Gregory D. Saputelli is HFS&L’s lead litigator. Greg’s a polished, decorated professional. In fact, he’s a genuine trial attorney—designated as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court. Fewer than 2% of all active New Jersey lawyers have earned this official stamp of approval. In fact, Greg teaches trial advocacy at Rutgers Law School - Camden.
Greg’s portfolio of clients and cases is wide and deep. He has civil litigation expertise across the spectrum of disputes and in diverse areas of the law, representing companies, businesses, individuals, and government entities. He has also helped clients obtain governmental permits and approvals, and pursue real estate tax appeals. Greg has taken on cases in healthcare law, zoning and land use (including affordable housing mandates), redevelopment law, construction law, insurance law, intellectual property law, eminent domain law, and professional liability and malpractice law (including claims against lawyers, doctors, and engineers).
Here is a sampling of Greg’s notable litigation wins:
- $12.5 million for securities fraud by a major Wall Street investment bank.
- $4.4 million against a hospital system for wrongful termination of a physician’s medical staff privileges.
- $1.85 million for wrongful termination of an employee.
- $550,000 for the buyer of a business who was defrauded by the seller.
- $5.5 million eminent domain award for a chemical company.
- $7.9 million for legal malpractice in a patent application.
- $2.25 million against a hospital for medical malpractice when an infant developed cerebral palsy.
- Struck down a redevelopment ordinance that adversely affected a shopping center and a hospital.
Before joining HFS&L, Greg was a long-time partner at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, serving as managing partner of its Cherry Hill, New Jersey office for 26 years. He has been recognized locally and nationally as a Super Lawyer, in New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine (7 times) and in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition (4 times). He has been a judge at the National Mock Trial Competitions at Yale University and at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1990, he was an American Delegate to the Moscow Conference on Law and Economic Bilateral Relations, where he participated in workshops and meetings with attorneys and government leaders from Russia and the United States. He was Special Assistant to New Jersey Governor William T. Cahill (1970-1972). He has been quoted in the Chicago Tribune.
Greg is fluent in Russian, and has taught the language at Dickinson College.
 New Jersey is one of only 11 states that directly certify specialists in specific areas of the law. In order to be designated a “Certified Civil Trial Attorney” by the New Jersey Supreme Court, an attorney must (a) demonstrate sufficient experience, education, knowledge, and skill in civil trial practice; (b) demonstrate an unblemished reputation by submitting a list of attorneys and judges who attest to the applicant's character and ability; and (c) pass a rigorous examination.