also known as Jeffrey Zenna
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Jeffrey J. Zenna is an experienced plaintiff's personal injury lawyer who joined Blume Goldfaden in 1995 (now Blume Forte). As a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney, Jeff handles automobile accident, premises liability, product liability, construction accident, and both medical and legal malpractice cases.
Jeffrey Zenna, a Certified Trial Attorney, has made numerous significant recoveries for Blume Donnelly clients in both settlements and jury verdicts; multiple settlements in excess of $1 million, and in 2009, Jeffrey settled a case surrounding a motor vehicle accident involving an Iraq war veteran for more than $4 million (click here to see more information on these and some other recoveries made by Jeffrey).
Of particular and unusual note was Jeffrey Zenna’s representation of a Blume Donnelly client who sustained an injury when she fell at a movie theater. After settlement of the case, the defense made a motion to reopen it, claiming that our client had committed insurance fraud, and had in fact fallen at a location other than the theater. The Court allowed the case to be reopened, and, after approximately 3 years of additional discovery, the case went to trial with regard to the referenced “fraud” issue. After an 8 day trial before a Morris County Judge, Jeff Zenna prevailed on behalf of our client, and the settlement was reinstated. In addition, because of Jeff’s efforts, the possibility that criminal fraud charges might have been filed against our client was eliminated, and the State of New Jersey, which had opened an investigation into the purported fraud, closed their case.
Jeffrey is a graduate of the City University New York School of Law (J.D., 1991). After law school he completed a Judicial Clerkship for the Honorable Mahlon Fast, J.S.C. Since arriving at Blume, Goldfaden, he has received a Master of Laws Degree at New York University School of Law (L.L.M., 1997).
Jeffrey is a member of the Essex, Hudson and Morris County Bar Associations. He is also admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals (3rd Circuit). As a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, he has lectured for that association with regard to trial advocacy, and has been a member of the William J. Brennan, Jr. Inns of Court since 1997. Jeff is a long-standing member of the New Jersey chapter of The Miami Project, dedicated to the cure of paralysis.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Super Lawyer||New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Rising Star||New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine||2006|
|Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney||New Jersey Supreme Court||N/A|
|Partner||Blume Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari||2014 - Present|
|Partner||Blume Goldfaden Berkowitz Fried & Forte||1995 - 2014|
|Associate||Baker, Garber, Duffy & Pederson||1992 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Essex County Bar Association, Medical Malpractice Committee||Chairman||2010 - Present|
|Judge William J. Brennan Jr. Inns of Court||Member||1997 - Present|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|United States District Court for the District of New Jersey||Member||1992 - Present|
|Essex County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Hudson County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Morris County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Motor Vehicle Accident ~ Premises Liability ~ Failure to properly maintain roadway; Icy condition||$1,220,000 Settlement|
|Motor Vehicle Accident||$4.197 Million Settlement|
|Automobile Accident||$1,200,000 Settlement|
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|New York University School of Law||Master of Law(s)||LL.M - Master of Laws||1997|
|City University of New York School of Law at Queens College||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|University of Delaware||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1988|
|ATLA Seminar, October 2008||Trial Techniques and Rebuttal Witnesses||2008|
|Proving Permanency at Trial: Tactics, Techniques, and Tribulations||The Defense Rested, Now What?||2006|