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Denise M. Luckenbach

  • Partner


East Hanover, NJ





Ms. Luckenbach is certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey and A.V. rated by Martindale Hubbell. She concentrates her practice in insurance defense, surety and fidelity matters (including fiduciary, public official, and other commercial bond claims), claims based in notary negligence, estate litigation, and general civil litigation, including construction defect claims and commercial/contract litigation.

Ms. Luckenbach is admitted to practice in New Jersey (1990), New York, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association, including both the Insurance Defense and Fidelity and Surety subcommittees. She is also a member of the Bergen County, Essex County, and American Bar Associations, the New Jersey Defense Association, the Defense Research Institute, the New Jersey Association for Justice, the American Judicature Society and the Morris Pashman Inn of Court. In 2007, she was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve a four year term on the District V–B Ethics Committee which was renewed for a second term through 2015.

Ms. Luckenbach has lectured for New Jersey's Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) on Premises Liability claims, bad faith litigation, and primary/excess carrier duties and obligations.  She is a frequent lecturer at the N.J. Bar Association annual meeting as a panelist on behalf of the Insurance Defense Committee.  She is a published author in the area of Surety and Fidelity law having published “Defenses Available to the Probate Bond Surety” in The Law of Probate Bonds, (2001). She also serves as an Early Settlement Panel mediator for the Essex County Probate Court.

Ms. Luckenbach received her B.A., cum laude, and her J.D. from Seton Hall University where she was a member of the Moot Court Board. She clerked for the Honorable M.J. Kole, J.S.C., Bergen County, in the 1989 – 1990 court term.

Areas Of Practice

  • Insurance Defense
  • Surety
  • Fidelity Matters (including Fiduciary, Public Official, and Other Commercial Bond Claims)
  • Claims based in Notary Negligence
  • Estate Litigation
  • General Civil
  • Construction Defect Claims
  • Commercial/Contract Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1990
  • New York, 1990
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D.
  • Seton Hall University
    • B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude

Published Works

  • "Defenses Available to the Probate Bond Surety", The Law of Probate Bonds, 2001


  • Early Settlement Panel mediator, Essex County Probate Court

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • New Jersey Bar Association, Member, Insurance Defense Subcommittee
  • New Jersey Bar Association, Member, Fidelity and Surety Subcommittee
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Member
  • Essex County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New Jersey Defense Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • New Jersey Association for Justice, Member
  • American Judicature Society, Member
  • Morris Pashman Inn of Court, Member
  • Moot Court Board, Member
  • New Jersey Supreme Court, District V-B Ethics Committee, 2007 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Martin J. Kole, J.A.D. t/a, Law Clerk, 1989 to 1990