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Kelly Magnus Purcaro

Partner
Overview

Kelly Purcaro is a partner in the Litigation practice group at Greenspoon Marder LLP, specializing in complex commercial litigation across the United States. As a seasoned trial attorney, Ms. Purcaro is experienced in an array of litigation matters, including state and national multi-party business disputes, class actions, employment disputes, consumer fraud, breach of contract, and restrictive covenants litigation. Often in her practice, Ms. Purcaro represents both individual and institutional clients in most sensitive matters.

As a pragmatic negotiator and vibrant litigator, Ms. Purcaro has become proficient in handling “bet the company” cases and works closely with clients to develop creative strategies that yield positive results.  Ms. Purcaro also serves the legal community both locally and nationally.  She recently served two terms as co-chair of the Class Action Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association and serves on various national steering committee positions. Currently, Ms. Purcaro is also a member of the Preferred Panel of Counsel for a multi-billion-dollar international corporation headquartered in New Jersey. As a prominent member of her community, Ms. Purcaro has devoted time as a pro bono attorney for victims of domestic violence, serving as a trial counsel through Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) in New Jersey. Moreover, Ms. Purcaro frequently serves as a sought-after guest lecturer at both state and national conferences and was recently featured for her legal insights on the Amazon Prime Docuseries “LuLaRich” as a result of her leadership role in the underlying national class action.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Purcaro double-majored at Rutgers University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Political Science in 2001. She earned a master’s degree in Social Work in 2003, while simultaneously completing her graduate fellowship at the Eagleton Institute of Political Science. Ms. Purcaro served as the Director of Government Relations for a non-profit organization, focusing on statewide lobbying for social justice and grassroots organizing through New Jersey. Afterwards, Ms. Purcaro continued her studies at the Rutgers University School of Law as a Carol and Paul Miller Scholar, where she served as a Staff Editor for the Business Law Journal, and an intern for the Honorable Judge Stanley R. Chesler in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, prior to completing her Juris Doctor degree in 2013.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law, 2009
  • MSW, Rutgers University (New Brunswick), 2002
  • Graduate Fellow, Eagleton Institute of Politics, 2002
  • B.A., Rutgers University, Social Work, and Political Science, 2001
Experience

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) New Jersey, Trial Counsel
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Class Action Committee, Immediate Past Chair and Current Member
  • National Association of Women Lawyers, Mid-Year Meeting, Host Committee
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey ReNew Reentry Program, Former Pro Bono Attorney
  • Rutger’s Center for Gender Justice and Law Student Summer Fellowship, Planning and Selection Committee
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Member
  • New Jersey Federal Bar Association, Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
  • Bergen County School Children Food Drive (New Jersey) in association with the Center for Food Action, Organizer, 2018
  • Female Professionals Clothing Drive (Bergen County, NJ) in association with Dress for Success, Organizer, 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Hot Topics in Class Actions” Cambridge National Forum, Litigation Series, New Orleans, LA, October 2022
  • Speaker/Moderator, “A Class Actions Update: Federal and New Jersey Developments for 2021-2022,” New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Conference, May 19, 2022
  • Speaker, “Recent Developments in Consumer Class Actions,” NJICLE CLE Program, February 17, 2022
  • Speaker, “A Class Actions Update: Federal and New Jersey Developments for 2020-2021,” New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Conference, May 19, 2021
  • Speaker, “Class Action Update,” New Jersey State Bar Association Seminar, May 19, 2021
  • Speaker, “Little vs. Kia Motors – The Essential Case Study on Damages in Class Actions” The NJICLE Winter Conference, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, November 2020
  • Speaker, ” Class Action Litigation in 2020,” New Jersey State Bar Association Seminar, February 10, 2020
  • Speaker, “Class Action Playbook,” New Jersey State Bar Association Seminar, October 17, 2019
  • Speaker, “Class Actions: Perspectives on Key Issues,” New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Conference, May 17, 2019
  • Speaker, “The Future of Class Actions in New Jersey,” New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Conference, May 18, 2017
  • Speaker, “Find it Free and Find it Fast: Strategies for Legal Research” National Business Institute Seminar (NBI), New Jersey, 2013
Awards

Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers, “New Jersey Super Lawyer,” 2023
  • Super Lawyers, “New Jersey Rising Stars,” 2012-2013, 2017-2019
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, ReNew Reentry Program Service Award Recipient, 2017
Publications

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