Kevin T. Bright
Areas of Practice
Kevin is a member of the Professional Liability Department where he focuses his practice on environmental and toxic tort matters. In this role, he handles a wide array of cases including Superfund claims, cost recovery and contribution actions, and private-party litigation involving multi-plaintiff property and personal injury claims.
A trial attorney for more than 10 years, Kevin has litigated hundreds of cases in both state and federal court, including cases before the New Jersey Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court. He has experience with a wide-range of environmental and toxic tort matters including, claims for soil and groundwater contamination, resulting from contaminants such as mercury, trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), perchlorate, pesticides, gasoline and home heating oil. As it relates to toxic torts, Kevin has experience handling claims for mold-exposure, radon gas, lead, fecal contamination and asbestos.
Kevin also handles environmental and toxic tort coverage cases, which involve complex allocation issues among various carriers pursuant to the New Jersey Supreme Court's decision Carter-Wallace, Inc. v.Admiral Ins. Co., 154 N.J. 312 (1998).
Kevin graduated from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania in 2003, where he obtained is B.A. He attended Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware, where he earned his juris doctor in 2006. Kevin graduated magna cum laude and in the top five percent of his law school class. During his tenure at Widener, Kevin was a member of both the Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society and the Moot Court Honor Society, where he achieved national recognition by finishing first place in the Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Kevin’s academic excellence in law school earned him distinction by receiving one of only three appointments awarded to the Order of the Barristers National Honor Society for Excellence in Courtroom Advocacy. Kevin was also a recipient of the Law Grant Scholarship for academic excellence.
After graduation, Kevin spent four years practicing with a small law firm in Woodbury, New Jersey. While there, Kevin handled a wide variety of cases including civil litigation, personal injury and bankruptcy. Kevin was listed as an “Awesome Attorney” in South Jersey Magazine for both 2009 and 2010.
Ross v. Lowitz, 222 N.J. 494 (2015): In this environmental and toxic tort action, Kevin represented the prior owner of a property where an underground storage tank had leaked and contaminated the soil and groundwater of two adjacent properties, including the plaintiffs’. In this video, Kevin successfully argued that the plaintiffs' claims for nuisance and trespass should be dismissed because there was no evidence that the underlying intrusion was intentional, or that defendant's actions were negligent, at a minimum. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuXNlJaHBrs.
“The Government’s Scope of Operator Liability Under § 107(a) of CERCLA,” Defense Digest, Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2020
“Finding Liability Under the Spill Act Does Not Require ‘Smoking Gun’ Evidence of a Discharge,” Defense Digest, December 2018, Vol. 24, No. 4
Legal Updates for Environmental Law, contributor, 2016-present
"Being Proactive About Passive Migration," New Jersey Law Journal, Environmental Law Supplement, July 20, 2015
"New Jersey Appellate Division Resolves Conflict With Federal Courts: Claims for Contribution Under Spill Act Are Subject to Six-Year Statute of Limitations," Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013