Bruce L. Atkins, Esq. has been practicing law since 1977. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and has a law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. He has been admitted to practice in the State Court of New Jersey, the Federal Court of New Jersey, the Southern and Eastern District of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as well as the State of New York, the State of Florida and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the senior litigation partner at the law firm of Deutsch Atkins, and his major responsibility is civil litigation with emphasis on employment law. He has had articles published, including Oral employment contracts under New Jersey Law; Are Employees Still Second Class Citizens? published in the Labor and Employment Law Quarterly in 1994, and Complete Anti-Discrimination Policies the Key, published in Business Insurance, a Crains Publication in October of 1997. He has also had several major reported cases, four in the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey and three in the Appellate Division. In addition, he has tried numerous cases in the State and Federal Courts of New Jersey as well as in Federal Court in New York. He obtained a verdict in a sex discrimination case in November of 1996 in the amount of 6.5 Million, 1.5 Million in Compensatory Damages and 5 Million in Punitive Damages. The Court also awarded $638,000 in counsel fees and costs. That verdict was upheld on appeal. He has been engaged in the practice of law since 1978. In 2006, he merged his practice with the practice of Neil H. Deutsch, to form the present firm. Mr. Atkins was selected a New Jersey Super Lawyer in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 in Employment Litigation. He is also AV rated with Martindale-Hubbell since 1997. He is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), NJ American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Associ ation, Florida Bar, and National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). In addition, he has been a guest lecturer at NELA's national convention on trial techniques, at Lorman Seminars and appears regularly as a commentator on Court TV.
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.