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Florham Park
18 Columbia Turnpike
Suite 220
Florham Park, NJ 07932

New York
One Battery Park Plaza
28th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Washington, D.C.
1140 Third Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002


J.D., Vermont Law School, 1985

B.A., Economics, Muhlenberg College, 1982


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Douglas Motzenbecker is a partner in GRSM’s Florham Park office and a member of the Employment Law, ERISA, Cyber, Privacy & Data Security, Insurance and Professional Liability Defense Practice Groups.

Douglas has extensive first chair trial and appellate experience defending management exclusively in employment discrimination actions (age, gender, race, sexual orientation, sexual harassment, and related cases) in state and federal court, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state civil rights agencies. He counsels employers on compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the Family and Medical Leave Act, ERISA, and other employee rights matters, and with respect to restrictive covenants, reductions-in-force, employee handbooks, and other statutory and common law obligations affecting management.

Douglas’ professional liability litigation experience includes the defense of ERISA fiduciary, director and officer, insurance broker/agent, attorney, municipal, school board, and other professional liability matters. Douglas also has experience with other complex litigation, including insurance coverage and securities. He has developed handbooks and guides for use by in-house counsel and insurance claims departments.


New Jersey
New York
District of Columbia
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
United States District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit


American Bar Association, Section of Litigation:
- Co-Chair, First Chair Press, August 2008 — present
- Editor in-Chief, Litigation News, August 2006 — August 2008
- Editor, Litigation News, November 1998 — August 2006
Professional Liability Underwriting Society, member, 2006 — present
Justice William, Brennan, Jr. American Inn of Court, Barrister, 1997-2001


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