R. Scott Eichhorn

R. Scott Eichhorn (Roseland, New Jersey)

R. Scott Eichhorn

Attorney in Roseland, NJ
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.

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

Certification/Specialties

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

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
•New Jersey Super Lawyer, 2005-2015
•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

(973) 618-4154 (973) 618-4154
Client Rating N/A
Peer Rating 5.0 of 5

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • General Litigation

Peer Rating

Peer Rating

Overall Peer Rating

in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Litigation
 
5.0 out of 5.0
Legal Knowledge
5.0
Analytical Capabilities
5.0
Judgement
4.9
Communication Ability
5.0
Legal Experience
5.0
  • Meets very high criteria of general ethical standards
Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 09/24/14
5.0 out of 5.0
Exceptional lawyer and advocate. Maintains the highest ethical standards.
Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 09/07/14
5.0 out of 5.0
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.
Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 09/06/14
5.0 out of 5.0
I have had several cases with Mr Eichorn as an adversary and have the highest respect for his skills as a trial attorney.
Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 09/05/14
5.0 out of 5.0
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.
Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 09/05/14
5.0 out of 5.0
Scott is one of the top attorneys in the state. He has a superb reputation, is ethical and should hold the highest rating!
Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 09/05/14
5.0 out of 5.0
Excellent attorney, adversary and human being. Smart, ethical and honest. can't do much better than Scott!!
Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 09/05/14
5.0 out of 5.0
Scott is an experienced and talented trial attorney. He is always well prepared and effective in the court room.
Posted by a Private Practice Attorney on 09/05/14
5.0 out of 5.0
Scott is a highly respected attorne

Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
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.

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Contact Information
Firm Address
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.
425 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 302,
Roseland, NJ 07068
U.S.A.
Phone
(973) 618-4154
Fax
(973) 618-0685
Office Information
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R. Scott Eichhorn
Shareholder
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.
425 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 302,
Roseland, NJ 07068

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