Edward Sun Kiel is a shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Department. Edward is an experienced trial attorney having tried dozens of business cases to verdict. He has represented multinational corporations to individuals in a wide-ranging variety of cases including complex cross border transactions, shareholder fights, dealership disputes, condemnation actions, public contracting claims, probate actions, and class-action consumer fraud claims. Edward is also an effective and prominent appellate advocate having argued numerous cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Division resulting in a number of reported cases including:
- Town of Kearny v. Discount City of Old Bridge, Inc., 205 N.J. 286 (2011) (Condemnation of a leasehold estate for redevelopment).
- Kalogeras v. 239 Broad Ave., L.L.C., 202 N.J. 349 (2010) (Claim for specific performance for the sale of real property and liquor license).
- Hoffman v. Asseenontv.com, Inc., 404 N.J.Super. 415 (App. Div. 2009) (Class-action consumer fraud claim).
- D.D.B. Interior Contracting, Inc. v. Trends Urban Renewal Assoc., Ltd., (Construction lien claim).
- Kellam Associates, Inc. v. Angle Projects, Inc., 357 N.J.Super. 132 (App. Div. 2003) (Litigation relating to leased land on ski resort).
- Entech Corp. v. City of Newark, 351 N.J.Super. 440 (Law Div. 2002) (Public contracting litigation for sewer rehabilitation project).
- Betoncourt v. Town of West New York, 338 N.J.Super. 415 (App. Div. 2001) (Constitutional challenge to juvenile curfew ordinance).
A member of the firm since 2001, Edward has successfully represented clients on a number of complex litigation and related matters including:
- Represented Hanjin Shipping, on behalf of its foreign representative, in the largest maritime bankruptcy in history, before the United States Bankruptcy Court in New Jersey.
- Represented EverBeauty, Inc., an international distributor of hair products, to recover damages resulting from the negligence of its insurance brokers for $3.6 million in losses from Superstorm Sandy.
- Represented Luidia, Inc. and PNF, Inc., leaders in the whiteboard-technology industry, against claims by its manufacturing-vendor in a lawsuit before the Superior Court of California, San Mateo County, for millions of dollars in damages and rights to a patent portfolio.
- Represented a chain of New York City delicatessens and its principal in a series of lawsuits by a former principal that spanned a decade and was litigated before the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and Southern District of New York, before a private arbitrator, the United States Bankruptcy Court, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuit.
- Represented ISOL Technology, a world-wide leader in specialized MRI technology in successfully defending against a lawsuit filed by LBDS, Inc., before the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, claiming theft of trade secrets and demanding $70 million in damages.
- Represented an individual against a real estate holding company for liability of its agent in a multi-million dollar real estate scheme in a case before the Supreme Court of New York and, though local counsel, before the Seoul Central District, Republic of Korea, and obtained judgment for $4.6 million.
- Represented SM Global Group in litigation stemming from a failed real estate deal for the purchase of a 90-unit condominium building for $18.6 million.
- Represented a real estate developer in a lawsuit stemming from a failed real estate deal for commercial property in Palisades Park that was litigated through 17 days of trial and appeals before the New Jersey Appellate Division and Supreme Court. The Supreme Court decision is reported at 202 N.J. 349 (2010).
- Represented Hyundai-Wia Machine Corp. in complex litigation involving alleged violations of numerous states’ statutes protecting dealers against its multi-state dealer.
- Represented James Wholesale Warehouse against the Town of Kearney in its attempt to condemn leasehold right so that the owner could clear out its building for redevelopment, resulting in a favorable decision on an issue of first impression relating to the condemnation of leasehold rights from the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court decision is reported at 205 N.J. 386 (2011).
- Represented Fairway Market, Inc. in a matter to enjoin another company operating as “Fairway Market” from opening a “Fairway Market” near its location or any other location in New Jersey.
- Represented DDB Interior Contracting in its attempt to collect millions of dollars of unpaid construction services related to a large, redevelopment project in Jersey City, New Jersey, resulting in a favorable decision on an issue of first impression relating to the New Jersey Construction Lien Law from the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court decision is reported at 176 N.J. 164 (2003).
Edward is consistently awarded high marks for the quality of his legal work and ethical practice. Edward has been included in Best Lawyers list of Best Lawyers in America, received an AV rating from his peers from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers in Business Litigation from 2009 to 2015. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology.
Edward is also active in the bar, serving as a trustee of the Bergen County Bar Association and a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Character. In 2010, Edward also received the Trailblazer Award, the highest recognition conferred by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, for his work to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Edward earned his B.S.in Electrical Engineering and B.A. from Rutgers University and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.