ABOUT THE FIRM
EDWARD J. KOLOGI, ESQ. has been engaged in
the practice of law since 1983 when he became associated with famed criminal trial
attorney Raymond Brown. One of his first
assignments was the preparation of a brief in the notorious ABSCAM corruption case which
was the basis of the 2013 movie “American Hustle”. He primarily practices litigation in
Municipal, State and Federal Courts, and before Administrative Agencies. Mr. Kologi is admitted to practice
before the United States Supreme Court; the United States Tax Court;
the United States District Courts for the Districts of New Jersey and Colorado,
and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has
served as a Trustee of the Union County Bar Association and as a member of
several key Supreme Court Committees. A former Master of the Richard J.
Hughes American Inns of Court, (a program designed to tutor young
attorneys), Mr. Kologi also holds a Diplomate in Local Government Law. He
has been included in New Jersey Monthly Magazine’s editions on “Super
Lawyers” each year since 2008. He was an Associate Counsel to
the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, and was appointed by the New Jersey
State Senate President as a member of the State Law Revision Commission. Mr. Kologi is rated AV, Preeminent Level Of Professional Excellence, by Martindale Hubbell, and in 2017 received the Union County Bar Association's prestigious Professionalism Award. In 2018, he was
included in InsiderNJ.com 100 New Jersey
Mr. Kologi has handled all types of negligence
cases during his career, including wrongful death, automobile, slip and falls
and medical malpractice. He practices extensively in the area
of DWI Law, and was Counsel in a major Appellate Division case establishing the
procedures for Post-Conviction Relief Petitions in DWI cases (State v. Schadewald 400 N.J.
Super. 350 App. Div. (2007). He has also been involved in several
significant discrimination and Civil Rights cases (see Morgan v. UC
Board of Chosen Freeholders 268 N.J. Super 337 App. Div. 1993) and
Rahami v. City of Elizabeth etal (civ no. 2:11 cv 01953) (involving the
defense of a lawsuit by the family of accused terrorist Ahmad Khan Rahami), and has tried numerous cases to a jury verdict. He argued and
prevailed before the New Jersey Supreme Court in an attorney disciplinary
matter. (in re Rinaldo, 223 N.J. 287 (2015). He handles criminal cases including drug and weapon offenses, violent crimes, and political corruption.
Mr. Kologi lectures to various groups on legal
topics; has taught at the University Graduate level, and is the author of
numerous articles on a range of legal issues which have been published in
the New Jersey Law Journal; New Jersey League of Municipalities
Magazine and New Jersey Municipal Law Magazine. He has
also provided legal commentary to the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,
The Star Ledger, The Asbury Park Press, and a number of other publications.
MICHAEL S. SIMITZ, ESQ. was admitted to the
practice of law in 2001. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Seton Hall Law
School and former Clerk to an Appellate Division Judge, Mr. Simitz practice focuses
primarily on general litigation, both at the trial and Appellate levels, representing
both plaintiffs’ and defendants in Municipal, State, and Federal Courts.
In 2008 Mr. Simitz joined Mr. Kologi in the practice of law.
Mr. Simitz was also admitted to the Bar of the
State of New York in 2002, as well as the United States District Court for
the District of New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the
Third Circuit. During his career, he has participated in numerous
litigated cases and appeals, and has also authored published articles in
the Seton Hall Law Review, of which he was a Notes Editor. He has been
listed in several editions of New Jersey Monthly
Magazine’s "Super Lawyers" as a “Rising Star”; and currently
serves as Assistant Public Defender for the City of Linden and Borough of Garwood.