Attorney Profiles
Thomas E. Lenahan Jr.
Bridgewater, New Jersey,
Managing Partner

Phone:  908-231-7900
Fax:  908-526-8442

Lenahan & Rockwell, P.A., was established in January, 1993, by Thomas E. Lenahan, Jr. and Mark P. Rockwell. Mr. Lenahan had been a partner in the firm of Franchino & Lenahan, P.A., Raritan, New Jersey for approximately eighteen years.

Mr. Lenahan has been an attorney for more than thirty-two years. Early in his career, he served as a Municipal Attorney, Board of Adjustment Attorney, and Municipal Criminal Prosecutor, in addition to representing plaintiffs in civil actions and defendants in both civil and criminal actions. He also represented respondent/employers in Workers' Compensation proceedings throughout the State of New Jersey. Since 1979, he has chosen to focus his practice upon representation of self-insured defendants and insurance carriers in civil litigation. He has also represented seriously injured plaintiffs.

Mr. Lenahan was certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court in 1982, has been re-certified by the Supreme Court on a continuous basis thereafter and remains certified. Certification is based upon professional experience as a civil trial lawyer, professional reputation, and substantial educational involvement. Please refer to New Jersey Rule of Court 1:39-2.

Mr. Lenahan was nominated and elected to membership on the Civil Trial Bar Executive Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association at age thirty-three, making him one of the youngest attorneys ever to hold that distinction. The Civil Trial Bar Section is the largest section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Mr. Lenahan went on to serve as Chairperson of that Executive Committee from 1992 to 1994. In that capacity, he was the sole representative of the State of New Jersey at an American Bar Association assembly of leading civil trial lawyers from each of the fifty states held in the State of Georgia in 1994. Mr. Lenahan continues as a member of that Executive Committee serving as the Legislative Coordinator for the Group. In that regard, he is called upon to review all legislation introduced in the New Jersey Legislature which in any way involves matters of civil litigation on a substantive or procedural basis.

Mr. Lenahan was inducted as a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 1989 in ceremonies conducted at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. by then Chief Justice Rehnquist.

Mr. Lenahan was elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 1990 and served on the Executive Committee of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of that organization commencing in 1998. In December, 2004, he was elected President of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of ABOTA and held that position through a two-year term which ended in December, 2006. ABOTA is a national organization consisting of slightly more than 6000 civil trial attorneys, both plaintiff and defense, selected on the basis of civil trial experience, character, and reputation. Membership in the Northern New Jersey and Southern New Jersey Chapters of ABOTA on a combined basis consists of only approximately 125 attorneys out of the more than 65,000 attorneys currently licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey.

Mr. Lenahan has presented numerous lectures and seminars on a variety of topics in the field of civil litigation. He has lectured and presented seminars for the New Jersey State Bar Association, ABOTA, Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), several self-insured corporations, and many insurance carriers. He is also the author of several articles concerning matters of civil litigation and trial strategy.
Areas of Practice:
Criminal Law DUI/DWI
Juvenile Crimes Traffic Violations
Employment Law -- Employee Employee Rights -- Employee
Sexual Harassment -- Employee Wrongful Termination -- Employee
Employment Law -- Employer Americans with Disabilities Act -- Employer
Employee Rights -- Employer Employment Contracts -- Employer
Employment Discrimination -- Employer Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) -- Employer
Sexual Harassment -- Employer Wrongful Termination -- Employer
Hazardous WasteEstate Planning WillsInsurance Defense
Insurance Law Commercial Insurance
Directors' & Officers' Liability Insurance Errors & Omissions Insurance
Insurance Malpractice Insurance Subrogation
Motor Vehicle Property & Casualty
Reinsurance Title Insurance
Litigation & Appeals Federal Trial Practice
State Appellate Practice State Trial Practice
Personal Injury -- Defense Animal Bites -- Defense
Assault & Battery -- Defense Aviation Accidents -- Defense
Defamation & Privacy -- Defense Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Defense
Premises Liability -- Defense Property Damage -- Defense
Railroad Accidents -- Defense Slip and Fall -- Defense
Wrongful Death -- Defense Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Animal Bites -- Plaintiff Assault & Battery -- Plaintiff
Aviation Accidents -- Plaintiff Defamation & Privacy -- Plaintiff
Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff Premises Liability -- Plaintiff
Property Damage -- Plaintiff Railroad Accidents -- Plaintiff
Slip and Fall -- Plaintiff Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff
Products Liability Law Alcoholic Beverages
Apparel Asbestos
Chemicals & Cosmetics Firearms
Food & Agricultural Products Machinery & Tools
Medical Products & Devices Motor Vehicle Defects
Pharmaceutical Products Recreational Products
Professional Malpractice Law Legal MalpracticeMedical Malpractice
Real Estate Law Commercial Real Estate
Residential Real Estate Toxic TortsWorkers' Compensation Law
State & Municipal Employees Workers' Compensation Appeals
Workers' Compensation Defense Workers' Compensation Fraud
Workers' Compensation Subrogation
Litigation Percentage:
98% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Civil Trail Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1982
Bar Admissions:
New Jersey, 1974
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1974
U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Newark, Newark, New Jersey, 1974, J.D.

Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1970 - Major: History
Published Works:
"Consequences of Calling an Adverse Party as a Witness", New Jersey Lawyer, February, 1986
Published Works:
Brunswick Corporation
Kohler Company
Travelers Insurance of New Jersey
General Adjustment Bureau
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Do's and Don'ts of Closing Arguments, New Jersey State Bar Associations, 2007
Handling Construction Cases, New Jersey State Bar Associations, 2001
Spoiliation of Evidence, New Jersey State Bar Associations, 2009
Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Board of Trial Advocates Northern New Jersey Chapter (ABOTA), 1991 - Present, President 2004 - 2006
American Board of Trial Advocates Northern New Jersey Chapter
New Jersey Star Bar Association, 1983 - Present
New Jersey Star Bar Association, Civil Trial Bar Section, 1992 - 1994, Chairperson
TANJ (Trial Attorney of New Jersey), 1985 - Present
DRI (Defense Research Institute)
Past Employment Positions:
Franchino & Lenahan, Partner, 1974 - 1992
     With Offices in Bridgewater and Freehold, New Jersey, the trial lawyers at Lenahan & Rockwell represent clients throughout New Jersey, including the cities of Bridgewater, Freehold, Morristown, New Brunswick, Somerville, Edison, Toms River and Elizabeth. Our litigation attorneys also represent clients throughout the communities in and around Monmouth, Essex, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon, Morris, Union, Mercer, Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Gloucester, and Ocean counties.
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