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Patrick J. Perrone

Partner
+1.973.848.4034
Fax +1.973.848.4001

Mr. Perrone, a partner in K&L Gates’ Newark office, is a trial lawyer and concentrates his practice on construction and product defect matters. He is an experienced litigator who has handled hundreds of cases involving consumer/building products and construction defects in state and federal courts throughout the country. He is also an experienced class action attorney and has defended a variety of consumer/building products class action suits in courts throughout the country. His clients include major developers, homebuilders, and product manufacturers.

Mr. Perrone is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED®-AP). Additionally, Mr. Perrone has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer from 2004 - 2019.

Professional Background

Mr. Perrone started his career in the New York County District Attorney’s office where he investigated and prosecuted misdemeanors and felonies, and presented cases to the Grand Jury. As an attorney in the Trial Bureau, he tried over 20 cases to verdict. Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Perrone was a partner at a Newark law firm, where he focused his practice on civil litigation.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Class Actions Committee

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Perrone frequently speaks on issues regarding consumer/building products and construction issues. His recent presentations include:
  • “Latest Developments in Class Action Litigation,” New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention 2015, May 14, 2015.
  • “New Jersey Law Update: Are Your Arbitration Provisions Enforceable?” Association of Corporate Counsel New Jersey CLE program, April 21, 2015.
  • “Construction Product Litigation and Class Actions,” HarrisMartin Group, October 25, 2013.
  • “Hot Topics in Construction Defect Litigation,” Leading Builders of America General Counsels Meeting, November 15, 2012.
  • “Developing Issues in Green Building,” American Law Institute, February 28, 2012.
  • “LEED Certification Litigation – Emerging Risks,” Strafford Publications, Inc., December 20, 2011.
  • “How to Market Green Buildings and Materials: Complying with Applicable Green Standards and Laws,” 2010 International Builders' Show, January 2010.
  • “A Manufacturer’s Potential Liability for Green Building Products,” National Association of Homebuilders, Fall Directors Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, October 2009.
  • “Green Building Legal and Liability Issues,” 2009 National Green Building Conference, May 2009.
  • “New Regulations and Potential Liability,” Law Seminars International: Legal and Regulatory Issues in Green Development, January 2009.
  • “Green Building Products: Can They Perform As Promised,” The 2009 International Builders’ Show, January 2009.
  • “Extrapolation of Damages,” Brookings Judicial Symposium on Construction Defect Litigation, March 2008.
  • “Using Statistics and Statistical Analysis to Combat the Plaintiff’s Damage Claims,” Construction Law Seminar, Scottsdale, Arizona, September 6-7, 2007.
  • “Expert Testimony and Scientific Evidence in Construction Defects Cases,” The Judicial Education Program AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies Judicial Symposium on Critical Issues in Construction Defects Litigation, March 2006 and March 2007.
  • “Useful, Safe and Effective Terms and Conditions for Invoices, Contracts and Other Important Documents,” The 2005 National Manufacturing Week Conference, March 2005.
  • “Developments and Decisions in Construction Defect & Mold Litigation,” Mealey's Construction Defect and Mold Litigation Conference, December 2004.

Additional Information

Publications
  • “Class Action Defendants Hit the Bull's-eye with 'Dart,'” New Jersey Law Journal, June 29, 2015.
  • “The Many Perils Of Going Green,” Construction Law, Connecticut Law Tribune, July 2008.  
  • “Is Expert Extrapolation in Construction Defect Cases Sufficiently Reliable?” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Construction Defects, April 2006.
  • “Molds: A Comprehensive Guide to Litigating Mold Damage and Injury Cases: An Overview of Mold Litigation in New Jersey,” Lawyer’s and Judges Publishing Co., January 2004.
  • “A Landlord’s Quandary: Whether to Disclose Mold Remediation,” Multi-Housing News, January 2003.
  • “Spoliation of Evidence in a Mold Case,” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Mold, August 2001.
  • “Finding Insurance Coverage for Mold Litigation,” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Mold, March 2001.
Consumer and Building Products Litigation
  • Defense counsel for manufacturer of microwaves in a nationwide and state-based putative class action based on allegations of negligence, breach of warranty, consumer fraud, and other claims relating to allegedly defective microwaves.
  • Representation of public utility in litigation with manufacturer and supplier of electrical meters regarding breach of contract and breach of warranty.
  • Defense counsel for retailer in state-wide putative class action based on allegations of consumer fraud, breach of warranty, and unjust enrichment relating to the sale of motor oil.
  • Defense counsel for retailer in state-wide putative class action based on allegations of consumer fraud, breach of warranty, and unjust enrichment relating to product labels on moisturizing lotion.
  • Defense counsel for manufacturer of wood-plastic composite decking in nationwide putative class actions filed in California federal court and state-wide putative class actions filed in New Jersey, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan federal courts.
  • Defense counsel for manufacturer of roofing shingles in putative class actions filed in Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, New Jersey, and New York state courts.
  • Defense counsel for manufacturer of windows in state-wide putative class actions filed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina, Minnesota, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina federal courts.
  • Defense counsel for manufacturer of chemically treated residential decking in putative class actions filed in Florida and Louisiana federal courts.
  • Defense counsel for manufacturer of dishwashers in nationwide and state-based putative class actions based on allegations of breach of warranty, consumer fraud, and other claims relating to allegedly defective dishwashers.
  • Defense counsel for manufacturer of fire retardant treated plywood roof sheathing in putative class action filed in Maryland state court.
  • Defense counsel for manufacturer of food packaging materials in putative class action filed in New Jersey federal court.
  • Defense counsel for manufacturer of cell phones in putative class action filed in New Jersey state court.
  • National litigation counsel for manufacturer of fire retardant treated plywood roof sheathing in hundreds of cases filed throughout the country involving product defect claims and property damage.
  • National litigation counsel for manufacturer of commercial and residential air conditioning systems in hundreds of cases filed throughout the country involving product defect claims and personal injury claims related to mold exposure.
  • National litigation counsel for furnace manufacturer in lawsuits alleging asbestos exposure and personal injury.
  • New Jersey litigation counsel for manufacturer of bathroom fans in cases alleging that fans caused fires and property damage.
  • National litigation counsel for manufacturer of allegedly defective plywood used in flooring of more than 10,000 buses throughout the country.
Construction Industry Litigation
  • Trial counsel for developer in case involving the collapse of a county road.
  • Trial counsel for developer in case in which purchasers of condominium units claimed that their units decreased in value because of alleged defects in construction and alleged failure to build certain amenities.
  • Trial counsel for developer in case in which plaintiff alleged that condominium buildings were sinking into the ground.
  • Defense counsel for several residential homebuilders with respect to numerous warranty and consumer fraud-based lawsuits filed by homeowners relating to alleged construction defects and actions against design professionals and subcontractors to recover the cost to repair such alleged defects.
  • Defense counsel for national homebuilder in putative class action filed in New Jersey state court regarding alleged construction defects.
  • National litigation counsel for residential homebuilder in numerous cases filed throughout the country alleging personal injury and property damage caused by mold.
  • Defense counsel for several major developers of condominiums with respect to numerous cases brought by condominium owners’ associations seeking multi-million dollar damage awards for alleged construction and design defects in condominium complexes.
  • Defense counsel for homebuilders and property owners with respect to numerous lawsuits involving workplace accidents resulting in death and catastrophic injuries.
  • Representation of developers and homebuilders in actions seeking insurance coverage for major construction defect claims.
  • Drafted residential warranty program for national homebuilder for use in new construction throughout the United States.
  • Representation of homebuilder in over 70 arbitrations regarding disputes with defaulting purchasers over the retention of deposits for condominium purchases.
Reported Cases