Hon. Sebastian P. Lombardi (Ret.) served for 15 years as a New Jersey Superior Court judge, sitting in Essex County. During his tenure in the civil division, Judge Lombardi served as the environmental and toxic tort judge, having all such cases assigned to him for case management and trial. While on the bench, he managed dozens of environmental pollution suits and corresponding insurance litigation claims for coverage. He also managed, decided motions and tried complex cases involving toxic torts, product liability, employment discrimination, medical malpractice and catastrophic injury.
Judge Lombardi fostered a settlement of the “Passaic River litigation” (NJDEP v. Occidental, et al.), a complex dispute involving 307 parties. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) sued to recover past and future costs incurred by New Jersey for its responsibility to clean up a Superfund site encompassing 17 miles of the Passaic River and the Newark Bay. After many years, Judge Lombardi approved three separate settlements totaling more than $335 million, as well as possible future costs, to resolve the matter with the DEP, except for cross-claims remaining among several direct defendants.
Since retiring from the bench, Judge Lombardi has maintained an active mediation practice. Cases mediated include environmental disputes involving the cleanup of polluted residential and commercial sites, cost determination of investigation and testing, and remediating contaminated soil and groundwater on- and off-site. He has also mediated personal injury lawsuits, including matters that raised issues of permanent disability, punitive damages and right of subrogation by workers’ compensation providers, Medicaid, Medicare and private health care providers.
Before ascending to the bench, Judge Lombardi was a litigation attorney with Budd Larner and Picillo Caruso. His areas of practice and expertise included asbestos, lead and other toxic torts; construction malpractice; large fire and flood loss; insurance coverage and products liability.
Judge Lombardi will be based out of the JAMS New York Resolution Center. He will also maintain his ADR practice at Corodemus & Corodemus LLC, located in Iselin, New Jersey.