Mr. Pettit has been a litigator since he graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1980, after serving in the U.S Navy. He represents the rights of injured people against some of the largest corporations and government entities in the country. The son of an asbestos insulator out of Local 14, he takes his clients’ cases very personally.
Six of his trial verdicts exceeded a million dollars, and he has settled cases for millions of dollars as well. Verdicts include defendants such as the State of New Jersey, Boeing, DaimlerChrysler, County of Gloucester, and Owens Corning Fiberglas.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has certified Mr. Pettit as a Civil Trial Attorney in 1996 and he has been re-certified regularly since then.
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.