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.
•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
•“ Recent New Jersey Case Law on Environmental Claims, ” Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015
•New Jersey Environmental Coverage Handbook, 2015 Edition
•Toxic Tort Handbook, 2015 Edition
• Third Circuit Expands Availability of Damages in Environmental Contamination Cases, Defense Digest, Vol. 12, No. 3, September, 2006
Honors & Awards
• AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
Year Joined Organization
Recent New Jersey Case Law on Environmental Claims
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2015
Key Points:Six-year statute of limitations does not apply to private claims for contribution made pursuant to the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (Spill Act).Under the Spill Act, a “discharger” may pursue a..., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
The Defense Cleans Up Mold Exposure Claims
Feb 16, 2015 Obtained summary judgment in a toxic tort case involving claims of mold exposure. The defense represented an environmental testing company hired by the company that performed a remediation in the plaintiffs' home following a sewage backup in...