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Michael John Rankin

Litigation Attorney at Livingston, NJ

5.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 12 years
    New Jersey - NJ 19 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 19 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2011
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2004
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Michael

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Michael J. Rankin is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and New York and the United States District Court of New Jersey, Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Rankin’s practice focuses on civil litigation, including a wide variety of personal injury matters, including motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death claims, premises liability, toxic torts, medical and nursing home malpractice, and Federal Employers' Liability Act claims. He also has extensive experience handling estate litigation matters, commercial and business litigation, landlord-tenant matters, real estate litigation, land use actions, employment litigation, and insurance coverage litigation.

Mr. Rankin also offers a wide variety of transactional services and guidance to his clients involving estate planning and administration, commercial and residential real estate transactions, and general business and corporate services.

Mr. Rankin is committed to representing his clients in a proactive manner to obtain the best possible results for them, while at the same time being cost efficient and keeping them fully apprised on all aspects of their case.

Mr. Rankin is an active member of his community, as he is currently serving as West Caldwell Township’s Planning Board Attorney and a member of Caldwell/West Caldwell’s Juvenile Conference Committee. Mr. Rankin is also the former Chairman of the West Caldwell Township's Zoning Board of Adjustment, Club Officer/Secretary for The Rotary Club of the Caldwells (2018-19 Term) and Chairman of the 2018 Rotary/Kiwanis Caldwell Street Fair.

Also, in 2018, Mr. Rankin was appointed as a Trustee of the Essex County Bar Association, and in 2019, was appointed Vice Chair of the Essex County Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Practice Committee. Mr. Rankin is also a long time member of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Mr. Rankin attended Widener University School of Law (J.D. 2004) and Rowan University (B.A. 1998). While in law school, Mr. Rankin was an associate editor on the Widener Law Review and an academic support fellow (tutor) for first year law students. He also received the William J. and Ella C. Wolf award in Real Property and Certificates of Achievement in Criminal Procedure and First Amendment Law. He graduated from both law school and college with honors, magna cum laude. Following law school, Mr. Rankin served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Linda R. Feinberg, Assignment Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Mercer County (Ret.).

Mr. Rankin has been named as a Rising Star in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of the New Jersey Super Lawyers publication.**

**Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


Kozyra & Hartz, LLC
354 Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 2300
Livingston, NJ, 07039

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Posted by Liz | May 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
Michael helped us get our business off the ground as our business attorney. He is a knowledgeable asset to our success and we highly recommend him for any and all legal needs.
Posted by Michael | June 20, 2014
Very Personable, Professional and Easy to work with!
I have been in the Mortgage business for over 13 years now and I have had the pleasure of working with Michael Rankin on numerous Real Estate transactions. Clients are always happy and is very flexible with scheduling closings. His fees are very reasonable as well. I look forward to many more transactions in the future. Regards, Mike D
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  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Rowan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998


  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Trustee
  • 2018 - Present
  • Rotary Club of the Caldwells
  • Secretary
  • 2015 - Present
  • Essex County Bar Association, Civil Practice Committee
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education, Essex County Bar Foundation
  • Moderator, New Jersey Estate Administration and Planning Program
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Car accident Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael handles every case with close attention to meet his client’s needs. Michael is a seasoned litigator who aggressively pursues his client’s interest to ensure he or she is compensated fairly for his/her injuries. During his career Michael had defended personal injury cases which gives him a unique perspective into the litigation strategies of his adversaries. I would highly recommend Michael Rankin,Esq., to pursue your case if you are injured in a slip and fall accident or auto accident."
Insurance Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is highly skilled in identifying and providing counsel with respect to complex legal issues. He is a true asset to the profession!"
Livingston Litigation Lawyer Michael John Rankin
Michael John Rankin
Litigation Attorney
Livingston, NJ
Licensed for 19 years