R. Scott Eichhorn (Roseland, New Jersey)
R. Scott Eichhorn (Roseland, New Jersey)

R. Scott Eichhorn

Licensed for 37 years

Practice Area: Medical Malpractice, Hospital Malpractice, General Litigation

Awards
AV Preeminent

R. Scott Eichhorn

Serving Roseland, NJ view address

About R. Scott Eichhorn

Scott joined Marshall Dennehey as a shareholder in the firm's Health Care Department in 2008, bringing a substantial portion of his prior firm, McDonough, Korn, Eichhorn & Schorr, with him. Scott has devoted the vast majority of his 31 years of practice to the defense of physicians and other health care practitioners in various types of health care liability matters. During that time, he developed a reputation for excellence in the defense of medical malpractice cases throughout the courts in northern and central New Jersey.

Scott has routinely retained multiple disciplines of highly qualified experts in sophisticated matters in order to defend such cases on a variety of levels, thus achieving settlements fa...

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Scott joined Marshall Dennehey as a shareholder in the firm's Health Care Department in 2008, bringing a substantial portion of his prior firm, McDonough, Korn, Eichhorn & Schorr, with him. Scott has devoted the vast majority of his 31 years of practice to the defense of physicians and other health care practitioners in various types of health care liability matters. During that time, he developed a reputation for excellence in the defense of medical malpractice cases throughout the courts in northern and central New Jersey.

Scott has routinely retained multiple disciplines of highly qualified experts in sophisticated matters in order to defend such cases on a variety of levels, thus achieving settlements far below the plaintiffs' monetary demands. He has personally handled more than 150 jury trials to verdict, in addition to many hundreds of litigated cases throughout his career. He has achieved successful defense verdicts in 95 percent of his jury trials. The majority have been complex medical malpractice cases involving severe, permanent injuries and/or death. Scott's significant experience has positioned him to represent hundreds of physicians, hospitals and nurses in all types of health care liability and licensing matters.

Based upon his trial skills and experience, Scott has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney since 1985. He was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2005 and has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer (2005-2014) in the field of medical malpractice defense.

Over the years, Scott's medical malpractice defense caseload has evolved into primarily severe, catastrophic permanent injury and death matters ranging from neurological and orthopedic damage, to negligence and misdiagnosis, to cancer and sudden cardiac death cases. Scott has also developed a specific expertise in the handling of birth cases resulting in permanent Erb's Palsy (brachial plexus) injuries.

Scott is a graduate of Bucknell University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1976. In 1979, he graduated from Villanova University School of Law, where he was a member of the Villanova National Moot Court Team that was awarded the Frank Edward Roda Award by the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association in recognition of the Pennsylvania law school that advanced the farthest in the National Moot Court Competition. After graduation, Scott completed a one-year judicial clerkship for the Honorable Edward W. Beglin, J.S.C., and Honorable Lawrence Weiss, J.S.C., in Union County, New Jersey.

Certification/Specialties

•Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1985-Present

Classes/Seminars Taught

Preparing & Presenting Medical Malpractice Cases: Useful Information From Medical Malpractice Practitioners and Trial Judges, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, May 2011

Fundamentals of Trial Techniques (defense of medical malpractice cases), presented to medical malpractice defense attorneys, Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2008

Medical & Legal Responsibilities Associated With Shoulder Dystocia Outcomes, presented to OB/Gyns at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey, 2005

•Introductory talk to incoming residents at New Jersey Medical School regarding responsibilities to patients, pitfalls of the medical/legal system and tips for avoiding medical/legal problems, Piscataway, New Jersey, 2002--2006

Defending Hospitals, Nurses & Residents in New Jersey, presented to practicing New Jersey attorneys at ICLE Seminar in Woodbridge, New Jersey, 1992

Past Employment Positions

•Judicial clerk to Hon. Edward W. Beglin, Jr. and Hon. Lawrence Weiss, Judges, Superior Court of New Jersey, 1979--1980

•McDonough, Murray & Korn, 1980-1990

•McDonough, Korn & Eichhorn, 1990-2006

•McDonough, Korn, Eichhorn & Schorr, 2006-2008

Honors & Awards

•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

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•New Jersey Super Lawyer, 2005-2016

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•Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association Roda Award to Pennsylvania Law School that advances the farthest in the National Moot Court Competition, 1979

Year Joined Organization

2008

News

Twelve Marshall Dennehey Attorneys Selected to the 2016 New Jersey Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Lists

March 11, 2016

Twelve attorneys from the New Jersey offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been selected to the 2016 edition of New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, New Jersey Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have...

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Areas of Law

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • General Litigation

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Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 13 reviews
  • AV Preeminent
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 09/24/14 in Personal Injury

    Exceptional lawyer and advocate. Maintains the highest ethical standards. Read more

    Exceptional lawyer and advocate. Maintains the highest ethical standards.

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      5.0/5.0
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Principal on 09/15/14 in Medical Malpractice

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 09/15/14 in Medical Malpractice

    • Legal Knowledge

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 09/07/14 in Medical Malpractice

    Scott Eichorn is a very skillful medical malpractice defense attorney and I have had many cases with him and tried 2 cases to verdict. That is the basis for my high marks... Read more

    Scott Eichorn is a very skillful medical malpractice defense attorney and I have had many cases with him and tried 2 cases to verdict. That is the basis for my high marks above.

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Member on 09/06/14 in Medical Malpractice Defense

    I have had several cases with Mr Eichorn as an adversary and have the highest respect for his skills as a trial attorney. Read more

    I have had several cases with Mr Eichorn as an adversary and have the highest respect for his skills as a trial attorney.

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Marketing Partner on 09/05/14 in Medical Malpractice Defense

    Scott is a highly respected attorne Read more

    Scott is a highly respected attorne

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 09/05/14 in Medical Malpractice Defense

    Excellent attorney, adversary and human being. Smart, ethical and honest. can't do much better than Scott!! Read more

    Excellent attorney, adversary and human being. Smart, ethical and honest. can't do much better than Scott!!

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 09/05/14 in Medical Malpractice Defense

    Scott Eichhorn is an outstanding medical malpractice defense attorney.He is well known for his thorough preparation, excellent communication, broad knowledge of applicabl... Read more

    Scott Eichhorn is an outstanding medical malpractice defense attorney.He is well known for his thorough preparation, excellent communication, broad knowledge of applicable law, ethical conduct and ability to work with others.

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 09/05/14 in Medical Malpractice

    Scott is an experienced and talented trial attorney. He is always well prepared and effective in the court room. Read more

    Scott is an experienced and talented trial attorney. He is always well prepared and effective in the court room.

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      5.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      5.0/5.0
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 09/05/14 in Medical Malpractice Defense

    Scott is one of the top attorneys in the state. He has a superb reputation, is ethical and should hold the highest rating! Read more

    Scott is one of the top attorneys in the state. He has a superb reputation, is ethical and should hold the highest rating!

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
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      Credentials

      Position
      Shareholder
      Admission Details
      Admitted in 1979, New Jersey
      1979, Pennsylvania
      1983, U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
      Law School Attended
      Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
      Class of 1979
      J.D.
      Regional Semi-Finalist in National Moot Court Competition, 1979
      University Attended
      Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
      Class of 1976
      B.S.
      Business Administration
      Associations & Memberships

      Associations & Memberships

      •American Board of Trial Advocates
      •Richard J. Hughes American Inn of Court, Master since 1993
      •Trial Attorneys of New Jersey

      Certifications
      (Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney )
      Representative Cases
      Significant Representative Matters: The case of Howard v. University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, 172 N.J. 537 (2002)
      successfully argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court to prevent a plaintiff from being able to allege fraudulent misrepresentation against a surgeon for allegedly misrepresenting his credentials and experience to the patient prior to the patient's agreement to the surgery. The New Jersey Supreme Court held that such an allegation is properly encompassed within an Informed Consent claim. Defended a general practitioner in a group of over 70 consolidated cases filed against the physician (and New Jersey Transit Rail) for the doctor's role in permitting a New Jersey Transit engineer to continue to operate a commuter train after abnormalities were revealed on the vision portion of his annual certification examination. The engineer subsequently ran a stop indication, causing a head-on collision between two commuter trains, resulting in many severe injuries and some deaths. The cases were all ultimately settled, with 75 percent of the monetary contribution being paid by New Jersey Transit, and only 25 percent of the payment being made on behalf of the physician. Obtained defense verdicts in favor of the doctors at trial in several cases filed against cardiologists involving cardiac death. The decedents in these cases were all relatively young (30-45 years of age) married men with solid employment histories, who left behind wives and young children. Obtained defense verdicts at trial in many cases involving allegations of failure to diagnose multiple medical conditions, including rare diseases such as pheochromocytoma (rare form of adrenal cancer). Defense verdict in Union County case in which a middle-aged male presented to the ER with fecal impaction and expired after several hours of conservative medical treatment by the defendant general surgeon. Defense verdict in an Essex County case in which a middle-aged female died of a yeast infection after several days of medical treatment by the defendant infectious disease specialist in the hospital. Defense verdict in Union County case against a pediatric urologist for failure to diagnose testicular torsion in a teenage male, resulting in the loss of a testicle and decreased fertility. Was the only defense attorney to obtain a jury verdict in favor of their client in the 2004 trial of the case of Pellicer v. St. Barnabas Medical Center, et al., which resulted in the largest medical malpractice verdict in New Jersey history - $76 million. The jury verdict was appealed by the defense and was ultimately reversed and remanded for a new trial on all issues by the New Jersey Supreme Court, due to multiple errors by the trial court which pervaded the trial and cumulated to unfairly tilt the balance in favor of plaintiffs and to deprive defendants of a fair trial.