Philip R. Sellinger

Philip R. Sellinger

Shareholder

Philip R. Sellinger is Co-Managing Shareholder of the firm's New Jersey office and recently served as co-Chair of the firm’s Global Litigation Practice. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney and New Jersey federal clerk, Philip has more than 30 years of trial experience and has led litigation teams in a wide variety of class actions and other complex cases in state and federal trial courts and appellate courts, including the New Jersey Supreme Court, around the country. He has served as Chair of the Lawyers Advisory Committee to the New Jersey federal judiciary and as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Rules Committee. He served as the founding chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Class Action Committee. He has represented the American Corporate Counsel Association and the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association in litigation challenging the right of in-house counsel to appear in court. He has appeared as amicus counsel in the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of 29 top-ranking former senior U.S. military officers and civilian Department of Defense officials.

Philip has written dozens of articles and lectured extensively around the country before the American Corporate Counsel Association, The American Bar Association and various state and local corporate counsel and other bar associations. He sits (or has sat) on the boards of several organizations including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Atlantic Legal Foundation, and the foundation for the New Jersey Network (NJN). Philip has received the American Jewish Committee Learned Hand Award, the Arts Horizon Celeste Holm Humanitarian Award, and a Distinguished Legal Services Award from The Corporate Times. He has also been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners USA, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers.

Philip received his B.A., summa cum laude, from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was Articles Editor of the Annual Survey of American Law.

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Experience

  • Assistant United States Attorney, District of New Jersey, 1981-1984

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation - Environmental, 2005-2019
  • Listed, Benchmark Litigation, “National Litigation Star” 2019
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, Band 1, 2007-2018
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Commercial Litigation, 2015-2018
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2006-2018
    • "Top 100 Lawyers in New Jersey," 2013
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Banking & Finance - Litigation, 2017
  • Recipient, Leader in Business Award, Morris County Chamber of Commerce, 2015
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctor of Law Degree, Rabbinical College of America, 2014
  • Recipient, American Jewish Committee Learned Hand Award
  • Recipient, Arts Horizon Celeste Holm Humanitarian Award
  • Recipient, The Corporate Legal Times Distinguished Legal Services Award
  • Leader of Winning Team, New Jersey Law Journal's "Class Action Litigation Department of the Year," 2016
  • Team Member, Lexology’s Client Choice Award USA & Canada, United States: New Jersey, 2013
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Board Member, New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project
  • Founding Chair, Class Action Committee, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
  • Board Member, Atlantic Legal Foundation
  • Former Board of Trustees, foundation for New Jersey Network
  • Former Chair, Current Member, Lawyers Advisory Committee, New Jersey Federal Judiciary
  • Former Member, New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Rules Committee
  • Former Weinfeld Fellow, New York University School of Law
  • Former Charter Fellow and Board Member, National Center for Preventive Law
  • Former Committee Chair, Commission on Standards for Corporate Compliance
  • Former Board Member, United States Olympic Committee, New Jersey Chapter
  • Former Chair, Young Lawyers Division, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Former Board Member, Young Lawyers Division, American Bar Association
  • Former Board Member, Historic Speedwell

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1979
    • Articles Editor, Annual Survey of American Law
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1976
Clerkships
  • Hon. Anne E. Thompson, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1979-1980
Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States