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DeCotiis lawyers are frequently in the press in their areas of expertise as well as being sought-after speakers, panelists and authors.

In the popular Politifax Newsletter, the DeCotiis law firm was listed as a "Winner of the Week" for their recent expansion in New Jersey. Winner: The DeCotiis Firm DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole opened offices in Princeton and Mount Laurel to give the Teaneck- based law firm a statewide physical presence.

DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin,  LLP ranked as a top national law firm in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine, has announced the opening of two new offices in New Jersey. The firm, widely considered one of the most influential in the state, is opening offices in Princeton and Mount Laurel, New Jersey to help make the firm more accessible to its clients throughout the state. "Expanding our offices in the state will be a great benefit to our clients throughout the state," said Joseph DeCotiis, Managing Partner. "At DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin client service… Continue

I hope this email finds you well as you swing into the long Labor Day weekend.   This month my administration has been fine tuning our infrastructure and establishing a solid foundation for building a stronger more sustainable Jersey City.  I am implementing policies that will ensure our growth is effectuated in a way that is meaningful and fair:  we unveiled the City's first abatement policy in the history of our great city;  we received excellent news from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs underscoring the enormous growth potential of Jersey City; and I have put in place a policy… Continue

Jersey City Minority Police Recruitment Drive; Partner with local non-profits for registration aid and FREE test preparatory courses JERSEY CITY - Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr., with the support of several Jersey City non-profits, are launching a Jersey City Minority Police Recruitment Drive, which will kick off at a public information session at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in City Hall Council Chambers, 280 Grove Street. Non-profit partners include PACO, the Asian American Law Enforcement Association (AALEA), the Philippine American Friendship Committee (PAFCOM), Urban League, the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association (HALEA), and the Inter-Minority… Continue

Scuba and Cricket Programs to Follow in Early Fall JERSEY CITY - Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Councilman Daniel Rivera announced today in conjunction with the Department of Recreation that the City has launched a boxing program for Jersey City youth ages eight to 18 with the program starting on Tuesday, Aug. 20th, 2013. This is in addition to a youth scuba diving program starting in September and a Cricket program in late fall. "Residents have been asking for a boxing program for our youth for several years and we are pleased to get this program off the ground," said… Continue

Congratulations to the Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) for being named the top hospital in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report for the second consecutive year. HackensackUMC further burnished its reputation by ranking third in the entire New York Metro Area. "Under Robert C. Garrett's leadership, Hackensack University Medical Center has proven that it's not necessary to cross a bridge or a tunnel to get the best care possible," said Joseph DeCotiis, Managing Partner of DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP. "We are proud to call Hackensack University Medical Center a client, and were especially proud to help… Continue

Some big names are coming to New Jersey to support Newark Mayor Cory Booker in his bid for U.S. Senate, including one of his highest profile backers: Oprah Winfrey. Ms. Winfrey is set to hold an evening fundraiser for Mr. Booker on Aug. 1 at the Liberty House restaurant in Jersey City, the Booker campaign confirmed Friday. Invitations to the event are being printed and are expected to be mailed out on Monday. One hundred people are expected to attend. General admission to the event is $1,000, with $2,600 tickets for a "VIP" level that includes a photograph. Michael Kempner,… Continue

Earlier this week, New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced the formation of a committee to focus on how to expedite litigation filed in civil actions. DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP is pleased to announce that our Partner and Co-Chair of our Litigation Practice, Jeffrey D. Smith is among the attorneys selected to serve on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Expedited Civil Action. The committee's chief goal, stated by Chief Justice Rabner, will be to, "develop a program that will achieve speedier justice at a lower cost without sacrificing due process and fairness to litigants." Further, the… Continue

DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP is a full-service law firm of largely New Jersey-born attorneys achieving nationally recognized results for their clients. This year, for only the second year in Martindale-Hubbell's 140-year history, it published a list of the country's top-ranked law firms. Bergen County's own DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin is proud to have ranked in the top quarter of one percent of the nation's law firms for the second consecutive year. The DeCotiis firm earned this honor because, no matter the size of the claim or the severity of the charge, its attorneys get results. The DeCotiis team… Continue

"Several Factors contributed to Steve Fulop's victory. In no particular order: superior organization, last minute contributions from Chris Christie supporters Joe DiVincenzo and Kevin O'Toole (Can a Fulop endorsement of the Governor be in the future?), a barrage of anti-Jerry Healy mailers paid for by David Tepper's Better Education for New Jersey Kids, along with support and guidance from the DeCotiis law firm..."

The DeCotiis Law Firm  - The powerful family firm was in the backrooms in Fulop's corner throughout the contest - and today, as the winning mayor-elect eyed the transition phase of his campaign. Read more at

surprise mayoral candidate rejected Posted by Kevin Coughlin on April 25, 2013 Michael Elms can be added to the Democratic slate of council candidates on the June 4 primary ballot, replacing Morristown Councilman Kevin Gsell, who bowed out after a deadline for changes had passed, a judge ruled on Thursday. At the same time, the judge shot down a surprise move by Democratic challengers to add resident Christine Conti-Collins to the ballot as a challenger to Mayor Tim Dougherty. State Superior Court Judge Stephan Hansbury said the Michael Elms decision came down to a balancing act: "The bottom line is,… Continue

for council in Morristown Democratic primary By Ben Horowitz of The Star-Ledger The Star-Ledger MORRISTOWN - A Superior Court judge ruled today that a replacement Morristown Council candidate, Michael Elms, may be listed on the ballot in the June 4 Democratic primary, even though he submitted petitions after the deadline. Elms was endorsed by the Morristown Democratic Committee on April 17, two days after Councilman Kevin Gsell withdrew from the race. In his ruling, Judge Stephan Hansbury upheld the argument by the committee's attorney, Daniel Zwillenberg, who said elections laws over the years have been "liberally construed" to "promote voter… Continue

In the New Jersey Law Journal's Suits and Deals column, which summarizes New Jersey's largest settlements and verdicts, George Frino and Avis Bishop-Thompson were recognized for winning a major verdict on behalf of East Orange, New Jersey. The trial was heard before the Hon. Thomas Vena in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Essex County. Three plaintiffs alleged that the East Orange's Director of the Division of Property & Maintenance sexually harassed three City Employees, and that the employees were retaliated against by both the City's Human Resources Director and Business Administrator - the City's second-ranking official after the Mayor.… Continue

Winners and Losers: Week of March 18th By PolitickerNJ Staff WINNERS Barbara Buono The underdog gubernatorial candidate had a good week. She landed the endorsements of the NJEA and HPAE, then picked up media coverage for two events in as many days: a walking tour with Newark Mayor Cory Booker and a rally with Essex County Democrats. Jerry Healy The incumbent mayor of Jersey City landed the enthusiastic public support of President Barack Obama. Robert Andrezejcak The Iraq War veteran assumed the oath of office as assemblyman in the 1st Legislative District. The ally of state Sen. Jeff Van Drew… Continue

DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP has been ranked in the top one percent of the Nation's law firms.  In addition, the DeCotiis firm has been distinguished by Fortune Magazine, The American Lawyer, Corporate Council, and, as one of the "2013 Top Ranked Law Firms" in the United States. These designations are  indicators of DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP's high ethical standards and professional ability.

This was the second year the selection process was held. The DeCotiis firm also received this honor in 2012. Editors asked LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® to leverage its comprehensive database of one-million lawyers and firms… Continue

Alex Keoskey, a partner in the DeCotiis firm, has just been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney. The New Jersey Supreme Court, through its Board on Attorney Certification, designates this honor to attorneys who successfully apply for certification and meet the standards set by the Board and approved by the Supreme Court. In order to be certified, an attorney must be a member of the Bar in good standing, show that they've actively participated in the preparation and litigation of numerous civil matters, completed the mandatory number of trials in the Superior Court and fulfilled a… Continue

Whether submitting or receiving bids for publicly-funded projects, negotiating private contracts, or resolving disputes concerning cost over-runs, contractors and property owners should be aware of site conditions.

Public entities that solicit bids, and private owners who negotiate construction contracts, should make sure that their disclosures and disclaimers protect them should site-related work prove more costly than anticipated. Accurately discerning, investigating and evaluating surface and subsurface conditions is essential for staying on budget. Moreover, appropriate record keeping, and the ability to present sufficient proofs using appropriate methods, is critical to prevailing in site-related disputes. Construction firms should properly document and segregate… Continue

that accused Edison officials of political retaliation

By Brian Amaral/ The Star-Ledger
on February 06, 2013 at 5:56 PM, updated February 06, 2013 at 7:20 PM

EDISON - A federal judge has dismissed a union's lawsuit that had accused top town officials of waging political war on firefighters, calling the case a waste of time.

U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martini said last week that the claims made by Edison's firefighters union had been rejected in 13 different proceedings, "Yet Plaintiffs now seek a fourteenth bite at the apple. ... [T]he Court finds that the Complaint should be dismissed."… Continue

that detailed millions in wasteful spending

By Mike Frassinelli/The Star-Ledger The Star-Ledger
on January 15, 2013 at 11:34 AM, updated January 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Following up on a blistering 2010 audit of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority that found such perks as snow-shoveling and birthday bonuses and the use of toll dollars to run an employee bowling league, the state comptroller today said the authority has since installed significant cost-saving reforms.

Comptroller Matthew Boxer said the authority, which operates the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, has at least partially implemented all but two of his office's… Continue

Steven C. Mannion, a partner at DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, was sworn in Tuesday as a United States Magistrate Judge. Mannion, who was a partner at the firm since 2001, is one of only 13 full-time federal magistrates appointed in the State of New Jersey.

As a federal magistrate, Mannion will be authorized to exercise the Court's jurisdiction in civil and criminal cases assigned by statute or delegated by a district judge. In order to become a federal magistrate, candidates must receive a majority vote of active district judges where the magistrate is assigned. This prestigious honor speaks… Continue

We at DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those who are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. As our State and its residents now move into a recovery phase, we wanted to share with you some valuable post-storm information concerning the rebuilding of lost homes, businesses and government facilities.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), which regulates the construction of facilities within the coastal area of New Jersey and along certain tidal water courses, has issued new and important guidance to assist residents and businesses in… Continue

The New Jersey Alliance for Action has again chosen to honor DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP for its work in improving New Jersey's infrastructure, economy, environment and quality of life.

The Alliance, a not-for-profit, non-partisan coalition of more than 2,500 business, laborers, academics and other professionals dedicated to improving infrastructure in the Garden State, has selected DeCotiis as a "Savior of the Environment" for its work as local bond counsel to the City of Elizabeth on a $7 million New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT) project to separate the City's combined sewer system in the Midtown area of the City.… Continue

The Executive Committee at DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP would like to recognize Richard F.X. Regan for his exemplary work on a high-profile tampering trial involving two Bergen County police officers.

The Bergen Record details the trial and features Regan extensively. The Prosecution alleges that a Hackensack Police Detective ordered another officer to remove a suspect's name from a police report, and a second colleague concealed evidence to protect the department's Police Chief. The Prosecution's key witness gave testimony to that effect.

Regan, during an effective cross examination, pushed the Prosecution's key witness to admit bias against the defendants.… Continue

The Executive Committee at DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP would like to congratulate Victoria A. Flynn on her appointment to the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts.

Vicki is a leader at our firm and in the community. She is a trusted partner in our Litigation and Government and Regulatory Affairs practice groups, an elected member of the Nutley Board of Education, and an active participant in the Women Lawyers Association and other civic organizations. Her appointment to a Supreme Court Committee is a testament to her leadership and her legal expertise.

We wish Vicki… Continue

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