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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.

From Mid-Atlantic to Beyond

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 130 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, Maryland, and Florida 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.


February 2017
A Restaurant & Hospitality Group Emerges

Cole Schotz P.C. announces the formal launch of its Restaurant & Hospitality group led by New York-based members Jordan A. Fisch and David A. Rubenstein. The group brings together a multidisciplinary team of attorneys drawn from the firm's Corporate, Real Estate, Tax, Employment and Intellectual Property practice groups to provide counsel at every stage of the business lifecycle.

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.

Cole Schotz P.C.

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

Firm Stats

Co-Managing Shareholders: Michael D. Sirota and Samuel Weiner
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
150 - 250

Base Salary

1st year: $135,000
Summer associate: $2,500/week

Employment Contact

Gayle P. Englert
Director of Human Resources
(201) 525-6307

No. of U.S. Offices: 7

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

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

Major Departments

Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring
Blockchain Technology and Digital Currency
Construction Services
Corporate, Finance & Business Transactions
Employment Law
Environmental Law
Healthcare Group
Intellectual Property
Real Estate
Real Estate Special Opportunities Group
Restaurant & Hospitality
Tax, Trusts & Estates
White Collar Defense & Investigations