About Us

The Firm

Cole Schotz serves clients throughout the United States with offices in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland and Texas.   The firm represents hundreds of businesses and individuals – many of whom have been clients for decades – as well as a diverse range of Fortune 500 companies.

Founded in 1928, Cole Schotz brings together over 120 attorneys across a wide range of practice areas including:

  • Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring
  • Construction Services
  • Corporate, Finance & Business Transactions
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Special Opportunities Group
  • Tax, Trusts and Estates
  • White Collar Investigation

Relationships and results are the core of the Cole Schotz experience. Achieving success for each of our clients is our goal, and our relentless commitment to that end has set our firm apart for 80 years and counting. 

A Culture of Personal Service
Cole Schotz is known for the highly focused personal service it delivers to its clients, no matter how complex the legal challenge may be. With around-the-clock access to their legal team, Cole Schotz clients see us as counselors, business partners and most importantly, trustworthy allies.

With one of the lowest turnover rates in the legal profession, Cole Schotz employees are proud to uphold the firm’s tradition of excellence. We invest in on-going training and sophisticated resources so our legal teams are set up for success – and our clients reap the rewards.  Cole Schotz clients consider us as counselors, business partners and most importantly, trustworthy allies.

Innovation, Experience and Accessibility
For over 80 years, Cole Schotz has been a leader in providing legal services to businesses, institutions and individuals. Our rich heritage lays the foundation for our progressive outlook, and our commitment to state-of-the-art technology reinforces our forward-thinking approach.

Our reputation for integrity and expertise precedes us in the courtrooms we enter. And we deliver on that reputation every day with the timely, meticulous and highly effective results we deliver to our clients, regardless of their size.

At Cole Schotz, we truly believe in the adage: “There’s no such thing as a dumb question.”
We want to hear from clients, and our door is always open.

Balancing our commitment to expertise in each of the practice areas we serve is our commitment to approachability. We are here for our clients and available to answer your questions and concerns, no matter their size or scope.

Our Attorneys: Leaders in Their Fields, Pillars of Their Communities
When you partner with Cole Schotz, you gain access to a team of experts who are distinguished by a passion for their work and a commitment to upholding the highest standards of the legal profession.

The firm’s ranks include former federal and local officials; former corporate counsel and Fortune 500 executives; certified civil trial attorneys; and fellows from the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Bankruptcy.

Our partners and associates are prominent contributors to the legal developments of our times, whether this is in the form of insightful lectures given to business and community leaders or in the thoughtful articles they write about emerging areas of the law.

We take pride in the wide range of civic and charitable activities that our attorneys support on their own time and with their colleagues at Cole Schotz. Learn more about our community outreach here.

Our Roots
Superior character and abilities are highly valued at Cole Schotz – and have been the foundation of our success since the firm’s inception.

The firm was founded in 1928 by David L. Cole, a noted labor arbitrator and mediator, and Mendon Morrill, one of New Jersey’s foremost trial lawyers.  David Cole served as Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and counseled every president from Harry S. Truman to Gerald R. Ford in national labor crises.  Mendon Morrill served with distinction as a judge of the United States District Court.  Our former partner, Leonard I. Garth – who left Cole Schotz to serve on the United States District Court – presently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

Outstanding service as applied to the practice of law was the foundation for Cole Schotz in 1928, and in the 21st century, it remains a cornerstone for the firm.

Our Clients
Our diverse list of clients – many of whom we’ve worked with for decades – attest to the level of excellence Cole Schotz has come to stand for, and reflects our intense commitment to specialization in the industries we serve.

Some of our valued clientele include:

The 100 Mile Fund
Alfred Sanzari Enterprises
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.
Equity One Inc.
Highland Capital Management, LP
Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.
Liberty Mutual Surety
Office Depot, Inc.
Palisades Regional Investment Fund

Ritchie Capital Management
The RREEF Funds
The Savanna Fund
Solaris Health Systems, Inc.
Suburban Propane, LP
Town Sports International, Inc.
Toys “R” Us, Inc.
Vornado Realty Trust

Contact us to learn more about Cole Schotz.


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