Ronald Lee Reisner, J.S.C. (Ret.) is a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge assigned to Monmouth County, who took office in 2001 and retired in 2016 and is a New Jersey State Court approved Civil Mediator.
During his tenure on the bench, Judge Reisner served in the civil, family and criminal divisions. A valuable addition to the firm, he brings his considerable skills to Scarinci Hollenbeck, as his years as a judge have given him expertise in alternate dispute resolution including both arbitration and mediation, with private and public sector clients. He has also served as a member of the District Ethics Committee of Monmouth County.
Judge Reisner started his career as a law clerk to Clarkson S. Fisher, Sr., Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He then served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1974 to 1978, prosecuting criminal cases and representing the federal government in civil matters, including bankruptcy and the defense of medical malpractice and tort claims.
He later worked at Carpenter, Bennett & Morrissey for four years before becoming a partner at Gagliano, Tucci, Iadanza & Reisner and its successor firm, and was associated with Drazin & Warshaw from 1997 to 2001, when he became a judge.
Among his many appointments, Judge Reisner served as the attorney for the Borough of Monmouth Beach as well as the Atlantic Highlands Planning Board. He also served as the attorney for the Marlboro, Rumson, and Shrewsbury Planning Boards, and as the attorney for the Townships of Old Bridge and West Windsor.
During his years as a litigator, Judge Reisner represented both individual plaintiffs and two of the largest insurance companies in New Jersey, i.e., Allstate and New Jersey Manufacturer’s, in personal injury matters. In municipal land use matters, he successfully argued the Hills Development v. Bernards Twp. cases, commonly known as Mt. Laurel III, as well as the Holmdel Builders cases in the New Jersey Supreme Court. As an Assistant United States Attorney, he successfully defended an Army doctor sued in a medical malpractice death case which was decided en banc by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and affirmed by the United States Supreme Court in a rare published opinion denying certiorari.
When serving on the Superior Court trial bench, he was assigned many high profile civil and criminal cases such as In Re Stockdale, a complex will contest as well as several white-collar and murder cases, two of which, State v. Suarez-Perez and State v. Bienkowski, where he imposed life sentences with no possibility for parole.
- Plaintiff injured in a bargain store when a small child was driving a plastic tricycle and struck her causing her to fall and strike her head on a shelf. Brain bleed required hospitalization but no surgery.
- Plaintiff slipped on a food substance at a Costco warehouse where merchant vendors were offering tasting samples of food. No fractures from fall but extensive physical therapy to back wrist and shoulder.
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