Project Description

Robert E. Lytle

Partner and General Counsel, Executive Committee

Robert E. Lytle

Phone: 609.275.0400
Fax: 609.779.6062
RLytle@szaferman.com

101 Grovers Mill Road
Suite 200
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Practice Areas

Bob Lytle, a partner who has been with the firm since 2003, specializes in 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 multiple 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.

As General Counsel, Bob provides ethics and risk management guidance to the firm’s attorneys and oversees general liability issues.

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, the Equal Justice Award from Legal Services of New Jersey and was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to a Special Committee on Attorney Ethics and Admissions.

New Jersey
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

Equal Justice Award – Legal Services of New Jersey, 2014, 2019
New Jersey Super Lawyers List Issued by Thomson Reuters – Toxic Tort/Class Action, 2014 – 2020
Mercer County Professionalism Award – Mercer County Bar Association

LL.M. in Environmental Law – Pace University School of Law
J.D. – University of Dayton School of Law

Mercer County Bar Association – President, 2017
New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character – Former Member and Chairperson of the Statewide Panel
New Jersey Supreme Court Special Committee on Attorney Ethics and Admissions – Member

Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office – Assistant Prosecutor, 1998 – 2003
New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice – Deputy Attorney General, 1993 – 1998
Laddey, Clark, Coffin & Ryan – Associate, 1991 – 1992
Hon. Ronald Graves, J.S.C. – Judicial Clerk, 1990 – 1991

Anderton v. 3M Co., 2019 WL 2009788 (D.N.J. 2019)
Chelsea v. City of Jersey City, 2019 WL 6318301 (D.N.J. 2019)
Huff v. Cyprus Amax, 2019 WL 4296788 (D.N.J. 2019)
Fishbain v. Colgate-Palmolive Co., 2019 WL 4072135 (App. Div. 2019)
Rebbeck v. Honeywell International, 2019 WL 1040674 (App. Div. 2019)
Scott v. Brenntag, Inc., 2016 Lexis 148543 (D.N.J. 2019)
Connor v. Advance Thermal Hydronics, 2018 WL 3339793 (App. Div. 2018)
Rowe v. Bell & Gossett Co., 2018 WL 3189488 (App. Div. 2018)
Fowler v. Akzo Nobel Chems., Inc., 2017 WL 2152743 (App. Div. 2017)
Bennett Barlyn v. Hunterdon County Prosecutors Office & State of New Jersey Settlement (N.J., October 2016) 
Hammell v. Air & Liquid Sys Corp., 2016 WL 6275383 (D.N.J. 2016)
Hernandez v. Brenntag, Inc., 2016 WL 4621196 (D.N.J. 2016)
Seymoure v. A.O. Smith Co., 2016 WL 1589917 (App. Div. 2016)
Brown v. Caterpillar, 2015 WL 4598778 (D.N.J. 2015)
Kaenzig v. Charles Chrystal, Inc., 2015 WL 1365589 (App. Div.)
Latter v. 3M Co., 2015 Lexis 425 (App. Div. 2015)
Barlyn v. Dow, 436, N.J. Super. 161 (App. Div. 2014)
Papc v. Fore-Kast Sales Co., 2014 WL 5089730 (D.N.J. 2014)
Scearce v. 3M Co., 2013 WL 3156060 (D.N.J. 2013)
Thomas-United, Inc. v. Atlantic Cape Community College, 2013 WL 3237743 (App. Div. 2013)
Brust v. AFF Industries, LLC, 2011 WL 6756921 (D.N.J. 2011)
Fusco v. Asbestos Corp., 2011 Lexis 74564 (D.N.J. 2011)
Hoffeditz v. AM General LLC, 2011 WL 5880991 (E.D.Pa 2011)
State v. Thompson, 402 N.J. Super. 177 (App. Div. 2008)
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. Miller, 342 N.J. Super. 474 (App. Div. 2001)
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)

Meso Cases – Garden State CLE
Environmental Prosecutions: Investigation to SentencingsPublication by The National Association of Attorneys General
WATCH: Protect Your Business: Fraud Risks & Schemes
“What’s Next for Ravens RB, Ray Rice?” 105.7-FM, The Fan, Baltimore, Mar 28, 2014
Arrest or Conviction? Clear Your Record With an Expungement
10 Tips for a Successful Deposition