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My early years as an attorney were spent with a large New York City firm, where I was assigned to defend a limited number of catastrophic personal injury cases. I was increasingly called upon to defend similar cases in the Courts of the State of New Jersey, where I am also licensed. I was eventually recruited as a partner in the New Jersey office of another New York-based firm, and ultimately became the Managing Partner in that office. In 2003, I formed by own firm, which currently consists of 8 lawyers.   


I have tried over 60 cases to verdict and am Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by both the New Jersey Supreme Court and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  I have an "AV" Martindale-Hubbell's rating. My firm is listed in Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys, The Bar List, and the Martindale-Hubbell Register of Preeminent Lawyers.  I am also a repeat selection as a New Jersey "Super-Lawyer".  


Contact info

Cottrell Solensky & Semple, P.A.

550 Broad Street
Newark, NJ, 07102-4531

550 Broad St Ste 1000
Newark, NJ, 07102


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 35%
  2. Transportation: 25%
  3. Litigation: 20%
  4. Insurance: 15%
  5. Real Estate: 5%



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyersMagazine for Law & Politics2010
Certified Civil Trial AttorneyNew Jersey Supreme CourtN/A
Certified Civil Trial AttorneyNational Board of Trial AdvocacyN/A
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNewman Fitch Altheim Myers1991 - 2003
AssociateLester Schwab Katz & Dwyer Llp1986 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Brennan-Vanderbilt American Inn of CourtPast President2009 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Housing Authority Defense AssociationMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
Trucking Industry Defense AssociationMemberN/A
Brennan-Vanderbilt American Inn of CourtPresident2007 - 2008
Brennan-Vanderbilt American Inn of CourtPresident-Elect2005 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Caviglia v. Royal Tours of AmericaN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Fordham UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Anatomy of a Trucking CaseTrials and Litigation2009
Using and Discrediting Eyewitness TestimonyTrials2007