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Robert W Ratish

Appeals Attorney at Montclair, NJ

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 15 years
    New Jersey - NJ 15 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2009
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

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About Robert

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I am a former jounalist and law clerk at New Jersey's appellate court with experience handling commercial litigation, appeals, business law and criminal defense. I believe in keeping the client informed of the issues that are important to them because the best legal representation starts with good communication between the attorney and client. I make myself available to answer clients' questions, help them solve problems no matter how challenging, and advise them on how to anticipate and eliminate problems before they arise.


Law Office of Robert W. Ratish
80 Park Street
Montclair, NJ, 07042

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Posted by Ryan | February 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Small Business Dispute Settlement
The experience that I had with Robert was top notch in every aspect; He was very transparent about the process and provided his expert advice every step of the way. He was able to turn a very stressful and uncertain situation into one where I received the best possible outcome available. I would recommend Robert to all of my close family and friends.
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Posted by Gregg | August 21, 2014
Dispute Resolution
I hired Rob to handle a dispute with a moving company and to make sure that my interests were protected. Robert negotiated my position with the company and resolved the dispute without filing a formal claim. This saved me money on attorney fees as well as resolving my dispute to my satisfaction.
Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2014
Excellent attorney, professional and personable, highly recommend!
Robert was both professional and personable and a pleasure to deal with. He went above and beyond the call of duty in assisting me with my case. I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone seeking an excellent attorney.
Posted by Benito | April 3, 2014
An honest lawyer!
We have used Robert Ratish for general legal advice and for incorporating our business, a complicated process that he patiently walked us through. Now he is advising us on a possible small claims case. We can always reach him (!) and rely on his frank, honest guidance through some difficult times. We had two lawyers prior to him: the first was a loud talking, fast moving bully that charged ludicrous prices (he advised how to fight a crazy town ordinance that he helped enact!); the second was all "I'll call you, I'll call you, I'll call you." He never called us, not once -- and now he works for our town! If you want a reliable, honest man to call your counselor, the Robert Ratish is your man.
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Posted by A Past Client | April 20, 2011
He Protects His Clients Interests
He is knowledgeable and conscientious. He understands the law and prepares his case diligently. Whether handling a matter in municipal, Superior or at the Appeals level, Mr. Ratish, is ready and protects his client. I recommend him.
Posted by Scott Fallon | November 6, 2010
A knowledeable lawyer who always keeps you informed.
I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer than Robert to handle the sale of my co-op. Not only did he navigate me through the byzantine world of co-op bylaws, but he wrote an airtight contract during some tense negotiations. Whenever I had a question or concern, Robert was there with an answer. By the end, I was so confident in his abilities that he even handled the closing in my absence.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Robert W. Ratish
  • 2009 - Present
  • Designated Counsel
  • Office Of The Public Defender
  • 2009 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • William Paterson University
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Superior Court Appellate Division
  • Law Clerk
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • U.S. District Court For New Jersey
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • Rutgers School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • New York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services v. V.T.
  • Reversed
  • Breach of Contract
  • Awarded full amount on summary judgment


  • Rutgers Newark School of Law Alumni Association
  • President
  • 2015 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
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  • Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal
  • The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Ten Years Later: Democracy’s Backlog
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • R.U. Solos
  • Guide to New Jersey Appellate Practice
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
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Appeals Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert has extensive experience handling appellate matters. He is always professional and cares about his clients. I frequently go to him with questions I have about appellate practice and he is responsive and knowledgeable."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to endorse Robert Ratish. I have known Mr. Ratish for several years, as we both attended Rutgers University School of Law together, and later served together as clerks in the Appellate Division. Mr. Ratish is a dedicated and diligent attorney, whose professionalism shines through in all of his work. He takes pride in doing the best job possible for his clients, and his knowledge, skill, and aptitude have won him the respect of his colleagues and the bar."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rob is a diligent, honest attorney who's fees are very reasonable. I refer clients to him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Ratish is a respected criminal defense attorney in the community. He understands the law and has the contacts at the court to better help his clients. He fully researches issues and presents clear well thought arguments in court and in legal briefs. I have recommended clients to him knowing his work is always professional and of high quality."
Appeals Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Robert Ratish and I have worked together on many cases in appellate practice, child abuse and criminal defense. Rob is a highly skilled attorney, very responsive and knowledgable. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking aggressive representation in Northern New Jersey."

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Montclair Appeals Lawyer Robert W Ratish
Robert W Ratish
Appeals Attorney
Montclair, NJ
Licensed for 15 years