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Julio C. Gomez

Associate

Mr. Gomez’s main practice area is complex commercial and civil litigation. As an associate of the firm, Mr. Gomez has been actively involved in False Claims Act litigation, antitrust matters and fraud cases in both state and federal courts. Throughout his career, Mr. Gomez has tried cases in state and federal court to successful conclusion.

Prior to joining Stone & Magnanini, Mr. Gomez ran a solo practice focusing on civil rights and commercial litigation in diverse matters including discrimination, education, police excessive force, unfair trade practices, contract disputes, fraud, wrongful death and personal injury.

Specific matters have included representation of indigent and indigenous Ecuadorians against Chevron Corporation regarding claims of litigation fraud arising from prosecution of an environmental damages action following 20 years of oil drilling in the Amazon; Mr. Gomez was co-counsel on a successful appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in this case, see Chevron Corp. v. Naranjo, 667 F.3d 232 (2d Cir. 2012), and he tried the merits case for six-weeks in federal court in Manhattan. See Chevron v. Donziger, 974 F.Supp.2d (S.D.N.Y. 2014).

Other significant matters have included a putative class action against twenty-five New Jersey school districts on behalf of 60,000 school children, see Hope for Children Trapped in Failing Schools: the Promise of Crawford v. Davy, published in PEABODY JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, Vol. 83, No. 2 (2008), and a First Amendment challenge that ultimately toppled an 18-year corrupt incumbent mayor in New Jersey. See Comité Patriotico Cultural Puertorriqueño v. Vas, No. CIV.A.05-2665, 2008 WL 2566202 (D.N.J. June 26, 2008).
Clients have also included small and large business organizations, and entrepreneurs including wholesalers and restauranteurs. Mr. Gomez successfully defended the former owners of Almacenes Riviera, Inc., a major retail department store chain in Puerto Rico against a U.S. Trustee in a two-week federal court trial resulting in a complete dismissal of all claims. See Segarra-Miranda v. Perez-Padro, 482 B.R. 59 (D.P.R. 2012).

Previously Mr. Gomez was associated with an international law firm where he was actively engaged in representing businesses large and small in complex commercial and environmental litigation.

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Education

  • Rutgers School of Law, J.D., 1998
    – Judge J. Skelly Wright Prize, for Greatest Contributions in Civil Rights, Civil Liberties and Human Affairs.
  • Rutgers College, B.A., English/Political Science, 1995

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Courts of Appeals: First Circuit, Second Circuit, Third Circuit
  • United States District Courts: District of New Jersey, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Selected Publications

  • A Child’s Civil Right to a Thorough and Efficient Education, published in NEW JERSEY LAWYER MAGAZINE, Vol. No. 286 (February 2014)
  • Hope for Children Trapped in Failing Schools: the Promise of Crawford v. Davy, published in PEABODY JOURNAL OF EDUCATION, Vol. 83, Issue No. 2 (2008).