Project Description

Of Counsel for Appellate and Constitutional Litigation

Ned has an unusual history. He born in Jersey City into a working class family. His father escaped from Nazi Germany before World War II, fought in the British Army from 1939 to 1945, and emigrated to the U.S. without a penny in 1948. His mother’s parents fled Russian pogroms in 1894. For eight years between college and law school, Ned worked in Chicago-area steel mills, steel “forge shops,” and other factories (and drove trucks, cabs, and ambulances), while simultaneously working as a union organizer. He earned a B.A. from Cornell University, in 1973, and a J.D. from the Univ. of Michigan Law School, in 1984, where he served as an editor of the Michigan Journal of Law Reform. After law school, he clerked for William B. Bryant, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

After clerking, Ned practiced corporate law for four years and then worked for 20 years for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (“ATLA” (now American Association of Justice (“AAJ”)), where he pioneered, organized, and litigated constitutional challenges to anti-consumer, anti-worker, anti-environmental, and “tort reform” statutes in cases involving federal preemption, caps on damages, expert witness testimony, whistleblowers, and civil rights. He has been a partner of the National Legal Scholars Law Firm, P.C., for ten years, including the last five years as Managing Partner. He has worked on numerous cases for GAP since 2014, primarily with Tom Devine (GAP’s Legal Director) and Jack Kolar (GAP’s Director of Litigation).

He has briefed 18 cases to the Supreme Court of the United States, argued or briefed 25 cases to the Supreme Courts of eleven States, and argued or briefed 100+ cases to lower federal and state appellate courts. He also has authored or co-authored more than two dozen book chapters, law review articles, and other articles published in legal journals.

Ned’s proudest accomplishments are as the father of two honorable young men and the husband of a woman much smarter and nicer (and more patient) than himself.

He bats left; throws right.