Rich Forzani

Rich Forzani has been an associate with Ruprecht, Hart, Ricciardulli & Sherman, LLP since 2017. He focuses his practice on defending railroads and utility companies, and has developed substantial experience through all phases of pre-trial litigation. Rich has defended clients in matters involving claims for catastrophic or routine personal injuries, claims for injuries arising from mass casualty incidents, and claims arising under the Federal Employers Liability Act. In addition, he has developed experience defending claims for employment discrimination under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.

Rich earned his B.A. magna cum laude from Rutgers University in 2012 and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He earned his J.D. cum laude from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law, which he attended as a John Marshall Scholar. During law school, Rich served as the lead articles editor for the Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest and earned the CALI Award for the highest grade in Pretrial Drafting and Voting Rights. In addition, he served twice as a judicial intern to the Honorable Menelaos W. Toskos, J.S.C., in the Chancery Division of New Jersey Superior Court – Bergen County.

Prior to joining the firm, Rich served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frank J. Santoro, Bankruptcy Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and as the first law clerk to the Honorable Keith E. Lynott, J.S.C., in the Law Division of New Jersey Superior Court – Essex County. He applies the substantive knowledge, skills, and insights he learned during his clerkships to advance client goals and objectives. Rich is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Virginia.


  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D. 2015 cum laude
  • John Marshall Scholarship
  • Rutgers University, B.A. 2012 magna cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Professional Memberships

  • New Jersey Bar
  • Virginia State Bar