Anita Hotchkiss: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Anita Hotchkiss

Princeton,  NJ  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Life Sciences
  • Product Liability
  • Class Action Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 609.986.1350
Fax: 609.986.1301
University Bates College, Magna Cum Laude, high honors, 1959 Phi Beta Kappa; Rutgers Graduate School of Library Service, Master of Library Service, Reference, 1970 Beta Phi Mu, International Library Science Honor Society
Law SchoolRutgers University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1975
Admitted1975, New Jersey; 1982, New York; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Professional Affiliations

•New Jersey Supreme Court Appointments: Vice Chair, District X Ethics Committee, 2007-2011; Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges, 1994-1998; District X Committee on Fee Arbitration, 1985-1989; Chair, 1988-1989

•Defense Research Institute

•Product Liability Advisory Council, Appointed Member of Amicus Case Selection Committee

•NJ Lawsuit Reform Alliance Legal Advisory Board

•American Board of Trial Advocates

•Litigation Counsel of America: fellow

•Trial Attorneys of New Jersey: Board of Trustees, 1981-2000; President, 1998-1999

•Worrall F. Mountain Inn of Court; Master and Counselor, 1989-1996; 2001-2004; 2007-2011

•American Bar Association - Litigation Section: Committee on Corporate Counsel; Subcommittee on Litigation Management Techniques

•American Bar Foundation; Elected fellow, 1994-present

•International Association Defense Counsel; Defense Counsel Trial Academy Faculty, 1996

•New Jersey Bar Association: Certified Trial Attorneys Section Chair, 1989-1990; Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law Committee, Chair, 1989; New Jersey Task Force on Women and the Law, 1989

•Morris County Bar Association: Board of Trustees, 1984-1986; Judicial Appointments Committee, 1986-1998, (Chair, 1991-1998); Judicial Selection Committee, 2003-2005


Anita Hotchkiss is a trial attorney with over 37 years of experience defending companies and individuals in the state and federal trial and appellate courts. Her practice emphasizes complex pharmaceutical, medical device, and other products liability cases, mass torts, class actions, and medical and legal professional liability matters. Among the products she has defended are anesthetic agents, DES, DTP, flu and poliovirus vaccines, PPA, fen-phen, breast implants, denture adhesives, metoclopramide, sutures, artificial hips and knees, and phosphosoda. Anita has tried over 35 cases and is one of the few attorneys in the country who has tried a medical monitoring class action. She is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.

Anita secured one of the first junk science dismissals in the country on the basis of Daubert v. Merrell Dow. She has been involved in other cutting-edge cases involving recognition of the learned intermediary doctrine, the privilege of self-critical evaluation, and dismissals based on bankruptcy, as well as rejection of the theory of enterprise liability and the over-extension of consumer fraud acts to skirt established tenets of liability. She has written several amicus briefs on behalf of the Product Liability Advisory Council in these and other cases of interest and importance to corporate defendants. In addition, Anita has served as an expert witness in evaluating thousands of mass tort cases for a multimillion-dollar company in a commercial dispute involving allocation of a $100 million escrow.

Anita has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named repeatedly in New Jersey Monthly Magazine's list of Super Lawyers, with special citation as one of the top 50 women attorneys in New Jersey. She lectures frequently to attorney and corporate members of national and local legal organizations on defense issues and tactics and was an invited member of the faculty at the prestigious Trial Academy run by the International Association of Defense Counsel.


•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent

•Avvo Rating: 10 (Superb)

•Recipient of New Jersey State Bar Association William A. Dreier Award for Excellence in Product Liability Law, February 2013

•Selected by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell for inclusion in 2013 Women Leaders in the Law

New Jersey Super Lawyers (Personal Injury Defense: Products), 2005-2013

The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers

•Selected by the Civil Trial Bar Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association as recipient of the 2002 McLaughlin Award

•Selected by Morris County Bar Association and NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law as a recipient of a 2001 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award

•Named by the Medical Herald in October 1995 as one of the nation's 20 most influential women in the healthcare industry

•Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney

Civic Activities

•Board of Trustees, The Community Theatre at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, Morristown; Secretary and Legal Counsel

•Morristown/Morris Township Public Library Fund Raising Committee, 2005


•Commentator on Court TV and other radio and television programs.


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Anita Hotchkiss

902 Carnegie Center, Suite 100
PrincetonNJ 08540-6530


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