Janet L. Poletto
Partner, Certified By The Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney
Certified By The Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Ms. Poletto is a 1976 graduate of Bucknell University, where she earned her B.A. magna cum laude with special recognition and highest honors in Psychology. In 1980, Ms. Poletto graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar that same year.
Ms. Poletto has been primarily engaged as a civil litigation attorney, working on matters involving all aspects of defense litigation as well as the analysis and litigation of insurance coverage issues. She has extensive experience in litigating matters in the fields of professional liability; defending claims against doctors and other healthcare professionals dating back to the beginning of her career. That experience has extended to the defense of Long Term Care claims as they have developed over the years. She has also become involved in the defense of legal malpractice, real estate and insurance agent malpractice claims.
Ms. Poletto has also had significant involvement in analyzing and litigating questions relating to insurance coverage including issues of bad faith and extra-contractual claims, and has developed special expertise in the analysis and litigation of insurance coverage disputes relating to environmental and latent injury claims. Her involvement with environmental and mass tort coverage litigation dates to the mid 1980s and she has been extensively engaged in litigating these issues since then. Her experience includes the trials of a number of significant pollution coverage cases and she is counsel of record in a number of appellate division decisions in New Jersey addressing pollution coverage issues. Her involvement also extends to litigating environmental liability claims, including contribution claims among potentially responsible parties.
Ms. Poletto has further become engaged in the defense of Life Sciences claims including, biomedical and medical device, pharmaceutical, toxic tort, chemical exposure, and other mass tort claims.
Her practice includes the appeals of litigated matters and she has successfully argued before the New Jersey Appellate Division, New Jersey Supreme Court and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She also has extensive experience in representing clients in mediation, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Ms. Poletto is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a civil trial attorney having successfully litigated, through trial and appeal, a significant number of cases. This recognition is accomplished by less than 5% of New Jersey attorneys.
Ms. Poletto’s decades of litigation experience has culminated in more recent years in intensive involvement in high exposure, complex, multi-party litigation, including the litigation of class actions and matters handled through the Federal Multi-District Litigation program. In a number of these matters she has been appointed to serve as defense liaison counsel, acting as the conduit on behalf of the defense in communications with the court and plaintiff’s counsel. This experience has gained Ms. Poletto particularized knowledge and skill in handling document intensive litigation and stewarding and strategizing electronic discovery issues and vast data repositories.