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Lila Wynne

Co-Chair, Environmental & Toxic Tort Practice Group, NJ

Lila devotes all of her practice to environmental and toxic tort litigation. A trial attorney for nearly 26 years, Lila has litigated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts in New Jersey.

In the environmental arena, Lila has served as counsel in matters involving over 25 CERCLA Superfund sites and over 100 state enforcement sites. She has particular experience in handling Superfund claims, cost recovery and contribution actions, and private-party litigation involving multi-plaintiff property and personal injury claims. She has also served as counsel to Fortune 500 companies in litigation involving natural resource damages claims, leaking underground storage tanks, and groundwater contamination from chemicals such as hexavalent chromium, mercury, trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), perchlorate, pesticides, gasoline and home heating oil, as well as others.

Lila is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a bachelor of arts degree in the Classics (Latin and Ancient Greek). While at the University of Southern California, in the fall of 1982, Lila attended the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Italy, a program sponsored by Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. 

Significant Representative Matters

Obtained summary judgment in favor of client in toxic tort class action involving 3,000 plaintiffs, residing in the state of Alabama, who sued for medical monitoring. The trial court dismissed the action based upon choice of law. Appellate Division affirmed. 

Represented client in toxic tort action wherein the plaintiffs alleged exposure to sulfur dioxide at the DuPont facility in Delaware. 

Obtained defense verdict in toxic tort action filed by two children and their guardians wherein they alleged exposure to benzene in their well water. Plaintiffs suffered from osteogenic sarcoma and non-Hodgkins lymphoma. 

Obtained summary judgment in favor of manufacturer where the plaintiff alleged exposure to benzene in client's product caused acute myelogenous leukemia. 

Obtained dismissal in favor of landlord in case involving lead paint exposure. 

Obtained dismissal in favor of ink manufacturer in toxic tort action filed by individual alleging exposure to benzene resulting in acute myeloid leukemia. 

Represented client in connection with a toxic tort action filed by firefighters who were exposed to contaminants as a result of the fire at Superfund site in Elizabeth, New Jersey. 

Represented Top PRP in Superfund cost recovery action in Delaware federal court.

Represented dry cleaning distributor in toxic tort action where plaintiff alleged that exposure to perc and 1-BP caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Issues in Environmental and Toxic Tort Liability, which covered the following presentations: Toxicology of Benzene and Flavorings; Asbestos and Silica Litigation Update; Introduction to Chemical Oxidation Technologies; and, How to Handle a Leaking Underground Storage Tank, AIG

Published Works

"Continuous Trigger of Coverage for Progressive Construction Defect Losses” Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2018

Legal Updates for Environmental Law, Editor-in-Chief, 2016-present

"SRRA: Are We Better Off Four Years Later?" The New Jersey Law Journal, July 18, 2016

"New Jersey Appellate Court Approves Insurance Policy Assignments to Fund Pollution Claims," Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 1, March 2016

"Being Proactive About Passive Migration," New Jersey Law Journal, Environmental Law Supplement, July 20, 2015

“Recent New Jersey Case Law on Environmental Claims,” Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015

New Jersey Environmental Coverage Handbook, 2017 Edition 

Toxic Tort Handbook, 2017 Edition 

"Third Circuit Expands Availability of Damages in Environmental Contamination Cases," Defense Digest, Vol. 12, No. 3, September, 2006 

New Jersey
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law-Camden (J.D., 1988)
University of Southern California (B.A., 1983)
Honors & awards
AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®

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Associations & memberships
New Jersey Bar Association
Year joined