4 Essex Avenue, Suite 200
P.O. Box 259

Bernardsville, NJ 07924

CALL: 908-658-3800

FAX: 908-658-4659

Rita F. Barone


Rita Barone
(908) 306-6714

Education: Rutgers University (B.A.), Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D.)

Admissions: New Jersey, Federal District of New Jersey, United States Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations: New Jersey State Bar member and previously on Executive, Committee of the Young Lawyer’s Division, National Association of Women Lawyers , Member, New Jersey Defense Association , Member, Somerset County Bar Association, Member, Litigation Counsel of America, Member, New Jersey School Board’s Association, Associate Membership Program of School Law Attorneys, Long Hill Township Board Member President and Vice President 2010-2017, 2017 Watchung Regional High School Board Member, Member, Morris Area League of Women Voters



Rita has over twenty five years of litigation experience and has tried dozens of jury cases to verdict.  Her areas of expertise include School Law, Employment Law and Insurance Coverage and Defense, Rita’s Insurance Coverage and Defense practice primarily includes the defense of insureds in auto, premises liability, employment and professional malpractice matters.  Rita participates in the firm’s mentorship program which, in part, provides second chair experience in insurance defense matters to less experienced trial attorneys at the firm.  Rita is frequently retained by public and private entities to conduct Affirmative Action and HIB investigations.  She has been continually recognized as a Super Lawyer™ in School Law and has arbitrated to final decision and tried cases to jury verdict in a variety of cases involving cutting edge issues.

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Practice Areas: School Law, Insurance Defense, Personal Injury, Employment Law, Affirmative Action Investigations,

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