E. Drew Britcher Esq.

E-mail MeE. Drew Britcher Esq.

E. Drew Britcher leads our trial practice and has successfully prosecuted and resolved numerous complex medical negligence, product liability and other personal injury claims. He has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney, and has been recertified four times. Certification is considered a reflection of an attorney's experience, knowledge and overall skill.

Drew has earned a number of accolades that reflect his commitment to his clients. He was named as one of 500 Leading Lawyers in America by Lawdragon Magazine in 2008 and one of the Top 10 Lawyers in New Jersey by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2012 to 2016, Top 100 (2006-2017), and was named to the ten year top list in 2017. In addition, he is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and was repeatedly named one of the Bergen's Best, by 201 Magazine in the fields of Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice.  He received the Above and Beyond Award from the American Association for Justice in 2017, the Distinguished Service Award in 2011 and earned similar awards from its predecessor, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, in 2009 and 2004. In 1988, at the age of 28, Drew obtained a million-dollar verdict in his first jury trial. For this, he received the Professional Achievement Award from the New Jersey Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division.

Drew has served as either counsel of record or amicus counsel in more than 35 reported decisions of the United State Supreme Court, the New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Division. He is a Past-President of the New Jersey Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America-New Jersey Chapter (ATLA-NJ). He has served as the Chairperson of their Amicus and Medical Malpractice Committees for over a decade. He is also a Member of the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice.

Drew is a published author and frequent presenter on issues of medical malpractice law and trial practice. Among Drew's published articles are ones focused on New Jersey's Patients' First and Patient Safety acts, both of which Drew was influential in shaping.. Drew is an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School, where he teaches courses in Medical Malpractice Law and Medical Malpractice Litigation.

Drew was a founding member of the Board of Trial Lawyers Care, an organization established to provide free legal representation to victims and the families of victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Drew and the Firm represented more than a dozen families and individuals before the program on a pro bono basis. He is also active in development efforts for the Interfaith Food Pantry, the YCS Foundation, the Morris County Youth Shelter and the Jersey Battered Women's Service. A soccer player for nearly 50 years, Drew was a member of the New Jersey/New York Host Committee for World Cup '94. In 2005, he was appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly as a member of the Medical Care Availability Task Force.

Drew is admitted to the New Jersey and New York Bars and admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. A graduate of Rutgers College, Drew received their prestigious Class of 1931 Award and has been inducted as a Loyal Son of Rutgers. Drew is also a graduate of the New York Law School, where he was admitted to the Order of the Barristers.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Attorney

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1984
  • New York, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1990

Education

  • New York Law School, New York, New York
    • Honors: Order of the Barristers
  • Rutgers College
    • Honors: Class of 1931 Award, Loyal Son of Rutgers

Published Works

  • Steinberg v. Sahara Sam's Oasis, 226 N.J. 344 (2016) (Amicus Curiae)
  • Meehan v. Antonellis, 226 N.J. 216 (2016)
  • DeMarco v. Stoddard, 223 N.J. 363 (2015) (Amicus Curiae)
  • Wadeer v. N.J. Mfrs. Ins. Co., 220 N.J. 591 (2015)
  • C. A. v. Bentolila, 219 N.J. 449 (2014) (Amicus Curiae)
  • Komlodi v. Picciano, 217 N.J. 387 (2014) (Amicus Curiae)
  • In Re Advisory Letter, 215 N.J. 495 (2013)
  • Nicholas v. Mynster, 213 N.J. 463 (2013) (Appellate Counsel)
  • D.D. v. UMDNJ, 213 N.J. 130 (2013) (Amicus Curiae)
  • C.A. EX. REL. v. Bentolila, 428 N.J. Super. 115 (App. Div. 2012) (Amicus Curiae)
  • Polzo v. County of Essex, 209 N.J. 51 (2012)
  • PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing, 564 U.S. 604, 131 S. Ct. 2567 (2011) (Amicus Curiae)
  • Seals v. County of Morris, 417 N.J. Super. 74 (App. Div. 2010) (Amicus Curiae)
  • Moore v. Woman to Woman, 416 N.J. Super. 30 (App. Div. 2010) (Amicus Curiae)
  • Stelluti v. Casapenn Enterprises, 203 N.J. 286 (2010) (Amicus Curiae)
  • Carchidi v. Iavicoli, 412 N.J. Super. 374 (App. Div. 2010) (Amicus Curiae)
  • Pellicer v. St. Barnabas Hospital, 200 N.J. 22 (Amicus Curiae)
  • Polzo v. County of Essex, 196 N.J. 569 (2008)
  • Sinclair v. Merck & Co., Inc., 195 N.J. 1 (2008) (Amicus Curiae)
  • Basil v. Wolf, 193 N.J. 38 (2007) (Amicus Curiae)
  • Acuna v. Turkish, 192 N.J. 399 (2007) (Amicus Curiae)
  • Sinclair v. Merck & Co., 389 N.J. Super. 493 (App. Div. 2006) (Amicus Curiae)
  • C.W. v. Cooper Hospital, 388 N.J. Super. 42 (App. Div. 2006) (Amicus Curiae)
  • Coyne v. NJDOT, 182 N.J. 481 (2005)
  • Coyne v. NJDOT, 366 N.J. Super. 578 (App. Div. 2004)
  • Reynolds v. Gonzalez, 172 N.J. 266 (2002) (Amicus Curiae)
  • Hawksby v. DePietro, 165 N.J. 58 (2000)
  • Willis v. Ashby, 353 N.J. Super. 104 (App. Div. 2002) (Amicus Curiae)
  • R.F. v. Abbott Laboratories, 162 N.J. 596 (2000) (Amicus Curiae)
  • N.J.M. v. Breen, 153 N.J. 424 (1998) (Amicus Curiae)
  • Hawksby v. DePietro, 319 N.J. Super. 89 (App. Div. 1999)
  • Stigliano v. Connaught Labs, Inc., 140 N.J. 305 (1995)
  • Sinclair v. Roth, 356 N.J. Super. 4 (App. Div. 2002)
  • DelGaudio v. Rodriguera, 280 N.J. Super. 125 (App. Div. 1995)
  • Dunphy v. Gregor, 136 N.J. 99 (1994) (Amicus Curiae)
  • Stigliano v. Connaught Labs, Inc., 270 N.J. Super 373 (App. Div. 1994)
  • Mueller v. Parke Davis, 252 N.J. Super. 347 (App. Div. 1991)

Honors and Awards

  • New Jersey Top 10 Super Lawyer – New Jersey Monthly 2012-2016
  • New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law Award 2015
  • American Association for Justice Distinguished Service Award, 2013
  • New Jersey Top Legal Mind – Inside New Jersey 2012
  • Bergen’s Best Lawyers, 201 Magazine, 2011 -2013
  • American Association for Justice Distinguished Service Award, 2011
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2008 - 2009
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers, 2007 – 2009
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America Distinguished Service Award, 2009
  • New Jersey Top 100 Super Lawyer – New Jersey Monthly 2006 - 2011
  • Weidemann-Wysocki Award – Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2005
  • New Jersey Super Lawyer – New Jersey Monthly, 2005
  • Bergen County Bar Foundation Lawyer Achievement Award, 2004
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America Distinguished Service Award, 2004
  • ATLA-NJ Gold Medical for Distinguished Service Award, 2002
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2000 - Present
  • Professional Achievement Award, NJSBA, Young Lawyers Division, 1988

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Master, Pashman Inn of Court, 2006-Present
  • Governor, American Association for Justice, 2010-Present
  • Chairperson, Amicus Committee, American Association for Justice, 2013-2014
  • Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates 2010-Present
  • Member, Amicus Committee, American Association for Justice, 2009-Present
  • Member, Convention Planning, American Association for Justice, 2009-Present
  • State Delegate, American Association for Justice, 2007-2010
  • Chairperson, State Affairs, American Association for Justice, 2007-2009
  • President, Council of Presidents, American Association for Justice, 2006-2007
  • Executive Committee, American Association for Justice, 2006-2007
  • Immediate Past President, ATLA-NJ, 2006-2007
  • President, ATLA-NJ, 2005-2006
  • President-Elect, ATLA-NJ, 2004 - 2005
  • First Vice-President, ATLA-NJ, 2003 - 2004
  • Second Vice-President, ATLA-NJ, 2002 - 2003
  • Board of Trustees, Trial Lawyers Care, Inc., 2001 - 2008
  • Third Vice-President, ATLA-NJ, 2001 - 2002
  • Treasurer, ATLA-NJ, 2000 - 2001
  • Secretary, ATLA-NJ, 1999 - 2000
  • Parliamentarian, ATLA-NJ, 1998 - 1999
  • Parliamentarian, ATLA-NJ, 1998 - 1999
  • State Delegate, ATLA, 1996 - 1998
  • Board of Governors, ATLA-NJ, 1995 - 1996
  • Medical Malpractice Committee Chairperson, ATLA-NJ/NJAJ, 2002 - Present
  • Amicus Committee Chairperson, ATLA-NJ/NJAJ, 1995 - Present
  • Law Member, American College of Legal Medicine, 2002 - Present
  • Long Range Planning Committee Co-Chairperson, ATLA-NJ, 2003 - 2006
  • Legislative Committee Co-Chairperson, ATLA-NJ, 2003 - 2005
  • Member, ATLA/American Association for Justice, 1983 - Present
  • Member, ATLA-NJ/New Jersey Association for Justice 1983 - Present
  • Member, Bergen County Bar Association, 1984 - Present
  • Member, Bergen County Bar Association, Nominating Committee, 2013 - 2016
  • Co-Chairperson, Bergen County Bar Association, Medical-Legal Cooperation Committee, 1990 - 2007
  • Co-Chairperson, Bergen County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2004 - 2006
  • Member, Bergen County Bar Association, Nominating Committee, 2004 - 2007
  • Member, Morris County Bar Association, 1984 - Present
  • Member, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1984 - 1987
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1984 - 1987
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, 1984 - 1987
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, 1984-1986

Pro Bono Activities

  • Development Committee, Interfaith Food Pantry 2008 – Present
  • Board of Trustees, Jersey Boys’ State Foundation, 2005 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Planned Parenthood (PPGNNJ), 2004 - 2007
  • Board of Trustees, Trial Lawyers Care, Inc., 2001 – 2008 (Founding Member)
  • Vice Chairperson, Planned Parenthood (PPGNNJ), 1999 - 2001
  • Board of Directors, Planned Parenthood (PPGNNJ), 1995 - 2001
  • Committee Member, Boys Scout Troop 173, Parsippany, NJ, 1999 - 2000
  • Committee Chairperson, Cub Scout Pack 142, Parsippany, NJ, 1996 - 1999
  • President, Rutgers College Class of 1981, 1981 - 1986
  • Executive Committee, Rutgers Alumni Association, Inc., 1984 - 1987
  • Reunion Co-Chairperson, Rutgers College Class of 1981, 1986 - Present
  • Recipient, Rutgers College Class of 1931 Award, 1991
  • Counsel, Little Vikings Football Association, 1998 - 2000
  • Coach, Morris County Soccer League, Select Team, 1992
  • Coach, Parsippany Soccer Club, Travel Team, 1989 - 1993, 1997 – 1998
  • Lecturer, American Legion Jersey Boys’ State, 1990 - Present
  • President, Morris County Senior Soccer Association, 1989 - 1994
  • Captain, Montville Masters Soccer Club, 1989 - Present
  • Staff, American Legion Jersey Boys’ State, 1977 - 1990
  • Staff, YMCA Mid-Atlantic Region Model United Nations, 1981 - 1988
  • Staff, YMCA New Jersey Youth and Government Program, 1981 - 1988
  • Advisor, Explorer Scouts, Law and Government, 1985 - 1987