Mark J. Semeraro Esq.
Mark J. Semeraro Esq.
Mark Semeraro has over 20 years of experience in commercial and complex civil litigation. He regularly represents various individuals and business entities, including several fortune 500 companies, large scale real estate developers and various governmental entities in land use applications, transactional matters, commercial leasing, employment and labor law and general counsel.
Additionally, he regularly defends insurance carriers, insurance funds and self-insured entities in auto negligence, errors and omissions/professional liability, employment liability, toxic tort, civil rights and commercial liability, public entity liability claims as well as in mass tort (class action) and toxic tort litigation.
Prior to joining Kaufman, Semeraro & Leibman, LLP, he was a partner in McManimon & Scotland LLC, where he handled several noteworthy matters including the newsworthy matter In Re Alleged Mahwah Toxic Dumpsite matter that was the subject of the HBO documentary entitled “Toxic Legacy” in which he was lead defense counsel on behalf of the Borough of Ringwood in a class action lawsuit consisting of over 650 plaintiffs involving allegations of personal injury caused by environmental contamination and carried with it a one-billion dollar demand.
Mr. Semeraro has also developed a practice niche representing real estate agencies, brokers and agents in transactional, litigation and administrative matters.
He has successfully litigated several high profile law suits involving commercial litigation, employment litigation (including NJ Law Against Discrimination), civil rights litigation, environmental and toxic tort litigation, mass tort and class action litigation and regularly appears in all state and federal courts within NJ and in NY’s eastern and southern counties.
Areas of Practice
Education and Previous Professional Experience
- B.A., William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ
- J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law, Hamden, CT
- Judicial law clerk to the Honorable Sylvan G. Rothenberg, J.S.C.
- Barrister, Justice Clifford Inns of Court, 1999
- New Jersey
- New York
- U.S. District Court (New Jersey)
- U.S. Court of Appeals (Third Circuit)
Honors and Awards
- Bergen County Top Lawyer, 201 Magazine, May 2012
- Good Scout of the Year, Northern New Jersey Council of The Boy Scouts of America, 2008
- Highest Attorney Rating in Ethics and Skills (AV) Martindale Hubbell
- A.M. Best recommended insurance defense attorney
- Bergen County (NJ) Bar Association
- Associate Member of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys
- ICSC (International Shopping Center Owners Council)
- CIANJ (Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey)
Mark J. Semeraro Esq.
The Wayne, NJ Zoning Board of Adjustment approved an apartment and retail site plan application and variances submitted by Galreh LLC. The ten-acre site will house two commercial tenants: a gourmet grocer and upscale restaurant, in additional to a five-story luxury apartment building. The public …
KSL Partner Mark Semeraro recently settled another substantial personal injury case for $342,000.00. The client was a woman who had fallen in a poorly lit ice covered parking lot of a diner in Morris County. In the evening of February 21, 2014, Tammy Piazza, a …
KS&L Attorney Taking Leading Role in Shaping One of North Jersey’s Most Significant Redevelopment Projects
KS&L attorneys serving as Special Redevelopment Counsel to the City of Clifton since their initial appointment in March of 2015, are playing a pivotal role in one of Northern New Jersey’s biggest and most significant redevelopment projects. The project is located on a 119 acre …
Millions of Taxpayer Dollars At Stake KSL Partner Mark Semeraro enjoyed a convincing victory in Passaic County, NJ Superior Court in September, when a judge ruled that a 244 word referendum question that a Ringwood, NJ citizens group wanted placed on the November ballot was …
Kaufman, Semeraro & Leibman is proud to announce that Mark Semeraro has been asked to be a speaker on a panel “How to Encourage and Enhance Investment in Your Downtown” as part of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City on …
On August 17, 2015, Mr. Semeraro won a prerogative writ trial before Judge Brogan in Passaic County and obtained an Order for Remand (a Rehearing) of a commercial subdivision application of property located on Route 46 in Totowa, which was handled by a different attorney …
Bottle King is one step closer to receiving final approval for a new location on Prospect Ave in Glen Rock. Partner Mark Semeraro is handling a complex application seeking a subdivision and site plan approval along with several variances that span two boroughs, Fair Lawn …
On or about August 7, 2015 The Appellate Division unanimously affirmed a ruling secured by Mr. Semeraro on the behalf of the Town of Morristown, Morristown Police Department, Police Officer Sgt. Robert Holtz, Police Officer Yeison De Los Santos, Police Officer Det. Stuart Greet, Police …
Another KSL victory: Margaret Mary McVeigh, P.J. CH has granted Mark J. Semeraro’s motion to dismiss and issued an Order dismissing the County of Passaic’s lawsuit against its own Superintendent of Elections on August 14, 2015. The County attempted to void a Collective Bargaining Agreement …
On July 16, Mark Semeraro spoke at Cigars and Cocktails, a private event for builders and investors at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Abbott Realtors Commercial Division Brownstone. Mr. Semeraro gave a presentation to over 50 real estate developers on the steps needed to get a …