Our Staff

Marcus Rayner | President

Marcus Rayner serves as president of the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute. Since helping to found the Institute in 2007, Rayner has established the group as the state’s leading business organization dedicated to civil justice reform and sound legal policy. Under his leadership, the organization has grown from a start-up to an association representing over 100 of New Jersey’s leading companies, professional associations, business trade groups, and defense lawyers.

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Alida Kass | Chief Counsel

Alida Kass is chief counsel of the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute. Kass is the voice of the Institute in the State House and head of the organization’s litigation efforts. Kass’s legal expertise has allowed the Institute to engage on issues at a foundational level. By focusing on incentives and looking for the root cause of problems, NJCJI has become much more proactive in its efforts to improve the state’s legal system.

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Emily Kelchen | Director of Public Affairs

Emily Kelchen is the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute’s Director of Public Affairs. In that role, she oversees the Institute’s communications efforts and also assists with NJCJI’s government affairs and appellate work.

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Nancy Heath | Executive Assistant

Nancy Heath is executive assistant with the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute. Born in Pennsylvania, she spent the majority of her life living in New Jersey and working within the State’s legal system. Nancy is a certified paralegal with over 30 years of experience. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked for the shareholder of a large corporate law firm dedicated to the fight for the preservation of farmland and open space in New Jersey, acting as a liaison between major building corporations and the client.

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