Evan J. Lide is a Shareholder and member of Stark & Stark’s Personal Injury Group. He is also an expert Civil Trial Attorney as certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Evan has dedicated his career to seeking justice on behalf of those who have been wronged. He focuses his practice on representing people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other catastrophic injuries, including death resulting from automobile crashes, product liability, and premises liability.
Evan is an experienced and skilled litigator who has tried cases to verdict in counties throughout New Jersey. Evan truly cares about his clients, and fights tirelessly to make sure insurance companies do the right thing and also that corporations are held accountable for their actions. Evan’s verdicts and settlements have been featured in the New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey Jury Verdict Review & Analysis, New York Daily News, and the New York Post.
Evan was born and raised in New Jersey and is proud to be known as a fighter who is willing to stand up on behalf of those in need. His father, a lawyer, taught Evan a love and appreciation for the law at a young age. His mother, a school teacher, gave him a passion for taking care of others. After college, Evan worked at his father’s law firm during the day and went to law school at night while also working two part-time jobs as a waiter and a bartender. Evan is not afraid of hard work, and he believes in going the distance for every client. This approach has helped him obtain great results for his clients.
Evan’s advocacy for those who cannot help themselves extends to his community activities. Currently, Evan serves on the board of Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, a non-profit that collects donated produce from local farms and distributes it immediately to the non-profit hunger-relief agencies helping the most needy families in the community. During COVID, Rolling Harvest was instrumental in establishing several emergency-free farm markets in our community, ensuring families in need had access to food. Through his work with Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, Evan has spent considerable efforts helping the flood victims in Lambertville who were displaced due to Hurricane Ida.
Evan is also passionate about helping people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults in the United States. Each year an estimated 1.5 million Americans sustain a TBI. Evan serves on the board of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for anyone impacted by brain injury here in New Jersey. Stark & Stark is proud to support the efforts of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey.
Evan is a former board member of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF), a community-based non-profit organization whose mission is to defend and promote civil rights and facilitate access to health care and education for low-income Latin American immigrants. He is also a former board member of NonProfitConnect, another local non-profit that promotes skilled volunteerism by matching professionals looking for pro bono opportunities to non-profit organizations that need their talents.
Evan is on the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Association for Justice, serves as Co-Chair of the NJAJ Civil Practice Committee, and is a member of the Bad Faith Committee. He is also proud to be a member of the American Association for Justice and Mercer County Bar Association, and was recently reappointed for a fourth term on the New Jersey Supreme Court Model Civil Jury Charge Committee, and previously served as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts. Following law school, Evan had the opportunity to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Georgia M. Curio, Assignment Judge of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties.
While Evan is very proud of the results he has obtained for his clients and his reputation in the legal community, he is most proud to be a father. Evan and his wife, Melissa, and son, Robert, reside in Lambertville, New Jersey, where Evan is currently running for City Council so that he can continue to serve his community and ensure that Lambertville builds back better after the devastating flooding events from Hurricane Ida.
Mr. Lide is a frequent contributor to the Personal Injury Law Journal. You can view Mr. Lide’s most recent blog post here.