About Cole Schotz P.C.

Cole Schotz P.C. is a New Jersey-based firm with strengths in litigation, bankruptcy law, corporate issues and employment law.

Mid-Atlantic Multitaskers

Trial attorney Mendon Morrill and David Cole--a labor arbitrator who counseled every U.S. president from Harry S. Truman through Gerald Ford regarding national labor crises--founded the firm that would become Cole Schotz in 1928. Although the firm continues to deal with employment law issues, the firm's legal team of over 110 attorneys now handles almost every type of business issue. The firm's main practice areas are litigation, real estate, bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, tax, trusts and estates, corporate, finance and business transactions, employment, environmental and construction services. Cole Schotz sports offices in Delaware, New York, Texas and Maryland in addition to its New Jersey headquarters. Its Fort Worth office, opened in 2010 from the remnants of Warner Stevens, concentrates largely on bankruptcy and corporate restructuring practices.

The firm also has a notable litigation practice, which Benchmark Litigation has recognized as one of the best in New Jersey. According to the publication, Cole Schotz's legal team has "carved itself somewhat of a niche in commercial disputes and restructuring litigation."

Cole Schotz's client roster includes small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Some of the firm's more well-known clients have included Bentley motorcars, Toys "R" Us, Inc., the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Liberty Mutual Surety, Magnacare, Oxford Health Plans, UBS and Volkswagen of America Inc. While some of its clients are national and even international companies, the firm does its share of Jersey-based business. For example, it represented Clifton-based defense contractor Swiss Tech when the Defense Department investigated the company for failing to obtain an export license to ship gun parts to a Chinese company.

When Foodie Havens Go Bust

Where restaurants enter legal or bankruptcy troubles, Cole Schotz is in the game. When culinary entrepreneur Chris Cannon had to suddenly shutter his well-reviewed Manhattan Italian fine-dining hot spots Alto and Convivio, Cole Schotz represented the restaurateur. And when H&H bagel--a New York staple and one of the largest producers of bagels around--went bust along with several other connected companies, a Cole Schotz representative stepped in as rent receiver for the landlord of the bagel empire's manufacturing facilities. A Cole Schotz attorney also served as mediator for Claim Jumper Restaurants LLC when the Gold Rush-themed restaurant chain ran out of gold and filed for Chapter 11.


January 2017

New Members on the Block
In January, four attorneys were named Members to the firm.  Jill Bienstock is a member of the Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department, Victoria Cioppettini and Jason Finkelstein are members of the Litigation Department, and Lauren Manduke handles complex commercial disputes in both New Jersey and New York. 

September 2016

Falling for the New Nine
In September, Cole Schotz announced the addition of nine new attorneys to the firm, who will be working in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Texas. The group represents the firm's 2016 fall class and adds new talent to the Bankruptcy, Environmental, Litigation, Real Estate and Tax, Trusts & Estates Departments. 

April 2016

Cole Schotz Grows National Footprint with Opening of Florida Office
Cole Schotz expanded into Florida with the arrival of Linda L. Snelling, Esq. The new office in Boca Raton, which will be managed by Ms. Snelling, brings the firm a strategic local presence in a new market where we  have clients with existing business and personal interests.

Lease to Promote Healthy Living and Working

The firm advised Primary on the lease of 26 Broadway in New York City for coworking office space with a focus on healthy living and working.  At max, the 25,000-square-foot Primary location will accommodate up to 170 businesses and 324 personnel; that breaks down to open sections of the office with long, school cafeteria-like desks for more than 100 individual workers. The rest of the area will be divided up into private offices and suites for up to 10 people, as well as four conference rooms, including two large rooms for 12 and 14 people each.  Since Primary's message is health, the space will feature a wing for businesses dedicated to such ventures, like acupuncture and massage therapy.

March 2016

Cole Schotz rolls Past $10K Goal at Cycle for Survival Fundraising Event

Cole Schotz exceeded its goal of raising $10,000 to fund pioneering research of rare cancers through participation in a "Cycle for Survival" event in March at New York's 50th Street Equinox gym. The firm raised a total of $11,447.  The national philanthropic campaign involving the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Equinox takes place each year during February and March. The Cole Schotz team of 12 rode relay-style through four consecutive 50-minute sessions.  Each dollar raised by this event helps the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center fund innovative clinical trials, studies, and research initiatives to benefit rare cancer patients.

February 2016

Cole Schotz Named New Jersey Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation

Cole Schotz P.C. was named "New Jersey Firm of the Year" for 2016 by Benchmark Litigation. The award was presented at the Benchmark Litigation U.S. Awards ceremony held at Essex House in New York.  Now in its ninth year of publication, Benchmark exclusively covers the litigation and disputes market in North America, covering the US, Canada and Mexico. The results of Benchmark Litigation stem from the culmination of an extensive research period that includes interviews with litigators and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, researchers examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on peers.

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Cole Schotz P.C.

Court Plaza North
25 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: (201) 489-3000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Co-Managing Shareholders: Michael D. Sirota and Samuel Weiner
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 132

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $120,000
    Summer associate: $2,100/week

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring • Construction Services • Corporate, Finance & Business Transactions • Employment Law • Environmental Law • Healthcare Group • Intellectual Property • Litigation • Real Estate • Real Estate Special Opportunities Group • Tax, Trusts & Estates • White Collar Defense & Investigations 

Major Office Locations

  • Hackensack, NJ (HQ) • Baltimore, MD • Dallas, TX • Fort Worth, TX • New York, NY • Wilmington, DE