Allyn serves as Counsel to Lite DePalma Greenberg having retired from the active, full-time practice of law.
Allyn Z. Lite, who was the firm's senior partner, concentrated on class action and other complex commercial litigation. He was designated by the judges of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey as Clerk of that court from 1982 to 1986. While in that position, Allyn created the court's alternative dispute resolution program and served on and was reporter for the committee that drafted the current Local Rules of the United States District Court for New Jersey. He was a member of the committee that drafted the new Rules of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey, and participated as one of ten original members of the United States District Court Lawyer's Advisory Committee, on which he served for 11 years.
Allyn is the author of New Jersey Federal Practice Rules (Gann Law Books 2014), a commentary and annotations to the United States District Court’s Local Rules. The treatise is now in its 25th annual edition and is cited frequently by judges of the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Prior to his retirement, Allyn had 25 years of class action litigation experience. He served in an active role as lead, co-lead, liaison counsel, court-appointed claims administrator, or as an expert witness on attorney’s fees in over 100 cases, including major securities, derivative, antitrust, consumer fraud, employment discrimination, and products liability matters, in New Jersey federal and state courts and in other jurisdictions.
Allyn’s numerous cases have recovered billions of dollars for class members and range from suits to recover compensation for survivors of the Holocaust who had endured forced labor at the hands of German companies during the Nazi era, to seeking relief for policyholders of major insurance companies for improper sales practices in the sale of life insurance, to representing the State of New Jersey's Division of Investment in securities fraud suits to recover losses on investments from companies engaged in corporate wrongdoing.
In four securities cases, Allyn and Lite DePalma Greenberg served as co-lead counsel for the State of New Jersey, Division of Investment, as court-appointed Lead Plaintiff: Reginald Newton v. Tenet Healthcare Corp., (Tenet Healthcare Securities Litigation), cv-02-8462-RSWL (C.D. Cal.) ($281.5 million settlement); In re Motorola Securities Litigation; Civ. No. 03-C-287 (N.D. Ill.), reported opinions, 505 F. Supp. 2d 501 (N.D. Ill. 2007), 2004 WL 2032769 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 9, 2004) ($193 million settlement reached three business days before trial); State of New Jersey and its Division of Investment v. Sprint Corporation, Civil No. 03-2071-JWL (D. Kan.), reported opinions, 2008 WL 191780 (D. Kan. Jan. 23, 2008), 2004 WL 1960130 (D. Kan. Sept. 3, 2004), 314 F. Supp. 2d 1119 (D. Kan. 2004); In re STEC Inc. Securities Litigation, cv-09-1304(JVS)(C.D. Cal.) ($35.75 million settlement).
Allyn authored an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in Morrison v. National Australian Bank during the 2009-2010 Term on the subject of the application of the securities laws of the United States to foreign investors, which brief was quoted in the National Law Journal.
In other areas of his practice in complex litigation, Mr. Lite worked for more than 20 years alongside some of the nation's top intellectual property firms, serving as New Jersey counsel in major patent and trademark litigation, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry, where Lite DePalma represents, among others, the world's largest manufacturer of generic drugs. This complex federal litigation practice required both the successful pursuit and defense of preliminary and permanent injunctions.
Allyn served on the Lawyers' Advisory Committee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1992 through 1994, and as a member of the Third Circuit Task Force on Equal Treatment in the Courts, Gender Commission. He also chaired the United States District Court's Merit Selection Panel to recommend candidates for a newly authorized United States Magistrate Judge position assigned to Newark, New Jersey. In addition to many years of service on the Board of Trustees of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, Allyn was co-chair for four years of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Class Action Committee and served as Chair of the District VA Ethics Committee. Allyn was a member of numerous bar and court committees and a frequent writer and lecturer on legal subjects.
Allyn was selected as a mediator for the United States District Court pursuant to that Court's plan under the Civil Justice Improvements Act of 1990. As a mediator, he participated in environmental litigation involving the nation's largest Superfund site, and a multi-plaintiff public sector discrimination lawsuit, among others.
Allyn is a 1978 cum laude graduate of the Seton Hall University School of Law. He served as law clerk to the Honorable H. Curtis Meanor, U.S. District Court Judge, District of New Jersey (1978-1979), and as executive assistant to the Honorable Clarkson S. Fisher, Chief Judge, District of New Jersey (1981-1982).
Allyn served as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall School of Law from 1980 to 1984, and at New York Law School from 1984 to 1986, as well as lecturer at the Federal Judicial Center from 1982 to 1985.
Allyn was named to the "New Jersey Super Lawyers" list by New Jersey Monthly magazine in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He was also listed in ALM’s 2012 “New Jersey’s Top Rated Lawyers” list, in the category of Intellectual Property, and holds an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Allyn is a working artist who has exhibited at and served as Chair of the Visual Arts Committee for the biennial Lawyers Celebration of the Arts at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.
Ryan v. Hoboken Rent Leveling & Stabilization Bd., 2011 WL 2348382 (App. Div. June 7, 2011)
State of New Jersey and its Division of Investment v. Sprint Corporation, Civil No. 03-2071-JWL (D. Kan.), reported opinions, 2008 WL 191780 (D. Kan. Jan. 23, 2008), 2004 WL 1960130 (D. Kan. Sept. 3, 2004), 314 F. Supp. 2d 1119 (D. Kan. 2004)
Chin v. Chrysler Corporation, Civil Action No. 95-5569 (JCL), District of New Jersey, 461 F. Supp.2d 279 (D.N.J. 2006) (Co-Lead Counsel) (catalyst for $53 million in relief to class)
In re Motorola Securities Litigation, No. 03 C 287, 2004 WL 2032769 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 9, 2004).
In re Nazi Era Cases Against German Defendants Litigation, Civil Action No. 98-4104(WGB), District of New Jersey, 198 F.R.D. 429 (D.N.J. 2000) (Liaison Counsel in 60 actions filed throughout the United States and consolidated in the District of New Jersey; $5.2 billion settlement)
In re Prudential Insurance Company of America Sales Practices Litigation, Master File No. 95-4704 (AMW), District of New Jersey, 962 F. Supp. 450 (D.N.J. 1997), aff'd as to settlement approval, 148 F.3d 283 (3d Cir. 1998) (Liaison Counsel) (settlement worth over $4 billion)
Weiss v. Mercedes-Benz of North America, Master File No. 93-96 (JWB), District of New Jersey, 899 F. Supp. 1297 (D.N.J.), aff'd, 66 F.3d 314 (3d Cir. 1995) (Co-Counsel) ($75 million settlement)
Princeton Economics Group, Inc. v. American Telephone and Telegraph Co., Docket No. L-3221-91, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division (Mercer County) (Lead Counsel) ($95 million settlement)
Garcia v. General Motors, Docket No. L-4394-95, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Bergen County (Liaison Counsel) ($25 million settlement)
In re STEC Inc. Securities Litigation, cv-09-1304(JVS)(C.D. Cal.) ($35.75 million settlement)
In re Bristol-Myers Squibb Securities Litigation, which settled for $185 million.
Reginald Newton v. Tenet Healthcare Corp. (Tenet Healthcare Securities Litigation)(C.D. Cal.), in which settlements of $216.5 million.
New Jersey Federal Practice Rules (Gann Law Books 2013), a commentary and annotations to the United States District Court's Local Rules, now in its 23rd annual edition, and cited frequently by judges of the District of New Jersey and the Third Circuit.
"Class Action Litigation"- Chapter 9 in New Jersey Federal Practice and Procedure (New Jersey Law Journal Books, 1st Ed.1999, 2nd Ed. 2008, and annual supplements)
“Another Attempt to Heal the Wounds of the Holocaust,” 27 Human Rights No. 2, (American Bar Association Spring 2000)
The New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, of which Allyn Z. Lite is a member of the Board of Directors, honored the New Jersey Performing Arts Center at a Gala event held at the NJPAC on February 10, 2015.
Allyn Z. Lite was elected to the Board of Directors of New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, for a term ending June 2014.
Allyn Z. Lite was appointed as Chair of the Visual Arts Committee of "Lawyers Celebration of the Arts V," which was held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on September 14, 2011. He served in the same role at each of the previous biennial "Celebrations."
Allyn Z. Lite was quoted in “A Border Battle Over Lawsuits,” National Law Journal, 2010
Allyn Z. Lite was the moderator and Bruce D. Greenberg was a panelist on the subject of "Hot Topics in Class Action Litigation" at the New Jersey State Bar Association annual convention. Other panelists included Superior Court Judges Jonathan N. Harris and Marina Corodemus, J.S.C. (retired).
Allyn Z. Lite participated in an Association of the Federal Bar on New Jersey panel entitled "Hot Topics From Twombly and Beyond: Who Can Afford Justice-Access to the Courts." Other Participants included United States District Judges Jerome B. Simandle and Katherine S. Hayden and United States Magistrate Judge John J. Hughes.
Allyn Z. Lite was a featured speaker at the Camden County Bar Association's seminar on federal practice, entitled "Succeeding in Federal Court: The Masters on the Federal Rules, Local Rules, Civil Case Management and Discovery." Among the other featured speakers were United States District Judges Jerome B. Simandle and Robert B. Kugler and United States Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio.
Allyn Z. Lite was the featured speaker at a program in Washington, DC sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of the Nuremberg trials.
Allyn Z. Lite was quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal in connection with LDG’s defense of Gann Law Books in a class action brought against Gann under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Allyn Z. Lite authored an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in Morrison v. National Australian Bank on the subject of the application of the securities laws of the United States to foreign investors, which brief was quoted in the National Law Journal.