Alissa Pyrich

/Alissa Pyrich
Alissa Pyrich 2017-07-13T14:55:54+00:00

Contact Information

Admitted to bar

  • New Jersey, 1992
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2000

Education

  • Fordham University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1989
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1992

ALISSA PYRICH, a partner in the firm, is an experienced litigator with a broad range of substantive knowledge. She has over 20 years of experience representing clients in sophisticated civil litigation in the state and federal courts. Ms. Pyrich has represented clients ranging from large multi-national corporations to small, closely-held businesses. In addition to having taken several large cases to trial, she has significant appellate experience both in New Jersey state courts and in the Second and Third Circuits. Most notably, Ms. Pyrich argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and won a ruling for our client that Dodd Frank whistle-blower protection was available to employees who report potential wrongdoing through internal channels.

Her major practice areas include insurance coverage, products liability, intellectual property, class actions and business torts such as tortious interference with contract and theft of trade secrets. She has experience with sophisticated commercial insurance policies as well as with alternative risk management arrangements such as captive insurers, fronting policies, and reinsurance policies. She has also represented both employers and employees concerning non-compete clauses and related employment termination issues. She has also successfully represented clients in various forms of class actions, including actions based on the Consumer Fraud Act and other consumer statutes.

Ms. Pyrich has frequently been called upon by clients to prepare amicus curiae briefs on complicated and significant issues including complex insurance allocation, proper application of the Medicare Secondary Payer rule, and choice of law in cases involving multiple environmental sites.

Ms. Pyrich is the co-author and co-editor of The Handbook of Civil Practice in New Jersey Courts, published annually by George T. Bisel & Co. She has published articles on a wide range of legal topics. She also serves as a free-lance writer for Thompson Reuters Co., editing and revising several of the West law publications.

Representative Cases

Woerner v. FRAM Grp. Operations, LLC, 658 F. App’x 90 (3d Cir. 2016) (obtaining reversal and remand in favor of client on question of whether an enforceable ERISA plan existed)

Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LLC, 801 F.3d 145 (2d Cir. 2015) (obtaining ruling that client who reported potential wrongdoing internally was protected from retaliation as a whistle-blower under Dodd-Frank)

Lerner v. Heidenberg, No. A-0686-12T1, 2013 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1014 (Super. Ct. App. Div. May 2, 2013) (affirming that client had not waived arbitration clause by defending litigation against him)

Lerner v. Heidenberg, 2013 WL 1830808 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. May 2, 2013)

Uniroyal Inc. v. Am. Re-Ins. Co., 2005 WL 4934215 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Sept. 13, 2005)

Lonza, Inc. v. Everest Reinsurance Co., 2005 WL 4005969 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. May 16, 2006) (as counsel for amicus curiae)

Benjamin Moore & Co. v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co., 179 N.J. 87 (2004) (as counsel for amicus curiae)

Benjamin Moore & Co. v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co., 179 N.J. 87 (2004) (as counsel for amicus curiae) (considering whether policyholder had to satisfy the deductible in each policy year to which losses were allocated)

Lippe v. Bairnco Corp., 249 F. Supp.2d 357 (S.D.N.Y. 2003), aff’d, 99 Fed. Appx. 274 (2d Cir. 2004) (obtaining summary judgment in favor of client on fraudulent conveyance claims)

Lippe v. Bairnco Corp., 288 B.R. 678 (S.D.N.Y. 2003), aff’d, 99 Fed. Appx. 274 (2d Cir. 2004) (obtaining dismissal of expert on Daubert grounds)

Spaulding Composites Co. v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co., 176 N.J. 25 (2003), cert. denied, 540 U.S. 1142 (2004) (as counsel for amicus curiae) (addressing application of non-cumulation clause in CGL policy)

Thompson v. Goetzmann, 337 F.3d 489 (5th Cir. 2003) (as counsel for amicus curiae) (addressing Medicare Secondary Payer statute).

Lippe v. Bairnco Corp., 249 F. Supp.2d 357 (S.D.N.Y. 2003), aff’d, 99 Fed. Appx. 274 (2d Cir. 2004)

Lippe v. Bairnco Corp., 288 B.R. 678 (S.D.N.Y. 2003), aff’d, 99 Fed. Appx. 274 (2d Cir. 2004)

Spaulding Composites Co. v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co., 176 N.J. 25 (2003), cert. denied, 540 U.S. 1142 (2004) (as counsel for amicus curiae)

Thompson v. Goetzmann, 337 F.3d 489 (5th Cir. 2003) (as counsel for amicus curiae)

Consol. Edison Co. of N.Y. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 98 N.Y.2d 208, 746 N.Y.S.2d 622, 774 N.E.2d 687 (2002) (as counsel for amicus curiae) (addressing allocation of long-tail injuries among successive triggered insurance policies)

Quincy Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. Borough of Bellmawr, 172 N.J. 409, 799 A.2d 499 (2002) (as counsel for amicus curiae) (addressing allocation of losses to “stub” insurance policies).

In re New Valley Corp., 2000 WL 1251858 (D.N.J. Aug 31, 2000)

Select Publications

Sherilyn Pastor & Alissa Pyrich, The Continuing Debate Over an Insurer’s “Right” to Reimbursement: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Weighs in Against Reimbursement in a Newly-Decided Case, September 2010 LexisNexis Emerging Issues Newsletter.

Charles F. Rysavy, Alissa Pyrich & Pranita Raghaven, A Roadmap For Escaping Divesting Backlash, MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS: THE DEALMAKERS JOURNAL (Jan. 2005).

Alissa Pyrich, NJ Clarifies Rule on Apportionment of Defense Costs, 3 NO. 9 INS. COVERAGE L. BULL. 7 (Oct. 1, 2004).

Joy Harmon Sperling & Alissa Pyrich, Class Certification Battles Continue In Broker Premium Cases, 52 CONSUMER FINANCE LAW QUARTERLY REPORT 483 (1998).

Alissa Pyrich, Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 Provides Shield From Personal Liability, THE LEGAL INTELLIGENCER, April 13, 1998.

Charles J. Walsh & Alissa Pyrich, Rationalizing the Regulation of Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices: Perspectives on Private Certification and Tort Reform, 48 RUTGERS L. REV. 883 (1996).

Charles J. Walsh & Alissa Pyrich, Corporate Compliance Programs as a Defense to Criminal Liability: Can A Corporation Save Its Soul, 47 RUTGERS L. REV. 605 (1995).

Charles J. Walsh & Alissa Pyrich, FDA Efforts to Control the Flow of Information at Pharmaceutical Industry-Sponsored Medical Education Programs: A Regulatory Overdose, 24 SETON HALL L. REV. 1325 (1994).