Paul W. Lanza



Paul is a member of the Casualty Department focusing his practice primarily on premises liability and auto negligence. Additionally, he has experience managing cases in the fields of commercial vehicle liability and construction, including multiple high exposure cases involving fatalities. Paul handles all aspects of civil litigation up to trial, including pleadings, depositions, expert discovery, motion practice and mediation/arbitration.

Paul attended Seton Hall University School of Law where he was a recipient of the Chancellor's Scholarship. While in law school, Paul completed over 200 hours of pro bono work in the Immigrants' Rights/International Human Right Clinic. Paul also worked as a judicial extern in the Superior Court of Essex County, Civil Division and as an intern in the Newark Public Defender's Office.

Prior to law school, Paul graduated from the University of Notre Dame, with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish. He was a member of the Dean's List and Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society).

Paul is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Dude Where’s My Driver? Regulatory Concerns of the Automated Delivery Vehicle and Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Callahan & Fusco Second Annual Continuing Education Event, Citi Field, June 2017

Cyber Liability, Callahan & Fusco Continuing Education Event, Citi Field, August 2016

Year Joined Organization


Areas of Practice (8)

  • General Liability
  • Premises Liability - Defense
  • Automobile Liability
  • Trucking & Transportation Liability
  • Amusements, Sports and Recreation Liability
  • Construction Injury Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(973) 618-4157  Phone
University Attended:
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, B.A., Majors: Political Science and Spanish, 2011; Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society
Law School Attended:
Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ, J.D., 2014; Honors: Chancellor's Scholarship; Clinical Work: Immigrants' Rights/International Human Rights Clinic; Activities: Seton Hall Law Mentor Program; Peter W. Rodino Jr. Society; Pro Bono Service Program: Newark Public Defender's Office; Honors: Dean's List, 2010; Certificacion de Sobresaliente, Certificate for Outstanding Achievement as a Spanish Scholar, 2010; Activities: St. Joseph County Public Defender Intern; Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, Student Assistant Coordinator; Slice of Life Tutoring Program, Volunteer; Study Abroad: Fundacion de Jose Ortega y Gasset, Toledo, Spain
Year of First Admission:
2015, U.S. District Court District of New Jersey; 2015, U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York; 2015, U.S. District Court Southern District of New York; 2014, New Jersey; 2015, New York
Proficient in Spanish
Reported Cases:
Significant Representative Matters: Obtained summary judgment on behalf of our client. The plaintiff was injured when she fell from a 25-foot rock-climbing wall at our client's facility. After reaching the summit of the wall, plaintiff, a certified climber, pushed off to begin repelling down, only to realize that she forgot to connect to the auto-belay system. She proceeded to fall to the ground and fractured both ankles for which she underwent open reduction internal fixation surgery. Plaintiff had previously visited the client's facility approximately 35 times and had executed a liability waiver on each occasion, including the date of the accident. We moved for summary judgment to dismiss plaintiff's Complaint based on the fact that the liability waiver was enforceable. Plaintiff argued that the liability waiver was only enforceable as to her claims of ordinary negligence and that the issue of whether the defendant was grossly negligent was a triable issue of fact. However, we successfully argued that no reasonable jury could find that the client was grossly negligent based on the client's testimony of the safety procedures, protocols and equipment in place at the rock-climbing gym. Accordingly, the Court granted our motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff's Complaint, in its entirety, against the client.; Obtained summary judgment in favor of the client, a non-profit charitable organization, by arguing that it was immune from liability under the New Jersey Charitable Immunity Act and there was no evidence of gross negligence against the client.; Negotiated a stipulation of dismissal with prejudice, without any monetary contribution, in favor of a local college in a premises liability matter. Plaintiff claimed that, as a result of her fall on snow and ice on the sidewalk, she sustained severe injuries including a fractured ankle and she underwent open reduction internal fixation. However, using video surveillance, we were able to dispute the location of the accident and the condition of the sidewalk and obtain this favorable result for the client.; Published Works: The Implementation of Cyber Security Legislation: An Overview of the NYFDS and NAIC Model Laws, Claims Litigation Management, November 2017; How Secure Is Your Vendor? Protecting Yourself from Third-party Cyber Risks, Claims Litigation Management, July 2017; Preventative Cyber Defenses: Laying the Foundation to Minimize the Risk of Breach, Claims Litigation Management, April 2017; The Evolution of Cyber Insurance: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Headed?, Claims Litigation Management, January 2017

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Roseland, New Jersey

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