He has been recognized by the courts and by his peers. He was appointed by the court as Lead Counsel in a class action seeking neuropsychological testing for children exposed to mercury in the Kiddie Kollege Daycare Center and as Lead Trial Counsel he achieved a successful verdict. The mass tort judge appointed him Lead Plaintiffs Counsel in the Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) litigation in New Jersey. Twenty plaintiff law firms selected him to be co-lead trial counsel in the diet drug (fen-phen) class action jury trial. A federal judge in Camden appointed him (in a litigated motion opposed by other counsel) to be Lead Counsel for the class actions in the Paulsboro train derailment, in a case seeking economic loss. Another federal judge appointed him to the Plaintiff Steering Committees in the Digitek litigation.
Mr. Pettit served as Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Toxic Tort and Product Liability Section, and is a frequent speaker on topics such as asbestos litigation, discovery, use of social media, defective products and federal case law in mass tort settings.
Mr. Pettit manages all operations in the State of New Jersey for Locks Law Firm. He has handled complex litigation in pharmaceutical litigation and other product liability, mass torts and class actions.
Founded in the late 1940s and incorporated in 1976, the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) is headquartered in Trenton, New Jersey. NJAJ is a statewide association of over 2,700 members in private practice and public service, paralegals, law clerks, law students and law school graduates not yet admitted to the bar. NJAJ is dedicated to protecting New Jersey’s families by working to preserve and strengthen the laws for safer products and workplaces, a cleaner environment and quality health care.