Robert E. Lytle
Robert E. Lytle
Partner, Executive Committee
Bob Lytle, a partner who has been with the firm since 2003, focuses his practice on complex civil litigation and criminal defense in both state and federal court. His civil practice includes business and commercial litigation of various types, consumer class actions, representing victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, the prosecution of civil rights claims, the defense of professionals at administrative hearings and environmental litigation. Bob’s criminal practice focuses on the representation of individuals, corporate officers and corporations who are subject to both traditional and white collar prosecutions, as well as defending those charged with DWI.
Bob has extensive trial experience and investigative skills, which were developed during the ten years that he served as a county and state prosecutor. During that time, he presented numerous cases to state and county grand juries and successfully tried many cases, including two homicides, to verdict. As an Assistant Prosecutor with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Bob was primarily assigned to the Special Investigations Unit, where he was responsible for overseeing the investigation and prosecution of mid and upper level narcotics dealers. Bob also served for many years as a Deputy Attorney General in the Environmental Crimes Bureau of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, where he investigated and prosecuted cases involving violations of New Jersey’s racketeering, hazardous waste, solid waste, air pollution and water pollution control laws.
Bob’s litigation philosophy combines the investigative and advocacy techniques he learned as a prosecutor with the highly specific requirements of civil litigation and criminal defense. His approach is result-oriented, depends on focused preparation and simplification of the issues, and culminates with aggressive execution. In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Bob’s litigation practice was acknowledged as he was included in the annual list of New Jersey Super Lawyers issued by Thomson Reuters.
Among other activities, Bob is a former Chairperson of the Statewide Panel for the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character, Past President of The Mercer County Bar Association and often speaks on issues involving children with craniofacial syndromes. He is also a recipient of the Professionalism Award from The Mercer County Bar Association and was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to a Special Committee on Attorney Ethics and Admissions.
Areas of Practice:
Consumer Class Actions
Professional Licensing and Discipline Defense
Driving While Intoxicated Defense
Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
United States District Court, District of Connecticut
Honors & Awards:
2017 Mercer County Bar Association President
Equal Justice Medal, 2014, 2019 ~ pro bono Legal Services of NJ
New Jersey Super Lawyers List Issued by Thomson Reuters – 2014 – 2019; Class Action
Major Pro Bono Contribution Award, 2019 – Legal Services of NJ
Vice President, Mercer County Bar Association
Mercer County Professionalism Award
Former Chairperson, New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character
Member, New Jersey Supreme Court Special Committee on Attorney Ethics and Admissions
Masters of Law in Environmental Law – Pace University School of Law
Juris Doctorate – University of Dayton School of Law
Rowe v. Bell & Gossett Co., 2018 WL 3189488 (App. Div. 2018)
Fowler v. Akzo Chems., Inc., 2017 WL 2152743 (App. Div. 2017)
Hoffeditz v. AM General LLC, 2011 WL 5880991 (E.D.Pa 2011)
Brust v. AFF Industries, LLC, 2011 WL 6756921 (D.N.J. 2011)
Camden County Recovery Coal. v. Camden City Bd. of Educ. For Pub. Sch. Sys., 262 F. Supp. 2d 446 (D.N.J. 2003).
State v. Frank, 280 N.J. Super. 26 (App. Div. 1995), certif. denied, 141 N.J. 96 (1995).
State v. Frank, 281 N.J. Super. 299 (App. Div. 1995), certif. denied, 142 N.J. 457 (1995).
State v. Miller, 342 N.J. Super. 474 (App. Div. 2001).
State v. Thompson, 402 N.J. Super. 177 (App. Div. 2008).
Past Employment Positions:
Assistant Prosecutor – Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office (1998 – 2003)
Deputy Attorney General – New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice (1993 – 1998)
Associate – Laddey, Clark, Coffin & Ryan, (1991 – 1992)
Judicial Clerk – The Honorable Ronald Graves, J.S.C. (1990 – 1991)
Co-Author, Environmental Prosecutions: Investigation to Sentencings, publication by The National Association of Attorneys General