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Legislative Alert: Professional Malpractice Legislation

The New Jersey State Bar Association needs your help to advance an important piece of legislation that will benefit professionals, including lawyers, across the entire state, regardless of area of practice or size of firm. 

Assembly Bill 1254 (Prieto) would require that civil actions alleging professional malpractice be brought within two years, as is the case with other civil actions generally. Thus, it would standardize professional malpractice for lawyers, doctors, accountant, architects, engineers and all professionals, while protecting the rights of victims of malpractice by preserving the discovery rule for individuals who discover problems after two years.

Passage of this legislation would eliminate two of the primary sources that make New Jersey among the costliest states in the region to write malpractice policies by not only reducing the statute of limitations, but also eliminating certain attorney’s fees, so-called Saffer fees, for bringing malpractice claims. It would also bring New Jersey’s policies in line with neighboring states.

The NJSBA is committed to moving this legislation forward, but we need your help.  To help pass this measure before the end of this legislative session, please contact the General Assembly Speaker to urge the bill’s consideration and enactment. 

Please feel free to contact the NJSBA’s government affairs office at 732-937-7512 to add your voice to the NJSBA’s effort and receive updates about the bill’s progress.

Click here to read the NJSBA Position Statement.

Click here to read the Burlington County Bar Association's resolution supporting A-1254. 

Click here to read Middlesex County Bar Association's support of A1254.

Click here to read the Salem County Bar Association's resolution supporting A-1254

Click here to read the Somerset County Bar Associations' resolution supporting A-1254

Click here to read the Monmouth Bar Association's resolution supporting A-1254

Click here to read the Atlantic County Bar Association's resolution suporting A-1254


New Jersey Lawyers

If you are a New Jersey attorney please use one of the following links to e-mail your legislator.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto

If you prefer to mail your legislator you can also download and print one of the following pdf files, or copy and paste onto your letterhead.


Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto


Non-Lawyer Professionals

If you are interested in e-mailing your legislator on behalf of your profession please use one of the following links.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto

If you prefer to mail your legislator you can also download and print one of the following pdf files, or copy and paste onto your letterhead.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto

Coaltion on Professional Malpractice Legislation

The following organizations support the enactment of Assemby Bill 1245 (Prieto) which would provide for the standardization fo professional malpractice in New Jersey:

ACE Insurance
The American Association of Physical Therapists of New Jersey
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
The American Institute of Architects/NJ chapter
The American Society of Landscape Architects/NJ Chapter
The Associated Builders & Contractors/NJ Chapter
The Bergen County Bar Association
The Burlington County Bar Association
CNA Insurance
The Medical Society of New Jersey
The Monmouth County Bar Association
The Middlesex County Bar Association
The Morris County Bar Association
The New Jersey Business and Industry Association
The New Jersey Dental Association
The New Jersey Hospital Association
The New Jersey Civil Justice Institute
The New Jersey Council of Chain Drug Stores
The New Jersey Healthcare Association
The New Jersey Nurses Association
The New Jersey Retail Merchants Association
The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants
The New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers
The New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers
The New Jersey State Bar Association
The New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce
The Passaic County Bar Association
The Salem County Bar Association
The Somerset County Bar Association
The Sussex County Bar Association
The Trial Attorneys of New Jersey