Managing partner of Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, PC and the immediate past President of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Ralph concentrates his practice in civil and criminal litigation with a focus on civil rights and employment discrimination, commercial, environmental, public entity defense, and white collar criminal defense. Of the more than 90,000 attorneys licensed in the State of New Jersey, Ralph is one of only 43 who are certified by the state Supreme Court as both a civil and criminal trial attorney.
Best Lawyers in America® named Ralph 2014-15 “Lawyer of the Year” Newark Litigation – Labor and Employment. The Best Lawyers in America® is the oldest peer review publication in the legal profession, covering 79 legal specialties and including attorneys in all 50 states. Lawyers are chosen for inclusion by other lawyers in their specialty and jurisdiction. Ralph was also recognized in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment and Litigation - Municipal, Environmental and Construction.
Additionally, Ralph was named one of the “Top 100” lawyers in New Jersey in the 2014 edition of Super Lawyers®. Since its inception in 2005, Ralph has been named by New Jersey Monthly as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in the areas of employment and labor law, civil litigation, commercial litigation and criminal defense. Ralph also holds the highest peer review rating for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell, the authoritative resource for information on the legal profession.
From 2004 to 2008, Ralph served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee, which is responsible for making recommendations on civil court rules and procedures. He also served as chair of the Supreme Court District Fee Arbitration Committee in Hudson County, and as a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges. In 1999, he was appointed as a civil arbitrator for the Superior Court of New Jersey and is a qualified mediator under New Jersey Court Rule 1:40.
A member since 1989, Ralph has devoted significant time and service to the New Jersey State Bar Association (“NJSBA”). Ralph was elected to the Board of Trustees of the NJSBA in 2006, and has chaired the Meetings Arrangements and Travel Committee, the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, and the Finance and Operations Committee. In May 2008, Ralph was elected Secretary of the NJSBA, and since then has served in every executive committee position, culminating in his presidency in 2013. Ralph was the first Hudson County attorney to lead the statewide organization in 40 years. Additionally, Ralph has served as a trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to promoting law-related education to the general public, since 2003.
In 2013, Ralph received the prestigious Humanitarian Achievement Award from the Seton Hall School of Law's Peter W. Rodino Jr. Society. The Award is presented annually to commemorate the values embodied in the work and legacy of Congressman Rodino -- compassion, honor and wisdom.