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Georgette Castner
Cherry Hill Office

LibertyView
457 Haddonfield Road
Suite 600
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

P: 856-488-7794
F: 856-488-7720

Biography

Georgette Fries Castner is a partner in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department, Co-Chair of the Cannabis Law Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and white collar and government investigations and represents corporate entities, government entities, and individuals in a range of industries. She regularly counsels clients on issues involving cannabis and hemp and the various federal and state regulatory requirements.

In addition to Georgette’s commercial litigation and white collar practice, she also represents colleges and other schools as well as school personnel in catastrophic injury matters. One such representation of a NCAA Division I college involved a deceased student-athlete who was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The case was dismissed by the plaintiff with prejudice.

Georgette has also represented clients pro bono on behalf of South Jersey Legal Services, Inc. She successfully obtained SSI benefits on behalf of a child in an appeal against the United States Social Security Administration. Georgette also represented two municipalities, as amicus curiae, in an affordable housing case before the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken, Georgette served as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph F. Lisa of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division (Ret.).

Prior to law school, Georgette served as Chief of Staff and Director of Constituent Affairs for a member of the New Jersey General Assembly. She managed the Legislative District Office and staff, coordinated the member’s legislative agenda and bill drafting, and negotiated bill drafts and amendments with committee aides, lobbyists, and other interest groups.

Selected Representations

  • Represented global company in contract dispute arising out of COVID 19 pandemic that resulted in dismissal by the plaintiffs.
  • Represented corporate entity in submitting application for dispensary license before the New Jersey Department of Health, Division of Medicinal Marijuana.
  • Represented member of the New Jersey General Assembly before Joint Legislative Committees on Ethical Standards, which included dismissal of ethics complaint
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in action alleging fraud and unjust enrichment arising out of pharmaceutical pricing
  • Represented diocese, high school and high school coaching staff in a matter involving a catastrophic injury one of its football players suffered while attending football camp
  • Trial counsel to municipality regarding easement issue involving height of dunes
  • Represented developer and general contractor in class action construction defect case brought by homeowners. Successfully defeated class action certification and obtained favorable settlement
  • Represented municipality on issue of first impression regarding residents’ initiative petition to place cost of living cap on municipal expenditures, City of Ocean City v. Somerville, 403 N.J. Super. 345 (App. Div. 2008)

Georgette has also represented clients pro bono on behalf of South Jersey Legal Services, Inc. She successfully obtained SSI benefits on behalf of a child in an appeal against the United States Social Security Administration. Georgette also represented two municipalities in a recent affordable housing case before the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Camden County Bar Association Civil Practice Committee: Civil Practice Update,” January 2021
  • Presenter, “29th Annual This Year in Nonprofit,” November 2019
  • Presenter, “Concussions and CTE: Legal Implications to the Athletic Trainer,” Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Convention, January 2017
  • Panelist, “Corporate Compliance, Ethics, eDiscovery and Social Media,” Rutgers Law School, December 2016
  • Speaker, “Concussions and the Law, A Defense Lawyer’s Perspective…An Agent’s Perspective,” Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, Sports Law Society, October 2016
  • Moderator and Presenter, “Practice Tips for Succeeding in the Appellate Division,” December 2013

Community Involvement

  • Member, Moorestown Township Zoning Board of Adjustment (appointed in 2019)

Professional Activities & Achievements

  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character (appointed July 2017)
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges (2016-2018, 2018-2020, 2020-2022)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Legislative Committee Member (2014-2016)
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
  • Camden County Bar Association
  • Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey

Academic Achievements

Georgette received a J.D., with honors, from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden. While in law school, Georgette served as Research Editor for the Rutgers Law Journal.  She was also selected as a Governor’s Executive Fellow and completed course work at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.

Georgette earned a B.S., cum laude, from The College of New Jersey. She was a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society and founding President of TCNJ’s Golden Key International Honour Society chapter.