Robert C. Neff Jr. Of Counsel




Robert Neff is an experienced litigator who has defended a wide range of commercial and professional liability and negligence lawsuits in New Jersey state and federal courts. 

Robert’s practice runs the gamut from general and product liability claims to construction defect and accident cases. In addition to defending claims at the trial court level, he regularly is called upon by clients and colleagues to brief and argue appeals involving a range of issues before the New Jersey Appellate Division. As mayor of the Borough of Little Silver, NJ, and a civil defense attorney, Robert also has experience with municipal liability litigation and regulations. He recently represented a residential condominium complex before the New Jersey Supreme Court, successfully defending against a challenge to the long-standing lack of liability in New Jersey for residential property owners in sidewalk tort cases, Luchejko v. City of Hoboken, 207 N.J. 191, 23 A.3d 912 (2011).

For several years before attending law school, Robert was a newspaper reporter. In addition to providing him with excellent writing skills, this experience enables Robert to view legal issues objectively and guide his clients toward an unemotional approach that emphasizes creative and cost-effective resolution strategies and seeks to avoid prolonged litigation.

Robert served as a law clerk to the Honorable William G. Bassler, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, from 1991 to 1992.

Public Service

Robert currently is mayor of the Borough of Little Silver, a position to which he was appointed in September 2011 and then elected in November 2011. He previously served as a member of the Little Silver Borough Council from 2008-2011, including the positions of president, chair of the Personnel Committee, and liaison to the Shade Tree Commission and the Environmental Commission. He began his service to Little Silver when he was appointed in 2005 as an alternate member of the Planning and Zoning Board.

In addition, Robert currently is a member of the New Jersey Tidelands Resource Council, to which he was appointed in 1995 by then-Governor Christine Whitman. The Council handles the sale, leasing and licensing of tidal lands.

Areas of Focus


Robert regularly represents defendants in construction defect and construction site accident litigation. For example, he tried a construction site accident case in which he was able to have a plaintiff’s verdict vacated and judgment entered for the defendant, the owner of the site and the operator of a large port. He also has won summary judgment motions on behalf of owners and contractors on the basis that those parties are entitled to rely on the competence of their subcontractors absent a specific retention of control over the work. Robert has represented architects and engineers in defective design cases, and multiple roofers, framers and other subcontractors in OCIP-covered projects, successfully steering them to resolution. His experience in the construction field is augmented by his service as a mayor and planning board member, where he often works with engineers and contractors, and as an owner in connection with borough projects and applications, giving him a broader understanding of their respective roles.

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