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General Defense


244 Fernwood Avenue, Parkside Corporate Center, Edison, New Jersey 08837

Established: 1978

Practice Areas

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Insurance Defense
  • Real Estate
  • Coverage Analysis
  • Civil Litigation
  • General Liability
  • Municipal Litigation
  • COVID-19/Coronavirus

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About Us

Leitner Tort DeFazio & Brause, P.C. has a multi-disciplinary practice with a significant emphasis on Workers' Compensation. Our practice areas include Worker's Compensation, civil litigation, criminal defense, personal injury, real estate and appellate matters.

We represent clients in both New Jersey and New York.

Our staffing is more than adequate to accommodate regular and repeated court appearances, maintain prompt reporting to our clients and service our clients' needs. Our office is ideally located in the center of the state with access to all major arteries of travel. Our attorneys reside throughout New Jersey giving us easy access to all New Jersey courts and vicinages as well as easy access to New York.

We believe our office to be unique in its depth and breadth, particularly in the field of Workers' Compensation. We are proud of our reputation as one of the premier Workers' Compensation firms in New Jersey.

Be sure to read Randy Brause's white paper entitled, "Occupational Diseases in the Age of the Novel Coronavirus" at the end of our profile.

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

  • Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies
  • Inservco Insurance Services, Inc.

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Ford Motor Company

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    Personnel Information

    Partners


    Stephen M. Leitner

    Edison, NJ

    Admitted
    • New Jersey, 1972
    • New York, 1981
    • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    Additional Biographical Details:

    New Jersey Super Lawyer (2006-2012)

    Memberships:
    • New Jersey State (Workers’ Compensation Section; Secretary, 1981; Vice Chairman, 1982; Chair Elect, 1983-1985; Chairman, 1985-1987), Monmouth County and Ocean County Bar Associations
    Education:
    • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, B.S., 1969
    • New York Law School, J.D., 1972
    • New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1975
    Honors:
    Jack O'Brien Award for Excellence in Workers' Compensation

    John R. Tort, Jr.

    Edison, NJ

    Admitted
    • New Jersey, 1973
    • New York, 1981
    • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    Additional Biographical Details:

    Best Lawyers of America (2005-Present); New Jersey Super Lawyer (2005-2014; 2017-2020)

    Memberships:
    • American (Tort and Insurance Law Section), New Jersey State (Workers' Compensation Section Executive Committee, 2000-2009) and Morris County Bar Associations
    • Master, James H. Coleman, Jr. Inn of Court
    • New Jersey Workers' Compensation American Inns of Court
    • Defense Research Institute
    • New Jersey Defense Association
    Certifications:
    • Certified Workers' Compensation Law Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey
    Education:
    • Seton Hall University, B.A. Economics (with honors), 1969
    • New York Law School, J.D., 1973

    Joseph C. DeFazio

    Edison, NJ

    Admitted
    • New Jersey, 1976
    • New York, 1984
    Additional Biographical Details:

    New Jersey Super Lawyer (2006-2012); Lectures in Workers' Compensation (New Jersey Self Insurers Association)

    Memberships:
    • American (Tort and Insurance Law Section), New Jersey State (Workers' Compensation Section) and Monmouth County Bar Associations
    • New Jersey Defense Association
    • Defense Research Institute
    Education:
    • St. Peter's College, B.A., 1973
    • Western New England College School of Law, J.D., 1976

    Randolph Brause

    Edison, NJ

    Admitted
    • New Jersey, 1986
    • New York
    • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    Additional Biographical Details:

    New Jersey Super Lawyer

    Memberships:
    • New Jersey State and Middlesex County Bar Associations
    Certifications:
    • Certified Workers' Compensation Law Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey
    Education:
    • Cornell University, B.A. Economics, 1983
    • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1986

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    Associates


    Brian Ruiz

    Edison, NJ

    Admitted
    • New Jersey, 2017
    Education:
    • Rutgers University, B.S., 2012
    • New York Law School, J.D., 2016

    Paul Lader

    Edison, NJ

    Admitted
    • Pennsylvania, 1990
    • New Jersey, 1991
    • New York, 2005
    Education:
    • St. Joseph's University, B.A., 1987
    • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1990

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    Articles

    Occupational Diseases in the Age of the Novel Coronavirus by Randy Brause

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