm Sandy cases.

Bob was selected in 2012-2015 and 2005-2010 for business litigation, and in 2016 for dispute resolution, on the New Jersey Super Lawyers© list, lawyers who with a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. From Martindale-Hubbell, Bob has an AV Preeminent™ rating of 5 out of 5 as determined by peers who have ranked him at the highest level of professional excellence. In addition, he has been listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law. In 2016, Bob was elected a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. The college, made up of nationally and internationally recognized arbitrators, promotes high standards of conduct, develops best practices, and provides peer training and professional development in the field of complex arbitration.*

PRACTICE AREAS
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Business counseling and litigation
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • New Jersey, 1977
  • New York, 1977
  • California, 1976 (inactive)
COURT ADMISSIONS
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2004
EDUCATION
  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 1976; articles co-editor, Stanford Law Review (1975-76); 1976 Irving Hellman, Jr. Special Award; post- graduation teaching assistant, 1976
  • Swarthmore College, B.A., Economics/Math, with honors, 1968; Open Scholar
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • New Jersey State Bar Association: Federal Practice Committee (now Section), past chair; International Law Section, past vice chair
  • New York State Bar Association: Commercial and Federal Practice Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • California State Bar Association
  • Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey
  • American Bar Association: Litigation and Intellectual Property sections
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • New Jersey Law Journal Editorial Board, 1992-present
  • John C. Lifland American Inn of Court (Intellectual Property), master and Executive Committee member
  • Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, vice president (director, 2000-present); Nunc Pro Tunc, former editor
  • District X Fee Arbitration Committee, chair, 2002-2003
  • District X Ethics Committee, 1990-1993
  • New York City Community Law Office, litigation volunteer, including housing litigation against some of The Village Voice's "Ten Worst" landlords
  • Southern District of New York and District of New Jersey Pro Bono Panels, including prisoner and Section 1983 litigation
PUBLICATIONS
  • Author, "Is 'Proportionality' the Most Important Change in the 2015 Rule Amendments?" New Jersey Law Journal, Jan. 4, 2016
  • Co-editor and co-author, New Jersey Federal Civil Procedure, (ALM Media/N.J. Law Journal Books) (2007-present; editions updated annually)
  • Editor and co-author, New Jersey Federal Civil Procedure, (N.J. Law Journal Books, 1999 and supplements 2000-2006)
  • Editor and co-author, New Jersey Federal Civil Practice Handbook, (N.J. Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1992 and supplements 1993-1997)
  • Numerous articles on federal practice, including recent developments in removal, the Class Action Fairness Act, jurisdiction, ERISA and e-discovery, in the New Jersey Lawyer Magazine and New Jersey Law Journal
  • “Innovation Competition: Beyond Telex v. I.B.M.,” 28 Stanford Law Review 285, 1976
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
  • Frequent lecturer at New Jersey State Bar Association, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and New Jersey Law Journal programs on federal practice and international arbitration, most recently, “Seizing Opportunities in Federal Court,” New Jersey Law Journal CLE, April 10, 2014
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • House of the Good Shepherd, Board of Trustees
  • St. John Baptist Convent, Board of Trustees
  • Swarthmore College Alumni Council
MILITARY
  • Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, 1969-1973
 


Of Counsel: Robert E. Bartkus

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Phone: 973.635.7831
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