Lynne M. Kizis is a shareholder and co-chair of the firm's Mass Tort/Class Action group and has been an attorney at Wilentz since 1989.  Ms. Kizis has practiced at the forefront of complex, mass tort and class action litigation for more than 30 years, representing victims of occupational and environmental illness and defective products in trial and appellate courts in New Jersey and nationally.

Ms. Kizis has a long history of success in litigating claims of personal injury, wrongful death, property damage and economic loss due to hazardous substances including asbestos, silica, lead, and toxic chemicals, as well as unsafe pharmaceutical products and medical devices, and defective consumer products. As the granddaughter of a coal miner and the daughter of a Johns Manville employee, Ms. Kizis takes the fight for the rights of sick and injured workers to heart, because no one should have to get sick or die just to provide for his or her family.

Ms. Kizis has tried cases to verdict, resolved numerous $1 million plus cases, and second-chaired one of the largest punitive damages verdicts awarded against an asbestos company in New Jersey courts.  She has been a leader and an advocate for the New Jersey plaintiffs asbestos bar.  She has served as lead or co-lead counsel in a variety of high-stakes class action cases. The Wilentz Mass Tort/Class Action group has recovered more than $1.5 billion in aggregate settlements and verdicts.  Results achieved in prior matters are not meant to be a guarantee of success as the facts and legal circumstances vary from matter to matter.

Ms. Kizis has been distinguished with a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating. She has been consistently ranked in Best Lawyers in America, including as Lawyer of the Year in 2020 for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Plaintiffs. She has also been named to Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers list for Class Action and Mass Tort, and named to its Top 50: Women in New Jersey Super Lawyers list in 2015. 

Ms. Kizis is the Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ), and has served on its Executive Committee since 2011, and on the NJAJ/ATLA-NJ Board of Governors since 1999. She serves on the Class Action Committee and Consumer Protection Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association.  She is a former chair of the Products Liability and Toxic Tort Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.  She served for many years as a Bencher/Barrister Member of the Halpern – Furman Inn of Court.  She serves on the Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County Asbestos Advisory Committee, and previously served on the Mass Tort Electronic Filing Committee and Mass Tort Advisory Committee to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

In addition to her extensive mass tort, toxic tort, and class action litigation practice, Ms. Kizis is a frequent author and lecturer for the New Jersey Association for Justice, the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and Harris Martin on a variety of topics including products liability, procedural and evidence issues, liens, ethics, professionalism, causation and other tort issues, consumer fraud and class action law, and issues of women in the law.   



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