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Mitchell J Makowicz Jr

Mitchell J Makowicz Jr

also known as Mitchell J Makowicz, Mitchell Makowicz

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective and Dangerous Products

About Me

Mitchell Makowicz, a Blume Donnelly Partner, is a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney with experience and expertise in various types of medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability and other personal injury cases.


 


Mitch has successfully obtained verdicts and settlements in a variety of product liability cases, involving products as diverse as hair-care products, toys, a quilting machine, personal scooters, and a conveyor belt uploader. In addition, Mitch has secured recoveries for many clients in medical malpractice claims ranging from improperly performed plastic and orthopedic surgery, to negligence on the part of family medicine practitioners, as well as in the fields of dentistry and chiropractic.


 


In 1996 Mitch secured a precedent setting appellate court decision allowing suit against a weapons manufacturer under the Products Liability Act. The case involved a 15 year old boy who was accidentally shot with a semi-automatic pistol by his friend who mistakenly believed that the gun was unloaded. The ruling was based upon the manufacturers failure to incorporate a safety device into the gun. More recently, Mitch obtained a large verdict for a woman who fell when she was locked out onto a second-floor balcony because of the faulty installation of a security bar. In addition, Mitch received the highest single-claimant verdict in the history of Middlesex County for a mechanic who was unknowingly exposed to dangerous chemicals on a piece of equipment he was assigned to clean at his job.


 


A graduate of Seton Hall University (B.A. magna cum laude, 1983), and of Seton Hall University Law School (J.D. cum laude, 1986), Mitch started working at Blume Goldfaden as a law clerk in 1984 before joining the firm as an attorney. He has been recognized by the LawDragon legal resources group as one of America's top 500 attorneys. Mitch is a member of the Essex County and New Jersey State Bar Associations, as well as a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Personal Injury: 34%
  2. Defective and Dangerous Products: 33%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 33%

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Mitchell. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christian K. Lassen II

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Christian Lassen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari

26 Journal Square
Jersey City, NJ, 07306-4102

Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari

7300 Bergenline Ave.
North Bergen, NJ, 07047-5437

Blume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari

2150 Highway 35, Suite 250
Brook 35 Plaza
Sea Girt, NJ, 08750

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NJActive198605/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2011
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2010
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2009
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2008
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2007
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2006
Super LawyerNew Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine2005
The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in AmericaLawdragonN/A
Board Certified Civil Trial AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme CourtN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBlume Donnelly Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari2014 - Present
PartnerBlume Goldfaden Berkowitz Donnelly Fried & Forte1986 - 2014

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
United States District Court for the District of New JerseyMember1986 - Present
Trial Attorneys of New JerseyMemberN/A
Essex County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Morris County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Medical Malpractice Labor & Delivery Negligence Birth Injury ~ Wrongful Death$1,175,000 Settlement
Product Liability ~ Eye Care Products Bausch & Lomb Eye Care/Contact Lens Products$1,400,000 Settlement
Medical Malpractice – Medication Error$2.1 Million Settlement

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
The Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology LawForget the Jury Consultant, Just Google (quoted)2010

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seton Hall University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Seton Hall UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1983

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
NJAJ Seminar: Trial Evidence for the Personal Injury AttorneyVideo Evidence: Reenactments and A Day in the Life2013
NJICLE Seminar, March 2008Effectively Using Objections at Deposition and Trial2008
NJICLE Seminar, April 2008Effectively Using Objections at Deposition and Trial2008