Gregory E. Tomczak is an accomplished and highly distinguished litigator and trial lawyer whose practice focuses primarily on probate and estate litigation. However, in addition to probate and estate litigation, Greg also practices in the areas of business law and commercial litigation. Greg began his career as an Assistant Prosecutor in New Jersey where he prosecuted high profile and serious felony offenses before entering private practice. In private practice, he focused on commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense, having been involved in some of the most high profile and complex cases in New Jersey and New York. Greg has extensive trial experience, serving as lead counsel in many complex jury trials and in countless high-stakes civil and criminal litigations within the state and federal courts of Arizona, New Jersey, New York, and Florida. He has also served as lead counsel for numerous high-profile clients including some of the highest-ranking government officials in New Jersey and the former General Partner of the New York Yankees. Over the course of his 21 years of commercial and criminal litigation experience, Greg has been called upon to solve some of the most complex legal issues for his private clients, government officials, and governmental agencies. His reputation for providing fierce and strategic trial advocacy has led other law firms to seek his assistance with either conducting the trial of a case or acting as a litigation/trial consultant. Additionally, over the years, Greg’s novel and creative trial strategies have been published and studied by other members of the legal community.
Nearly eight years ago, Greg handled a highly contested probate and estate litigation involving an estate valued in excess of $4.5 million. In that case, Greg represented the Plaintiff and heir that was being deprived of his rightful inheritance by his brother and only coheir. The estate assets included a closely held family business, in addition to various precious metals and diamonds. His client’s brother operated the family business and refused to submit to a valuation of the estate’s assets, including, but not limited to, the family business, the various precious metals, and the diamonds, to effectuate a fair and equitable distribution of the estate’s assets. After more than 18 months of highly contentious litigation, Greg persuaded the court to order a full appraisal and accounting of the estate assets which ultimately resulted in his client receiving his fair share of the estate.
This case completely changed the trajectory of Greg’s litigation practice and caused him to refocus his practice on probate and estate litigation. Greg witnessed first-hand the highly emotional nature of estate litigation and the complexities of estate litigation cases. He decided to utilize his skills and experience in complex commercial and criminal litigation to help his clients in their most difficult times and be there for them as he efficiently resolves their most complex and, often emotionally devastating, disputes. Greg found that helping individuals through these difficult times, which primarily involve the loss of a loved one, was his true calling. Since that time, Greg has helped countless clients through such difficult times with compassion and understanding. He does so by taking the pressure off of his clients, making them feel at ease while he resolves their contested disputes with laser precision. The most satisfying and validating statement Greg consistently hears from his litigation clients is “I could have never gotten through this without you.” This fuels Greg’s relentless pursuit of successful outcomes for each of his clients, regardless of the size or complexity of their legal matters.
In his commercial litigation practice, Greg, as lead counsel, recently represented a former sales associate of a company with a market value in excess of $1 Billion in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. In that case, the company filed a lawsuit against Greg’s client for violating a non-competition contract provision and sought a preliminary injunction restraining his client from working for a competitive company. Greg successfully defeated the company’s application for an injunction and the case was completely dismissed against his client. Greg’s total win over this billion dollar company is just one of many examples of his high-level litigation successes.
In addition to being a fierce litigator, Greg is an estate planning attorney that assists other attorneys in the firm with creating some of the most complex estate plans for the firm’s clients. Drawing upon his vast litigation experience, Greg analyzes each individual estate plan and determines how to best mitigate the risk of a dispute before it arises. He does this by analyzing and anticipating the legal arguments that could be made by each potentially adverse party to a dispute over an estate plan, and any counter-arguments that could be made by the client.
Like the other attorneys in the firm, Greg is also a financial professional that is well versed in investment strategies, risk management, and asset allocation, enabling him to provide insightful guidance on growing and preserving his clients’ wealth.
- Since 2009, Greg has been consistently recognized by Super Lawyers as a New Jersey Rising Star (2009-2014) and a New Jersey Super Lawyer (2015 to 2019).
- In 2023, Greg was recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer for his practice of law in Arizona, an honor reserved for less than 5% of attorneys.
- In 2020, Greg was recognized as one of America’s Most Honored Lawyers by the American Registry (an honor reserved for less than 1% of attorneys).
- In 2012, Greg was recognized as one of the Top 50 Attorneys in New Jersey under the Age of 40, “New Leaders of the Bar”, New Jersey Law Journal – 2012
- Rutgers, The State University of N.J., B.A., magna cum laude, 1999
- George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., J.D., 2002
- New Jersey, 2002U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2002
- New York, 2003U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2011
- Arizona, 2017U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 2021