Justin M. Smigelsky addresses various issues – including probate, bankruptcy, and ethical – that arise in complex litigation, including the implementation of mass tort settlements. Where coordination and review of probate procedures and documents is required for proper distribution of settlement proceeds, Justin’s extensive experience in trust and estate law allows him to routinely navigate the unique rules, procedures, and substantive law involving Surrogate Courts. Justin also collaborates with counsel throughout the country to address intricate probate and bankruptcy issues, and to obtain court approval where necessary for certain settlements involving estates, trusts, guardianships, or minors. Justin is also active in the firm’s compliance and risk management programs.
Justin’s experience includes commercial litigation involving estates and trusts, probate litigation, estate and trust administration, and drafting of various estate planning documents. Justin is also experienced in divorce and family law, professional responsibility and ethics matters, personal injury and general litigation.
Prior to joining Seeger Weiss, Justin was an associate at Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP, where he practiced primarily in probate litigation.
Justin was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 2012. He received his juris doctorate, cum laude, from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware in May of 2012. While a student at Widener, he served as a staff member (2010-2011) and Research Editor (2011-2012) for the Widener Law Review, President of the Military Law Society, and Research Assistant to Professor James R. May. He completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers College, Rutgers University – New Brunswick with a B.A. in criminal justice and a minor in political science. While at Rutgers, he was a varsity member of the Division I wrestling team.