Lynne M. Kizis, a shareholder at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, has been elected as State Delegate of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) by the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ). Ms. Kizis, who has just completed her term as NJAJ Immediate Past President, will focus her two year term as State Delegate on recruiting and retaining members and coordinating key initiatives to protect the civil justice system from threats at the state and national levels. Ms. Kizis and the other incoming NJAJ officers were sworn in during the NJAJ Virtual Installation Event held on June 11, 2020.
As the fourth female President of the New Jersey Association for Justice during the 2018-2019 term, Ms. Kizis served with distinction, restoring the legal rights of those injured in auto crashes to sue the wrongdoer for unpaid medical bills, fixing the New Jersey Supreme Court decision of Haines v. Taft, which required economically disadvantaged car crash victims to cover the cost of their unpaid medical bills. In recognition of her leadership and service to New Jersey, in 2020 Ms. Kizis was awarded the Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, the highest honor the NJAJ bestows. In addition to her role as State Delegate, Ms. Kizis will continue to serve on NJAJ’s Executive Committee and Board of Governors, as Chair of its Political Action Committee and Co-Chair of its Mass Tort Section and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
At Wilentz, Ms. Kizis co-leads the firm’s Mass Tort/Class Action practice, representing victims of mesothelioma, asbestos and other occupational, environmental, and toxic exposures, as well as dangerous drugs, medical devices, and defective consumer products. High-stakes class action cases Ms. Kizis has handled over her 30 year career that have exposed industry frauds, hazards, and cover-ups include serving as Wilentz team lead (as Co-counsel and National Settlement Co-counsel) in connection with In re Travelers litigation, revealing insurance carriers’ efforts to interpose false and fraudulent defenses to asbestos litigation. Ms. Kizis and her team also served as Co-Counsel to the State of New Jersey against the tobacco industry obtaining a landmark $7.6 billion settlement for New Jersey citizens.
About the New Jersey Association for Justice
Founded in the late 1940s and incorporated in 1976, the New Jersey Association for Justice is a statewide association of over 2,800 members in private practice and public service, paralegals, law clerks, law students and law school graduates not yet admitted to the bar. NJAJ is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals in the New Jersey court system, while working to strengthen the laws for safer products and workplaces, a cleaner environment, and quality health care. For more information, visit the NJAJ website.