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505 Morris Avenue
Suite 520
Springfield, NJ 07081

(973) 379-4200

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JEFFREY A. RIZIKA

PARTNER

Mr. Rizika concentrates his practice in the areas of Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Malpractice and Municipal Court Litigation.

He is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana with a BA in History and a BS in Management and obtained his law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law.

He has been an active member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the largest trial lawyer organization in the country, and the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ), New Jersey’s largest trial lawyer organization, for over twenty years. He is on the Board of Governors of NJAJ, where he has been the co-chair of the Auto Committee for several years. He is also the past chair of the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section of AAJ, as well as the past vice chair of the Discovery Abuse Committee of AAJs Interstate Trucking Litigation Group.

Mr. Rizika also serves as an arbitrator for the Law Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Essex County and has served as a private arbitrator on numerous motor vehicle matters.

The majority of his practice is devoted to Automobile, Truck and Bus litigation, as well as Premises Liability cases and he has been a frequent lecturer and moderator over the years on many topics relating to the everyday practice of personal injury law.

Mr. Rizika has been named as a Super Lawyer in New Jersey Monthly Magazine in the area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury each year since 2009, a distinction shared by only 5% of the lawyers in the State of New Jersey.

Highlights

  • Successfully recovered millions of dollars for claimants through trials and settlements.
  • Frequent lecturer, moderator and panelist on many trial related issues.
  • Counsel to New Jersey medical providers on issues involving negligence as well as auto insurance regulations and protocols.
  • Arbitrator for Superior Court of New Jersey on civil litigation matters.
  • Representation of Fortune 500 Companies on various construction litigation matters.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Malpractice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation and Arbitration
  • Municipal Court Litigation

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, New Jersey Association For Justice (NJAJ), Atlantic City, NJ: “Proving Causation in Auto Trials: A Local and National Perspective” – April 8, 2016
  • Speaker, New Jersey Association For Justice (NJAJ), Atlantic City, NJ: “PERSONAL INJURY: Inlet Insights – Live Trial Follow Up: What Our Jurors Were Thinking” – April 7, 2016
  • Speaker, 360 Advocacy, Las Vegas, NV: “Auto Crash Litigation 3.1: – The Omnibus Auto Litigation Motion in Limine” – April 4, 2016
  • Moderator/Speaker, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ): Meadowlands Seminar “Verbal Threshold – Jury Trial” – November 20, 2015
  • Speaker, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ): Boardwalk Seminar “The Declarations Page: What You See is Not Always What You Get” – May 1, 2015
  • Moderator/Speaker, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ): Meadowlands Seminar “Auto: Tips for Success at Trial” – November 14, 2014
  • Moderator, American Association for Justice (AAJ): AAJ Summer Convention “The Perils and Pitfalls of Premises Liability Cases…and Motor Vehicle cases” – July 28, 2014
  • Speaker, New Jersey State Bar Association: 2014 Solo and Small Firm Conference “Trial by Trial” – March 1, 2014
  • Moderator, American Association for Justice (AAJ): AAJ Winter Convention “Auto Collison Cases: Meeting Challenges Head-On” – February 10, 2014
  • Moderator/Speaker, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ): Meadowlands Seminar “PIP, Auto and Beyond – Focus and Learn” – November 15, 2013
  • Speaker, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ). Boardwalk Seminar “Deposition College – Getting the Most Out of Your Depositions – Auto Depositions: Beyond Liability” – April 19, 2013
  • Moderator, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ): Meadowlands Seminar “Handling Auto and PIP Claims: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” -November 16, 2012
  • Moderator/Speaker, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ): Meadowlands Seminar “The Average Joe Seminar: Initial Interview with Average Joe – Getting Ready to go on the Offensive” November 11, 2011
  • Moderator, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ): Boardwalk Seminar “Discovering the Story of Your Case Through Dramatic Action” – April 15, 2011
  • Speaker, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ); “Litigation at Sunrise – Using the PIP Arbitration Process to Get the Client the Medical Care They Need” – April 15, 2011
  • Speaker, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ); “Auto Seminar 2011: Pre Litigation to Trial Techniques for the Auto Practitioner – How PIP Issues Can Impact the BI Claim” – February 26, 2011
  • Speaker, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ); Meadowlands Seminar “New York vs. New Jersey: When Laws Collide – SUM vs, UM/UIM: Procedures, Laws & Litigation” – November 12, 2010.
  • Speaker, “Support Staff Program: Personal Injury Law – Effective Use of Settlement Brochures”, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ), April 23, 2009
  • Speaker, “A Complete Battle Plan: Trial Skills and the Latest Developments in Employment Law – Direct & Cross of the Alleged Harasser and Discussion”, New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ), April 23, 2009
  • Moderator, “Support Staff Program: Personal Injury Law”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey (ATLA-NJ), October 18, 2008
  • Co-Moderator, “ATLA-NJ Dream Team II – Live Trial Demonstration of a Limitation on Lawsuit Case”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey (ATLA-NJ), February 23, 2008
  • Moderator, “Support Staff Program: Personal Injury Law”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey (ATLA-NJ), October 19, 2007
  • Co-Moderator, “Valuable Trial Tactics For Litigating Auto Cases”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey (ATLA-NJ), December 2, 2006
  • Speaker, “Proving Permanency at Trial: Tactics, Techniques, and Tribulations – Preparation for Your Pretrial Conference. A Settlement Brochure for the Judge?”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey (ATLA-NJ), October 28, 2006
  • Co-Moderator, “A Practical Approach to Premises Liability”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey (ATLA-NJ), February 25, 2006
  • Speaker, “Winning the Premises and Construction Liability Case – Openings and Closing Arguments in a Premises Liability Case”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey (ATLA-NJ), October 29, 2005
  • Speaker, “Trying The Auto Case: Openings to Summations – Summations”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey (ATLA-NJ), February 26, 2005
  • Co-Moderator, “Medical Perspectives on Improving Damages”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey (ATLA-NJ), April 22, 2004
  • Speaker, “Settlements: Sleeping With the Enemy – First Impressions”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey (ATLA-NJ), February 22, 2003
  • Speaker, “Hot Tips in Trial Law – The Use of Defense Experts’ Financial Records in Cross Examination “, Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey (ATLA-NJ), October 26, 2002

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) [formerly Association of Trial – Lawyers of America – New Jersey (ATLA-NJ)]
    – Board of Governors 2002-Present
    – Auto Committee (Co-Chair: 2005-Present)
    – List Serve Committee (Co-Chair 2008-09)
    – Golf Committee (Co-Chair 2012-Present)
    – Nominating Committee 2012-Present
    – Installation Committee 2009-Present
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) [formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)]
    Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section
    – Secretary/ Newsletter Editor: 2011-2012
    – Chair-Elect: 2012-2013
    – Chair: 2013-2014

    Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
    – Vice Chair-Discovery Abuse Committee: 2014-2015

    Bus Litigation Group

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
    – Member, Civil Trial Bar Section:
    – Insurance Committee
    – Auto Reparations Committee.
  • Essex County Bar Association

Appointments

  • Civil Court Arbitrator, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Essex County