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  • Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, JD
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Kevin J. Bruno

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CHAIR, ENVIRONMENTAL, ENERGY, AND NATURAL RESOURCES PRACTICE GROUP

Kevin J. Bruno has more than 25 years of experience in complex commercial litigation, concentrating his practice in environmental, insurance recovery, mass tort, and products litigation.

Mr. Bruno’s experience includes:

  • Defending clients in mass tort litigation, including lawsuits relating to alleged exposure to products, chemicals and/or alleged hazardous materials
  • Representing policyholders in State and Federal courts in insurance coverage litigations and related matters, obtaining insurance coverage for environmental, products, intellectual property, director & officer liability, and catastrophic & other first party losses
  • Defending clients against lawsuits and criminal investigations brought by the government pursuant to State and Federal environmental programs, including CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act and TSCA
  • Representing clients in connection with private party cost recovery actions, and internal environmental audits and investigations
  • Counseling and representing clients in products liability litigation, often times in connection with efforts to obtain insurance coverage for the defense of such claims

    Clients note that he is 'a good, skillful litigator who prepares well, as well as excelling as a negotiator and a communicator.' 
—Chambers USA
Mr. Bruno is recognized in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in environmental and insurance litigation. Chambers states, "Kevin Bruno straddles both environmental law and insurance litigation and is valued for his familiarity with both state and federal environmental law and procedures. He is particularly strong at permitting and enforcement matters and is singled out for his ‘good client service, knowledge and responsiveness.’" Clients note that he is "a good, skillful litigator who prepares well, as well as excelling as a negotiator and communicator."
 
Mr. Bruno was selected to the BTI Client Service All-Stars, a listing of 113 attorneys based on interviews of more than 250 in-house corporate counsel at large and Fortune 100 companies. Mr. Bruno has also been recognized by Best Lawyers every year since 2006 for Environmental Litigation and Insurance Litigation. In 2014, Mr. Bruno was recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for Environmental Law (Princeton), a distinction given to only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area. Mr. Bruno has also been named in Who’s Who in International Law for the last 4 years.
 
Mr. Bruno has received the highest possible professional rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell for 16 consecutive years.
 
Before joining Blank Rome, Mr. Bruno was a founding member of Robertson, Freilich, Bruno & Cohen, LLC (1999-2009). Prior to that, he was an associate and member of Hannoch Weisman, PC (1984-1999), and one of the original members of its Environmental Department and Insurance Recovery Practice Group.
 
He served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Nicholas Scalera, Assignment Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County (1983–1984).
 
Mr. Bruno has been appointed to multiple leadership positions within the American Bar Association (ABA). Most recently, in August 2014, he was appointed Co-Chair of the Section of Litigation’s Environmental Litigation Committee. Mr. Bruno has been reappointed for a fifth term as the Section of Litigation’s Liaison to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Environmental Law, now known as the Special Committee on Section, Division and Forum Coordination. These appointments are in recognition of his well-earned reputation as one of the nation’s leading litigation attorneys. In 2014, he was named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in New York.
 
Mr. Bruno is also an adjunct professor of environmental law at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Mr. Bruno is currently defending one of the world’s largest oil refineries in what are, collectively, amongst the most significant mass tort actions pending in this nation.
  • Mr. Bruno is currently defending a global chemical manufacturer in national multi-district litigation relating to alleged contamination of groundwater in numerous States, cities and US territories.
  • Mr. Bruno represents one of the nation’s largest global logistics and transportation companies in all environmental and insurance-related claims and litigation.
  • Mr. Bruno successfully pursued insurance coverage for a major New Jersey hospital, as well as its officers and directors, for dozens of lawsuits arising out of the hospital's employment of a nurse who later confessed to the murder and attempted murder of patients at numerous health care facilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • On behalf of a manufacturer of latex gloves, Mr. Bruno successfully pursued insurance coverage for hundreds of products liability claims throughout the US. He also assisted the client and defense counsel regarding a comprehensive settlement of all products-related claims.
  • On behalf of one of the nation’s largest media conglomerates, Mr. Bruno successfully pursued insurance coverage against 85 insurance companies under 580 policies for environmental liabilities, throughout the United States.
  • Mr. Bruno represented the alleged successors to the United States Radium Corporation in nearly 15 years of litigation and trials relating to radium-sourced products and tailings. These matters included mass tort, products liability and property damage claims, as well as environmental claims asserted by USEPA and USNRC.



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