John E. Molinari was born and raised in Union City.
His late father was a truck driver who managed to support 9 children and
gave each the opportunity to attend parochial Grammar and High School.
His mother was the primary caretaker for the family and later worked as a
teacher's aide in the Union City public school system. John credits his
father for teaching him discipline and a strong work ethic, while
crediting his mother for teaching him patience and compassion.
John obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, graduating cum
laude from Manhattan College in 1982. He continued on to obtain his law
degree from New York Law School in 1985. While in law school, he worked
as a law clerk/investigator in the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.
After graduation, he became an Assistant Hudson County Prosecutor,
trying numerous jury trials on behalf of the State of New Jersey.
After leaving the Prosecutor's Office in 1988, John joined a small
firm in Jersey City that specialized in plaintiffs’ personal injury work, giving him his first exposure to the civil justice system. This
experience helped him obtain an associate position with Blume Goldfaden
in 1990. In 1997, John became the managing attorney for the firms two
Hudson County offices, located in Jersey City and North Bergen. He was
named a Partner in 1999. He has tried dozens of personal injury cases
for the firm, and has enjoyed the respect of both the bench and the Bar.
John achieved the designation of Certified Civil Trial Attorney from
the New Jersey Supreme Court in 2000. His trial skills have also been
recognized by his associate membership position with the American Board
of Trial Advocates.
John was elected President of the Hudson County Bar Association in
2006. He is a former trustee to the North Hudson Lawyer's Club and
previously served for 5 years as a member of the District VI Ethics
Committee. John is a member of the American Association for Justice, the
New Jersey State Bar Association, the Hudson County Professionalism
Committee, and, a former barrister with the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Inns of
Court. He has achieved an AV Peer Review rating in Martindale-Hubbell.
John annually judges the local high school mock trial competition.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|New Jersey Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2010|
|New Jersey Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2009|
|New Jersey Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2008|
|New Jersey Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2007|
|New Jersey Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2006|
|New Jersey Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2005|
|Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney||Supreme Court of New Jersey||2000|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Partner||Blume Goldfaden Berkowitz Donnelly Fried & Forte||1999 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Blume Goldfaden Berkowitz Donnelly Fried & Forte||1997 - Present|
|Associate||Blume Goldfaden Berkowitz Donnelly Fried & Forte||1990 - 1997|
|Assistant Hudson County Prosecutor||Hudson County Prosecutor's Office||1985 - 1988|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Hudson County Bar Association||President-Elect||2006 - 2006|
|North Hudson Lawyers Club||Trustee||1997 - Present|
|Hudson County Bar Association||District VI Ethics Committee||1996 - 2000|
|United States District Court for the District of New Jersey||Member||1986 - Present|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||Member||N/A|
|Arthur T. Vanderbilt Inns of Court||Barrister||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|Hudson County Bar Association, Professionalism Committee||Member||N/A|
|Pedestrian Knockdown||$2,750,000 Jury Verdict|
|Construction Accident||$2,000,000 Settlement|
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|New York Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|Manhattan College||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1982|