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NJ’s Top-Rated Civil Litigation

Since 1991, Douglas Standriff has been successfully handling civil litigation cases and property tax appeals for his NJ clients. Doug is among the less than three percent of all attorneys who have been appointed a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the NJ Supreme Court after meeting a rigorous set of requirements that include both passing a written examination and demonstrating extensive trial experience. Doug and his associate, Marissa Messinger, Esq., have a proficient understanding of the complex New Jersey laws surrounding property tax appeals and civil litigation. The Bergen Law team is adept at gathering evidence, and will expertly develop a sound and effective legal strategy to help you realize the best outcome for your civil litigation or property tax appeal case. Since NJ imposes time limits for filing civil lawsuits and property tax appeals, it is crucial that you contact Bergen Law as soon as possible to discuss your case.

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Bergen County Civil Lawyers Douglas Standriff and his associate, Marissa Messinger

Civil Litigation

As a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Douglas Standriff possesses specialized knowledge of trial tactics, the Rules of Evidence, and the Rules of Court. As a highly experienced civil litigation lawyer, he often accepts cases referred to him by other attorneys who feel they need his assistance. As a Trial Attorney, Doug is able to handle any type of case requiring litigation in addition to personal injury cases including:

  • Wrongful death
  • On-the-job injuries
  • Divorce
  • Small business litigation
    • Contract disputes
    • Payment disputes
    • Commercial collections
    • Commercial tenant evictions
  • Will probate
  • Legal malpractice
  • Construction disputes

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Tax Appeals

With a success rate of over 96%, Doug has obtained reduced tax assessments and property taxes for many New Jersey property owners. His well-honed negotiation skills have allowed him to settle over 1,000 tax appeal cases out of court, but when a settlement cannot be reached, Doug’s qualifications as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney allow him to achieve outstanding trial results. The types of property tax appeal cases Doug handles include:

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Multi-family
  • Condominium
  • Recently purchased

When Do You Need to Hire a Civil Litigation?

Any time you are seeking compensation for injuries, wrongful death, legal or construction disputes, or small business disputes, or are filing for divorce, probating a will, or disputing your property taxes, you should obtain the representation of an expert civil litigation and property tax attorney. Certified Civil Trial Attorney Douglas Standriff and his associate Marissa Messinger, Esq. have the skills, knowledge, and courtroom experience to offer you the best legal representation in your property tax or civil dispute.


For over 28 years, Certified Civil Trial Attorney Douglas Standriff has provided top-quality representation to thousands of victims of car accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents and more in Maywood, Hackensack, Paramus and surrounding towns. To learn about some of Doug’s recent successes, click each of the icons on the map below.